Statements and speeches by the ILO's Director-General

May 2018

  1. © Ted Eytan 2019

    International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

    Safety, respect and dignity for all at work and beyond

    17 May 2018

    ILO Director-General Guy Ryder calls for an end to discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, saying it is “a factor leading to violence and harassment in the world of work."

April 2018

  1. World Day for Safety and Health at Work

    Statement by Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General, for the World Day for Safety and Health at Work

    27 April 2018

    In a statement to mark ‘World Day for Safety and Health at Work’, ILO Director General Guy Ryder calls for action to make workplaces safe for young workers.

  2. Annual Meetings of the World Bank and the IMF

    Statement by Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General, to the Development Committee, 2018

    18 April 2018

    In a statement to the Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, ILO Director-General Guy Ryder warned that high and rising levels of inequality are impeding inclusive and sustainable development. Looking to the future of work, he also called for a focus on decent work to confront the challenges of demography, technology, and climate change.

  3. Annual Meetings of the World Bank and the IMF

    Statement by Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General, to the International Monetary and Financial Committee, 2018

    18 April 2018

    In a statement to the Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, ILO Director-General Guy Ryder warned that high and rising levels of inequality are impeding inclusive and sustainable development. Looking to the future of work, he also called for a focus on decent work to confront the challenges of demography, technology, and climate change.

March 2018

  1. © Nestlé 2019

    International Women’s Day

    Change is necessary for rural women

    08 March 2018

    In a statement to mark International Women’s Day, ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, says that rural women must not be overlooked in policy decisions.

February 2018

  1. © Richard Messenger 2019

    Human Rights Council

    Fair play without human rights violations

    26 February 2018

    In a speech on the margins of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, calls for labour rights to be observed in the run up to mega sporting events

  2. © Huang jiexian / Imaginechina 2019

    World Day of Social Justice

    Social justice for migrant workers is in everyone’s interest

    20 February 2018

    Fair treatment for the world’s 150 million migrant workers is in everyone’s interest, and requires labour migration to be well-governed and effective, says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder.

December 2017

  1. © Nguyen A. / ILO 2019

    International Day of Persons with Disabilities

    The future world of work must be fully inclusive of people with disabilities

    01 December 2017

    “People with disabilities, with their skills and talents, are an important asset to the labour markets today and in the future,” says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder.

November 2017

  1. Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth

    ILO Director-General’s speech at the Launch of the Engagement Platform of the Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth

    29 November 2017

    ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, emphasizes importance of partnerships to tackling youth employment challenge as he launches new ILO engagement platform to support the Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth.

  2. © S. Gombert / Cultura Creative 2019

    International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

    “Leaving no-one behind means ending all forms of violence and harassment against women”

    25 November 2017

    "With notable exceptions, far too little has been done for far too long to end the culture of impunity, to end the culture of silence," says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder in a statement issued on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

  3. Social Summit for Fair Jobs and Growth

    ILO Director-General’s speech on “Fair Employment and Working Conditions”

    17 November 2017

    ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, says the Pillar provides a framework for building a world of work that is fair and inclusive, during his speech to the Social Summit for Fair jobs and Growth in Gothenburg, Sweden.

October 2017

  1. Annual Meetings of the World Bank and the IMF

    Achieving decent work and inclusive growth

    14 October 2017

    Statement by Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General, to the International Monetary and Financial Committee of the 2017 Annual Meetings of the Boards of Governors of the World Bank and the IMF.

  2. Annual Meetings of the World Bank and the IMF

    ILO calls for boosting global labour markets, social protection and social dialogue

    13 October 2017

    Statement by Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General, to the Development Committee of the 2017 Annual Meetings of the World Bank and the IMF.

  3. International Day for Disaster Reduction

    ILO: Disaster Risk Reduction key to saving lives, livelihoods and businesses

    13 October 2017

    ILO encourages employment-centered response in line with its Recommendation 205.

  4. World Mental Health Day

    Remarks by ILO Director-General Guy Ryder at an event to mark World Mental Health Day: “Mental health in the Workplace”

    11 October 2017

  5. Statement

    Director-General Guy Ryder Opening Address at XXI World Congress on Safety and Health-Transcript

    06 October 2017

    Transcript of Statement by Director-General Guy Ryder during opening ceremonies at the XXI World Congress on Safety and Health 2017, in Singapore

  6. 10th European Regional Meeting

    ILO head focuses on the future of decent work in Europe and Central Asia

    02 October 2017

August 2017

  1. Future of work

    Remarks by ILO Director-General Guy Ryder at the launch of the ILO Global Commission on the Future of Work

    21 August 2017

    “It is fundamentally important that we confront these challenges from the conviction that the future of work is not decided for us in advance. It is a future that we must make according to the values and the preferences that we choose as societies and through the policies that we design and implement,” said ILO Director-General Guy Ryder.

  2. International Youth Day 2017

    Building Peace through Decent Jobs for Youth

    12 August 2017

    "Young people globally have spoken of their vision for a future with decent work. We know what works to improve decent employment outcomes of youth, let’s make it happen! " says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder.

  3. © J.C. Huayllapuma / CIFOR 2019

    International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

    Indigenous women key to ensure a better future of work for all

    08 August 2017

    Ten years since the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples was adopted, the international community renews its commitment to promote the empowerment and voice of indigenous women.