ILO's Director-General: News and press releases

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 response to Syrian refugee crisis

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

    14 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.

November 2018

  1. Collective Bargaining

    Mexico ratifies the Right to Organise and Collective Bargaining Convention, 1949 (No. 98)

    26 November 2018

  2. Press release

    Guy Ryder attends Paris Armistice ceremonies on the eve of the ILO Centenary

    09 November 2018

    The commemoration of the end of the First World War in Paris has a symbolic dimension for the ILO.

October 2018

  1. Social dialogue

    ILO signs new cooperation agreement with Economic and Social Councils worldwide

    23 October 2018

    Institutions to step up collaboration on areas of mutual interest such as social dialogue and decent work.

  2. © Reuters 2019

    Op-Ed

    As tech disrupts our jobs, it's not too late to turn pain into gain

    22 October 2018

    Workers will need a magic mix of skills to survive the technological revolution.

  3. © Paulo Alegria 2019

    Op-Ed

    ILO Director-General: An alternative path from crisis to recovery – growing through decent jobs

    16 October 2018

    Portugal has witnessed a remarkable economic and labour market recovery, resulting in substantial job creation. The country’s experience shows that there are alternatives paths to fiscal consolidation, other than the “austerity” policies that focus on reducing government deficits and the accumulation of debt. Policy makers elsewhere could learn from this.

  4. 19th American Regional Meeting

    Making a brighter future for work in the Americas

    05 October 2018

    At the end of the 19th American Regional Meeting the tripartite constituents approved the Panama Declaration, calling on the region’s social partners to work together to create a better future with decent work and social justice.

  5. 19th American Regional Meeting

    Ryder: Social dialogue, the key to a future of work with social justice

    02 October 2018

    At the opening of the 19th American Regional Meeting, ILO Director-General encourages governments, workers and employers to work together in order to face the challenges in the region.