Statements and speeches

June 2018

  1. World Congress of the UNI Global Union, Liverpool

    Don’t let the new brutalism shape our future

    19 June 2018

    In a speech to the World Congress of the UNI Global Union in Liverpool, ILO Director-General Guy Ryder says we need a future of work with labour rights, inclusion, social justice, decent work, sustainability and democracy.

  2. World Day against Child Labour

    Towards the urgent elimination of hazardous child labour

    12 June 2018

    “Children are more vulnerable to risk than adults. Urgent action is needed to ensure no child under the age of 18 is in hazardous child labour,” says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder on the occasion of World Day against Child Labour.

  3. © Anne-Mette Jensen 2018

    World Environment Day

    ILO Director-General: Keep our planet safe, clean and fit for work

    05 June 2018

    The ILO joins the international community in marking World Environment Day, placing the spotlight this year on how we can beat plastic pollution.

May 2018

  1. © Ted Eytan 2018

    International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

    Safety, respect and dignity for all at work and beyond

    17 May 2018

    ILO Director-General Guy Ryder calls for an end to discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, saying it is “a factor leading to violence and harassment in the world of work."

April 2018

  1. World Day for Safety and Health at Work

    Invest in young workers’ safety and health

    27 April 2018

    In a statement to mark ‘World Day for Safety and Health at Work’, ILO Director General Guy Ryder calls for action to make workplaces safe for young workers.

  2. Statement

    Statement by the International Labour Organization to the 17th session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (Item 11. Follow-up to the outcome document of the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples: (c) Implementation of the United Nations system-wide action plan on indigenous peoples)

    24 April 2018

  3. Annual Meetings of the World Bank and the IMF

    Persistent and growing inequality threatens global growth

    18 April 2018

    In a statement to the Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, ILO Director-General Guy Ryder warned that high and rising levels of inequality are impeding inclusive and sustainable development. Looking to the future of work, he also called for a focus on decent work to confront the challenges of demography, technology, and climate change.

  4. Annual Meetings of the World Bank and the IMF

    ILO warns of rising levels of inequality

    18 April 2018

    In a statement to the Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, ILO Director-General Guy Ryder warned that high and rising levels of inequality are impeding inclusive and sustainable development. Looking to the future of work, he also called for a focus on decent work to confront the challenges of demography, technology, and climate change.

March 2018

  1. © Asian Development Bank 2018

    Gender equality

    Rural women need equality now

    15 March 2018

    ILO Director of Sectoral Policies, Alette van Leur, has called for urgent action to overcome the hurdles rural women face in the world of work. She was speaking during the 62nd session of the Commission on the Status of Women at United Nations headquarters in New York, where the ILO is hosting, on March 16, a panel discussion on gender equality and decent work for rural women.

  2. © Nestlé 2018

    International Women’s Day

    Change is necessary for rural women

    08 March 2018

    In a statement to mark International Women’s Day, ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, says that rural women must not be overlooked in policy decisions.