ILO's Director-General: News and press releases

April 2013

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    European crisis

    ILO Director-General urges closer cooperation between IMF, EC and ILO

    09 April 2013

    The three international institutions need to work together to find solutions to the economic crisis in Europe, says Guy Ryder.

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    9th ILO European Regional Meeting

    Crisis puts European social model to serious test

    08 April 2013

    Government, worker and employer representatives from 51 European and Central Asian member States gather in Oslo to discuss the way forward for the region in the context of the continuing financial, economic and social crisis.

March 2013

  1. Europe

    Balance between fiscal discipline and growth is needed, says European Parliament President

    22 March 2013

    The head of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, highlights common ground with the ILO on the need to move beyond austerity in the crisis response, on the importance of decent work and in the debate on the post-2015 development goals.

  2. International Women's Day

    ILO Director-General calls for end to gender-based violence at work

    08 March 2013

    The ILO marked International Women’s day with calls for action to combat violence against women in the workplace.

  3. ILO Director-general visits the Netherlands

    Guy Ryder to address Dutch conference on labour and industrial relations

    08 March 2013

    The ILO Director-General Guy Ryder will address the "SZW Congres 2013", a conference organized by the Dutch Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment on 25 March 2013.

  4. Human Rights Council

    High level Panel discussion on human rights mainstreaming

February 2013

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    World Day for Social Justice

    Ryder: Social justice, the smart solution to economic recovery

    20 February 2013

    On World Day for Social Justice, ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, called on governments, employers and workers to tackle rising inequalities and step up the global struggle for social justice.

  2. Press release

    Ireland and ILO host forum to encourage women entrepreneurs in developing countries

    15 February 2013

    Education and access to credit are critical to ensuring that women in the developing world can start small businesses, Ireland's Minister for Trade and Development Joe Costello and Guy Ryder, Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO) said.

  3. Organizational structure

    Reform of ILO headquarters

    14 February 2013

  4. By Guy Ryder

    Jobs, social inclusion and growth should top EU agenda

    14 February 2013

    ILO Director-General Guy Ryder discusses the priorities of the European Union in the context of his first official visit to Ireland, which holds the rotating Presidency of the Council of the EU.

  5. Event

    Inaugural Edward Phelan Lecture by Guy Ryder

    The National University of Ireland is organizing an Inaugural Edward Phelan Lecture. Guy Ryder will hold the lecture, describing the life and work of Edward Phelan, who was not only the fourth Director of the ILO in 1941, and Director General under its new constitution in 1946, but also the innovator of the ILO 'tripartite' formula.

  6. Event

    Eurofound Foundation Forum 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.

  7. Press release

    Switzerland strengthens its support to the ILO’s Better Work programme

    12 February 2013

    Signing of a cooperation agreement for 12.4 million Swiss francs allocated by Switzerland to the ILO’s Better Work programme for 2013-2016.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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

  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.