Statements and speeches
ILO is a specialized agency of the United Nations
Promoting jobs, protecting people
ILO home > About the ILO > Resources for journalists > Statements and speeches

Statements and speeches

December 2013

  1. International Human Rights Day

    Message by Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General, on International Human Rights Day

    10 December 2013

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

  2. 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

  2. © Philippe Lopez /AFP 2014

October 2013

  1. Statement

    Guy Ryder, Director-General, International Labour Organization (ILO) - Panelist intervention at the 2013 UN General Assembly High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development

    29 October 2013

    The ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, was a panellist on Roundtable 4 on international and regional labour mobility and its impact on development where he delivered a statement drawing attention to the three inter-connected pillars of labour mobility needed to achieve equitable and inclusive development: (i) ensuring that labour mobility addresses real labour market needs; (ii) improving protection of human rights, including labour rights, of migrant workers throughout the whole migration process; and (iii) enhancing social dialogue, collaboration with other stakeholders, and cooperation between countries.

  2. Statement

    Guy Ryder, Director-General, International Labour Organization (ILO) - Statement from the floor at the 2013 UN General Assembly High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development

    29 October 2013

    The ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, took the floor in Roundtable 2 on measures to ensure respect for and protection of the human rights of all migrants and underscored the need for a consensus for global action that is truly respectful of the rights and interests of migrant workers.

  3. Launch of Anti-Human Trafficking Week in Switzerland

    Speech by ILO Deputy Director-General Greg Vines

    18 October 2013

    Addressing the opening event of Switzerland’s first annual Anti-Human Trafficking Week on October 18th, ILO Deputy Director-General Greg Vines called on UN agencies to work together towards the elimination of all forms of human exploitation. CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY

  4. © UN Photo/Martine Perret 2014

    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.

Learn more

For interview requests please contact:

  1. +41.22.799.79.12 
  2. newsroom@ilo.org
© 1996-2014 International Labour Organization (ILO) | Copyright and permissions | Privacy policy | Fraud alert | Disclaimer