Video interviews

September 2013

  1. Support teachers! The key to our future is in their hands

    30 September 2013

    On World Teachers' Day, October 5, the ILO salutes teachers and commits to supporting their key role in building the citizens and societies of the future, says Guy Ryder, the ILO's Director-General.

  2. Checkpoint on the road to end child labour, says ILO's Chief

    23 September 2013

    The number of child labourers has declined dramatically from 215 million to 168 million. Despite this progress, the ILO warns that the goal of eliminating the worst forms of child labour may not be reached by 2016. ILO Director General Guy Ryder says The III Global Conference on Child Labour (Brasilia, October 8-10, 2013) is a vitally important moment to take stock of international progress on the Hague Roadmap to end child labour.

August 2013

  1. Protecting seafarer rights and promoting employment of women seafarers

    20 August 2013

    The Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 goes into force on 20 August 2013. Timely payment of wages, work/rest hours and training are key components of protecting seafarers' rights under the convention, says Captain Lee Chee Seong, Managing Director of Neptune Ship Management Services. He also sees the future of seafaring as including more women; women like Second Officer Milli and Second Officer Farhane who discuss their ambitions to become a ship's captain.

  2. Statement from ILO Director-General Guy Ryder on the coming into force of the Maritime Labour Convention

    20 August 2013

    ILO Director-General Guy Ryder marks the coming into force of the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006. This historic convention provides protection for the world's 1.5 million seafarers under a clear and consolidated set of international labour standards. (Closed captions available)

  3. Statement from ILO's Director of the Department of Labour Standards, Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, on the coming into force of the MLC 2006

    20 August 2013

    ILO's Director of the Department of Labour Standards, Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, makes a statement on the coming-into-force of the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006. The MLC, 2006 was adopted by government, employer and worker representatives at a special ILO International Labour Conference in February 2006 and provides a clear and comprehensive set of international standards for the shipping sector, the world's first genuinely global industry. (Closed captions available)

June 2013

  1. Discussion on Social Dialogue

    19 June 2013

    As the subject of the recurrent discussion at the 102nd International Labour Conference, delegates talked about the role social dialogue plays in addressing the economic downturn, ensuring a job-rich recovery and alleviating social tension.

  2. Sustainable development, decent work and green jobs

    18 June 2013

    Achieving environmental sustainability and creating decent jobs for all are both urgent challenges. Delegates at the 102nd International Labour Conference are looking at ways of tackling both issues, which are closely linked.

  3. Restoring confidence in the world of work

    17 June 2013

    How to reconnect and restore confidence in jobs and growth as instruments of social progress was the topic of debate during a high-level panel discussion of the International Labour Conference.

  4. African Union: Job creation key to achieve prosperity

    17 June 2013

    Addressing the 102nd International Labour Conference, African Union Commission's Chair, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has echoed African leaders' vision that job creation is among the most important factors to achieve growth and prosperity. Dr. Dlamini Zuma also highlighted that Africa is a continent of young people and called for more investment to promote employment and the provision of entrepreneurial skills for youth.

  5. Employment and social protection in the new demographic context

    14 June 2013

    Demographic change including population ageing is a universal trend in all countries. Delegates at the 102nd International Labour Conference are discussing the implications of this new demographic context on the labour market and social security systems.