Statements and speeches

September 2016

  1. 71th UN General Assembly

    Statement of ILO's Deputy Director-General Gilbert Houngbo at the UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants

    19 September 2016

  2. © Ramany / NurPhoto/afp 2016

    Occupational safety

    Statement by Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General, in response to Tampaco Foils Limited fire in Bangladesh

    12 September 2016

    "The ILO is ready to further support Bangladesh’s efforts to ensure the safety of its workers," says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder.

  3. United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation

    South-South co-operation has a key role to play in promoting decent work for sustainable development

    12 September 2016

    Traditional aid flows will not be enough to address development challenges. New partnerships with and among developing nations are both the right thing to do and one of the best ways to meet the Sustainable Development Goals, says ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder.

  4. Social protection

    Universal social protection is achievable and critical to implementing the new UN development agenda

    06 September 2016

    Speech by the ILO's Director-General, Guy Ryder at the ILO-China-ASEAN High-level Seminar to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals on Universal Social Protection through South-South and Triangular Cooperation in Beijing, China.

  5. G20 Summit

    ILO head calls for setting the global economy on a faster and more inclusive development trajectory

    05 September 2016

August 2016

  1. World Water Week

    Speech of the ILO Director-General at the Water and Jobs Seminar

    28 August 2016

  2. Statement

    Background Note by the International Labour Organization for the UN High-Level Political Forum 11 - 20 July 2016, New York

    12 August 2016

  3. International Youth Day 2016

    Eradicating Poverty and Achieving Sustainable Consumption and Production through Decent Work for Youth

    12 August 2016

    “Access to productive and decent work is the best way young people can realize their aspirations, improve their living conditions and actively participate in society,” says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder.

  4. © T. Lee 2016

    International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

    ILO Director General: Delivering economic and social justice for indigenous and tribal peoples through decent work

    09 August 2016

    "Together, by building bridges and strengthening partnerships, guaranteeing equal access to education and most importantly, by empowering indigenous and tribal peoples through decent work, we can surmount the challenges ahead," says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder.

  5. Environmental and Social Framework

    ILO Statement on the World Bank Environmental and Social Policy

    08 August 2016

    The revised ESF, which sets forth the safeguard policies that the Bank and its borrowers will apply to future investment project financing, now includes a labour standard for protecting workers on Bank-financed investment projects.