ILO's Director-General: News and press releases

February 2023

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    Blog

    Amid crisis there is reason to hope – if we come together to pursue social justice

    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.

January 2023

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    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.

  2. Official visit

    First official visit to Africa by ILO Director-General Houngbo

    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.

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    Disability and work

    Inditex joins ILO’s Global Business and Disability Network

    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.

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    WEF Annual Meeting in Davos

    ILO Director-General highlights world of work issues and social justice at World Economic Forum

    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.

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    WEF meeting in Davos

    ILO Director-General: The world needs a strong and sustained dose of social justice – Here's why

    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.

December 2022

  1. News

    ILO Director-General concludes visit to Qatar

    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.

  2. News

    ILO Director-General meets constituents on first visit to Belgium

    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.

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    News

    ILO Director-General discusses bilateral cooperation with the European Commission

    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.

November 2022

  1. Multilateralism

    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.

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    G20 Leaders’ Summit

    G20 commitment to social justice and decent work welcomed by ILO

    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.

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    Press release

    ILO Governing Body concludes its 346th session

    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.

  4. Media Advisory

    ILO Director-General to attend G20 Summit in Indonesia

    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.

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    346th ILO Governing Body

    The world needs a new social contract says ILO Director-General

    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.

October 2022

  1. Multilateral system

    ILO Director-General makes first visit to UN in New York

    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.

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    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.

  3. Interview

    Social justice and equality will be at the heart of my mandate, says new ILO Director-General

    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.