Statements and speeches

2017

  1. © J.C. Huayllapuma / CIFOR 2017

    Indigenous women’s voice and empowerment more important than ever to ensure a better future of work for all

    08 August 2017

    Ten years since the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples was adopted, the international community renews its commitment to promote the empowerment and voice of indigenous women.

  2. Cooperatives help to build inclusive economies and societies

    01 July 2017

    "Let us draw on the strengths of cooperatives as we pool efforts to implement the 2030 Agenda and make sure that no one is left behind," says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder.

  3. © A. Gonzalez Farran / UNAMID 2017

    "In conflicts and disasters, protect children from child labour"

    12 June 2017

    “Children in areas affected by conflict and disasters are among the most vulnerable. No child must be left behind.” says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder in his statement for World Day Against Child Labour.

  4. © Asian Development Bank 2017

    A greener future will not be decent by definition, but by design

    05 June 2017

    "Let’s not just mark World Environment Day. Let’s make it a reason to put our political will into action. The future of our jobs, and of our children, relies on it," says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder.

  5. © Jesse A. Lora / NAVFAC 2017

    "Accurate data will help to save lives"

    28 April 2017

    "Countries that have good data will be better placed to fulfil their commitment to implement and report on the global plan of action to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all under the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development," says ILO Director-General on World Day for Safety and Health at Work on 28th April.

  6. The future of work in Arab states: Working together for growth, peace and resilience

    31 March 2017

    In a region facing a unique set of challenges, International Labour Organization (ILO) Regional Director for Arab States Dr. Ruba Jaradat says Arab governments, workers and employers must work together to ensure a future of decent work and social justice.

  7. © Stefan Magdalinski 2017

    Decent work for social justice

    20 February 2017

    On World Day of Social Justice (20 February), ILO Director-General Guy Ryder underscores the challenge of bridging the social and economic gaps which have arisen as a result of growing inequality.

2016

  1. Enabling policies for persons with disabilities are crucial to achieving SDGs

    03 December 2016

    People with disabilities are the world’s largest minority, says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder. However, their right to productive employment and decent work is frequently denied.

  2. Everyone needs to be aware of slavery and know how to fight it

    02 December 2016

    "The right to be free of forced labour is both a fundamental labour right, as well as a human right", says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder in his message for International Day for the Abolition of Slavery.

  3. © UNICEF Ethiopia 2017

    Employment is key in the life cycle approach to HIV

    01 December 2016

    "AIDS is not over. With the finish line in sight, we need to keep our foot on the accelerator and reinforce the role of the world of work as a strategic stage in the life cycle approach to HIV," says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder.

  4. © Alecska 2017

    Violence against one woman anywhere is a threat to peace everywhere

    25 November 2016

    "Ending violence against women is about guaranteeing the basic rights of women and liberating us all from the ties of prejudice, misogyny and inequality. The path is clear, and the ILO will continue its work until the entire world of work is free from violence," says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder.

  5. Address by Mr Guy Ryder, Director-General upon his re-election by the ILO Governing Body for a second five-year term starting in October 2017

    07 November 2016

  6. © Tim Shields 2017

    The real cost of extreme poverty

    17 October 2016

    Statement of the ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder on International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.

  7. © T. Lee 2017

    Delivering economic and social justice for indigenous and tribal peoples through decent work

    09 August 2016

    "Together, by building bridges and strengthening partnerships, guaranteeing equal access to education and most importantly, by empowering indigenous and tribal peoples through decent work, we can surmount the challenges ahead," says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder.

  8. © Bob Nichols / USDA 2017

    Cooperatives: An old idea, but more relevant than ever in today’s world

    01 July 2016

    Cooperatives are key to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder on the occasion of International Day of Cooperatives.

  9. End child labour in supply chains: It’s everyone’s business

    12 June 2016

    "Acting together, it is within our means to make the future of work a future without child labour," says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder on the occasion of World Day against Child Labour.

  10. Address by Ruba Jaradat, ILO Regional Director for Arab States, at the ministerial meeting of the Asia Pacific Group of the ILO (ASPAG,) 105th session of the International Labour Conference, June 2016

    10 June 2016

  11. ILO Director General opening remarks to the World of Work Summit

    09 June 2016

  12. © www.usa-reiseblogger.de 2017

    Preserve the environment to boost development and provide jobs

    05 June 2016

    Illegal wildlife trade harms not only the environment, it risks jobs, development and livelihoods, says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder, on World Environment Day

  13. Address by Dr. Ruba Jaradat, ILO Regional Director for Arab States: Launch of the UAE-ILO project “Innovation in labour market governance”

    23 May 2016