Statements and speeches

March 2017

  1. Statement

    ILO Statement to the UN Security Council on Modern Slavery

    16 March 2017

  2. 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.

  2. © Stefan Magdalinski 2017

    World Day of Social Justice

    Decent work for social justice

    20 February 2017

    On World Day of Social Justice (20 February), ILO Director-General Guy Ryder underscores the challenge of bridging the social and economic gaps which have arisen as a result of growing inequality.

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