Statements and speeches by the ILO's Director-General

June 2021

  1. 109th International Labour Conference

    Opening remarks by Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General, at the 109th Session of the International Labour Conference

    07 June 2021

May 2021

  1. Interagency statement on SDG3 GAP progress report

    Progress and challenges on health and decent work

    20 May 2021

    Investments are needed in health, care and decent work says ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, in a joint statement to mark the publication of a progress report by the SDG3 GAP UN interagency group on health and the Sustainable Development Goals.

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    G20 Tourism Ministers’ Meeting

    Protect workers and businesses in the tourism industry

    04 May 2021

    ILO Deputy Director-General, Martha Newton, called on G20 countries to take action to support the travel and tourism industry, which has been hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. She was speaking at a virtual G20 Tourism Ministers’ meeting on 4 May, that discussed how governments can support the sector.

April 2021

  1. Annual Meetings of the World Bank and the IMF Development Committee

    Statement by Mr Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General, to the World Bank/IMF Development Committee - Washington D.C.

    09 April 2021

    To be effective, we need a global response that is addresses poverty and inequalities, promotes social dialogue, strengthens the institutions of work and supports social justice, the ILO’s Director-General said.

  2. Annual Meetings of the World Bank and the IMF

    Statement by Mr Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General, to the IMFC - Washington D.C.

    08 April 2021

    To be effective, pandemic recovery strategies must be as human-centred in their impact as the effects of the crisis itself have been, ILO Director-General Guy Ryder told the IMF Committee.

March 2021

  1. © WOCinTech Chat 2021

    International Women’s Day

    Invest in women as part of a human-centred recovery

    08 March 2021

    To mark International Women’s Day, ILO Director-General paid tribute to the tremendous efforts made by women during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  2. National Social Dialogue Conference, Occupied Palestinian Territory

    A better future for Palestinians

    03 March 2021

    Prioritizing employment, workers’ rights, social protection and social dialogue will be essential if Palestinians are to create a human-centred recovery from COVID-19 that is sustainable and inclusive, ILO Director-General Guy Ryder told Palestinian tripartite constituents.

February 2021

  1. Vision Zero Fund High–Level Forum

    Improving safety and health in global supply chains vital for development

    23 February 2021

    The COVID-19 pandemic has shown what happens when occupational safety and health systems are under-resourced and unprepared. Improving the protection of working people, particularly in global supply chains, is vital for social and economic development, ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, told a meeting of the Vision Zero Fund.

  2. NEDLAC Labour School 2021

    This global crisis must have a global, united, response

    01 February 2021

    Greater international solidarity and common purpose are needed to build economic and social recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, ILO Director-General Guy Ryder said in an address to South Africa’s NEDLAC Labour School.

December 2020

  1. International Migrants Day 2020 - Joint statement

    Stronger Together: Including Migrants in the COVID-19 Response and Recovery

    18 December 2020

    The COVID-19 crisis has highlighted the critical role migrants play as essential workers, including in healthcare, food supply and other key sectors. It has also exposed their vulnerability to the devastating health, economic and social impacts of the pandemic. A statement by the heads of all UN agencies, says the needs of migrant workers must be included in the COVID-19 response.

  2. Thinking Ahead on Society Change (TASC) Platform

    ILO Director-General's address to the Future of Work Summit

    04 December 2020

    ILO Director-General Guy Ryder addressed the opening session of the Future of Work Summit.

November 2020

  1. Virtual “1+6” Roundtable

    Promoting World Economic Recovery and Growth in the Post-COVID-19 Era

    24 November 2020

    ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder's, remarks to the Fifth “1+6” Roundtable Dialogue.

  2. G20 Leaders’ Summit

    ILO Director-General: G20 nations need to lead a global response to pandemic

    22 November 2020

    In a speech at the G20 Leaders’ Summit in Saudi Arabia, ILO Director-General Guy Ryder outlined the steps needed to restore economic growth and jobs in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  3. 2020 Annual Forum on Business and Human Rights – High-level Virtual Plenary

    Remarks by ILO Director-General Guy Ryder

    16 November 2020

October 2020

  1. Virtual Launch of the 2020 Global Deal Flagship Report

    ILO Director-General Guy Ryder's Opening Remarks for the Virtual Launch of the 2020 Global Deal Flagship Report

    20 October 2020

    Through social dialogue, the actors in the labour market – employers, workers, and governments – can play an essential role in mitigating the impact of the pandemic on education and training, says the ILO Director-General Guy Ryder at the Virtual Launch of the 2020 Global Deal Flagship Report ‘Social Dialogue, Skills, and COVID-19'.

  2. Annual Meetings of the World Bank and the IMF

    Statement by Mr Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General, to the IMFC - Washington D.C.

    16 October 2020

    As financial constraints increase, large-scale fiscal packages need to be maintained to counter the danger of growing poverty, inequality, joblessness and exclusion, the ILO Director-General Guy Ryder has told the Development Committee of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank at their annual meeting.

  3. Annual Meetings of the World Bank and the IMF

    Statement by Mr Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General, to the IMFC - Washington D.C.

    15 October 2020

    Measures to reduce poverty and widen access to social protection are among a list of COVID-19 recovery priorities outlined by ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, at the virtual annual meeting of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank. His statement was presented to the International Monetary and Financial Committee.

  4. Meeting of BRICS Ministers of Labour and Employment

    International cooperation and solidarity needed to address social and economic impact of COVID-19

    09 October 2020

    Countries need to work together to address labour market impact of COVID-19, said ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, at the opening of the Labour and Employment Ministers meeting of the BRICS countries – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – on 9 October.

  5. Meeting of BRICS Ministers of Labour and Employment

    How can BRICS countries leverage technology to achieve decent work for all?

    09 October 2020

    The potential of the digital economy must be harnessed to help address the challenges facing the world of work said ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, at the Labour and Employment Ministers meeting of the BRICS countries – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa on 9 October.

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    World Mental Health Day

    Let’s talk about mental health in the workplace

    09 October 2020

    ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, underlines the importance of looking after our mental health at a time when stresses are rising because of the COVID-19 pandemic.