Statements and speeches

June 2017

  1. © A. Gonzalez Farran / UNAMID 2017

    World Day against Child Labour 2017

    "In conflicts and disasters, protect children from child labour"

    12 June 2017

    “Children in areas affected by conflict and disasters are among the most vulnerable. No child must be left behind.” says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder in his statement for World Day Against Child Labour.

  2. © Asian Development Bank 2017

    World Environment Day 2017

    A greener future will not be decent by definition, but by design

    05 June 2017

    "Let’s not just mark World Environment Day. Let’s make it a reason to put our political will into action. The future of our jobs, and of our children, relies on it," says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder.

May 2017

  1. Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction 2017

    Disaster response: putting youth at the centre of prevention and resilience

    22 May 2017

  2. © Benson Kua 2017

    International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

    Making workplace policies supportive of all families

    17 May 2017

    "In keeping with the principles of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, no LGBTI worker should be left behind. Today let us stand in solidarity for the rights of LGBTI workers and their families", says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder.

  3. Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation

    Guy Ryder addresses the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation

    14 May 2017

    A transcript of the Director-General’s speech delivered at the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation: Thematic Session on People-to-People Connectivity, Beijing.

April 2017

  1. © Jesse A. Lora / NAVFAC 2017

    World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2017

    "Accurate data will help to save lives"

    28 April 2017

    "Countries that have good data will be better placed to fulfil their commitment to implement and report on the global plan of action to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all under the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development," says ILO Director-General on World Day for Safety and Health at Work on 28th April.

  2. Spring Meetings of the World Bank and the IMF

    "Weak outlook for jobs puts development prospects at risk"

    21 April 2017

    Statement by Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General, to the World Bank-IMF Development Committee.

  3. Spring Meetings of the World Bank and the IMF

    “Weak outlook for jobs at heart of uncertain global economic prospects”

    21 April 2017

    Despite a mild pick-up compared to last year, global economic growth in 2017 and 2018 is insufficient to start reducing global unemployment, says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder in a statement to the International Monetary and Financial Committee.

March 2017

  1. © Rajendra Shaw / Oxfam 2017

    Sixty-first session of the Commission on the Status of Women

    Women’s Economic Empowerment in the Changing World of Work

    13 March 2017

    "We bring our decent work mandate to the challenge of making the future of work we want – a future where women’s economic empowerment, gender equality and social justice are features of and drivers for a better world," says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder.

February 2017

  1. © Pradip Shakya / ILO 2017

    Round table

    Making trade more inclusive

    28 February 2017

    Didier REYNDERS, Belgian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Roberto AZEVÊDO, Director-General of the WTO, and Guy RYDER, Director-General of the ILO, discussed ways to make trade more inclusive, including labour provisions in trade agreements. Guy Ryder underlined ILO's standpoint in his keynote address.