ILO's Director-General: News and press releases

September 2016

  1. Peace agreement in Colombia

    Director-General of the ILO attends signing of peace agreement in Colombia

    21 September 2016

    Guy Ryder confirmed his presence in Cartagena on September 26 to sign the document which seeks to end more than five decades of armed conflict.

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    Press release

    ILO Director-General: China charts the future of work

    06 September 2016

    China is “shaping its own future”, Guy Ryder tells delegates to the first national dialogue on the future of work, but profound challenges lie ahead for the country, and for the planet.

  3. © Marc Veraart 2016

    Press release

    Universal social protection already a reality in many developing countries

    06 September 2016

    At a high level conference on universal social protection ILO Director-General Guy Ryder has told delegates that: “In 2016, a lack of social protection is completely unacceptable. This has to change, and this can change.”

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    G20 Summit

    ILO head welcomes G20 commitment to tackle inequality and jobs deficits

    05 September 2016

    Speaking at the G20 Summit Guy Ryder has urged leaders to accelerate inclusive development to respond to growing employment and equality challenges.

July 2016

  1. Beijing meeting

    ILO Director-General calls for labour market policies supporting both demand and recovery

    22 July 2016

    At a meeting hosted by the Chinese Prime Minister with the heads of several international organizations, Guy Ryder highlighted the need to boost labour incomes and household consumption.

  2. G20 Labour Ministers meeting

    G20 Labour and Employment Ministers act to advance decent work

    13 July 2016

    G20 labour ministers’ Beijing Declaration stresses that “productive employment and decent work are the foundation of the livelihoods of people across the world”.

  3. G20 Labour Ministers meeting

    ILO Director-General to G20: “Persistent slow growth weakening the outlook for jobs and wages”

    12 July 2016

    In a briefing to G20 Labour and Employment ministries meeting in China, Guy Ryder has raised concerns that poor prospects for economic growth risk becoming entrenched.

  4. Future of Work

    Listen: Guy Ryder's special address to India on how the world of work is undergoing a major process of change

    11 July 2016

    Delivering a special address at a ‘National Tripartite Dialogue on Future of Work: Challenges and Opportunities’ organized by FICCI in partnership with the International Labour Organization, the ILO's Director-General Guy Ryder said that as the world of work was undergoing a major process of change.

June 2016

  1. © Herald Post 2016

    5th anniversary of ILO Convention No 189

    Who cares for the carers?

    16 June 2016

    On International Domestic Workers’ Day, some good news on protecting vulnerable workers in the home - An OP-ED on the Domestic Workers Convention by Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General.

May 2016

  1. World Humanitarian Summit 2016

    Event highlights decent work in addressing Syrian refugee crisis

    25 May 2016

    A high-level ILO side event held in Istanbul underlines the role of decent work in addressing the Syrian refugee crisis.

  2. African Employers’ Summit

    Guy Ryder: Employers are powerful drivers of economic and social well-being in Africa

    07 May 2016

    The ILO Director-General highlighted the key role employers play in addressing urgent economic and social issues on the continent during the African Employers’ Summit in Kenya.

  3. Youth employment

    Tackling youth employment challenge in Latin America

    03 May 2016

    ILO Director-General Guy Ryder has paid a two-day visit to Colombia where he met with President Juan Manuel Santos and tripartite Colombian representatives. He also addressed the 9th Ibero-American Conference of Ministers of Labour emphasising the persistent challenges of youth unemployment and informality.

April 2016

  1. Future of Jobs

    ILO Director-General holds talks in Trinidad and Tobago on employment situation

    18 April 2016

    The DG identified a set of “instruments” which should be put in place to ensure that the transition to new jobs is easier and that security for workers is provided.

  2. Press release

    ILO Director General, Guy Ryder, to visit Trinidad and Tobago

    13 April 2016

    Meeting with Dr the Honourable Keith Christopher Rowley, Prime Minister of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago on the agenda.

  3. Trade union rights

    ILO Director-General expresses concern over freedom of association in Egypt

    08 April 2016

    “I wish to stress that it is the responsibility of the Government to ensure the application of the international labour Conventions on freedom of association that it has freely ratified and which must be respected by all state authorities,” said Guy Ryder in a letter to the Egyptian President.

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    Berlin meeting

    ILO welcomes call for stronger efforts to promote decent work and inclusive growth

    05 April 2016

    A meeting between the German Chancellor and the heads of the OECD, WTO, IMF, World Bank and the ILO has agreed on the central role of decent work in meeting policy challenges in the coming year.

March 2016

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    European Union

    ILO welcomes strengthened EU focus on social issues

    23 March 2016

    The Organization stands ready to support the European Commission, which has launched a consultation on the European Pillar of Social Rights.

  2. High Level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth

    ILO calls for increase in global health sector workforce

    23 March 2016

    At the first meeting in Lyon, France, of a new UN multilateral commission, the ILO has highlighted a major increase in the health sector workforce as essential if the 2030 Agenda goals on health are to be realized.

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    Multilateral system

    ILO Director-General welcomes the appointment of a High-level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth

    04 March 2016

    A new multilateral commission will address issues in global health labour markets. Among them, labour shortages and problems of access for populations in need.

February 2016

  1. Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth

    Guy Ryder announces Global Youth Initiative

    01 February 2016

    A unique global partnership aims to lift the economic prospects of young people entering the workforce.