Videos and audios
16 Days of Activism
24 November 2023
The 16 Days of Activism Global Campaign to call for the elimination of gender-based violence runs annually from November 25 (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) to December 10 (International Human Rights Day). This year’s theme is "UNITE! Invest to prevent violence against women and girls".
International Day of Care and Support
29 October 2023
On the first International Day of Care and Support, the International Labour Organization calls for heavy investments in the care economy.
International Youth Day
12 August 2023
On International Youth Day, ILO Director-General, Gilbert F. Houngbo, says young people need to be equipped with skills for the green economy, so they can find decent jobs and make the world a better place for people and planet.
SDG 8 Month: Decent work for all
01 August 2023
At the start of SDG 8 month, ILO Director-General, Gilbert F. Houngbo, warns that without concerted action on the social, economic and environmental targets Goal 8 covers, humanity risks being locked in a cycle of crisis and conflict on a forever damaged planet.
International Day of Cooperatives
01 July 2023
Ahead of International Day of Cooperatives, ILO Director-General Gilbert F. Houngbo emphasizes the crucial role of cooperatives in sustainable development, poverty reduction, and creating inclusive societies.
Micro-, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises Day
27 June 2023
ILO Director-General Gilbert F. Houngbo's statement reaffirms the ILO's commitment to supporting Micro-, Small, and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs) and ensuring their resilience in the face of multiple crises, climate change, and economic uncertainties.
23 June 2023
On the occasion of the Ukraine Recovery Conference 2023, the ILO’s Director-General, Gilbert F. Houngbo states that "a rapid recovery is only possible if sound foundations, built on decent work and social justice, are laid now as an essential precondition for peace."
International Day for Domestic Workers
16 June 2023
On the International Day for Domestic Workers, 16 June 2023, the ILO’s Director-General, Gilbert F. Houngbo calls upon all countries to ratify the International Labour Organization’s Domestic Workers Convention, Number 189.
World Day Against Child Labour
12 June 2023
On World Day Against Child Labour, 12 June 2023, the ILO Director-General, Gilbert F. Houngbo calls on the international community to support greater social justice and step up the fight against child labour.
World Day for Safety and Health at Work
28 April 2023
In a statement to mark World Day for Safety and Health, the ILO Director-General, Gilbert F. Houngbo, outlines the critical importance of safe and healthy working environments.
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.
24 November 2022
Highlighting the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, ILO Director-General Gilbert F. Houngbo urged all countries to ratify and implement the ILO Convention 190 to put an end to violence and harassment in the world of work.
02 November 2022
In a video address to the Global Deal Forum 2022 Gilbert F. Houngbo's underlined the importance of effective and inclusive social dialogue to address multiple global crises, including climatechange, inequalities, inflation and unemployment.
27 October 2022
100th International Day of Cooperatives
01 July 2022
On International Day of Cooperatives Guy Ryder highlights how cooperatives prioritise people and decent work and contribute to a more sustainable and inclusive future.
Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises Day 2022
27 June 2022
In his message for the 5th Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises Day (MSME), ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, emphasizes the importance of MSMEs, and calls attention to the need to collectively support them to drive inclusive economic recovery, environmental sustainability and decent job creation.
World Day Against Child Labour
10 June 2022
In his statement for World Day Against Child Labour 2022, International Labour Organization Director-General, Guy Ryder, warns the choices made by governments now will make or break the lives of millions of children. He says social protection is one of the most powerful measures to prevent child labour, providing families with income security in difficult times.
25 March 2022
Interviewed after his election on 25 march 2022, ILO Director-General Gilbert Houngbo highlights the need to ensure that economic progress is equitably distributed among the different segments of society. The ILO Governing Body has elected Gilbert F. Houngbo as the Organization’s 11th Director-General, who will take office in October 2022.
World Day of Social Justice 2022
18 February 2022
On the occasion of World Day of Social Justice 2022, ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, says international community has a rare chance that must not be missed to shape a recovery from COVID-19 that delivers social justice for people and protects the planet we all depend on.
18 December 2021