Statements and speeches by the ILO's Director-General

April 2014

  1. Working conditions

    Post Rana Plaza: A vision for the future

    03 April 2014

    ILO Director-General Guy Ryder's address to the High Level Meeting on garment and textiles production in Bangladesh organized by the Government of Denmark in Copenhagen.

March 2014

  1. Lecture

    The Relevance of the ILO in the twenty-first century

    31 March 2014

    The Sir Patrick Lowry Lecture delivered by Guy Ryder, Director-General of the International Labour Organization, at the University of Warwick, Coventry, United Kingdom.

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    International Women’s Day 2014 - 8 March

    ILO Director-General : “We join our efforts with all who are striving for gender equality”

    06 March 2014

February 2014

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    2nd Arab Forum for Development & Employment

    Towards Social Protection & Sustainable Development

    24 February 2014

    ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, tells Arab Forum for Development and Employment in Saudi Arabia that the demand for social justice must be met through decent work for all and that providing social protection of those in need, is an expression of the solidarity which holds societies together.

  2. Inaugural Lecture

    Modern slavery: The British challenge in international context

    21 February 2014

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    World day of Social Justice 2014

    ILO Director-General: "We are faced with a deep social crisis, a crisis too of social justice"

    20 February 2014

    As the world marks the Day of Social Justice, ILO Director-General Guy Ryder urges "policy-makers to converge on the ambition of a real global socio-economic recovery – a recovery for all – and a Post-2015 Development Agenda that helps lift all out of poverty."

January 2014

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    Workers' rights

    ILO calls on Cambodian government to end violence

    28 January 2014

December 2013

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    International Migrants Day - 18 December 2013

    Promote and protect the rights and fundamental freedoms of all migrants

    17 December 2013

    Joint statement by ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, and United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Navi Pillay.

  2. Zambia

    Launch of the Green Jobs Programme and the Rural Youth Employment and Food Security

    12 December 2013

  3. International Human Rights Day

    The ILO re-affirms its commitment to protect and promote human rights at work

    10 December 2013

    On this International Human Rights Day the ILO re-affirms its commitment to protect and promote human rights at work.

  4. Nelson Mandela (1918-2013)

    Statement of ILO Director-General Guy Ryder on the death of Nelson Mandela

    05 December 2013

  5. International Day of Persons with Disabilities

    Including people with disabilities, everyone stands to gain

    03 December 2013

    “Too many people with disabilities are denied the dignity of work (...) We need to break barriers and open doors for an inclusive society for all,” says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder in a statement on the occasion of International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

November 2013

  1. World AIDS Day - 1 December 2013

    Message from ILO Director-General Guy Ryder on the occasion of World AIDS Day

    29 November 2013

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    Typhoon Haiyan, Philippines

    ILO Director-General extends condolences to the Government and people of the Philippines

    12 November 2013

October 2013

  1. © UN Photo/Martine Perret 2019

    International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

    Change requires collective responsibility towards the poorest

    17 October 2013

    "People living in poverty are particularly subject to discrimination and the exclusion that characterizes it because of their poverty (...) We cannot be indifferent - change requires collective responsibility towards the poorest and most vulnerable," says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder in a statement issued on International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.

  2. IMF and World Bank Fall meetings

    Avoiding the risk of a slow growth trap

    11 October 2013

    Jobs are central both for the economic recovery and the long-term development of the global economy, says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder in a statement to International Monetary and Financial Committee and Development Committee. But in order to deliver growth, jobs need to be productive and of good quality.

  3. Statement

    Opening speech at the third Global Conference on Child Labour

    08 October 2013

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    Statement on the Aswad garment factory fire

    08 October 2013

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    Labour migration

    Statement: The Lampedusa tragedy reminds us of palpable policy failures on migration

    06 October 2013

  6. World Teachers’ Day

    World Teachers’ Day 2013: Joint message from UNDP, UNESCO, UNICEF and ILO

    05 October 2013

    A Call for Teachers! Joint message from Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director-General; Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General; Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director; Helen Clark, UNDP Administrator;