ILO's Director-General: Videos and photos

Videos and audios

  1. Video

    2015 Edward Phelan Lecture: "The future of work"

    26 February 2015

    The National University of Ireland (NUI) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) have pleasure in welcoming you this evening to the 2015 Edward Phelan Lecture. NUI and ILO first collaborated in 2013 to establish this lecture series. Both organisations feel greatly honoured that President Michael D. Higgins has agreed to give the second Phelan Lecture as part of The President of Ireland’s Ethics Initiative on 26 February at 6:30 pm (Dublin/GMT time). There will be a response from Guy Ryder, Director-General of the ILO. Enjoy the lecture.

  2. Audio

    Listen: Guy Ryder discusses the future of work at a Global Employment Forum in Munich

    29 January 2015

  3. Council of Europe

    Recommit to social dialogue in Europe, says ILO Director-General

    28 January 2015

    Europe continues to struggle to attain real recovery, with growing inequality and unacceptably high levels of unemployment, said ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, in an address to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. Minimum wage policies, restoring collective bargaining and recommitting to the processes of social dialogue would help respond to these challenges, he said.

  4. Video interview

    ILO Chief: The youth employment crisis is definitely not over

    19 December 2014

    Youth guarantees, entrepreneurship and apprenticeships are tools to getting over 74 million youth back to work,said ILO Director-General Guy Ryder during the talkshow organized in the context of the activities of the Asia and Pacific Youth Network of the ILO (APYouthNet).

  5. Fair Migration

    As the business case for migration becomes stronger, so must our political capacity to deal with it, warns ILO Chief

    10 November 2014

    Policy coherence and the role labour ministries and social partners should play in employment and labour migration were the subject of a lively discussion at the ILO during a High-level Interactive Dialogue organized in cooperation with the Government of Italy. The panel was organized to share views, experiences and practices from various regional perspectives around the implementation of the ILO’s Fair Migration Agenda.

  6. OECD New World Forum 2014

    Guy Ryder: "It is for all of us to construct a future where full employment stands at the centre of our preoccupations"

    07 October 2014

    Watch ILO-Director General statement on “The future of work" at the OECD New World Forum on Tuesday 7 October.

  7. WTO public forum 2014

    Cutting labour costs to increase trade advantage makes no sense, says ILO chief

    01 October 2014

    ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, participated at the opening plenary debate of the World Trade Organization's Public Forum 2014: "Why Trade Matters to Everyone". Moderator Julie Gichuru, a news anchor for Citizen TV introduced Guy Ryder. Other participants included: Roberto Azevêdo, Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO), Amanda Long, Director General of Consumers International, and Robert Smith, Executive Editor for the US National Public Radio (NPR).

  8. 69th Session of the UN General Assembly

    Unless you have people earning money, you don't have demand, says ILO Head

    24 September 2014

    ILO Director-General Guy Ryder called on governments to work together "to start putting people back to work". Speaking on a panel at the Ford Foundation-ILO High level event, "Employment and Decent Work for Inclusive and Sustainable Development", Ryder also noted since young people are more likely to be unemployed than adults that apprenticeships were important to reduce the mismatch between what companies need and what education provides. The event included panels moderated by CNN's Richard Quest that included four Heads of State, the CEO of Coca Cola and the General Secretary of the ITUC.

  9. Youth employment

    Ban Ki-moon: Decent work for youth backbone of development

    18 June 2014

    During his second visit to the ILO, UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, defined youth unemployment as an "epidemic" which represents a great test of our time. Mr Ban also stressed how the global youth unemployment situation is intolerable, and called for an increasing collaboration and cooperation on employment and entrepreneurship for youth.

  10. 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.

  11. IPEC's International Steering Committee

    IPEC remains and must remain a flagship programme of the ILO, said Guy Ryder

    10 June 2014

    Following the performance of the class choir and orchestra - Gabriel Peri School (France), ILO's Director-General, Guy Ryder, opened the International Steering Committee meeting of the International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (IPEC). He reminded the progress the ILO has made in the fight to eradicate the worst forms of child labour. ILO's Corinne Vargha (Branch Chief, Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work), Christina Behrendt (Social Policy Specialist) and Paula Montagner (Brazilian Ministry of Social Development) highlighted the importance of social protection in combating child labour.

  12. Special sitting

    Mongolian PM addresses the 103rd International Labour Conference

    09 June 2014

    Norovyn Altankhuyag of Monglia addressed the 103rd International Labour Conference in Geneva, as the first Prime Minister representing the Asian country at the ILO's annual Conference. Mr. Altankhuyag praised the cultivating and fruitful cooperation between his country and the ILO across a broad range of areas, including labour and social welfare.

  13. Special sitting

    Jordan's PM: Investing in human resources, pivotal to social and economic progress

    09 June 2014

    While addressing the 103rd International Labour Conference, H.E. Mr Abdullah Ensour, Prime Minister of Jordan, stressed that political, social and economic reforms in his country constitute an ongoing process which need to be sustained by democratic consent. The Jordanian Government is convinced that the growth of the country's economy is conditional to the growth of the productivity of its labour force. Mr Ensour also called for the support of the international community to help the Kingdom in dealing with the consequences of the Syrian humanitarian crisis affecting Jordan.

  14. World of Work Summit

    Prof. Deepak Nayyar: "What is good for employment is good for growth"

    09 June 2014

    The financial crisis and ongoing recession provide an opportunity to rethink macroeconomic policies and place employment at their centre, said Professor Deepak Nayyar, Professor of Economics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India, in a speech to delegates at the 103rd International Labour Conference. The ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder and Professor Nayyar opened a day of discussion at the conference focussed on "Developing with Jobs".

  15. The ILO at Work

    ILO ready to pick up challenges that lie at the core of its mandate

    05 June 2014

    The ILO's Director-General, Guy Ryder, presented a new publication on the recent achievements of the Organization's development cooperation, titled 'The ILO at Work: Development Results 2012-2013'. “This report is published at a time of major change in international development corporation, greater coherence between UN agencies and other development actors is being promoted, and has resulted in new ways of working and greater policy making in a one UN framework”, said Ryder during his presentation.

  16. Transforming economies

    Development strategy must strive to make growth more economically and socially inclusive, says ILO Chief

    04 June 2014

    A joint ILO-UNCTAD publication, titled "Transforming Economies: Making industrial policy work for growth, jobs and development" was launched by the ILO's Director-General, Guy Ryder, and UNCTAD's Secretary General, Mukhisa Kituyi. The book presents 8 case studies of countries across the development spectrum, from sub-Saharan Africa to the United States. According to the authors the clear implication from those studies is that government has an essential role in the successful development.

  17. 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.

  18. Listen

    ILO Director-General: Migrants must receive equal treatment in the labour market

    28 May 2014

    Workers rights must be put at the centre of the agenda when it comes to dealing with migration. That’s the key message of the “Fair Migration” report presented to the International Labour Conference by Guy Ryder, Director-General of the ILO. Protecting local and migrant workers equally is the best way to reconcile social concerns and economic benefits, says Mr Ryder in an interview with ILO Radio.

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    International Labour Conference opens with calls to address migration and forced labour

    28 May 2014

    The 103rd annual International Labour Conference began Wednesday in Geneva. Thousands of delegates representing governments, employees and employers have gathered to discuss and address issues surrounding migration, forced labour and the formalization of the global workforce.

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    ILO's Director-General opens 103rd Session of the International Labour Conference

    28 May 2014

    Addressing more than 3,000 representatives of governments, employers and workers from 156 countries, ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, officially opened the 103rd session of the International Labour Conference. Ryder urged delegates to place jobs at the front and centre of discussions, and called for strengthened actions to end forced labour. The ILO's Head also stressed the need to tackle the unacceptable treatment and abuse to which too many migrant workers are exposed worldwide.