Videos and audios
COVID-19: Supporting employment and incomes
26 June 2020
The 2020 International Day of Micro-, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs) was celebrated on Saturday 27 June. This year, the theme was "COVID-19: The Great Lockdown and its impact on Small Business" which is closely linked to SDG8. On this occasion ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, issued a short video message.
COVID-19: Protecting workers in the workplace
24 June 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic is having a severe impact on millions of migrant workers around the world, says the ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, many of whom lack any access to social protection or economic support of any kind.
World Day Against Child Labour
12 June 2020
The 2020 World Day Against Child Labour focuses on the impact of COVID-19 on Child Labour, while looking forward to the International Year on the Elimination of Child Labour, 2021. On the occasion of the World Day, a joint ILO-UNICEF paper entitled “COVID-19 and child labour: A time of crisis, a time to act” has been released. The paper looks at some of the main ways through which the pandemic is likely to affect progress towards the eradication of child labour.
World Environment Day
05 June 2020
World Environment Day 2020 falls in the midst of the worst human crisis of modern times. It reminds us that even as we work to get past COVID-19, we cannot delay action on Climate Change and environmental sustainability. Building back better means building back green.
14th African Regional Meeting
03 December 2019
Relive the excitement of the 14th African Regional Meeting Open Day, as workers, employers and government representatives from 54 countries gathered in Abidjan to chart a course towards a future with decent work.
State of the Unions podcast
26 November 2019
ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, talks with podcast co-host Tim Schlittner about the international labour movement, the idea of "decent labour" and the future of work. The State of the Unions podcast is produced by the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO).
24 July 2019
During a two-day visit in Thailand, ILO Director General held talks with the Prime Minister and Minister of Labour as well as workers and employers representatives. In addition to in-depth discussions on labour issues, he also visited the Port-In Port-Out (PIPO) centre in Samut Sakhon Province.
05 July 2019
The Centenary Conference of the International Labour Organization was attended by over 6000 delegates, representing Governments, workers and employers from around the world, including world leaders celebrating 100 years of the ILO. It ended with the adoption of a groundbreaking Convention to combat violence and harassment in the world of work, as well as a Declaration charting the way towards a human-centred future of work.
Singapore Conference on the Future of Work 2019
13 May 2019
Opening remarks at Singapore Conference on the Future of Work 2019 by Guy Ryder, Director-General, ILO.
Future of work
12 April 2019
To commemorate the 85th anniversary of U.S. membership to the ILO - America’s first membership to a multilateral institution - an event was held at the Center for Strategic & International Studies in Washington. U.S. Secretary of Labor, Alexander Acosta gave opening remarks followed by a discussion with the ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder; Ed Potter of the U.S. Council for International Business; Cathy Feingold of AFL-CIO; and Kirstin Downey, author of “The Woman Behind the New Deal.”
11 April 2019
ILO Director-General Guy Ryder shared his vision of the future of work, at an event at the Graduate Institute, Geneva - part of the ILO's 24-hour Centenary Global Tour.
25 March 2019
To commemorate the Centenary, ILO Director-General Guy Ryder and WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo inaugurated an exhibition on the original ILO headquarters and unveiled artwork from the original building, at what is today the WTO Secretariat, in Geneva, on 25 March 2019.
Future of work
19 March 2019
The ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, delivered a video message to a seminar in Stockholm with Sweden's Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, to discuss the report of the ILO's Global Commission on the Future of Work "Work for a Brighter Future". The seminar was organized by the Swedish Trade Union Confederation LO and Union to Union, the Swedish trade union movement's organization for international development cooperation.
22 January 2019
A century ago, the founders of the ILO recognized the importance of social justice in securing peace, against a background of worker exploitation in the industrializing nations of that time.
02 January 2019
ILO Director-General Guy Ryder marks the start of the ILO’s second century of service to the world of work by recalling its first 100 years and pointing to the challenges that face us all in shaping the future of work we want.
12 December 2018
Watch the plenary address of the ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder at the 7th Plenary of the Intergovernmental Conference to Adopt the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration in Marrakech, Morocco. The conference took place from 10-11 December 2018 and was hosted by the Kingdom of Morocco.
24 October 2018
ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder and the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, speak at the Third Meeting of the Multi-Stakeholder Partnership for SDG 1.3, "Building Social Protection Floors For All", which took place on 24 October 2018 at the ILO in Geneva.
20 August 2018
The ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, delivers a video message for the International Conference on Youth Employment in the Agricultural Sector in Kigali, Rwanda on 20, August 2018.
Skills for youth employment
05 July 2018
Watch the ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder and other speakers addressing the International Conference on Innovations in Apprenticeships: A skilled workforce for the Future, which took place from 4 - 5 July 2018. The conference includes the launch of the ILO Survey Report of National Initiatives to Promote Quality Apprenticeships in G20 Countries.
107th International Labour Conference
12 June 2018
The ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, and Nobel Peace Laureate, Kailash Satyarthi, were joined by young child rights activists, a SafeYouth@Work champion and experts from the employers’ and workers’ groups to mark the World Day Against Child Labour and the 20th Anniversary of the Global March Against Child Labour during the 107th Session of the International Labour Conference.