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October 2014

  1. Guy Ryder: "It is for all of us to construct a future where full employment stands at the centre of our preoccupations"

    07 October 2014

    Watch ILO-Director General statement on “The future of work" at the OECD New World Forum on Tuesday 7 October.

  2. Cutting labour costs to increase trade advantage makes no sense, says ILO chief

    01 October 2014

    ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, participated at the opening plenary debate of the World Trade Organization's Public Forum 2014: "Why Trade Matters to Everyone". Moderator Julie Gichuru, a news anchor for Citizen TV introduced Guy Ryder. Other participants included: Roberto Azevêdo, Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO), Amanda Long, Director General of Consumers International, and Robert Smith, Executive Editor for the US National Public Radio (NPR).

September 2014

  1. Unless you have people earning money, you don't have demand, says ILO Head

    24 September 2014

    ILO Director-General Guy Ryder called on governments to work together "to start putting people back to work". Speaking on a panel at the Ford Foundation-ILO High level event, "Employment and Decent Work for Inclusive and Sustainable Development", Ryder also noted since young people are more likely to be unemployed than adults that apprenticeships were important to reduce the mismatch between what companies need and what education provides. The event included panels moderated by CNN's Richard Quest that included four Heads of State, the CEO of Coca Cola and the General Secretary of the ITUC.

June 2014

  1. Ban Ki-moon: Decent work for youth backbone of development

    18 June 2014

    During his second visit to the ILO, UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, defined youth unemployment as an "epidemic" which represents a great test of our time. Mr Ban also stressed how the global youth unemployment situation is intolerable, and called for an increasing collaboration and cooperation on employment and entrepreneurship for youth.

  2. Red Card to Child Labour:
    Aerial art from Botafogo Beach, Rio de Janeiro

    12 June 2014

    More than a thousand people came together on Botafogo Beach in Rio de Janeiro to form a giant Aerial Art image to raise awareness of the 168 million of children worldwide who are in child labour. Against the backdrop of Sugar Loaf Mountain, the volunteers created a human pinwheel - the emblem of the International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (IPEC). This was the main launch event to mark the start of the ILO's new Red Card to Child Labour Campaign. The Aerial Artist is John Quigley/Spectral Q, and the event was produced by Patricia Foulkrod.

  3. Behind-the-scenes: Aerial art in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

    11 June 2014

    As part of the launch of the 2014 edition of the Red Card to Child Labour Campaign, the ILO commissioned aerial artist John Quiqley to create a giant image on Botafogo Beach in Rio de Janeiro that could be photographed from the air. More than one thousand volunteers, both young and old, came together to raise awareness of the 168 million child labourers worldwide by creating a colourful human pinwheel -- the symbol for the International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (IPEC). Watch the highlights capturing the spirit of the event.

  4. New Protocol adopted to eliminate contemporary forms of slavery

    11 June 2014

    A new legally binding Protocol aimed at strengthening global efforts to combat forced labour was largely adopted by government, employer and worker delegates to the International Labour Conference (ILC). "This is truly a historic moment because delegates in this room have now modernized effectively Convention 29, which was adopted 84 years ago. We have much stronger measures now to protect the victims and to prevent Forced Labour", said Beate Andrees, Head of the ILO Special Action Programme to Combat Forced Labour.

  5. IPEC remains and must remain a flagship programme of the ILO, said Guy Ryder

    10 June 2014

    Following the performance of the class choir and orchestra - Gabriel Peri School (France), ILO's Director-General, Guy Ryder, opened the International Steering Committee meeting of the International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (IPEC). He reminded the progress the ILO has made in the fight to eradicate the worst forms of child labour. ILO's Corinne Vargha (Branch Chief, Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work), Christina Behrendt (Social Policy Specialist) and Paula Montagner (Brazilian Ministry of Social Development) highlighted the importance of social protection in combating child labour.

  6. Mongolian PM addresses the 103rd International Labour Conference

    09 June 2014

    Norovyn Altankhuyag of Monglia addressed the 103rd International Labour Conference in Geneva, as the first Prime Minister representing the Asian country at the ILO's annual Conference. Mr. Altankhuyag praised the cultivating and fruitful cooperation between his country and the ILO across a broad range of areas, including labour and social welfare.

  7. Jordan's PM: Investing in human resources, pivotal to social and economic progress

    09 June 2014

    While addressing the 103rd International Labour Conference, H.E. Mr Abdullah Ensour, Prime Minister of Jordan, stressed that political, social and economic reforms in his country constitute an ongoing process which need to be sustained by democratic consent. The Jordanian Government is convinced that the growth of the country's economy is conditional to the growth of the productivity of its labour force. Mr Ensour also called for the support of the international community to help the Kingdom in dealing with the consequences of the Syrian humanitarian crisis affecting Jordan.

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