Statements and speeches by the ILO's Director-General

February 2015

  1. After the crisis

    Challenges for labour markets now and in the future

    27 February 2015

    In a statement delivered at the Institute of International and European Affairs, ILO Director-general Guy Ryder examined the state of labour markets and the drivers of major change, at a time when governments across the globe are giving priority to generating growth and jobs. He also addressed the policy challenges ahead for governments and for the ILO, in the run-up to the ILO’s 100th anniversary in 2019.

  2. © Bu ensa / AFP 2015

    World Day of Social Justice 2015

    “There is no inevitability, no excuse: Forced labour can be stopped”

    20 February 2015

    ILO Director-General Guy Ryder vows ILO leadership in fight against forced labour on World Day of Social Justice.

December 2014

  1. © Dominic Chavez/World Bank 2015

    International Migrants Day

    Joint statement by ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, and United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein

    18 December 2014

  2. © GARO / Phanie 2015

    International Day of Persons with Disabilities

    Sustainable Development: The Promise of Technology

    03 December 2014

    Statement by Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General, on the occasion of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities

  3. © Cao peng / Imaginechina 2015

    International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

    “We all need to join forces to end slavery in the 21st century”

    02 December 2014

  4. World AIDS Day

    Decent work, social protection can help close the gap

    01 December 2014

    Statement by ILO Director-General Guy Ryder on World AIDS Day 2014.

November 2014

  1. Statement

    ILO Awarded 25th Anniversary Super Vector Prize

    27 November 2014

    ILO Director-General Guy Ryder’s acceptance speech for the prestigious award from the Employers of Poland at its jubilee gala event in Warsaw in the presence of the President of Poland.

October 2014

  1. © Z. H. Chowdhury / NurPhoto 2015

    International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

    Leave no one behind: Working to end poverty

    17 October 2014

    Statement by Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General, on the occasion of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.

  2. Annual Meetings of the World Bank and the IMF

    The decent work foundation for shared prosperity

    11 October 2014

    ILO statement delivered to the World Bank Group and IMF Development Committee - Autumn meeting in Washington

  3. Annual Meetings of the World Bank and the IMF

    Reversing the slide into a low growth trap

    11 October 2014

    ILO Statement to the International Monetary and Financial Committee.

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    Nobel Peace Prize

    Guy Ryder: "This year’s Nobel Peace Prize is a landmark moment in the fight against child labour"

    10 October 2014

    The International Labour Organization salutes the winners of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, Pakistani child education activist Malala Yousafzai and Indian child rights campaigner Kailash Satyarthi.

  5. © UN Photo/Martine Perret 2015

    World Teachers’ Day

    "Investing in teachers means investing in the future"

    05 October 2014

    Joint message (ILO, UNESCO, UNICEF, UNDP, Education International) for the World Teachers’ Day. 5 October 2014 marks the 20th anniversary of World Teachers’ Day, which commemorates the adoption of the ILO/UNESCO Recommendation concerning the status of teachers in 1966.

September 2014

  1. © Vano Shlamov / AFP 2015

    International Day of Older Persons

    "Extending pension coverage and ensuring effective access to health care for older persons is a priority"

    30 September 2014

    On the occasion of the International Day of Older Persons, ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, underlines the need to address the demographic challenge through integrated employment promotion and social protection policies that build on the virtuous cycle of employment, social protection and development International Labour Organization.

  2. © UN Photo/Ryan Brown 2015

    69th Session of the UN General Assembly

    ILO Director-General's statement to the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples Rights

    23 September 2014

  3. Op-Ed

    "Cleaner, Greener, and Richer", joint Op-Ed by Guy Ryder (ILO) and Christiana Figueres (UNFCCC)

    22 September 2014

    ILO Director-General and UNFCCC Executive-Director argue that world leaders meeting at the UN Climate Summit in New York can deliver a safer, healthier, and more prosperous world that provides millions of decent work opportunities.

  4. G20 Labour and Employment Ministers meeting - Melbourne

    ILO Director General's address on G20 Labour Markets

    11 September 2014

    The Director-General of the ILO, Guy Ryder, joined the G20 Labour and Employment Ministerial Meeting held in Melbourne in September 2014, during which the ILO presented a number of reports on employment issues that have been prepared to inform the Ministerial discussions.

August 2014

  1. Climate change

    ILO and UNFCCC to increase collaboration ahead of UN climate summit

    27 August 2014

    Joint statement by Guy Ryder, Director-General of the International Labour Organization and Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

  2. © Pascal Pavani / AFP 2015

    International Youth Day 2014

    Ryder: "The mental health of young people matters to us all"

    12 August 2014

  3. © UN Photo/Kibae Park 2015

    International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

    Bridging the gap: Implementing the rights of indigenous peoples

    08 August 2014

    Message by United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay and ILO Director-General Guy Ryder on the occasion of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

July 2014

  1. World Day against Trafficking in Persons

    Guy Ryder: "Trafficking in human beings is not a thing of the past"

    30 July 2014