Statements

September 2016

  1. 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.

May 2016

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    ILO to coordinate compensation process for victims of Ali Enterprises’ tragedy

    26 May 2016

    The ILO will facilitate compensation for workers injured in a 2012 factory fire in Karachi, Pakistan.

December 2015

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    Universal health coverage saves lives, alleviates poverty and boosts growth

    12 December 2015

    "Health protection is a source of employment opportunities," says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder. "Let’s make Universal Health Coverage a reality for all."

July 2015

  1. Ensuring policy coherence and an enabling environment at all levels for sustainable development

    14 July 2015

    ILO Director-General speaking note for Round Table 2 UN Conference on Financing for Development.

June 2015

  1. A joint mission and plan of action: Universal social protection to ensure that no one is left behind

    30 June 2015

    Joint statement by ILO Director-General Guy Ryder and World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim on the launch of the World Bank Group and ILO Universal Social Protection Initiative, calling the attention of world leaders to the importance of universal social protection policies and financing.

April 2015

  1. Remembering Rana Plaza: The road ahead

    22 April 2015

    Remarks by ILO Deputy Director General for Policy, Sandra Polaski, at a multi-stakeholder event at the European Parliament in Brussels on 22 April 2015.

December 2014

  1. Decent work, social protection can help close the gap

    01 December 2014

    Statement by ILO Director-General Guy Ryder on World AIDS Day 2014.

September 2014

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    "Extending pension coverage and ensuring effective access to health care for older persons is a priority"

    30 September 2014

    On the occasion of the International Day of Older Persons, ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, underlines the need to address the demographic challenge through integrated employment promotion and social protection policies that build on the virtuous cycle of employment, social protection and development International Labour Organization.

February 2014

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    ILO Director-General: "We are faced with a deep social crisis, a crisis too of social justice"

    20 February 2014

    As the world marks the Day of Social Justice, ILO Director-General Guy Ryder urges "policy-makers to converge on the ambition of a real global socio-economic recovery – a recovery for all – and a Post-2015 Development Agenda that helps lift all out of poverty."