Statements and speeches


  1. ILO partners with African Union to invest in Africa youth targeting ‘1 million by 2021’

    25 April 2019

    ILO Regional Director for Africa, Ms. Cynthia Samuel-Olonjuwon, during the 2nd Pan African Youth Forum: Africa unite for youth, highlighted ILO’s contribution in promoting youth employment through providing expertise in technical and policy guidance, conducting researches to identify bottlenecks that prevent the youth from engaging in the world of work, and engaging the platform of the Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth to partner with other players to reach ‘1 million by 2021’.

  2. ILO Africa Regional Director speech during the 3rd session of the specialized technical committee on social development, labour and employment

    01 April 2019

    ILO Africa Regional Director speech during the 3rd session of the specialized technical committee on social development, labour and employment


  1. © Liang Qiang / World Bank 2019

    Children need qualified teachers

    05 October 2018

    In a joint statement to mark World Teacher’s Day, the heads of ILO, UNESCO, UNICEF, UNDP and Education International underline the need for quality teaching for the world’s schoolchildren.

  2. ILO mourns passing of Kofi Annan

    21 August 2018

  3. © Monty Rakusen/Cultura Creative 2019

    Creating safe spaces for youth in the world of work

    10 August 2018

    "Join us on International Youth Day in committing to step up actions to promote safe spaces for young people that enhance their opportunities to secure decent work," says ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder.

  4. Make social dialogue work

    02 August 2018

    ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, praises the commitment to social dialogue and tripartism made by BRICS nations - Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa - in a speech at the group’s Labour and Employment Ministers’ Meeting in South Africa.

  5. Malawi Social Protection Platform Communique - 2018 Social Protection Week

    19 June 2018

    The Malawi Platform for Social Protection is a network of organizations and individuals operating at national and district levels aimed at strengthening commitment to promoting and strengthening the social contract between the state and the citizens. The Platform promotes active engagement of civil society in the shaping of social protection policies, programmes, and practices in Malawi. In the occasion of the 2018 Malawi Social Protection Week the Malawi Social Protection Platform has issued this communique regarding Civil Society engagement in the implementation of the Malawi National Social Support Programme (MNSSP II) which will be launched during the week.

  6. Towards the urgent elimination of hazardous child labour

    12 June 2018

    “Children are more vulnerable to risk than adults. Urgent action is needed to ensure no child under the age of 18 is in hazardous child labour,” says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder on the occasion of World Day against Child Labour.

  7. Statement by:Mr. Wellington Chibebe ILO Director for United Republic of Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi and Uganda on the occasion of the:World Day for Safety and Health at Work Held At Samora Machel Grounds, Iringa

    28 April 2018

  8. Welcome address: Skills needs anticipation and matching for IGAD Member States, Addis Ababa, 5-9 March 2018

    07 March 2018