ILO's Director-General: News and press releases

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.

  4. © M. Kaman / Anadolu Agency 2016

    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

  1. © Raging Wire 2016

    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.

  3. © ReSurge International 2016

    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.

January 2016

  1. © ILO/ Awad Tawel 2016

    Refugee crisis

    Syria: Donors must help host countries meet refugee crisis

    29 January 2016

    Jobs and employment are key in the global response to the Syria refugee crisis. Ahead of a donor Conference on supporting Syria in London, ILO chief Guy Ryder visited Jordan to examine first-hand the effects of the massive refugee influx on the labour market, and to discuss employment options for refugees and the communities that host them.

  2. ILO response to Syria refugee crisis

    ILO chief to visit Jordan to examine effects of refugee crisis on labour market

    26 January 2016

    As jobs and employment take centre stage in the global response to the Syria refugee crisis, International Labour Organization (ILO) Director-General Guy Ryder will visit Jordan to discuss employment options for refugees and ways to address the effects of the crisis on the Jordanian labour market.

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    Meeting of the BRICS Ministers of Labour and Employment

    ILO Director-General: Growth is not the whole story

    26 January 2016

    ILO Director-General warns of risks to the middle class growth experienced in BRICS countries.

  4. Audio

    Listen to the recording of the ILO Research Seminar on the Future of Work

    19 January 2016