Statements and speeches by the ILO's Director-General

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.

  6. © Nenad Stojkovic 2020

    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.

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    G20 Tourism Ministers’ Meeting

    Tourism can kickstart economic recovery, with the right policy support, ILO Director-General tells G20 Ministers

    07 October 2020

    Tourism can play a critical role in kickstarting the global economy, but special measures to support vulnerable worker groups will be essential, along with social dialogue and effective cross-sectoral policies.

September 2020

  1. Statement

    UNDP-ILO Framework for Action

    16 September 2020

    The present Framework for Action between UNDP and ILO for 2020 and beyond builds on key areas of collaboration and seeks to add concrete value to both organizations’ strategic priorities in a reformed UN system and within the context of the 2030 Agenda and the UN System-wide Socio-Economic Response to the COVID crisis.

  2. 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

  3. 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

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    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.