ILO's Director-General: News and press releases

August 2019

  1. G7 Biarritz Summit

    The workplace equality challenge

    22 August 2019

    ILO Director-General Guy Ryder has welcomed the decision to place the fight against inequality at the heart of this year’s G7 summit. Ryder, who will be attending the 24 to 26 August summit in Biarritz, France, called inequality one of the key challenges of our time.

July 2019

  1. News

    ILO Director-General welcomes strengthened cooperation with Thailand

    24 July 2019

    During a two-day visit in Thailand, ILO Director General held talks with the Prime Minister and Minister of Labour as well as workers and employers representatives. In addition to in-depth discussions on labour issues, he also visited the Port-In Port-Out (PIPO) centre in Samut Sakhon Province.

  2. News

    ILO Chief meets with Thailand's Prime Minister

    22 July 2019

    During an official visit to Thailand, the Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO) held talks with the Prime Minister and Minister of Labour of the Royal Thai Government.

  3. #ILO100

    First visit of ILO Director-General to a Pacific Island State

    21 July 2019

    The Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO), Mr Guy Ryder, visited Papua New Guinea on the occasion of the Pacific high level forum on climate change and decent work. The trip was the first ever visit of an ILO Director-General to a Pacific Island State.

  4. © Robert Scoble 2019

    #ILO100

    First visit of ILO Director-General to a Pacific Island State

    21 July 2019

    The Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO), Mr Guy Ryder, visited Papua New Guinea on the occasion of the Pacific high level forum on climate change and decent work. The trip was the first ever visit of an ILO Director-General to a Pacific Island State.

  5. Blog

    The future of work – The time for talking is over

    16 July 2019

    All around, I am hearing calls for change. This was the message that came through loud and clear at the recent Centenary International Labour Conference, when delegates enthusiastically adopted the ILO Centenary Declaration for the Future of Work.

  6. 6th Regulating for Decent Work Conference

    Meet the winner of the 2019 Regulating for Decent Work Prize

    10 July 2019

    On the last day of the Regulating for Decent Work Conference, we met Hanh Nguyen, this year's winner of the prestigious research prize, in addition to ILO Director-General Guy Ryder and MIT professor Nicholas Ashford.

June 2019

  1. 108th International Labour Conference

    International Labour Conference ends with adoption of key Convention and Declaration

    22 June 2019

    The International Labour Conference adopts landmark instruments on violence and harassment and a Declaration on the future of work. The Conference concluded its two-week session, which marked the Centenary of the ILO.

  2. 108th International Labour Conference

    New international labour standard to combat violence, harassment, at work agreed

    21 June 2019

    The Centenary International Labour Conference has adopted a new Convention and Recommendation to combat violence and harassment in the workplace.

  3. Day 10: 108th International Labour Conference

    ILO heads, past and present, spotlight social justice

    20 June 2019

    Three ILO Directors-General – past and present – discussed the social justice mission of the International Labour Organization. The discussion was held on the penultimate day of the Centenary International Labour Conference.

  4. Day 10: 108th International Labour Conference

    Marshall Islands, Belgium, highlight climate threats, technological change

    20 June 2019

    More than thirty world leaders have addressed the two-week International Labour Conference, which this year marks the Centenary of the ILO. They expressed support for the ILO’s social justice mandate and called for global action for a just future of work.

  5. Day 9: 108th International Labour Conference

    World leaders call for action on the future of work

    19 June 2019

    High-level visits to the International Labour Conference (ILC) continued this week, with several heads of State and government addressing delegates on issues relating to the future of work. This year’s ILC marks the 100th anniversary of the International Labour Organization (ILO).

  6. Day 8: 108th International Labour Conference - Thematic Forum

    Business for decent work forum

    18 June 2019

    The role of the private sector in shaping the future world of work, and the best ways of encouraging the development of sustainable enterprises was spotlighted during a discussion at the International Labour Conference (ILC). The high level thematic forum was one of the events at the Centenary ILC, which marks the 100th anniversary of the ILO.

  7. Day 8: 108th International Labour Conference - Thematic Forum

    Well-functioning multilateral system key to an equitable future of work

    18 June 2019

    Speakers at a thematic forum examined what needs to be done at international and regional level to reduce inequality and how the multilateral system can work more coherently to achieve this. The debate was held at the International Labour Organization’s Centenary Conference.

  8. Day 7: 108th International Labour Conference - Thematic Forum

    ILC forum looks at how to shape technological change to promote decent work

    17 June 2019

    Speakers at a thematic forum discussed how to manage the way digital technologies are transforming the world of work, so that they lead to the creation of decent work. The debate was held at the International Labour Organization’s Centenary Conference.

  9. Day 5: 108th International Labour Conference - Thematic Forum

    Social protection critical amid deep world of work changes

    14 June 2019

    Sustainable social protection systems will become increasingly critical to provide support in a fast-changing world of work, speakers told a high-level forum at the Centenary International Labour Conference.

  10. Day 5: 108th International Labour Conference - Thematic Forum

    Life-long learning for a brighter future of work

    14 June 2019

    A forum held as part of the International Labour Organization’s annual conference, which this year marks the ILO’s Centenary, explored the link between jobs, skills and the policy reforms needed to support the labour market of the future.

  11. Day 4: 108th International Labour Conference - Thematic Forum

    Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining are key foundations for decent work

    13 June 2019

    Speakers from the world of work and from international organizations explored how two key fundamental Conventions advance decent work across the globe. The forum was held as part of the ILO’s annual conference, which this year marks the Organization’s 100th anniversary.

  12. Day 4: 108th International Labour Conference - Thematic Forum

    Forum calls for stepped-up action to end child labour

    13 June 2019

    The struggle against child labour was the focus of a wide-ranging debate at the International Labour Organization’s annual conference, which this year marks the ILO’s Centenary.

  13. Day 3: 108th International Labour Conference

    Day 3: World leaders, workers, employers, speak out for social justice at ILO Centenary conference

    12 June 2019

    World leaders expressed strong support for the ILO as it marks its 100th anniversary at the Centenary International Labour Conference. The Conference – the 108th session of the ILC – has a strong focus on the future of work and is also discussing violence and harassment at the workplace.

  14. Day 2: 108th International Labour Conference

    Day 2: Huge turn-out of world leaders at Centenary International Labour Conference

    11 June 2019

    Dozens of world leaders are attending the 108th session of the International Labour Conference, which marks the 100th anniversary of the ILO. The two-week Conference has a strong focus on the future of work, but also on violence and harassment at the workplace.