ILO's Director-General: News and press releases

October 2014

  1. News item

    Guy Ryder: Better jobs and higher wages can reverse slow-growth trap

    17 October 2014

    ILO Director-General warns of “slow-growth trap” for global economy and urges leaders to reverse the trend through a renewed focus on higher wages and better jobs.

  2. 18th American Regional Meeting

    ILO "Lima Declaration" calls for combatting inequality through decent work

    16 October 2014

  3. 18th American Regional Meeting

    ILO Director-General calls for the Americas to work towards social justice

    13 October 2014

    Guy Ryder warns the informal economy poses a formidable challenge to moving towards fair and sustainable development in the Americas and says it is not about the quantity, but the quality of jobs, at the opening of the 18th American Regional Meeting of the ILO.

  4. 18th American Regional Meeting

    Guy Ryder: Formalization of the informal economy a priority for the Americas

    13 October 2014

    ILO Director-General tells American Regional Meeting that 47 per cent informality rate is still steep.

  5. © UN Photo/Martine Perret 2014

    ILO blog

    “There are no jobs on a dead planet”

    08 October 2014

    As this year’s World Day for Decent Work focuses on the challenges of climate change, ILO Director-General explains how the ILO supports an ambitious global climate agreement which also fosters the just transition to decent work for all.

September 2014

  1. Social dialogue and labour law

    ILO hosts top-level talks to restart social dialogue on Greek labour questions

    30 September 2014

    Gathering of government, worker and employer representatives discussed Greek industrial relations and labour issues.

  2. Event

    ILO-OECD High-Level Roundtable on Responsible Supply Chains in the Textile and Garment Sector

    29 September 2014

    This roundtable will provide a forum for dialogue on building responsible supply chains in the textile and garment sector that contribute to inclusive growth and sustainable development, in line with the recommendations of the ILO Tripartite Declaration of principles concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy and the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises. The roundtable will also identify challenges and possible areas for future collaborative action.

  3. Informal economy

    ILO Director-General: Labour inspections key to fighting undeclared work

    18 September 2014

    Guy Ryder urges EU member states to ramp up steps to support formalization of the informal economy, spotlighting specific action for tackling undeclared work.

  4. Skills and employability

    Quality apprenticeships “gold standard” to get youth into decent jobs

    16 September 2014

    ILO Director-General Guy Ryder highlights role of efficient apprenticeship systems in overcoming high youth unemployment.

  5. G20 Labour and Employment Ministers meeting - Melbourne

    ILO Director-General welcomes G20's ambitious commitments to promote decent jobs

    11 September 2014

    Guy Ryder has welcomed commitments made by the G20 Ministers to tackle the global jobs crisis with a package of measures to support the creation of decent jobs that can lift working families out of poverty and drive sustainable development.

August 2014

  1. World Congress on Safety and Health at Work

    ILO Director-General: "Work claims more victims than war"

    26 August 2014

    Guy Ryder announces ILO to renew efforts to get compliance for health and safety standards at work around the globe.

July 2014

  1. Job creation

    ILO Director-General calls for more public funding to create jobs in the global economy

    28 July 2014

    Guy Ryder says 4 million jobs could be generated in advanced economies and EU alone with more public cash injections.

  2. © Jenny Vaughan / AFP 2014

    Green economy

    Ryder: World of work critical to greening the economy

    17 July 2014

    ILO Director-General calls on EU environment and labour ministers to align policies for sustainable development.

  3. ECOSOC High-level Dialogue

    Quality jobs key to reviving a weak global economy

    08 July 2014

    As the effects of the global financial crisis linger, policymakers are considering the role of macroeconomic policy in bringing about sustainable development while creating more and better jobs.

June 2014

  1. Youth employment

    Ban Ki-moon: Decent jobs for youth are essential to the future we want

    18 June 2014

    UN Secretary-General calls on governments to invest more in youth employment initiatives.

  2. Listen

    ILC concludes with praise for Forced Labour Protocol

    12 June 2014

    The annual International Labour Conference has ended Thursday. In his closing remarks Director General Guy Ryder pointed to the successful adoption of the forced labour protocol as a notable achievement.

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    103rd International Labour Conference

    Ryder: We’ve endorsed an “agenda that really matters”

    12 June 2014

    World parliament of labour offers hope to millions of victims of forced labour, discusses migration, ways out of informality and overcoming mass unemployment.

  4. Press release

    ILO calls for strong commitment to jobs ahead of Ouagadougou +10 Summit

    06 June 2014

    High levels of youth unemployment and inequalities call for more pro-employment policies to promote job-rich growth in Africa’s development.

  5. Transforming Economies

    ILO, UNCTAD: Catch up countries need industry policy

    04 June 2014

    Countries keen to close the development gap with inclusive and job rich growth must embrace comprehensive industry policy if they are to succeed. So concludes a new economic publication launched Wednesday by the Director-Generals of the ILO and UNCTAD.

  6. Event

    Book Launch: Transforming Economies, Making industrial policy work for growth, jobs and development.

    03 June 2014

    The new ILO-UNCTAD publication will be introduced by the ILO Director-General and UNCTAD Secretary-General on Wednesday 4 June at 13:00 in Room II of the ILO. The opening will be followed by presentations from the editors and a question and answer session.