ILO's Director-General: News and press releases

February 2013

  1. Labour standards and employment

    Switzerland firms up commitment to employment and social rights

    11 February 2013

    Switzerland formalizes the ratification of the International Convention on employment policy and boosts its collaboration with the ILO in development cooperation.

  2. Press release

    ILO Director-General discusses development agenda with UN Secretary-General

    07 February 2013

    ILO Director-General Guy Ryder met UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and his senior staff to discuss the role of the Decent Work Agenda in the post-2015 development framework.

  3. News

    ILO Director-General to address Eurofound Foundation Forum

    04 February 2013

    ILO Director-General Guy Ryder will address the Eurofound Foundation Forum on "Social and employment policies for a fair and competitive Europe" in Dublin, Ireland. This Forum contributes to the EU Council Presidency held by Ireland from 1 January 2013 to 30 June 2013.

January 2013

  1. Official visit

    ILO head in Latin America: More, but also better jobs are needed

    30 January 2013

    Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General, highlighted the need to turn informal employment into decent jobs in the formal sector. He spoke during a Latin America visit that took him to Buenos Aires and Lima.

  2. Davos

    Jobs crisis is far from over, warns ILO chief

    25 January 2013

    Speaking at the World Economic Summit in Davos, ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, said that the dire jobs situation shows the crisis is far from over.

  3. The jobs crisis and beyond

    Comment: One idea the world has not tried

    24 January 2013

    Comment from Davos by ILO Director-General Guy Ryder, published on AlJazeera.com.

  4. News

    Italy ratifies the Domestic Workers Convention

    22 January 2013

    Italy is the 4th ILO member State and the first EU member State to ratify this instrument which seeks to improve the working and living conditions of tens of millions of domestic workers worldwide.

  5. Arab Spring

    ILO head hails signing of Tunisian social contract

    14 January 2013

    The Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO), Guy Ryder, witnessed the signing of a key social stability pact in Tunisia, which coincided with the two-year anniversary of the start of the Arab Spring.

  6. Youth employment

    ILO Chief: Less austerity, more investment needed to tackle youth jobs crisis

    11 January 2013

    Failing to act on the youth jobs crisis would sow the seeds of social unrest and destroy hopes for sustainable growth. That is a cost the world cannot afford, ILO Director-General Guy Ryder said at a conference on youth employment in Budapest.

December 2012

  1. Press release

    ILO Director-General arrives in the Philippines, extends sympathies to typhoon survivors

    16 December 2012

    The Director-General of the International Labour Organization, Mr Guy Ryder, arrives today in Manila for a two-day visit and extends his sympathies to those who lost their loved-ones a year ago in Washi (Sendong) and more recently by Typhoon Bopha (Pablo).

  2. Photo coverage

    ILO Director-General visits shrimp peeling facility in Samut Sakhon

    15 December 2012

    Mr Guy Ryder, Director-General of the ILO visited PP Tam shrimp peeling facility in Samut Sakhon Province on 15 December 2012.

  3. Photo coverage

    ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder meets with the Governor of Samut Sakhon

    15 December 2012

    The Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO) Guy Ryder met with the Governor of Samut Sakhon, Julapat Sangchan at the Provincial Hall on 15 December 2012. He received a briefing on activities undertaken to prevent the use of child labour and human trafficking. Representatives of the employers and workers were also present.

  4. Photo coverage

    ILO Director-General visits the Marine Gold Product Company

    15 December 2012

    Mr Guy Ryder, Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO) visited the Marine Gold Product Company in Samut Sakhon and met with workers, most of whom are migrants from Myanmar.

  5. Photo coverage

    ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder meets migrant workers

    15 December 2012

    The Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO) Guy Ryder met migrant workers from Myanmar at a Migrant Resource Centre (MRC) of the ILO ‘s Tripartite Action to Protect Migrants from Labour Exploitation (the TRIANGLE project) in Samut Prakarn Province, Thailand on 15 December 2012.

  6. Photo release

    ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder meets workers' representatives and receives a petition

    14 December 2012

    Mr Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General met representatives of Thai workers’ organizations at the United Nations on 14 December 2012 in Bangkok. The workers requested the ILO to encourage the Government to ratify the ILO Conventions concerning freedom of association and collective bargaining. He also received a petition regarding a dismisal and seeking reinstatement.

  7. News

    ILO's Director-General meets the Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra

    14 December 2012

    Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO) Guy Ryder met the Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra at Government House on 14 December 2012.

  8. News

    ILO Director-General met with representatives of the Employers' Confederation of Thailand (ECOT)

    14 December 2012

    ILO Director-General Guy Ryder met with representatives of the Employers' Confederation of Thailand (ECOT) during his visit to Thailand at the United Nations Conference Center on 14 December 2012

  9. News

    ILO Director-General holds talks with Thai Minister of Labour

    13 December 2012

    The Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO), Mr Guy Ryder meets with Minister of Labour of Thailand, Padermchai Sasomsap, in Bangkok, Thailand, on 13 December 2012.

  10. Labour rights

    ILO Director-General expresses concern over the situation in Tunisia

    07 December 2012

  11. Press release

    ILO Director-General to visit Thailand

    07 December 2012

    The Director-General of the ILO, Mr Guy Ryder, is to visit Thailand from Thursday 13 December to Sunday 16 December. The trip will be Mr Ryder’s first visit to Asia since he took up the post of Director-General on 1 October 2012.