Statements and speeches by the ILO's Director-General

September 2020

  1. G20 Saudi Arabia 2020

    ILO Director-General’s remarks at G20 Labour and Employment Ministers’ Meeting (LEMM): Update on Global Labour Markets

    10 September 2020

  2. G20 Saudi Arabia 2020

    Time to talk about building back a better world of work, Director-General tells L20 trade union leaders

    08 September 2020

    The ILO’s Director-General has told L20 trade union leaders that international solidarity and common purpose are essential to building back better from the COVID-19 crisis.

July 2020

  1. © SEWA Cooperative Federation 2020

    International Day of Cooperatives

    Cooperatives play an active role in tackling global crises, says ILO Director-General

    03 July 2020

    By adhering to environmental standards and promoting local production, consumer and producer cooperatives can help limit greenhouse gas emissions and sustain supply chains for essential goods and services, says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder, on the International Day of Cooperatives 2020.

June 2020

  1. Global Deal Conference

    Social dialogue essential to any effective response to the pandemic says ILO Director-General

    26 June 2020

    Giving communities a greater voice in their own affairs enables compromises on difficult issues, says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder’s at the Global Deal Conference on “Social Dialogue and the SDGs in the times of the COVID-19 Pandemic”

  2. Virtual Oceans Dialogue of the World Economic Forum

    Include the ocean economy in the response to COVID-19

    08 June 2020

    More international cooperation is needed to help the seafaring sector, said ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, at the Virtual Oceans Dialogue of the World Economic Forum.

April 2020

  1. Statement

    Obituary – Norbert Blüm

    30 April 2020

  2. Virtual Spring Meetings of the World Bank and the IMF

    COVID-19: Immediate relief needed to protect workers and enterprises, says ILO Director-General

    17 April 2020

    Priority attention should be given to small enterprises, unprotected workers and those in the informal economy, says the Director-General of the International Labour Organization, Guy Ryder, in a statement to the Spring Meeting of the IMF/World Bank Development Committee.

  3. Virtual Spring Meetings of the World Bank and the IMF

    We need a human-centred response to COVID-19 through global solidarity

    16 April 2020

    In a statement to the International Monetary and Financial Committee of the IMF and World Bank, the Director-General of the International Labour Organization, Guy Ryder, outlined the steps that need to be taken to lessen the impact of the crisis on labour markets and millions of workers.

February 2020

  1. Debate on the Future of Work and the European Pillar of Social Rights

    The future of work and the EU’s Pillar of Social Rights

    19 February 2020

    The values of the ILO and those of the Pillar of Social Rights are closely aligned, directing us towards a future of work that is fair and inclusive, the ILO Director-General has said in a speech to the European Economic and Social Committee.

  2. Inter-parliamentary Conference on Stability, Economic Coordination and Governance in the European Union

    We need leap in policy not faith

    19 February 2020

    Europe’s Green Deal has to pass the test of credibility, says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder at a green jobs conference co-organized by the European and Croatian Parliaments.

  3. The 2030 Agenda and the future of work in Europe

    Greater efforts needed to achieve SDG targets

    11 February 2020

    Speaking at the University of Helsinki, the ILO Director-General told an audience from the Sustainability Foundation that a lack of credible action on the SDG’s risked damaging the credibility of national and multilateral institutions.

  4. Seminar – Centenary of the Finnish membership of the ILO

    Ryder salutes Finland’s contribution to ILO’s work

    11 February 2020

    Since joining the ILO in December 1920, Finland has contributed to various areas of ILO’s work. Speaking at a seminar to celebrate the Centenary of Finland’s membership of the ILO, Ryder said that it has been a two-way street.

December 2019

  1. G7 Social High Level Meeting, Paris

    Reducing inequalities for sustainable development

    19 December 2019

    Paris Joint Statement of the French Minister of Labour, the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO), and the Secretary General of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

  2. UN Climate Change Conference COP 25

    Director-General Guy Ryder launches Climate Action for Jobs Initiative at COP 25

    11 December 2019

    Effective action on climate change must include human-centred and sustainable policies to promote decent work for all.

  3. 14th African Regional Meeting

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

    06 December 2019

  4. 14th African Regional Meeting

    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.

November 2019

  1. Annual Forum on Business and Human Rights 2019

    Create the right environment for responsible business

    26 November 2019

    States have a role to play in promoting responsible business, said ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, at the Business and Human Rights Forum 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland.

  2. © H. Abdulsalam / UNAMID 2020

    International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

    End violence and harassment in the world of work

    25 November 2019

    "Violence and harassment constitutes one of the greatest threats to decent work. No more excuses. Let’s work together and make the promise of Convention No. 190 a reality for all," says ILO Director-General.

  3. “1+6” Roundtable, Beijing

    A human-centred approach to global economic governance

    21 November 2019

    Reducing inequality and ensuring sustainable development requires greater cooperation and policy coherence within the multilateral system, Guy Ryder has told leaders at a meeting in Beijing held to discuss the development of the world economy.

  4. Maternity protection

    A Century of maternity protection - An unfinished transformation

    08 November 2019

    One of the ILO’s very first Conventions covered maternity protection, but while there is plenty of evidence that maternity protection is good for individuals, societies and economies, there is still a long way to go to ensure that this universal right is a reality.