Events coverage

May 2016

  1. 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.

March 2016

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Ulrich Walwei: Digitalization will transform and create new job opportunities

    11 March 2016

    As part of a two day conference on ILO/IZA Conference on “Assessing the Effects of Labour Market Reforms – A Global Perspective” , ILO Director-General, Mr Guy Ryder moderated a Panel Discussion on Labour Market Reforms and the Future of Work. “Digitalization will create a considerable shift in types of employment and the skills needed to perform those jobs,” said Ulrich Walwei, of the Institut für Arbeitsmarkt und Berufsforschung (IAB). He added that the potential it creates for mobile work could create new opportunities for workers with disabilities and stay-at-home caregivers.

  6. Dominique Méda: Labour market reforms are needed within framework of “ecological reconversion”

    10 March 2016

    As part of a two day conference on ILO/IZA Conference on “Assessing the Effects of Labour Market Reforms – A Global Perspective” , ILO Director-General, Mr Guy Ryder moderated a Panel Discussion on Labour Market Reforms and the Future of Work. Dominique Méda, of the University of Paris-Dauphine, stressed the need for labour market reforms aimed at improving the quality of jobs and working conditions, within a framework of what she called “ecological reconversion”. (In French)

  7. Patricia Flynn: The benefits of quotas for future female executives

    10 March 2016

    As part of a two day conference on ILO/IZA Conference on “Assessing the Effects of Labour Market Reforms – A Global Perspective” , ILO Director-General, Mr Guy Ryder moderated a Panel Discussion on Labour Market Reforms and the Future of Work. Looking at the future for women in business, Patricia Flynn of Bentley University, discussed the significant progress some countries have made in raising the share of female corporate directors by introducing voluntary or mandatory gender quotas on corporate boards.

  8. Kemal Derviş: Work in the future should be fulfilling

    10 March 2016

    As part of a two day conference on ILO/IZA Conference on “Assessing the Effects of Labour Market Reforms – A Global Perspective” , ILO Director-General, Mr Guy Ryder moderated a Panel Discussion on Labour Market Reforms and the Future of Work. Kemal Derviş, Vice president and Director of Global Economy and Development at the Brookings Institution, cited Keynes saying that “the current social and political transformation should ensure that people do less work that is not fulfilling, but still have enough income to lead a decent life.”

  9. László Andor: Harness technological changes to create quality jobs

    10 March 2016

    As part of a two day conference on ILO/IZA Conference on “Assessing the Effects of Labour Market Reforms – A Global Perspective” , ILO Director-General, Mr Guy Ryder moderated a Panel Discussion on Labour Market Reforms and the Future of Work. László Andor, from Corvinus University in Budapest, brought a positive perspective to the impact new technologies could bring for the quantity and quality of jobs.