ILO's Director-General: News and press releases

September 2022

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    Ceremony for the transfer of office at the ILO

    Outgoing ILO Director-General Guy Ryder hands over to Gilbert F. Houngbo.

May 2022

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    110th International Labour Conference

    Those who resort to war deny social justice, says ILO Director-General

    27 May 2022

    “The rule of law must prevail” declares ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, at the opening session of the 110th International Labour Conference.

April 2022

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    ILO and IMO call for urgent action on seafarers stranded in Ukraine following Russian aggression

    08 April 2022

    An estimated 1,000 seafarers are currently stranded in Ukrainian ports and waters with dwindling vital supplies.

March 2022

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    GB roundup

    Highlights of the 344th session of the ILO Governing Body

    30 March 2022

    The Governing Body of the International Labour Organization concluded on 25 March. ILO News discussed the key elements with Dimitrina Dimitrova, Deputy Director of the ILO’s Official Meetings, Documentation and Relations Department.

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    New Director-General of the International Labour Organization elected

    25 March 2022

    The ILO Governing Body has elected Gilbert F. Houngbo as the Organization’s 11th Director-General, who will take office in October 2022.

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    Media advisory

    International Labour Organization’s Governing Body to elect new Director-General

    23 March 2022

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    Aviation sector

    New agreement strengthens decent work in the aviation industry

    15 March 2022

    The renewed collaboration between the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aims to ensure a safe, strong, inclusive and sustainable COVID-19 recovery in the aviation industry.

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    ILO Governing Body to elect next Director-General

    14 March 2022

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    ILO Director-General condemns the aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine

    03 March 2022

    "The ILO’s duty is to stand in solidarity with the government, workers, and employers of Ukraine and to join with the rest of the United Nations system in providing all possible assistance to them," says the ILO Director-General.

January 2022

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    Watch the public dialogues with candidates for the position of ILO Director-General

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    ILO holds public dialogues with candidates for Director-General

    18 January 2022

    Public dialogues with the five nominated candidates for the post of ILO Director-General are being held on Thursday 20 and Friday 21 January 2022. The live-streamed dialogues include a brief presentation by each of the candidates, followed by questions and answers with the ILO tripartite constituents.

December 2021

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    UN Secretary-General visits ILO employment creation project in northern Lebanon

    20 December 2021

    As part of a four-day official trip to Lebanon, UN Secretary-General António Guterres visited a joint ILO-UNDP project that is creating jobs and rehabilitating the Tripoli waterfront.

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    Calls for increased action on inequalities and skills end second session of 109th International Labour Conference

    13 December 2021

    The second and final session of the 109th International Labour Conference has concluded with a call from Member States for the ILO to develop new strategies to tackle inequalities and boost skills and life-long learning.

October 2021

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    Annual meetings of the IMF and the World Bank Group

    The world needs a global accelerator for jobs and social protection

    14 October 2021

    In a statement to the annual meetings of the IMF and the World Bank Group, ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, warned of a two-track recovery from the COVID-19 crisis and emphasized the need to increase investments in universal social protection, decent work and a just green transition. 

September 2021

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    ILO warns of a recovery with high unemployment and worrying informality in Latin America and the Caribbean

    24 September 2021

    At the Inter-American Conference of Ministers of Labour, the Director-General of the ILO said that it is necessary to move towards a sustainable and resilient inclusive recovery in the face of a pandemic that “has brought the world of work to its knees”.

July 2021

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    ILO welcomes BRICS Ministers' support for human-centred recovery from COVID-19

    15 July 2021

    The ILO’s Global Call to Action for a human-centred recovery from the COVID-19 crisis, adopted by the membership at the International Labour Conference in June, has been endorsed by the Labour and Employment Ministers of the five BRICS economies.

June 2021

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    G20 Labour and Employment Ministerial Meeting

    G20 ministers recommit to human-centred roadmap out of crisis

    23 June 2021

    The Declaration issued at the conclusion of the G20 Labour and Employment Ministerial Meeting in Italy echoes the ILO Global Call to Action for a Human-Centred Recovery, adopted by delegates at the June session of the 2021 International Labour Conference.

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    109th International Labour Conference

    COVID-19 and social protection among key debates as June session of virtual International Labour Conference ends

    19 June 2021

    The impact of COVID-19 on the world of work featured prominently in the June segment of the first virtual International Labour Conference. Conclusions on social protection and the application of international labour standards were adopted on the final day, along with an emergency resolution on Myanmar.

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    109th International Labour Conference

    “Cataclysmic” COVID-19 crisis demands human-centred recovery policies, says ILO Director-General

    07 June 2021

    The ILO’s Director-General told delegates at the opening virtual plenary sitting of the International Labour Conference that human-centred policies, such as those outlined in the ILO Centenary Declaration, are key to a sustainable and inclusive global pandemic response.

May 2021

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    Social Summit in Porto

    ILO Director-General addresses EU Social Summit in Porto

    13 May 2021

    Europe must seize its opportunity to increase investment in training, social protection, social dialogue and the jobs of the future, ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, told EU leaders at their Social Summit in Porto, Portugal.