ILO's Director-General: News and press releases

November 2015

  1. ILO technical assistance

    ILO to support Greece in boosting labour market policies and the social economy

    26 November 2015

    The ILO Director-General today met with Greek ministers, worker and employer representatives in Athens to discuss the country's response to economic and unemployment issues.

October 2015

  1. Official visit

    ILO's Director-General visit to Singapore

  2. G7 Meeting of Employment and Development Ministers

    ILO welcomes G7 steps to foster fair production in global supply chains

    13 October 2015

    Work related accidents and disease cost the world up to 4 per cent of GDP. The G7 moves forward in addressing the root causes in global supply chains.

  3. © AFP 2015

    Press release

    ILO Director-General welcomes Nobel Peace Prize for Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet

    09 October 2015

    The Nobel Peace Prize 2015 was awarded to National Dialogue Quartet "for its decisive contribution to the building of a pluralistic democracy in Tunisia in the wake of the Jasmine Revolution of 2011". Read the ILO's reaction.

September 2015

  1. Partnering for development

    Garment worker’s rights and voice in Bangladesh given boost

    26 September 2015

    Sweden, Bangladesh and the ILO have committed to improve dialogue and protect rights in the ready-made garment sector.

August 2015

  1. © Giovanni Isolino / AFP 2015

    Migration crisis

    ILO Director-General calls for durable solution to migrant and refugee crisis

    07 August 2015

    “Stopgap measures to halt the flows of migrants only scratch the surface of the problem. We need to go deeper into the root causes that force people to put their lives in danger in order to find work and security in foreign lands," said ILO Director-General Guy Ryder.

  2. © Danilo Pinzon / World Bank 2015

    Sustainable Development Goals

    2030 development agenda: Major breakthrough for world of work

    04 August 2015

    "The unanimous endorsement from UN member States gives the international community the impetus we need to work together to tackle the formidable challenges confronting humanity and our planet, particularly those we face in the world of work,” says ILO Director-General following the agreement of a new development agenda.

July 2015

  1. © European Union 2015

    Employment and social policy in Europe

    ILO Director-General and EC President discuss bilateral cooperation

    30 July 2015

    ILO Director-General Guy Ryder and European Commission (EC) President Jean-Claude Juncker met to discuss cooperation in the field of employment and social policy in Europe.

June 2015

  1. 104th International Labour Conference

    Guy Ryder: Anticipating the Future of Work essential for advancing social justice

    13 June 2015

    The 104th International Labour Conference closes with a consensus to move ahead with a major Initiative on the future of the world of work.

  2. © German Federal Government 2015

    G7 Summit at Schloss Elmau

    ILO Director-General welcomes G7 commitment on responsible supply chains

    08 June 2015

    “The ILO will collaborate closely with its constituents and G7 partners to translate this vision into reality,” said Guy Ryder, who was at the G7 Summit in Elmau, Germany.

  3. 104th International Labour Conference

    Crisis migration: Decent work must be part of the solution

    05 June 2015

    Tweets from a high-level side event at the International Labour Conference in Geneva to address the urgent humanitarian, social and economic needs of migrants and refugees around the world.

  4. ILC Radio Round-up

    Listen: ILC Opening session urges focus on future of work, followed by 50 for Freedom kickoff

    01 June 2015

    ILO Director-General Guy Ryder outlines ‘key policy issues of our time’ and later kicks off 50 for Freedom campaign against modern slavery.

  5. Special coverage

    Listen: ILC opens with calls to confront informal work, social justice and future of work issues

    01 June 2015

    The 104th annual International Labour Conference began Monday in Geneva. Thousands of delegates representing governments, employees and employers met to discuss and address informality and core labour protection issues.

  6. 104th International Labour Conference

    ILO Director-General calls for global initiative on the future of work

    01 June 2015

    "We need to look at the longer term drivers of change, the transformational mega-trends, and what they imply for the goals we pursue in the ILO in its second century," said Guy Ryder in front of more than 4,000 delegates gathering in Geneva.

April 2015

  1. Arab Labour Conference

    ILO Director-General: Creating jobs key to stability in the Arab region

    20 April 2015

    In his address to the Arab Labour Organization’s 42nd Conference, International Labour Organization Director-General Guy Ryder urged the region’s leaders to tackle unemployment, respond to globalization challenges, strengthen the private sector and engage in effective social dialogue.

  2. Summit of the Americas

    Ryder: 'Economic slowdown in Latin America affecting employment'

    10 April 2015

    The ILO Director-General is in Panama where he is scheduled to attend the Seventh Summit of the Americas (10-11). He met leading workers’ and employers’ representatives from the region, as well as Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela.

  3. Press release

    ILO Director-General to attend the 2015 Job Summit in Ghana

    09 April 2015

    The first-ever National Job Summit in Accra, Ghana will kick off on 15 April in the presence of H.E. President John Dramani Mahama, ILO Director-General Guy Ryder and Assistant Director-General and Regional Director for Africa, Aeneas Chapinga Chuma

March 2015

  1. © Bundesregierung/Bergmann 2015

    Berlin meeting

    Ryder welcomes call for renewed efforts to spur global growth and employment

    11 March 2015

    ILO Director-General underlines jobs for youth as a priority for international community, during a meeting with German Chancellor and the heads of other international organizations.

  2. News

    ILO opens Ninth Meeting of Caribbean Labour Ministers in The Bahamas

    04 March 2015

    ILO is strongly committed to convening the Caribbean Ministers of Labour Meeting every two years, to listen to the constituents and to respond to their needs with practical solutions, says ILO Director-General.

January 2015

  1. Audio

    Listen: Guy Ryder discusses the future of work at a Global Employment Forum in Munich

    29 January 2015