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ILO Director-General

  1. ILO Director-General Guy Ryder took office on 1 October 2012. Guy Ryder sees the ILO as absolutely central to the questions of the day: jobs, social protection, the fight against poverty, and equality. For this reason, he wants to reinforce the ILO's place at the centre of international decision-making on issues that affect the world of work.

    The Director-General wants the ILO to play a role in difficult global situations – such as economic crisis – and on the national agendas of countries undergoing change, especially where the world of work is at stake.

    To support these goals, Guy Ryder has started a process of internal reform to strengthen the ILO's technical capacity and improve its policy analysis.

If there aren’t jobs, there can be no sustainable economic growth. If the economy can’t grow, it can’t create jobs. That simple logic wasn’t apparent to policy-makers who applied austerity in Europe. It’s not the only element of the economic malaise we face, but it’s the quintessential centre of it all.”

G. Ryder

Statements and speeches

  1. © Pascal Pavani / AFP 2014

    International Youth Day 2014

    Ryder: "The mental health of young people matters to us all"

    12 August 2014

  2. © UN Photo/Kibae Park 2014

    International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

    Bridging the gap: Implementing the rights of indigenous peoples

    08 August 2014

News and press releases

  1. © Jenny Vaughan / AFP 2014

In the media

  1. CNN's "Quest Means Business"

    Inequality a drag on economic growth

    07 July 2014

  2. CNN's "Quest Means Business"

    A sea change in inequality

    11 April 2014

Videos and photos

  1. IPEC's International Steering Committee

    IPEC remains and must remain a flagship programme of the ILO, said Guy Ryder

    10 June 2014

A new Director-General is elected every five years by the Governing Body. Subject to the instructions of the Governing Body, the Director-General is responsible for the efficient conduct of the International Labour Office and other duties as may be assigned.

Former Directors-General

Juan Somavia Juan Somavia (Chile), Ninth Director-General of the ILO, 1999-2012
Michel Hansenne Michel Hansenne (Belgium), Eighth Director-General of the ILO, 1989-1999
Francis Blanchard Francis Blanchard (France), Seventh Director-General of the ILO,1974-1989
C. Wilfred Jenks C. Wilfred Jenks (United Kingdom), Sixth Director-General of the ILO,1970-1973
David A. Morse David A. Morse (USA), Fifth Director-General of the ILO, 1948-1970
Edward J. Phelan Edward J. Phelan (Ireland), Fourth Director-General of the ILO, 1941-1948
John G. Winant John G. Winant (USA), Third Director of the ILO, 1939-1941
Harold Butler Harold B. Butler (United Kingdom), Second Director of the ILO, 1932-1938
Albert Thomas (France), First Director of the ILO, 1919-1932
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