ILO's Director-General: News and press releases

June 2019

  1. 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.

  2. 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).

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. Day 1: 108th International Labour Conference

    Day 1: World leaders address the Centenary International Labour Conference

    10 June 2019

    Dozens of world leaders are attending the Centenary International Labour Conference, which marks the 100th anniversary of the ILO.

  13. 108th International Labour Conference

    ILO Director-General highlights the most profound, transformative changes in a century

    10 June 2019

    The Centenary session of the International Labour Conference, known as the ‘world parliament of labour’ has opened in Geneva, with a speech from the ILO’s Director-General.

May 2019

  1. News

    Celebrations in Moscow to Commemorate Centenary of International Labour Organization

    23 May 2019

    The last decade of May in Moscow was marked by high-level celebration events to commemorate the centenary of the International Labour Organization (ILO).

  2. 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.

  3. 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.