ILO's Director-General: News and press releases

May 2023

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    The Global Governance Project

    G7: The job ahead

    12 May 2023

    In an article ahead of the G7 Summit, ILO Director-General, Gilbert F. Houngbo says the G7’s support in overcoming the challenges of unequal labour markets will help to bring about action and investments in decent work for all – and help to drive shared economic growth. 

April 2023

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    ILO Director-General praises Japan’s social justice achievements

    27 April 2023

    More than 230 constituents, civil partners, partner institutions, and young people attended the ILO Office for Japan’s centenary celebrations, which took place in central Tokyo on Tuesday, 25 April.

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    G7 Labour and Employment Ministers Meeting

    ILO welcomes G7 commitment to invest in human capital and decent work

    24 April 2023

    G7 labour and employment ministers adopt action plan to tackle major issues facing the world of work.

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    Inequality and social justice on the agenda of talks between ILO Director-General and Brazil’s President

    21 April 2023

    On his first official visit to the Latin America and Caribbean region, ILO Director-General Gilbert F. Houngbo and Brazil’s President Lula discussed the ILO’s Global Coalition for Social Justice initiative.

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    Social and solidarity economy

    ILO welcomes new UN resolution on social and solidarity economy

    19 April 2023

    The United Nations General Assembly has passed a resolution on the social and solidarity economy for sustainable development.

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    World Bank / IMF Spring Meetings

    Social justice indispensable to overcome global challenges, ILO tells World Bank/IMF

    14 April 2023

    In statements delivered to the World Bank/International Monetary Fund Spring Meetings in Washington, the ILO Director-General, Gilbert F. Houngbo, highlighted growing inequality worldwide and the need for social justice.

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    Social justice

    ILO Director-General urges greater social justice on first official visit to South Africa

    06 April 2023

    During his three-day trip International Labour Organization Director-General, Gilbert F. Houngbo, held talks with the South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa, government ministers and employers’ and workers’ representatives.

March 2023

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    The ILO Governing Body concludes its 347th session

    28 March 2023

    The Governing Body of the International Labour Organization considered a range of issues of major importance for the world of work, including decent work in the platform economy and in supply chains, the Russian aggression against Ukraine and the situations in Myanmar, Belarus and Venezuela.

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    ILO and IFC scale up collaboration on social issues in private investments

    17 March 2023

    In his address to the ILO Governing Body, the Managing Director of the International Finance Corporation, Makhtar Diop, announced plans to reinforce the partnership with ILO.

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    347th ILO's Governing Body

    ILO Director-General warns of rise in global inequalities, highlights need for global coalition on social justice

    14 March 2023

    At the opening session of the ILO Governing Body meeting, the Director-General has stressed the urgent need for a broad-based and co-ordinated response to promote social justice and tackle economic and social inequalities.

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    ILO Director-General meets Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister

    02 March 2023

    The ILO Director-General and the Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister held talks about cooperation on key work issues, including decent work, social protection, and the transition from the informal economy to the formal economy.

February 2023

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    Care economy

    ILO stresses the need for transformative care economy policies with decent employment opportunities for domestic workers

    28 February 2023

    An Ibero-American symposium in Cartagena aims to identify challenges and opportunities for policy makers. The ILO Director-General joined Ministers of Labour from Latin America and Spain for Tuesday's virtual opening session.

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    Director-General's mission to Côte d'Ivoire

    ILO Director-General welcomes Côte d'Ivoire's action on social protection

    27 February 2023

    During his visit to Abidjan, ILO Director-General, Gilbert F. Houngbo, stressed the need to promote decent work in the cocoa sector.

  3. Avis aux médias

    Partage régionale des connaissances pour des partenariats sur l'élimination du travail des enfants dans les chaînes d'approvisionnement

    21 February 2023

    La conférence régionale favorisera l'échange de connaissances et facilitera la création d'expériences de partenariat intra-africain et par le biais de la coopération Sud-Sud.

  4. Media Advisory

    Regional knowledge sharing for partnerships on the elimination of child labour in supply chains

    21 February 2023

    The regional conference will promote the exchange of knowledge and facilitate the creation of partnership experiences Intra-African and through South-South cooperation.

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    ILO Director-General Houngbo visits Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire

    20 February 2023

    Houngbo holds talks with government officials and social partners in both countries.

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    Podcast: ILO Director-General – Why we need greater social justice

    20 February 2023

    On World Day of Social Justice, the ILO’s Director-General, Gilbert F Houngbo, explained why policymakers must prioritize social justice or risk fueling poverty, inequality and social unrest, as well as undermining action against climate change.

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    World Day of Social Justice

    Event: How to deliver a sustained dose of social justice

    On World Day of Social Justice the ILO brings together leading figures from academia, politics and the world of work with the ILO Director-General to discuss how to advance social justice in the world.

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    14–16 February

    ILO Director-General visits Republic of Moldova

    14 February 2023

    During his two-day stay, the Director-General will have discussions with the Moldovan President and ILO constituents on the impact of the war in neighbouring Ukraine.

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    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.