Statements and speeches by the ILO's Director-General

February 2013

  1. Lecture by Guy Ryder

    2013 Edward Phelan Lecture: “Lessons from the Irish internationalist who organized social justice”

    14 February 2013

    Lecture by Guy Ryder on Mr Edward Phelan at the invitation of the National University of Ireland. Guy Ryder described 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. (Watch the video of the lecture or download the written statement in PDF)

January 2013

  1. World Economic Forum in Davos

    Excerpts from interviews of ILO Director-General Guy Ryder

    25 January 2013

  2. ILO blog

    Taking the uphill struggle for jobs to Davos

    24 January 2013

  3. Statement

    Presentation of the Global Employment Trends 2013

    21 January 2013

    Guy Ryder provided an overview of the scope of the Global Employment Trends 2013, followed by some of the key findings of the ILO report on trends and policies.

  4. Youth jobs crisis

    Statement at the Tripartite Seminar on Youth Employment (Budapest)

    11 January 2013

    Statement by Guy Ryder at the Tripartite Seminar on Youth Employment in Europe organized by Hungarian Ministry for National Economy and the ILO, to examine the challenges of labour market integration of young people in Europe. (Check against delivery)

December 2012

  1. Labour rights

    Message on the occasion of International Migrants Day

    18 December 2012

    We celebrate the contribution of women and men migrants to growth and development in both their host and home countries. They replenish labour markets with much-needed skills and human and social capital.

  2. Statement

    Joint statement by Mr Haruhiko Kuroda, President, Asian Development Bank, and Mr Guy Ryder, Director-General, ILO

    17 December 2012

    Joint statement by the ADB and the ILO on promoting decent work in developing Asia and the Pacific to reduce poverty and vulnerability; supporting a more inclusive, equitable and prosperous Asia-Pacific region; promoting greater access to opportunities; and reaffirming support for internationally-recognized core labour standards.

  3. Moscow

    Keynote address by ILO Director-General Guy Ryder to the Plenary session of the International Conference on Decent Work

    11 December 2012

  4. Statement

    Message by the Director-General of the ILO International Human Rights Day

    10 December 2012

  5. Statement

    Message on the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

    02 December 2012

  6. Statement

    Message by ILO's Director-General on World AIDS Day 2012

    01 December 2012

    This World AIDS day commemoration carries a unanimous hope that the world can bring an end to AIDS.

November 2012

  1. World Aids Day

    Director-General's remarks at the launching of the Getting to Zero at Work campaign

    28 November 2012

  2. ILO African Staff Association

    ILO Director-General’s welcome remarks to the President of the African Development Bank

    22 November 2012

    Director-General’s welcome remarks on the occasion of the visit to the ILO of Dr Donald Kaberuka, President of the African Development Bank, to address the ILO African Staff Association.

  3. By the President of the African Development Bank

    Towards enhancing employment in Africa

    22 November 2012

    Speech delivered by Donald Kaberuka, President of the African Development Bank at the ILO. (Check against delivery)

  4. US President in Myanmar

    ILO Director-General welcomes US-Myanmar deal on forced labour

    19 November 2012

  5. Working Party on the social dimension of globalization

    Statement on Global economic prospects and the Decent Work Agenda

    13 November 2012

    ILO Director-General introduction to the Working party on the social dimension of globalization - High-level section of the governing body of the ILO. CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY

October 2012

  1. Ending the Violence of Extreme Poverty

    Message on International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

    17 October 2012

  2. Agricultural cooperatives

    Message on World Food Day

    16 October 2012

  3. IMF/World Bank annual meeting

    Urgent coordinated measures to promote employment and decent jobs

    13 October 2012

    Statement by Mr Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General at the International Monetary and Financial Committee and Development Committee (Tokyo, 13 October 2012)

  4. 2012 Nobel Peace Prize

    ILO Director-General congratulates EU on Nobel Peace Prize

    12 October 2012