ILO's Director-General: News and press releases

December 2012

  1. Press release

    Guy Ryder: "ILO and EU have a shared responsibility of realizing decent work for all"

    06 December 2012

    For the 10th time in a row, and in the presence of the ILO Director-General Guy Ryder, the ILO and the European Commission held their annual high-level meeting defining the focus of their cooperation for the next year. At this meeting, Guy Ryder honored the historical partnership between both institutions and looked at the common challenges in the face of the global crisis.

November 2012

  1. World AIDS Day

    Heads of UN agencies launch “Getting to Zero at Work” campaign

    29 November 2012

    The campaign aims to promote ILO Recommendation 200 concerning HIV and AIDS and the World of Work, 2010.

  2. African economy

    AfDB President spells out agenda for job creation

    22 November 2012

    The President of the African Development Bank, Dr Donald Kaberuka, talks about what it takes to generate income, jobs and sustainable employment.

  3. Visit to the ILO International Training Centre

    ILO Director-General: "Our mandate is to translate economic growth into social justice"

    20 November 2012

    ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, highlighted the heavy toll exacted by austerity measures on the most vulnerables at a roundtable discussion on the “Impact of the global crisis on employment and welfare in a mature economy: international and national perspectives”, which took place at the ILO International Training Centre.

October 2012

  1. International coordination

    Joint press release by German Federal Chancellor, ILO, OECD, WTO, IMF and World Bank

    30 October 2012

    Joint press release by Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel, ILO Director-General Guy Ryder, OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría, WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy, IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde and World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim on the occasion of their meeting on 30 October 2012 in Berlin.

  2. Multilateral meeting

    French President meets with the heads of ILO, OECD, WTO, IMF and World Bank

    29 October 2012

  3. International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

    New direction needed if poverty is to be beaten

    17 October 2012

    Decent Work and full employment must be key goals in the fight against poverty, says ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder.

  4. Global jobs situation

    ILO calls on G20 to live up to its promise to tackle the crisis

    11 October 2012

    The ILO Director-General says G20 countries should stand by their commitment to take new, urgent measures in the face of deteriorating global economic conditions.

  5. Interview with The Times

    ILO Chief warns of austerity’s ‘toxic’ impact

    03 October 2012

    In an interview with The Times newspaper, the head of ILO warned that austerity measures in southern European countries risk having “quite harmful consequences”. He was more positive about the outlook in Britain.

  6. World Teachers Day

    Guy Ryder: Teaching is a profession under siege

    03 October 2012

    The ILO Director-General calls for urgent action to make teaching an attractive career once again.

  7. Labour standards

    Employment rights essential to economic recovery, says new ILO boss

    01 October 2012

    In his first interview as Director-General of the International Labour Organization, Guy Ryder gives an overview of the major challenges facing the world of work and the ILO.

September 2012

  1. Changing of the guard

    Outgoing ILO head hands over to Guy Ryder

    28 September 2012

    Guy Ryder received three keys that symbolize the tripartite structure of the ILO, ahead of his first day as Director-General. Outgoing ILO head, Juan Somavia, handed over the golden keys, and his functions.

May 2012

  1. Press release

    Guy Ryder elected as ILO Director-General in 2012

    28 May 2012

    Guy Ryder was elected as the tenth Director-General of the ILO and will begin his five-year term in October 2012.