ILO's Director-General: News and press releases

February 2016

  1. Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth

    Guy Ryder announces Global Youth Initiative

    01 February 2016

    A unique global partnership aims to lift the economic prospects of young people entering the workforce.

January 2016

  1. © ILO/ Awad Tawel 2016

    Refugee crisis

    Syria: Donors must help host countries meet refugee crisis

    29 January 2016

    Jobs and employment are key in the global response to the Syria refugee crisis. Ahead of a donor Conference on supporting Syria in London, ILO chief Guy Ryder visited Jordan to examine first-hand the effects of the massive refugee influx on the labour market, and to discuss employment options for refugees and the communities that host them.

  2. ILO response to Syria refugee crisis

    ILO chief to visit Jordan to examine effects of refugee crisis on labour market

    26 January 2016

    As jobs and employment take centre stage in the global response to the Syria refugee crisis, International Labour Organization (ILO) Director-General Guy Ryder will visit Jordan to discuss employment options for refugees and ways to address the effects of the crisis on the Jordanian labour market.

  3. © Host Photo Agency 2016

    Meeting of the BRICS Ministers of Labour and Employment

    ILO Director-General: Growth is not the whole story

    26 January 2016

    ILO Director-General warns of risks to the middle class growth experienced in BRICS countries.

  4. Audio

    Listen to the recording of the ILO Research Seminar on the Future of Work

    19 January 2016

December 2015

  1. © Neil Palmer / CIAT 2016

    Decent work

    ILO welcomes new UNDP report that places decent work at the heart of sustainable development

    14 December 2015

    Decent work and human development “mutually reinforcing”, says new analysis on improving quality of life.

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 2016

    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 2016

    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 2016

    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 2016

    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 2016

    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.