ILO in the media


  1. CNBC Africa

    ILO Head: We need to link growth and social development to generate more and better jobs

    12 December 2013

    Zambia's president Sata has stressed the need for the ILO and the Ministry of Labour and Social Security to work together and develop practical strategies for employment creation for the country. With that, ILO's Director-General, Guy Ryder, was on a visit to the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region to launch a Green Jobs project which would see up to 5,000 new jobs created.


    ILO Director-General meets with Pope Francis

    19 November 2013

    The dignity of work is a common concern for the ILO and the Catholic Church, said the ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, during a private audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican.

  3. Rádio e Televisão de Portugal (RTP)

    Progress for Portugal needs job-centred approach, says ILO Chief

    08 November 2013

    With a loss of one in seven jobs in Portugal since the crisis began, the ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, told Portuguese broadcaster RTP it was time to take a longer-term perspective on fiscal deficit reduction, invest in areas to maintain and create jobs, get credit lines to small and medium-sized enterprises and make youth guarantee schemes available. One of Portugal's greatest assets, Guy Ryder said, is its tradition of strong social dialogue. Bringing together government, workers and employers to find solutions needs to be taken advantage of, he said, to help bring about a change in the country's direction.

  4. CNN Quest Means Business

    Labour problems in Qatar "eminently fixable" says ILO

    03 October 2013

    ILO Director General Guy Ryder discussed accusations of forced labour and other labour violations on Qatar's World Cup and other construction sites, saying that while there had been progress to address these issues on paper, implementation is the major problem but an "eminently fixable" one. He went on to say that Qatar has the resources to do the job and that the necessary political will needs to be applied on all sides before more lives are lost on construction sites.

  5. BBC World Business Report

    Child labour numbers down but not quickly enough, ILO Director-General says

    23 September 2013

    Child labour numbers are down by a third since 2000, however 168 million child labourers remain worldwide, ILO Director-General Guy Ryder told the BBC. Progress has been made in particular over the last four years, using an integrated approach that combines better legislation, increased access to education and social protection. The decline in numbers is also a reflection of changing attitudes and international campaigning efforts, Guy Ryder said.

  6. CNN "Quest Means Business"

    One third of the way towards getting rid of child labour, says ILO's Guy Ryder

    23 September 2013

    From 246 million in the year 2000 to 168 million child labourers today, we're getting it right, but the decline is not quick enough, says the ILO Director-General. CNN presenter Richard Quest asks Guy Ryder what to look for regarding child labour when he visits cocoa plantations in the Côte d'Ivoire. It's about an integrated approach, says Guy Ryder. Direct interventions to get children out of work is one part of the story. Also important is whether communities and authorities are getting children to school, and whether basic welfare provisions are building up. There's a wider picture, says Ryder.

  7. BBC World News

    Global decline in child labour still too slow, says ILO

    23 September 2013

    We still have 168 million children in child labour and 85 million are in hazardous work, says Constance Thomas, Director of the ILO's International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour. The greatest numbers are in Asia, although this is where the most progress is being made, she says. But the greatest percentage of children in child labour is in Sub-Saharan Africa where 1 in 5 children are child labourers.

  8. Al Jazeera America

    Landmark global treaty for domestic workers comes into force

    08 September 2013

    There are at least 53 million domestic workers worldwide, excluding child domestic workers. In an interview with Al Jazeera America, Lawrence Jeff Johnson of the ILO Country Office for the Philippines talks about the historic ILO Convention extending basic labour rights to domestic workers around the globe.

  9. BBC World Business Report

    Jobs and growth are top priority at G20, says ILO Director-General

    05 September 2013

    Speaking from the G20 in Moscow, the ILO's Director-General Guy Ryder told the BBC that 93 million were unemployed among the G20 nations and a third had been unemployed for over a year. With these numbers going up, Guy Ryder said the G20 has an opportunity to move up a gear in addressing the issues of jobs and growth.

  10. The CNN Freedom Project

    Educate, inform and empower women to prevent forced labor

    15 July 2013

    ILO Director-General Guy Ryder, tells CNN that billions of US dollars are withheld from workers worldwide - money that should be invested into lifting people out of poverty and out of entrapment.