Events coverage

March 2014

  1. Progress on gender equality in the world of work is uneven and not fast enough, said ILO's Director-General

    07 March 2014

    The ILO marked International Women’s Day with a panel discussion entitled: “ILO Women at Work Centenary Initiative: Where we are and where we want to be in the world of work". The ILO Centenary Initiative on Women at Work is one of the seven being launched ahead of the ILO’s 100th anniversary in 2019 to help “equip the Organization to take up successfully the challenges of its mandate in the future”. The panel, opened by ILO's Director-General, Guy Ryder, was addressed by keynote speakers, including ILO Decent Work Research prizewinner Professor Jayati Ghosh of India, and eminent scholar Sir Bob Hepple of the UK-based University of Cambridge. Representatives of a workers' organization and of an employers' organization also shared their perspectives.

November 2013

  1. World AIDS Day - Event at ILO Headquarters

    29 November 2013

    On Friday 29 November, ILO officials gathered at ILO headquarters to commemorate World AIDS Day 2013. The event included a human red ribbon, the launch of the report on "The impact of employment on HIV treatment adherence" and a contemporary African dance performance by the Compagnie Donsen. The choreography, specially prepared for the event, delivered key messages on the importance of knowing our HIV status and not discriminating against people living with HIV at the workplace.

  2. Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) aftermath

    28 November 2013

    ILO and Philippine authorities have been working together on livelihoods recovery. Lawrence Jeff Johnson, Director of the ILO Office for the Philippines met with officials of the Department of Labour and Employment in Tacloban, to discuss ongoing emergency employment programmes. The city was the worst hit by Super Typhoon Haiyan, which devastated the central Philippines earlier this month.

October 2013

  1. Place employment at centre of economic strategies, says ILO Director-General

    28 October 2013

    Representatives of the ILO's Governing Body gathered at a High Level meeting to discuss key issues facing the world of work. Launching the discussion, the ILO's Director-General Guy Ryder spoke about the state of the world's economies and the difficult environment facing enterprises and workers in the real economy. He pointed to growing evidence showing how economic strategies with a central focus on employment can sustain global growth, boost investment and create more and better jobs.

  2. Fighting child labour cannot be a temporary effort

    10 October 2013

    As the three-day Global Conference on Child Labour came to a close in Brasilia, former child labourers, the ILO Director-General and former President of Brazil Luis Inácio Lula da Silva all stressed the need to continue the fight against child labour.

  3. ILO Chief meets former child labourers in Cuiabá - Mato Grosso

    09 October 2013

    While in Brazil for the III Global Conference on Child Labour (Brasilia, 8-10 October 2013), ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, met with the beneficiaries of the "Me Encontrei" programme in Cuiabá, the capital city of the Brazilian State of Mato Grosso. The programme, supported by the ILO and local authorities, allows former child labourers to complete their education and receive training to enter the job market.

  4. Highlights of the opening ceremony of the III Global Child Labour Conference

    08 October 2013

    Warning that the common goal to eliminate the worst forms of child labour will not be met by 2016 at the current rate of progress, ILO Director General Guy Ryder and Brazilian President Dilma Roussef urged delegates to redouble their efforts at the opening of the Third Global Conference on Child Labour . President Dilma Roussef joined him in calling for the commitment of all nations to eradicate child labour through coordinated and integrated action.

September 2013

  1. ILO showcases Decent Work at CERN Open Day weekend

    30 September 2013

    As the world's largest particle physics laboratory opened its doors to the public the weekend of 28-29 September, the ILO showed the difference decent work makes to peoples' lives from school to retirement, with a fun exhibition that allowed visitors to make their very own contribution to the campaigns to end modern-day slavery and stop child labour.

July 2013

  1. Veolia Environnement CEO signs safety and health declaration

    01 July 2013

    Veolia Environnement -- a leading global water, waste and energy management company - has joined more than 300 signatories in support of the Seoul Declaration to promote workplace safety and health worldwide. The agreement was signed at the headquarters of the International Labour Organization (ILO) by Antoine Frérot, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Veolia Environnement.

June 2013

  1. The International Labour Conference ends its 102nd session

    20 June 2013

    In his closing remarks at the 102nd International Labour Conference, ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, called for urgent action in a number of critical areas to meet the demands of a rapidly evolving world of work.