Statements and speeches

  1. Social Justice

    World Day of Social Justice

    19 February 2019

    In a statement marking World Day of Social Justice, ILO Director-General Guy Ryder says decent work is key to achieving sustainable development and social justice, itself a foundation of lasting peace.

  2. © Jesse A. Lora / NAVFAC 2023

    World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2017

    "Accurate data will help to save lives"

    28 April 2017

    "Countries that have good data will be better placed to fulfil their commitment to implement and report on the global plan of action to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all under the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development," says ILO Director-General on World Day for Safety and Health at Work on 28th April.

  3. © Stefan Magdalinski 2023

    World Day of Social Justice

    Decent work for social justice

    20 February 2017

    On World Day of Social Justice (20 February), ILO Director-General Guy Ryder underscores the challenge of bridging the social and economic gaps which have arisen as a result of growing inequality.

  4. © Alecska 2023

    International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

    Violence against one woman anywhere is a threat to peace everywhere

    25 November 2016

    "Ending violence against women is about guaranteeing the basic rights of women and liberating us all from the ties of prejudice, misogyny and inequality. The path is clear, and the ILO will continue its work until the entire world of work is free from violence," says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder.

  5. G20, Beijing

    ILO Director-General briefs G20 Labour and Employment Ministers on “Promoting Decent Work”

    13 July 2016

  6. G20, Beijing

    ILO Director-General's remarks to the G20 Labour and Employment Ministerial Meeting

    12 July 2016

    In his statement to the G20 Labour and Employment Ministerial Meeting held in Beijing in July 2016, ILO Director-General Guy Ryder warned that poor prospects for economic growth risk becoming entrenched.

  7. © Bob Nichols / USDA 2023

    International Day of Cooperatives

    Cooperatives: An old idea, but more relevant than ever in today’s world

    01 July 2016

    Cooperatives are key to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder on the occasion of International Day of Cooperatives.