Statements and speeches by the ILO's Director-General

December 2016

  1. International Day of Persons with Disabilities

    Enabling policies for persons with disabilities are crucial to achieving SDGs

    03 December 2016

    People with disabilities are the world’s largest minority, says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder. However, their right to productive employment and decent work is frequently denied.

  2. International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

    Everyone needs to be aware of slavery and know how to fight it

    02 December 2016

    The right to be free of forced labour is both a fundamental labour right, as well as a human right, says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder in his message for International Day for the Abolition of Slavery.

  3. © UNICEF Ethiopia 2016

    World AIDS Day 2016

    Employment is key in the life cycle approach to HIV

    01 December 2016

    "AIDS is not over. With the finish line in sight, we need to keep our foot on the accelerator and reinforce the role of the world of work as a strategic stage in the life cycle approach to HIV," says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder.

November 2016

  1. © Alecska 2016

    International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

    Violence against one woman anywhere is a threat to peace everywhere

    25 November 2016

    "Ending violence against women is about guaranteeing the basic rights of women and liberating us all from the ties of prejudice, misogyny and inequality. The path is clear, and the ILO will continue its work until the entire world of work is free from violence," says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder.

  2. Statement

    Address by Mr Guy Ryder, Director-General upon his re-election by the ILO Governing Body for a second five-year term starting in October 2017

    07 November 2016

October 2016

  1. © Tim Shields 2016

    International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

    The real cost of extreme poverty

    17 October 2016

    Statement of the ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder on International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.

  2. The Future of Work

    'Social dialogue is vital to meeting the challenge of the future of work'

    13 October 2016

    ILO Director-General addresses a meeting on the future of work between the Italian government and employers' and workers' organizations at the country's parliament in Rome.

  3. Annual Meetings of the World Bank and the IMF

    ILO Director-General's statement to the International Monetary and Financial Committee

    06 October 2016

    Statement by Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General, to the International Monetary and Financial Committee of the 2016 Annual Meetings of the Boards of Governors of the World Bank and the IMF.

  4. Annual Meetings of the World Bank and the IMF

    ILO Director-General's statement to the Development Committee

    06 October 2016

    Statement by Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General, to the Development Committee of the 2016 Annual Meetings of the Boards of Governors of the World Bank and the IMF.

  5. © Luciana Ianiri 2016

    World Teachers’ Day 2016

    Valuing teachers, improving their status

    05 October 2016

    Joint Message from Agency Heads on the occasion of World Teachers’ Day 2016 and the 50th anniversary of the 1966 UNESCO/ILO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers

September 2016

  1. BRICS Ministerial Meeting

    ILO Director-General's speech to the BRICS Ministerial Meeting

    28 September 2016

  2. © Ramany / NurPhoto/afp 2016

    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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  3. © T. Lee 2016

    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