ILO's Director-General: News and press releases

July 2020

  1. © Ploy Phutpheng / UN Women 2020

    Joint Op-Ed ECLAC, ILO & UN Geneva

    Building back better: Equality at the centre

    16 July 2020

    We must put equality and environmental sustainability at the centre of the recovery phase of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  2. Virtual Global Summit

    Global leaders to address ILO Virtual Global Summit on COVID-19 and the World of Work

    07 July 2020

    The largest ever online gathering of workers, employers and governments will discuss how to build back better in the post-pandemic recovery.

May 2020

  1. Op-Ed

    Op-Ed: New normal? Better normal!

    01 May 2020

    The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare in the cruellest way, the extraordinary precariousness and injustices of our world of work, says ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder.

April 2020

  1. © Alain Pitton/NurPhoto via AFP 2020

    COVID-19: Stimulating the economy and employment

    COVID-19: How social and economic sectors are responding

    21 April 2020

    The COVID-19 crisis is having a devastating effect on all social and economic sectors. In a series of briefs, the ILO analyses how the pandemic is affecting the functioning of these sectors and how they are responding to alleviate its effects.

  2. © Ryan Brown / UN Women 2020

    COVID-19: Stimulating the economy and employment

    COVID-19 responses must be built on human solidarity, ILO tells World Bank/IMF

    17 April 2020

    In submissions to the Spring Meetings of the IMF and World Bank the ILO Director-General has laid out a four-pillar plan of policy responses to the COVID-19 crisis, that are human-centred and built on global solidarity.

March 2020

  1. COVID-19: Pandemic in the World of Work

    ILO Director-General: COVID-19 has exposed the fragility of our economies

    27 March 2020

    The Corona virus pandemic is not just a medical crisis, but a social and economic one too, says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder. If our response is to be effective it must take into account all these factors, and be delivered in a co-ordinated, global way. In particular, it must answer the needs of the most vulnerable.

February 2020

  1. © Mohamed Abd El Ghany / REUTERS 2020

    Blog

    Hard data needed on disability and work

    19 February 2020

    "The ILO is committed to drive the discussion on disability inclusion. Measuring and monitoring progress will be vital if we are to go beyond words," says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder.

January 2020

  1. © Bart Versteeg 2020

    Child labour

    Next steps to end child labour in global supply chains

    27 January 2020

    A major conference takes place this week in the Netherlands that aims to set out the next steps in ending child labour in global supply chains. ILO Director-General Guy Ryder took part in a panel discussion at the conference, which has been organized by the Dutch government in collaboration with the ILO, the Global March Against Child Labour and the Netherlands Enterprise Agency.

  2. © Chor Sokunthea / World Bank 2020

    World Employment and Social Outlook – Trends 2020

    Insufficient paid work affects almost half a billion people, new ILO report shows

    20 January 2020

    A lack of decent work combined with rising unemployment and persisting inequality is making it increasingly difficult for people to build better lives through their work, according to the latest edition of the ILO’s global report on employment and social trends.

December 2019

  1. G7 Social High Level Meeting, Paris

    Inequality compromises inclusive growth and social cohesion

    19 December 2019

    The ILO has called for countries to implement a range of measures to tackle inequality, in a joint statement with other international agencies attending the Paris G7 meeting.

  2. 50th anniversary of the ILO office in Argentina

    "Argentina and the ILO can build a future with social justice"

    10 December 2019

    Director-General Guy Ryder has made a two-day visit to the Argentine capital during which he led the celebration for the 50th anniversary of the ILO office in the country.

  3. Article

    Highlights of the 14th African Regional Meeting on Twitter

    05 December 2019

    Find out what you missed at the 14th ILO African Regional Meeting with a selection of the top tweets from the event.

November 2019

  1. State of the Unions podcast

    A future where people have jobs

    26 November 2019

    ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, talks with podcast co-host Tim Schlittner about the international labour movement, the idea of "decent labour" and the future of work. The State of the Unions podcast is produced by the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO).

September 2019

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    UN General Assembly

    ILO and UNCCD to work together on human impacts of desertification

    24 September 2019

    Ahead of the UN Climate Summit, the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding supporting closer cooperation on climate-related issues, including halting desertification and land degradation, and creating green jobs.

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    Article

    Future of work takes centre stage at UNGA

    24 September 2019

    ILO-led discussions relating to the future of work played a key role at the UN General Assembly in New York. Follow the highlights here.

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    UN Climate Action Summit

    Just transition commitments made by many countries at UN Climate Action Summit

    23 September 2019

    Prime Minister of Spain announces commitments made by close to 50 countries to create just transition plans designed to ensure ambitious climate action delivers significant social gains with decent green jobs.

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    United Nations General Assembly

    Decent jobs in the spotlight at UN General Assembly

    20 September 2019

    ILO Director-General will promote decent work and a ‘just transition’ to greener economies, when he joins world leaders for the UN Climate Summit and UN General Assembly in New York.

  5. © Cia Pak / UN Photo 2020

    United Nations General Assembly

    UN Secretary-General announces new Climate Action Summit jobs initiative

    18 September 2019

    The initiative provides a roadmap for ensuring that people’s jobs and well-being are at the centre of the transition to a carbon-neutral economy.

  6. G20 Labour and Employment Ministers’ Meeting

    ILO welcomes G20 commitment to human-centred future of work policies

    02 September 2019

    The G20 Labour and Employment Ministers have adopted a Declaration committing to human-centred world of work policies. The ILO’s Director-General, who took part in the meeting in Japan, welcomed the statement.

  7. G20 Labour and Employment Ministers’ Meeting

    ILO welcomes G20 commitment to human-centred future of work policies

    02 September 2019

    The G20 Labour and Employment Ministers have adopted a Declaration committing to human-centred world of work policies. The ILO’s Director-General, who took part in the meeting in Japan, welcomed the statement.