Statements and speeches

February 2020

  1. The 2030 Agenda and the future of work in Europe

    Greater efforts needed to achieve SDG targets

    11 February 2020

    Speaking at the University of Helsinki, the ILO Director-General told an audience from the Sustainability Foundation that a lack of credible action on the SDG’s risked damaging the credibility of national and multilateral institutions.

  2. Seminar – Centenary of the Finnish membership of the ILO

    Ryder salutes Finland’s contribution to ILO’s work

    11 February 2020

    Since joining the ILO in December 1920, Finland has contributed to various areas of ILO’s work. Speaking at a seminar to celebrate the Centenary of Finland’s membership of the ILO, Ryder said that it has been a two-way street.

December 2019

  1. G7 Social High Level Meeting, Paris

    Reducing inequalities for sustainable development

    19 December 2019

    Paris Joint Statement of the French Minister of Labour, the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO), and the Secretary General of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

  2. UN Climate Change Conference COP 25

    Director-General Guy Ryder launches Climate Action for Jobs Initiative at COP 25

    11 December 2019

    Effective action on climate change must include human-centred and sustainable policies to promote decent work for all.

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    United Nations Network on Migration

    UN Network on Migration marks the Global Compact's first anniversary

    11 December 2019

    Adopted in 2018, the Global Compact highlights the need for international cooperation to address the challenges of migration and reap its benefits, while respecting human rights.

  4. 14th African Regional Meeting

    ILO Director-General Guy Ryder's closing remarks at the 14th ILO African Regional Meeting

    06 December 2019

  5. 14th African Regional Meeting

    A human-centred future of work needed in Africa

    03 December 2019

    ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, outlined the world of work challenges and opportunities facing Africa at the opening of the ILO’s 14th African Regional Meeting in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.

November 2019

  1. Annual Forum on Business and Human Rights 2019

    Create the right environment for responsible business

    26 November 2019

    States have a role to play in promoting responsible business, said ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, at the Business and Human Rights Forum 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland.

  2. © H. Abdulsalam / UNAMID 2020

    International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

    End violence and harassment in the world of work

    25 November 2019

    "Violence and harassment constitutes one of the greatest threats to decent work. No more excuses. Let’s work together and make the promise of Convention No. 190 a reality for all," says ILO Director-General.

  3. “1+6” Roundtable, Beijing

    A human-centred approach to global economic governance

    21 November 2019

    Reducing inequality and ensuring sustainable development requires greater cooperation and policy coherence within the multilateral system, Guy Ryder has told leaders at a meeting in Beijing held to discuss the development of the world economy.