Statements and speeches by the ILO's Director-General

January 2016

  1. Statement

    Quality Employment, Employability and Decent Work: Policy objectives and required actions

    26 January 2016

    Presentation by ILO Director-General to BRICS Labour and Employment Ministers, Ufa, Russian Federation, 25 January.

December 2015

  1. Correspondence

    Guy Ryder's letter introducing the Future of Work Initiative

    14 December 2015

    ILO Director-General's letter to ILO member States representatives introducing the Future of Work initiative.

  2. © Curt Carnemark / World Bank 2016

    Universal Health Coverage Day

    Universal health coverage saves lives, alleviates poverty and boosts growth

    12 December 2015

    "Health protection is a source of employment opportunities," says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder. "Let’s make Universal Health Coverage a reality for all."

  3. © John Isaac / UN Photo 2016

    Human Rights Day

    The fundamental connection between human rights and labour rights

    10 December 2015

    "We join our efforts with those of the international community to ensure that the rights of women and men, girls and boys everywhere are respected. We are committed to action in the world of work to respond to the call for Our Rights. Our Freedoms. Always," says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder.

  4. COP 21

    Empowering a Global Generation of Young People

    08 December 2015

    ILO Director-General calls on the world's governments, workers and employers to build on the areas of training and education for youth that will unleash the potential for creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship, and thus best serve the needs of communities and the planet.

  5. COP 21

    ILO Director-General addresses COP 21 on Africa Day

    08 December 2015

    With education, technical skills and business development support, thousands of young African women and men can become business leaders that will drive the clean energy revolution, transform agriculture and bring about green innovation that we need for climate change solutions.

  6. International Day of Persons with Disabilities

    ILO Director-General: 'Millions of women and men with disabilities face exclusion'

    03 December 2015

    "Today, we renew our commitment to achieving full and equal rights and participation in society for all women and men with disabilities," says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder.

  7. World AIDS Day 2015

    The world of work can help end AIDS as a public health threat by 2030

    01 December 2015

    "The next five years are critical," says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder. "Today, the ILO marks World Aids Day with a renewed commitment to a world without AIDS by 2030."

November 2015

  1. International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

    Time to banish Violence Against Women in the Workplace

    25 November 2015

  2. G20 Leaders’ Summit

    Guy Ryder address to the G20 Leaders' Summit in Antalya

    15 November 2015

    "The goal set in Brisbane last year of increasing growth by more than 2 per cent above trend projections by 2018 remains elusive… Reversing this trend in 2016 is vital for the success of the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda," Ryder told G20 Leaders attenting the Summit in Antalya, Turkey.

  3. © Ray Witlin / World Bank 2016

    Education 2030

    Working together for quality education and social justice

    04 November 2015

    ILO Statement to the Education 2030 High-Level Meeting, UNESCO, Paris

October 2015

  1. OECD Global Forum on Competition

    Address by ILO Director-General at the OECD Global Forum on Competition

    30 October 2015

    Keynote Address by Guy Ryder Director-General ILO on the occassion of the OECD Global Forum on Competition - Paris, 29-30 October 2015

  2. Global Business Network for Social Protection Floors

    "Massive social protection gap is not acceptable from a human rights perspective"

    28 October 2015

    Speech by the ILO's Director-General, Guy Ryder at the Launch event for the Global Business Network for Social Protection Floors at ILO Headquarters, Geneva

  3. International Forum on Tripartism

    Speech by ILO Director-General Guy Ryder to the International Forum on Tripartism

    26 October 2015

  4. World Statistics Day

    Statistics: Illuminating the path to sustainable decent work and development

    20 October 2015

    Statement by Director-General Guy Ryder on the occasion of World Statistics Day 2015.

  5. 133rd Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union

    Address on “The moral and economic imperative for fairer, smarter and more human migration”

    18 October 2015

    Transcript of ILO Director-General Guy Ryder’s Address to the 133rd Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) during the Opening Session of the General Debate on “The moral and economic imperative for fairer, smarter and more human migration”.

  6. © Max Wilson 2016

    World Poverty Day

    An end to Poverty by 2030: It can be done

    17 October 2015

    The theme of this year’s World Poverty Day, “Building a sustainable future: Coming together to end poverty and discrimination”. Statement by ILO Director-General Guy Ryder on World Poverty Day 2015.

  7. Statement

    ILO Director-General Guy Ryder’s Remarks at G7 Employment and Development Ministers’ Meeting

    12 October 2015

    Roundtable 2: Taking on shared responsibility: Vision Zero Fund and capacity development for producing countries

  8. Annual Meetings of the World Bank and the IMF

    ILO Statement at the Development Committee

    10 October 2015

    Statement by Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General, at the Development Committee in Lima, Peru.

  9. Annual Meetings of the World Bank and the IMF

    ILO Statement at the International Monetary and Financial Committee

    09 October 2015

    Statement by Mr Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General at the International Monetary and Financial Committee, Lima, Peru.