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.
IPEC's International Steering Committee
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.
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.
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.
World of Work Summit
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".
The ILO at Work
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.
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.
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.
Economics of Forced Labour
20 May 2014
2014 IMF and World Bank Spring Meetings
11 April 2014
While participating at the spring meetings of the 2014 IMF and World Bank, ILO's Director-General, Guy Ryder, pointed out that if pre-crisis trends in employment growth had continued, 62 million more women and men would have been working in 2013 when global unemployment reached 202 million. Unless growth picks up, the jobs gap will widen to 75 million by 2018.
28 October 2013
Representatives of the ILO's Governing Body gathered at a High Level meeting to discuss key issues facing the world of work. Launching the discussion, the ILO's Director-General Guy Ryder spoke about the state of the world's economies and the difficult environment facing enterprises and workers in the real economy. He pointed to growing evidence showing how economic strategies with a central focus on employment can sustain global growth, boost investment and create more and better jobs.
21 October 2013
ILO Director-General Guy Ryder addressed a conference of the European Commission on EU labour law in a video message. Recalling the recent Lampedusa tragedy, he advocated joint efforts of the European Union, the ILO, governments, workers' and employers' organizations to create more regular migration channels.
Third Global Conference on Child Labour
10 October 2013
As the three-day Global Conference on Child Labour came to a close in Brasilia, former child labourers, the ILO Director-General and former President of Brazil Luis Inácio Lula da Silva all stressed the need to continue the fight against child labour.
From the field
09 October 2013
While in Brazil for the III Global Conference on Child Labour (Brasilia, 8-10 October 2013), ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, met with the beneficiaries of the "Me Encontrei" programme in Cuiabá, the capital city of the Brazilian State of Mato Grosso. The programme, supported by the ILO and local authorities, allows former child labourers to complete their education and receive training to enter the job market.
08 October 2013
Warning that the common goal to eliminate the worst forms of child labour will not be met by 2016 at the current rate of progress, ILO Director General Guy Ryder and Brazilian President Dilma Roussef urged delegates to redouble their efforts at the opening of the Third Global Conference on Child Labour . President Dilma Roussef joined him in calling for the commitment of all nations to eradicate child labour through coordinated and integrated action.
Statement for World Teachers' Day
30 September 2013
On World Teachers' Day, October 5, the ILO salutes teachers and commits to supporting their key role in building the citizens and societies of the future, says Guy Ryder, the ILO's Director-General.
Global Conference on Child Labour
23 September 2013
The number of child labourers has declined dramatically from 215 million to 168 million. Despite this progress, the ILO warns that the goal of eliminating the worst forms of child labour may not be reached by 2016. ILO Director General Guy Ryder says The III Global Conference on Child Labour (Brasilia, October 8-10, 2013) is a vitally important moment to take stock of international progress on the Hague Roadmap to end child labour.
16 September 2013
Maritime Labour Convention, 2006
20 August 2013
ILO Director-General Guy Ryder marks the coming into force of the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006. This historic convention provides protection for the world's 1.5 million seafarers under a clear and consolidated set of international labour standards. (Closed captions available)
20 June 2013
In his closing remarks at the 102nd International Labour Conference, ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, called for urgent action in a number of critical areas to meet the demands of a rapidly evolving world of work.