Statements and speeches


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    Preserve the environment to boost development and provide jobs

    05 June 2016

    Illegal wildlife trade harms not only the environment, it risks jobs, development and livelihoods, says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder, on World Environment Day

  2. Address by Dr. Ruba Jaradat, ILO Regional Director for Arab States: Launch of the UAE-ILO project “Innovation in labour market governance”

    23 May 2016

  3. Ruba Jaradat, ILO Regional Director for the Arab States, at the 43rd Arab Labour Conference

    10 April 2016

  4. Statement by ILO Director-General: Getting to Equal by 2030, The Future is Now

    08 March 2016

    “Let’s work together to achieve genuine gender equality and women’s empowerment in the world of work. Decent work for women brings decent lives for all,” says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder.

  5. © A'Melody Lee / World Bank 2022

    "We must work together to ensure that no one is left behind"

    20 February 2016

    "We now face the true acid test of the strength of our policies and depth of our commitment," says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder.


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    The fundamental connection between human rights and labour rights

    10 December 2015

    "We join our efforts with those of the international community to ensure that the rights of women and men, girls and boys everywhere are respected. We are committed to action in the world of work to respond to the call for Our Rights. Our Freedoms. Always," says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder.

  2. ILO Director-General: 'Millions of women and men with disabilities face exclusion'

    03 December 2015

    "Today, we renew our commitment to achieving full and equal rights and participation in society for all women and men with disabilities," says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder.

  3. The world of work can help end AIDS as a public health threat by 2030

    01 December 2015

    "The next five years are critical," says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder. "Today, the ILO marks World Aids Day with a renewed commitment to a world without AIDS by 2030."

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    An end to Poverty by 2030: It can be done

    17 October 2015

    The theme of this year’s World Poverty Day, “Building a sustainable future: Coming together to end poverty and discrimination”. Statement by ILO Director-General Guy Ryder on World Poverty Day 2015.

  5. © Danilo Urbina 2022

    Ending violence and discrimination against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex people

    29 September 2015

    In a joint statement United Nations entities* call on States to act urgently to end violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) adults, adolescents and children.

  6. © Ray Witlin / World Bank 2022

    "Great potential for South-South cooperation to help improve the working lives of millions"

    12 September 2015

    "There is a lot of room for scaling up South-South cooperation and for strengthening interregional cooperation in the global South. Workers and employers and their organizations along with governments all have a role to play in encouraging this expansion," said ILO Director-General Guy Ryder on the occasion of United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation.

  7. Engage young people to solve youth employment

    12 August 2015

    On International Youth Day, ILO Director-General Guy Ryder calls on actors in the world of work to foster the inclusion of young people.

  8. © Pius Mahimbi 2022

    "Indigenous peoples have the right to decent work"

    09 August 2015

    "A better and just future for indigenous peoples demands new and innovative approaches that enhance the visibility of indigenous peoples and pay attention to their concerns, needs and aspirations," said ILO Director-General underlying the role of decent work in ensuring indigenous people's health and well-being.

  9. © Curt Carnemark / World Bank 2022

    “Breastfeeding and Work - Let’s Make it Work!”

    31 July 2015

    "Ensuring adequate maternity protection and time and space for breastfeeding at work is not only the right thing to do, it also makes economic sense," says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder.

  10. Message by ILO Director-General Guy Ryder: “Choose cooperatives, choose equality"

    04 July 2015

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    Fighting Child Labour with quality education

    12 June 2015

    Statement by Mr. Guy Ryder, Director-General International Labour Organization on the occasion of World Day against Child Labour

  12. © Liang Qiang / World Bank 2022

    Turning the challenges of greening workplaces and economies into opportunities

    05 June 2015

    ILO Director-General statement for World Environment Day 2015.

  13. ILO Director-General: Building a culture of prevention on occupational safety and health

    28 April 2015

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    "The future of work must also deal with the future of women at work"

    08 March 2015

    Statement by Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General, on the occasion of International Women’s Day, 8 March 2015.

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    “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.