ILO's Director-General: Videos and photos

Videos and audios

  1. World Toilet Day 2016

    Toilets save lives, increase productivity and grow economies

    18 November 2016

    ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder highlights the link between access to clean toilets – something many take for granted but millions live without – and improved livelihoods and development, in his video message for World Toilet Day 2016. (Closed Captions available)

  2. Election of Director-General

    ILO Director-General re-elected, “ready and determined” to lead

    07 November 2016

    When governments, employers and workers come together we have every chance to construct a world of work that we want, said the ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder. The Governing Body of the International Labour Organization (ILO) has re-elected Mr. Ryder as Director-General for a second five year-term to start in October 2017.

  3. Speech from the ILO Director-General

    Reflecting with students on the future of work

    20 October 2016

    “What will matter is how we govern the future world of work,” said the ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder. Mr. Ryder spoke at the University of Coimbra in Portugal, at a simulated International Labour Conference dedicated to the future of work.

  4. Video interview

    Important that students debate the future of work, says ILO head

    20 October 2016

    We are living in a period of tremendous change in the world of work, and debating the ILO’s future of work initiative among students is fantastically important, said the ILO’s Director-General Guy Ryder in an interview with the University of Coimbra in Portugal. The university held a simulated International Labour Conference, with the ILO’s Future of Work initiative as its main focus.

  5. Future of Work

    Listen: Guy Ryder's special address to India on how the world of work is undergoing a major process of change

    11 July 2016

    Delivering a special address at a ‘National Tripartite Dialogue on Future of Work: Challenges and Opportunities’ organized by FICCI in partnership with the International Labour Organization, the ILO's Director-General Guy Ryder said that as the world of work was undergoing a major process of change.

  6. ETUI-ETUC Conference 2016

    ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, on policies to shape the new world of work

    28 June 2016

  7. 105th International Labour Conference

    Key to digital society of the future are qualified employees, new forms of employment, says Swiss President

    30 May 2016

    Swiss President Johann Schneider-Ammann says the key to a sustainable digital economy is more qualified employees, innovative training programs and new forms of employment. Speaking to delegates at the 105th session of the International Labour Conference in Geneva, Mr. Schneider-Ammann urged delegates not to fear change, but prepare for the future world of work and actively contribute to economic growth that creates jobs. (In German and French with subtitles in English)

  8. 105th International Labour Conference

    ILO Director-General: Everyone loses if the trend toward inequality continues

    30 May 2016

    At the opening of the 105th session of the International Labour Conference, ILO Director-General Guy Ryder called on delegates to take responsibility for the rapid changes facing the world of work. In his opening remarks, Ryder told the delegates to the ILC that growing inequality, marginalization and division are not phenomena of the world of work, but "the consequences of what we do, how we behave and what we decide."

  9. Syrian Refugee Crisis

    ILO Director-General Guy Ryder visits Harran District in Turkey’s southeastern Sanliurfa province

    25 May 2016

    International Labour Organization (ILO) Director-General Guy Ryder visits Harran District in Turkey’s southeastern Sanliurfa province and meets with Syrian refugees in the camp to hear some of their needs and concerns.

  10. World Water Day

    Video: ILO Director-General calls for improved conditions for water workers

    22 March 2016

    In his message for World Water Day, Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General and Chair of UN-Water, highlights the situation of the some 1.5 billion people who work in water, many of whom are not recognized for the work they do, nor protected by basic labour rights.

  11. High-level Section of the Governing Body - Working Party on the Social Dimension of Globalization

    Video - Carol Batchelor: Refugees need to be empowered through work

    21 March 2016

    Carol Batchelor, Director of the Division of International Protection at UNHCR, stressed how important it was for refugees to work and develop their skills so that when they return to their home countries they can contribute to the rebuilding of their societies. She spoke at a high-level panel discussion on the impacts of refugees and other forcibly displaced people on labour markets, which was held at the 326th session of the ILO Governing Body.

  12. High-level Section of the Governing Body - Working Party on the Social Dimension of Globalization

    Video - William Lacy Swing: Migration has always been overwhelmingly positive

    21 March 2016

    Ambassador William Lacy Swing, Director-General of the International Organization for Migration, made the case for understanding migrants as an engine for economic growth, particularly in countries across Europe faced with an aging workforce. He spoke at a high-level panel discussion on the impacts of refugees and other forcibly displaced people on labour markets, which was held at the 326th session of the ILO Governing Body.

  13. High-level Section of the Governing Body - Working Party on the Social Dimension of Globalization

    Video - Peter Sutherland: New responses needed for refugee crisis

    21 March 2016

    The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for International Migration and Development, Peter Sutherland took the international system to task for its failed response to the refugee crisis. He spoke at a high-level panel discussion on the impacts of refugees and other forcibly displaced people on labour markets, which was held at the 326th session of the ILO Governing Body.

  14. High-level Section of the Governing Body - Working Party on the Social Dimension of Globalization

    Video - Guy Ryder: Refugee crisis requires global solutions including jobs

    21 March 2016

    Guy Ryder, the Director-General of the International Labour Organization, emphasized the need for policy responses to the refugee crisis that also help refugees obtain jobs and decent work. He spoke at a high-level panel discussion on the impacts of refugees and other forcibly displaced people on labour markets, which was held at the 326th session of the ILO Governing Body.

  15. World Economic Forum annual meeting - 2016 Davos-Klosters

    World Economic Forum session on the promise of progress

    20 January 2016

    While technology enters its next golden age, the percentage of adults working or looking for work is the lowest in almost 40 years in countries such as the United States. Is the Fourth Industrial Revolution failing the middle class?

  16. Audio

    Listen to the recording of the ILO Research Seminar on the Future of Work

    19 January 2016

  17. Future of Work

    Guy Ryder urges enterprise to make the future work for all

    07 January 2016

    The ILO's Director-General Guy Ryder speaks at the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise (NHO) Annual Conference on the theme: "The Future of Work".

  18. International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

    ILO Director-General calls on governments to take action to end modern slavery

    02 December 2015

    In a statement to mark International Day for the Abolition of Slavery on 2 December, the Director-General of the International Labour Organization, Guy Ryder, calls on governments to ratify the ILO's Forced Labour Protocol to make a real change in the lives of the 21 million people worldwide who are trapped in modern slavery.

  19. World Day against Trafficking in Persons

    Working together against trafficking in persons

    28 July 2015

    "21 million of the most vulnerable workers have been tricked and trapped into forced labour. We cannot stop until we get every single one of them out of forced labour and into Decent Work," said ILO Director-General Guy Ryder in a joint message by the Inter-agency Coordination Group against Trafficking in Persons to mark the World Day against Trafficking in Persons, 30 July 2015. (Closed Captions available)

  20. International Labour Conference

    Video: International Labour Conference closes with Future of Work Initiative

    13 June 2015

    Addressing delegates at the 104th International Labour Conference, he also outlined an agenda that includes a proposed international labour standard on the transition from the informal to formal economy. (Closed Captions available)