Statements and speeches by the ILO's Director-General

December 2014

  1. 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 2014

    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.

  4. © R.Raveendran/E.Wole / AFP 2014

    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 2014

    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 2014

    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 2014

    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 2014

    International Youth Day 2014

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

    12 August 2014

  3. © UN Photo/Kibae Park 2014

    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

  2. © Yasuyoshi Chiba / AFP 2014

    International Day of Cooperatives

    “Cooperatives for sustainable development”

    05 July 2014

June 2014

  1. © ILO 2014

    Youth employment

    Welcome remarks on the occasion of the visit of the UN Secretary-General, Mr Ban Ki-moon

    18 June 2014

    UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon participated in an interactive dialogue on youth employment during his visit to ILO headquarters in Geneva. The session focused on the importance of investing in quality jobs for youth, particularly those living in developing countries.

  2. World Day against Child Labour

    Statement on the occasion of the World Day against Child Labour

    12 June 2014

  3. 103rd International Labour Conference

    Opening remarks to the World of Work Summit

    09 June 2014

  4. © Pairoj / AFP 2014

    World Environment Day

    Raise your voice, not the sea level

    05 June 2014

    Message by Guy Ryder Director-General of the ILO on the occasion of World Environment Day