Statements and speeches by the ILO's Director-General

September 2016

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    Occupational safety

    Statement by Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General, in response to Tampaco Foils Limited fire in Bangladesh

    12 September 2016

    "The ILO is ready to further support Bangladesh’s efforts to ensure the safety of its workers," says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder.

  2. United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation

    South-South co-operation has a key role to play in promoting decent work for sustainable development

    12 September 2016

    Traditional aid flows will not be enough to address development challenges. New partnerships with and among developing nations are both the right thing to do and one of the best ways to meet the Sustainable Development Goals, says ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder.

  3. Social protection

    Universal social protection is achievable and critical to implementing the new UN development agenda

    06 September 2016

    Speech by the ILO's Director-General, Guy Ryder at the ILO-China-ASEAN High-level Seminar to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals on Universal Social Protection through South-South and Triangular Cooperation in Beijing, China.

  4. G20 Summit

    ILO head calls for setting the global economy on a faster and more inclusive development trajectory

    05 September 2016

August 2016

  1. World Water Week

    Speech of the ILO Director-General at the Water and Jobs Seminar

    28 August 2016

  2. International Youth Day 2016

    Eradicating Poverty and Achieving Sustainable Consumption and Production through Decent Work for Youth

    12 August 2016

    “Access to productive and decent work is the best way young people can realize their aspirations, improve their living conditions and actively participate in society,” says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder.

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    International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

    Delivering economic and social justice for indigenous and tribal peoples through decent work

    09 August 2016

    "Together, by building bridges and strengthening partnerships, guaranteeing equal access to education and most importantly, by empowering indigenous and tribal peoples through decent work, we can surmount the challenges ahead," says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder.

  4. Environmental and Social Framework

    ILO Statement on the World Bank Environmental and Social Policy

    08 August 2016

    The revised ESF, which sets forth the safeguard policies that the Bank and its borrowers will apply to future investment project financing, now includes a labour standard for protecting workers on Bank-financed investment projects.

July 2016

  1. G20, Beijing

    ILO Director-General briefs G20 Labour and Employment Ministers on “Promoting Decent Work”

    13 July 2016

  2. G20 Labour and Employment Ministerial Meeting

    G20: ILO Director-General’s Speech at Session on Dialogue with Social Partners and Engagement Groups

    12 July 2016

  3. G20, Beijing

    ILO Director-General's remarks to the G20 Labour and Employment Ministerial Meeting

    12 July 2016

    In his statement to the G20 Labour and Employment Ministerial Meeting held in Beijing in July 2016, ILO Director-General Guy Ryder warned that poor prospects for economic growth risk becoming entrenched.

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    International Day of Cooperatives

    Cooperatives: An old idea, but more relevant than ever in today’s world

    01 July 2016

    Cooperatives are key to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder on the occasion of International Day of Cooperatives.

June 2016

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    ILO Director-General Guy Ryder “Decent Work in the Era of Sustainable Development”

    13 June 2016

    "If this agenda can become a reality in the next 15 years, we will be turning the tide back in the direction of social justice and assuring a sustainable and fairer society for us and our children", says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder.

  2. World Day against Child Labour 2016

    End child labour in supply chains: It’s everyone’s business

    12 June 2016

    "Acting together, it is within our means to make the future of work a future without child labour," says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder on the occasion of World Day against Child Labour.

  3. 105th Session of the International Labour Conference

    ILO Director General opening remarks to the World of Work Summit

    09 June 2016

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    World Environment Day 2016

    Preserve the environment to boost development and provide jobs

    05 June 2016

    Illegal wildlife trade harms not only the environment, it risks jobs, development and livelihoods, says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder, on World Environment Day

May 2016

  1. 105th International Labour Conference

    ILO Director-General’s opening remarks to the 105th ILC

    30 May 2016

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    International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

    The right to be yourself at work

    17 May 2016

    "Today, on this International Day I would underline the fundamental importance of social justice and decent work as a key element of positive mental health and well-being of LGBT persons, and an essential expression of LGBT rights," says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder.

  3. Statement

    Sustainable Development and the Future of Work in the context of the Jubilee of Mercy: Statement of Commitment and Action

    05 May 2016

    Joint statement of Catholic organisations, movements of trade unions and of cooperatives, associations of business leaders, issued at a Global Seminar on “Sustainable Development and the Future of Work in the context of the Jubilee of Mercy” held in Rome from 2 to 5 May 2016.

  4. Statement

    Address by Guy Ryder on the Future of Work and Sustainable Development

    04 May 2016

    The ILO Director-General spoke at a global seminar in Rome, organized by the Catholic Church to coincide with the celebration of the Feast of Saint Joseph the Worker.