01 February 2023
In a blog for the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, ILO Director-General calls for more international cooperation to achieve sustainable development goals and greater social justice.
COVID-19 and transport workers
Recommendations adopted by heads of UN agencies and sectoral organizations to protect transport workers in future health emergencies
25 January 2023
A Joint Action Group, set up to review the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the world’s transport workers and the global supply chain, encourages all actors to apply internationally agreed protocols and standards and take proactive and concrete actions for future emergencies.
25 January 2023
The Director-General of the ILO, Gilbert F. Houngbo, the first African to hold this post, will be in Dakar, Senegal, on an official visit from 25 to 28 January 2023. During his stay, he will hold talks with Macky Sall, President of the Republic of Senegal, as well as with the Senegalese authorities in charge of labour issues.
Disability and work
25 January 2023
The International Labour Organization’s Global Business and Disability Network aims to increase recognition by companies, such as Inditex – the world’s largest clothing retailer – of the benefits of disability inclusion.
WEF Annual Meeting in Davos
16 January 2023
The ILO Director-General, Gilbert Houngbo emphasized the need for social justice at the gathering of leaders in the Swiss resort of Davos.
WEF meeting in Davos
09 January 2023
Ahead of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, the ILO Director-General outlines why greater social justice is needed to reinvigorate social progress and respond to the impact of multiple global crises.
04 December 2022
During his two-day trip, International Labour Organization Director-General, Gilbert F. Houngbo, held talks with senior Qatari officials and migrant worker representatives on issues including strengthening labour rights and standards and building social justice.
01 December 2022
During his trip to Brussels, the ILO Director-General met the Belgian Minister of the Economy and Employment, the Minister of Social Affairs and Public Health, in charge of Development Cooperation and of the Major Cities Policy, and the Belgian social partners.
01 December 2022
During his first official visit to Brussels, the ILO Director-General met the Executive Vice-President for the European Green Deal, the Vice-President for Promoting our European Way of Life, and the EU Commissioners for Jobs and Social Rights and for International Partnerships. They discussed ongoing work and the priorities ahead.
ILO Director-General warns of threat to social justice at meeting with Chancellor Scholz and other international organization leaders
30 November 2022
Social justice, social protection and creating enough decent jobs were discussed during the Director-General’s visit to Berlin, which also resulted in new cooperation agreements with the World Bank and the German government.
G20 Leaders’ Summit
16 November 2022
The G20 leaders commitment to work together to tackle the current multiple crises facing the world and to support greater social justice and decent work, has been welcomed by the ILO’s Director-General, who attended the Summit.
11 November 2022
The Governing Body of the International Labour Organization considered a range of issues, including the Russian aggression against Ukraine and the situations in Bangladesh, Belarus and Venezuela.
10 November 2022
The ILO Director-General, Gilbert F. Houngbo, will be attending the G20 Leaders’ Summit, to be held 15-16 November, in Bali, Indonesia.
346th ILO Governing Body
02 November 2022
The founding values of the ILO, established in 1919, remain equally relevant today, the ILO Director-General has told the opening of the 346th Session of the Governing Body.
26 October 2022
During his trip to the United Nations in New York, the Director-General met UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and chaired a preparatory meeting of the UN 2023 Water Conference.
Annual Meetings of the World Bank and the IMF
ILO Director-General calls for social protection and minimum wages to respond to cost-of-living crisis
17 October 2022
In statements to the World Bank and International Monetary Fund Annual Meetings, ILO calls for a crisis response that reduces inequalities and promotes sustainability, through universal social protection, adequate wage increases, greater support for vulnerable economies and respect for labour rights.
03 October 2022
As he takes up his new position, Director-General Gilbert F. Houngbo talks about his background, his priorities and his vision for the ILO and the world of work.