ILO's Director-General: News and press releases

May 2019

  1. ILO100

    UN Secretary-General, Swiss authorities, mark ILO’s 100th anniversary

    09 May 2019

    The ceremony at ILO headquarters in Geneva included the unveiling of a commemorative plaque and the inauguration of an avenue of trees celebrating 100 years of the ILO.

  2. Media advisory

    ILO to host UN Secretary-General for the ILO Centenary

    06 May 2019

April 2019

  1. News

    Putin: ‘Russia and ILO have close and constructive cooperation’

    23 April 2019

    President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, met in St. Petersburg with Director-General of the International Labour Organization, Guy Ryder.

  2. Occupational safety and health

    Guy Ryder: ‘All countries should ratify health and safety conventions’

    23 April 2019

    Speaking in Russia ahead of the World Day for Safety and Health at Work, ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, said the well-being of workers continues to be a priority for the ILO as the world of work undergoes rapid change.

  3. ILO100

    UN General Assembly commemorates the ILO Centenary

    08 April 2019

    A special session marks the ILO’s 100 years, followed by a series of high-level discussions on the future of work.

March 2019

  1. 335th Session of the ILO Governing Body

    ILO Governing Body elects Ambassador Silvia Elena Alfaro Espinosa as new Chairperson

    19 March 2019

    Silvia Elena Alfaro Espinosa, Permanent Representative of Peru to the United Nations Office at Geneva, will head the International Labour Organization’s Executive Body until June 2019.

  2. ILO Centenary

    The ILO Head Praised Partnership with Russia and Russia’s Role in the Organisation’s Work

    14 March 2019

    Guy Ryder observed that people in Russia attach great importance to work

  3. ILO Centenary

    ILO Head Calls Up To Guarantee the Right To Lifetime Learning

    14 March 2019

    Guy Ryder, Director-General of the International Labour Organization, observed that today’s graduates do not possess skills to last during their whole working life.

  4. ILO response to Syrian refugee crisis

    ILO and Germany bolster decent work for Syrian refugees and host communities

    13 March 2019

    The ILO and Germany’s Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development have signed a comprehensive memorandum of understanding which seeks to support job creation in response to the refugee crisis and forced displacement in Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey.

February 2019

  1. Blog

    Why we need a reinvigorated social contract

    16 February 2019

    People are asking fundamental questions about the legitimacy and relevance of institutions and systems. The cause, I believe, is a lack of social justice. There is a sense that the rules of the game have become skewed against ordinary people and the formula of education and dedication no longer brings just rewards.

  2. Tripartite consultation and forced labour

    Malta renews commitment toward International Labour Standards

    14 February 2019

    Malta ratifies the Tripartite Consultation (International Labour Standards) Convention, 1976 (No. 144), as well as of the Protocol of 2014 to the Forced Labour Convention, 1930

  3. Forced labour

    Ireland joins efforts to combat forced labour

    04 February 2019

    Ireland has ratified the Protocol of 2014 to the Forced Labour Convention, 1930, becoming the 29th ILO Member State to do so.

January 2019

  1. Fishing Convention - C188

    Thailand ratifies Work in Fishing Convention

    30 January 2019

    Thailand has committed itself to ensuring acceptable living and working conditions for fishers on board ships by ratifying the Work in Fishing Convention. It has become the first country in Asia to do so, which signals to other countries in the region to follow this move.

  2. © Fairphone 2019

    Green economy

    50 million tonnes of potentially job creating e-waste discarded annually

    25 January 2019

    Seven UN entities, including the ILO, supported by the World Economic Forum and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) call for a reboot of the current electronics system.

  3. © Fairphone 2019

    Blog

    A New Circular Vision for Electronics

    24 January 2019

    We need to tackle the tsunami of e-waste head on, say ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, and Secretary General of the International Telecommunication Union, Houlin Zhao in a joint blog.

  4. © Shen zhicheng / Imaginechina 2019

    Global Commission on the Future of Work

    A human-centred agenda needed for a decent future of work

    22 January 2019

    A Universal Labour Guarantee, social protection from birth to old age and an entitlement to lifelong learning are among ten recommendations made in a landmark report by the ILO’s Global Commission on the Future of Work.

  5. Forced labour

    Russian Federation’s renewed commitment to combat forced labour

    17 January 2019

    The Russian Federation has ratified the Protocol of 2014 to the Forced Labour Convention, 1930, becoming the 28th ILO Member State to do so.

  6. Work in Fishing Convention

    UK joins efforts to ensure decent work in the fishing sector

    16 January 2019

    The United Kingdom has ratified the Work in Fishing Convention, 2007 (No. 188), becoming the 13th ILO Member State to do so.

December 2018

  1. News

    ILO Director-General on First Ever Visit to Uzbekistan

    14 December 2018

    Mr. Guy Ryder, Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO), is on his first ever visit to Uzbekistan.

  2. © G20 Argentina 2019

    G20 Leaders' Summit

    Leaders’ Declaration stresses the need to put people first in preparing the future of work

    01 December 2018

    G20 Communiqué covers key issues, including the future of work, infrastructure for development, sustainable food supply and gender equality.