Statements and speeches

April 2018

  1. 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.

  2. Annual Meetings of the World Bank and the IMF

    Persistent and growing inequality threatens global growth (PDF)

    18 April 2018

    Statement by Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General, to the International Monetary and Financial Committee, 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.

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.

February 2018

  1. © Richard Messenger 2018

    Human Rights Council

    Fair play without human rights violations

    26 February 2018

    In a speech on the margins of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, calls for labour rights to be observed in the run up to mega sporting events

  2. © Huang jiexian / Imaginechina 2018

    World Day of Social Justice

    Social justice for migrant workers is in everyone’s interest

    20 February 2018

    Fair treatment for the world’s 150 million migrant workers is in everyone’s interest, and requires labour migration to be well-governed and effective, says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder.

January 2018

  1. ILO and the International Organization of Standardization

    ILO termination of ISO Agreement

    15 January 2018

    ILO Statement upon termination of the Agreement between the International Labour Organization and the International Organization of Standardization, signed August 6, 2013.

December 2017

  1. 17th ILO Regional Seminar for Labour-Based Practitioners

    ILO's closing remarks

    19 December 2017

    Theme: "Delivering on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): The Employment–intensive Investment Approach"

  2. 17th ILO Regional Seminar for Labour-Based Practitioners

    Keynote Speech by Director of ILO Country Office, Addis Ababa

    19 December 2017

    Theme: "Delivering on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): The Employment–intensive Investment Approach"