Statements and speeches

2020

  1. COVID-19: Protect children from child labour, now more than ever!

    12 June 2020

    Most ILO programmes implemented in African countries, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, are now taking accelerated action on protecting the health, jobs and incomes of workers. These interventions include a focus on more comprehensive social protection, while at the same time ensuring continued education for children.

  2. ILO welcomes the appointment of Ms Riefdah as general Secretary of FEDUSA.

    26 February 2020

    federation of Unions of South Africa

2019

  1. ILO Director-General Guy Ryder's closing remarks at the 14th ILO African Regional Meeting

    06 December 2019

  2. A human-centred future of work needed in Africa

    03 December 2019

    ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, outlined the world of work challenges and opportunities facing Africa at the opening of the ILO’s 14th African Regional Meeting in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.

  3. Opening remarks by ILO Regional Director for Africa

    20 November 2019

    Theme: “Unite and Make a Difference".

  4. Closing speech by the Chief of the Development and Investment Branch, ILO Geneva

    10 September 2019

    Theme: "Towards sustainable and inclusive local development: local resource-based approaches and decent job creation".

  5. Opening remarks by ILO Regional Director for Africa

    10 September 2019

    Theme: "Towards sustainable and inclusive local development: local resource-based approaches and decent job creation".

  6. Ministerial Declaration

    10 September 2019

    Theme: "Towards sustainable and inclusive local development: local resource-based approaches and decent job creation".

  7. Guy Ryder: A human-centred approach can create decent jobs for youth in Africa

    29 August 2019

    Speaking at the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD7), ILO Director-General Guy Ryder outlined how a human-centred agenda can help boost productivity and create decent jobs for youth in Africa.

  8. The disturbing reality of youth employment

    01 August 2019

    In a speech at the opening of the ILO Global Youth Employment Forum in Abuja, Nigeria, ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, said much more needs to be done to improve the employment prospects of young people.