Statements and speeches

2019

  1. Safe and fair migration

    ILO Regional-Director speech on ending violence against women migrant workers

    10 July 2019

    Addressing the regional dialogue on coordinated quality services for ending violence against women migrant workers organized under the joint EU-ILO-UN Women 'Safe and fair' programme, ILO Regional-Director for Asia and the Pacific, Ms Tomoko Nishimoto, explained the importance of the newly adopted convention on violence and harassment in the world of work.

  2. International Day of Cooperatives

    Message from ILO's Director-General Guy Ryder for International Cooperative Day 2019

    05 July 2019

    The 2019 International Day of Cooperatives will be celebrated on Saturday 6 July. This year, in commemoration of the ILO’s centenary, the theme is "cooperatives for decent work" which is closely linked to SDG8. On this occasion ILO Director-General Guy Ryder has issued a video message.

  3. Child labour

    Opening address at the World Day against Child Labour celebration in the Philippines

    29 June 2019

    By Mr Khalid Hassan, Director, ILO Country Office for the Philippines at the World Day against Child Labour celebration in the Philippines, Pasay, Philippines, 29 June 2019

  4. Q&A

    ILO Convention on Violence and Harassment: Five key questions

    28 June 2019

    For the first time violence and harassment in the world of work are covered in new international labour standards, adopted at the Centenary International Labour Conference and now open for ratification by ILO member States.

  5. Safe and fair migration

    ILO Regional Director speech on social protection in Asia and the Pacific

    25 June 2019

    ILO Regional-Director Tomoko Nishimoto, addressed the group pf experts for strengthening regional cooperation on social protection in Asia and the Pacific.

  6. Domestic Workers' Day

    An aging Asia increases the demand for domestic workers. But what about their rights?

    16 June 2019

    Mr. Nilim Baruah, International Labour Organization’s Regional Migration Specialist for Asia and the Pacific, reviews progress on migrant domestic workers’ rights in Asia.

  7. © Tran Van Yen / ILO 2019

    World Day Against Child Labour

    How we treat our children is a reflection of our societies and values

    12 June 2019

    In a statement released for World Day Against Child Labour, ILO Director-General Guy Ryder urges Governments, workers and employers to make a final push to end child labour.

  8. Blog

    The Centenary International Labour Conference – What to expect

    08 June 2019

    The Centenary International Labour Conference (ILC) will be a gathering like no other. While the ILC is an annual event, this 108th Session of the Conference is taking place in the 100th year of the Organization. To mark this special occasion the focus will be on the profound transformations under way in the world of work, including the evolving role of the ILO in building a future of work we want.

  9. Blog

    Captain Jasmin – Charting a sea change in a man’s world

    07 June 2019

    When I began working on ships I would encounter negativity. The thought in people’s minds is ‘you can’t do the job’. They say it’s too physical, that women can’t do it... So you have to work ten times harder than the men.

  10. Blog

    A rocky but productive road to jobs

    31 May 2019

    In the midst of the conflict-affected country, I witnessed hard-working, peace-loving people going about their lives, seemingly unperturbed by the conflict. They come out every day to eke out a living, driven by steadfast hope and deep-rooted determination, to rebuild their lives and their local economies.