Video interviews

January 2009

  1. Facing the jobs crisis, an interview with the ILO Director-General

    28 January 2009

    ILO TV interviews Juan Somavia, the ILO Director-General, about the Global Employment Trends 2009 report published today. "The ILO message is realistic, not alarmist. We are now facing a global jobs crisis. Many governments are aware and acting, but more decisive and coordinated international action is needed to avert a global social recession," says Mr. Somavia.

December 2008

  1. Migrant Workers Today, An Interview With Ibrahim Awad

    17 December 2008

    ILO TV interviews Ibrahim Awad, Director of the ILO's International Migration Programme, on the significance of International Migrants Day and the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

  2. International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, December 2

    01 December 2008

    Roger Plant, Head of the ILO Special Action Programme combatting Forced Labour, talks about modern day slavery in today's global economy.

November 2008

  1. ILO forecasts further decline in wage growth and cuts in real wages for 2009

    25 November 2008

    The global economic crisis is expected to lead to painful cuts in the wages of millions of workers worldwide in the coming year, according to a new report published today by the International Labour Office (ILO). ILO TV interviews Manuela Tomei, Chief of the ILO Conditions of Work and Employment Programme, to discuss the report's findings.

October 2008

  1. Unemployment to rise by 20 million: An interview with Juan Somavia, Director-General of the ILO

    20 October 2008

    The global financial crisis could increase world unemployment by an estimated 20 million women and men, the Director-General of the International Labour Office (ILO) said today. “The important thing is not to forget that the financial crisis is affecting real people in their life, in their family life and in communities, it's affecting the real economy,” he added.

  2. Income inequalities: An interview with Raymond Torres, Director of the ILO's International Institute for Labour Studies

    15 October 2008

    Despite strong economic growth that has produced millions of new jobs since the early 1990s, income inequality grew dramatically in most regions of the world and is expected to increase due to the current global financial crisis, according to a new study "World of Work Report 2008: Income inequalities in the age of financial globalization" published by the research arm of the International Labour Organization (ILO).

  3. Statement by ILO Director-General Juan Somavia on the occasion of World Day for Decent Work

    01 October 2008

    "Hard won rights at work must be at the heart of the 21st century struggles for social justice and a fair globalization," says ILO Director-General Juan Somavia on the occasion of October 7, the World Day for Decent Work.

July 2008

  1. Message from Juan Somavia, Director-General of the International Labour Office on the Occasion of the World Congress on Safety and Health at Work

    01 July 2008

June 2008

  1. The Dignity of Decent Work

    06 June 2008

    Daniel Funes de Rioja, Executive Vice-President of the International Organization of Employers, discusses the Decent Work agenda, informality in the Latin American economy and the relevance of the International Labour Organization to today's world.

May 2008

  1. Promoting rural jobs to reduce poverty - an interview with Michael Henriques

    28 May 2008

    With three quarters of the world's poor living in rural areas, strategies to promote rural jobs are key to achieving the Millennium Development Goals of reducing poverty and hunger by 50 per cent before the year 2015. "Rural labour markets have changed," says Michael Henriques, Director of the ILO's Job Creation and Enterprise Development Department in an interview with ILO TV. "Globalization has had a major impact on the conditions of rural areas. The benefits of globalization are not spread equally." Delegates at the 97th International Labour Conference will discuss the promotion of rural employment for poverty reduction and produce a plan of action for the ILO to implement.