Events coverage

May 2016

  1. 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)

  2. Economic growth without jobs is "meaningless" says new ILC President

    30 May 2016

    South Africa's Minister of Labour, Mildred Oliphant, in her address as newly-elected President of the 105th session of the International Labour Conference, says the tripartite constituents of the ILO give a unique voice to every player in the global labour market. Oliphant told delegates that lower economic growth and persistent unemployment can only be responded to when the "real economic actors" share ideas.

  3. 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."

  4. It's here: The 105th International Labour Conference

    26 May 2016

    The 105th International Labour Conference gets underway in Geneva, Switzerland from 30 May - 12 June. This year's session brings together over 4,000 delegates from around the globe to discuss the most pressing issues facing the world of work today. Youth employment, global supply chains and decent work in fragile states will all be high on the agenda.

  5. 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.