Speeches and statements

March 2011

  1. In science and technology, women deserve equal access to training and good jobs

    16 March 2011, New York

    Decent work in science and technology fields should involve good jobs, with working conditions equal to that of male colleagues.

February 2011

  1. Closer relationship between social development and macroeconomic policy is needed for sustainable growth

    10 February 2011, New York

    For too long, pursuing macroeconomic policies alone has had limited success in creating the conditions necessary for rapid and sustainable growth.

October 2010

  1. Women still more often in low-wage work than their male counterparts

    17 October 2010, New York

    Women are disproportionately represented among low-wage workers, and sex discrimination in wage structures and the undervaluation of female-dominated occupations are an important cause of this low-pay work.

  2. Moves toward sustainability are good for employment, but require sound policy for transition

    11 October 2010, New York

    Greening of the economy will create more jobs than will be lost in other sectors. But these shifts will require coherent policies to assist those bearing the brunt of the transformation.

  3. How to address the jobs crisis within the macroeconomic policy debate

    11 October 2010, New York

    For balanced, sustainable growth, policies must shift to ensure that the world economy is based on an income-led growth pattern that replaces the previous debt driven consumption and investment models.

April 2010

  1. A pressing global need to increase action on occupational safety and health

    16 April 2010, New York

    While rates of workplace injury and disease are declining slowly in most industrialized countries, they are on the increase in developing countries.

February 2010

  1. ILO Director-General addresses Brookings Institution on achieving and sustaining an employment-based recovery

    26 February 2010, Washington DC

    ILO Director-General Juan Somavia addressed a panel discussion on Achieving and Sustaining an Employment-Based Recovery: U.S. and Global Strategies for Governments, Businesses, Workers and Families, at Brookings institution in Washington DC.