Statements and speeches

December 2016

  1. Statement

    Opening statement to the High-Level Ministerial Meeting on Health Employment and Economic Growth

    14 December 2016

    Statement by Gilbert Houngbo, ILO's Deputy Director-General for Field Operations & Partnerships.

  2. International Day of Persons with Disabilities

    Enabling policies for persons with disabilities are crucial to achieving SDGs

    03 December 2016

    People with disabilities are the world’s largest minority, says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder. However, their right to productive employment and decent work is frequently denied.

  3. International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

    Everyone needs to be aware of slavery and know how to fight it

    02 December 2016

    "The right to be free of forced labour is both a fundamental labour right, as well as a human right", says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder in his message for International Day for the Abolition of Slavery.

  4. © UNICEF Ethiopia 2017

    World AIDS Day 2016

    Employment is key in the life cycle approach to HIV

    01 December 2016

    "AIDS is not over. With the finish line in sight, we need to keep our foot on the accelerator and reinforce the role of the world of work as a strategic stage in the life cycle approach to HIV," says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder.

November 2016

  1. © Alecska 2017

    International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

    Violence against one woman anywhere is a threat to peace everywhere

    25 November 2016

    "Ending violence against women is about guaranteeing the basic rights of women and liberating us all from the ties of prejudice, misogyny and inequality. The path is clear, and the ILO will continue its work until the entire world of work is free from violence," says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder.

  2. Statement

    Address by Mr Guy Ryder, Director-General upon his re-election by the ILO Governing Body for a second five-year term starting in October 2017

    07 November 2016

October 2016

  1. © Tim Shields 2017

    International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

    The real cost of extreme poverty

    17 October 2016

    Statement of the ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder on International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.

  2. The Future of Work

    'Social dialogue is vital to meeting the challenge of the future of work'

    13 October 2016

    ILO Director-General addresses a meeting on the future of work between the Italian government and employers' and workers' organizations at the country's parliament in Rome.

  3. Annual Meetings of the World Bank and the IMF

    Inclusive growth and development founded on decent work for all

    06 October 2016

    Statement by Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General, to the International Monetary and Financial Committee of the 2016 Annual Meetings of the Boards of Governors of the World Bank and the IMF.

  4. Annual Meetings of the World Bank and the IMF

    Decent Work key to reducing poverty and inequality

    06 October 2016

    Statement by Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General, to the Development Committee of the 2016 Annual Meetings of the Boards of Governors of the World Bank and the IMF.