Statements and speeches

April 2019

  1. Annual Meetings of the World Bank and the IMF

    A human-centred agenda will reduce inequalities

    13 April 2019

    ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, highlights the need for human-centred policies to reduce inequalities, in a statement to the World Bank Development Committee at the Spring Meeting of the International Monetary Fund in Washington DC.

  2. Annual Meetings of the World Bank and the IMF

    Decent jobs must grow at a stronger pace

    13 April 2019

    More intensive and coordinated efforts are needed to create decent jobs, says ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, in a statement to the International Monetary and Financial Committee of the Board of Governors, at the International Monetary Fund Spring meeting in Washington DC.

  3. ILO100

    A wild dream has prevailed

    10 April 2019

    Speaking at a special Centenary session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, celebrated the ILO’s past and reflected on the Organization’s purpose and its future.

  4. Future of work

    Nordic countries an inspiration for the ILO

    04 April 2019

    ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, praised the contribution of Nordic countries to the organization’s mandate and outlined the opportunities and challenges ahead at the Nordic Conference on the Future of Work, in the Icelandic capital, Reykjavik.

March 2019

  1. 335th Session of the ILO Governing Body

    ILO mandate of extraordinary importance and relevance to people everywhere

    18 March 2019

    Opening the 335th Session of the Governing Body, ILO Director-General Guy Ryder set the scene for key tripartite discussions on the future of work and the ILO, as the organization marks its past one hundred years and prepares for the next.

  2. Future of work

    Address uncertainty and fear of the future of work

    01 March 2019

    Speaking at the launch in South Africa of the Global Commission report on the Future of Work, ILO Director-General Guy Ryder set the stage for the next steps in its implementation.

February 2019

  1. Social and solidarity economy

    Social enterprises play a key role in a decent future of work

    28 February 2019

    Innovative solutions are needed to combat the challenges facing the future of work said ILO Director-General Guy Ryder at the Social Economy National Consultation Conference in Durban, South Africa.

  2. Social Justice

    World Day of Social Justice

    19 February 2019

    In a statement marking World Day of Social Justice, ILO Director-General Guy Ryder says decent work is key to achieving sustainable development and social justice, itself a foundation of lasting peace.

  3. Seventh World Government Summit

    Work for a Brighter Future

    11 February 2019

    In a speech to the seventh World Government Summit, ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder stressed the need for people to design the future of work they want. He identified three areas for investment: people and their capabilities; institutions; and jobs of the future, and said that the private sector’s productive capacities, resources and potential needed to be harnessed for the future of work agenda.

January 2019

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    Brazil dam collapse

    28 January 2019

    ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, has issued a statement following the collapse of a dam in the town of Brumadinho, Brazil. Around 300 people are missing, with the chances of finding survivors reported to be very low.