Statements and speeches by the ILO's Director-General

September 2018

  1. © Tom Percy 2018

    G20 Education and Employment Ministers’ Meeting

    Lower the barriers facing women in labour market

    07 September 2018

    In remarks to G20 Education and Employment Ministers in Argentina, Guy Ryder, Director-General of the International Labour Organization, outlined what’s needed to achieve gender equality in the changing world of work.

  2. G20 Education and Employment Ministers’ Meeting

    We need more and better social protection

    07 September 2018

    Director-General of the International Labour Organization, Guy Ryder, calls for social protection policies to be reinvigorated, as a key element of the future of work. He was speaking at the G20 Labour and Employment Ministers’ Meeting in Argentina.

  3. © G20 Argentina 2018

    G20 Education and Employment Ministers’ Meeting

    Rethink lifelong learning

    06 September 2018

    A new approach to lifelong learning is needed for the future of work, says Director-General of the International Labour Organization, Guy Ryder, in a speech to Education and Employment Ministers at a G20 ministers’ meeting in Argentina.

August 2018

  1. Obituary

    ILO mourns passing of Kofi Annan

    21 August 2018

  2. © Monty Rakusen/Cultura Creative 2018

    International Youth Day 2018

    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.

  3. BRICS Labour and Employment Ministers’ Meeting

    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.

July 2018

  1. © InstituteForApprenticeships 2018

    Youth skills

    The apprenticeship innovation challenge

    04 July 2018

    In a speech at the International Conference on Innovations in Apprenticeships, ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, outlines how new types of apprenticeships are needed to tackle the youth skills gap.

June 2018

  1. © Rodrigo Soldon 2018

    Palais Wilson, Geneva

    A world of sport that fully respects human rights

    26 June 2018

    ILO Director-General shares his vision at the inaugural meeting of the Advisory Council of the Centre for Sport and Human Rights.

  2. World Congress of the UNI Global Union, Liverpool

    Don’t let the new brutalism shape our future

    19 June 2018

    In a speech to the World Congress of the UNI Global Union in Liverpool, ILO Director-General Guy Ryder says we need a future of work with labour rights, inclusion, social justice, decent work, sustainability and democracy.

  3. World Day against Child Labour

    ILO Director-General: 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.

  4. © Anne-Mette Jensen 2018

    World Environment Day

    ILO Director-General: Keep our planet safe, clean and fit for work

    05 June 2018

    The ILO joins the international community in marking World Environment Day, placing the spotlight this year on how we can beat plastic pollution.

May 2018

  1. © Ted Eytan 2018

    International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

    Safety, respect and dignity for all at work and beyond

    17 May 2018

    ILO Director-General Guy Ryder calls for an end to discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, saying it is “a factor leading to violence and harassment in the world of work."

April 2018

  1. World Day for Safety and Health at Work

    Statement by Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General, for the World Day for Safety and Health at Work

    27 April 2018

    In a statement to mark ‘World Day for Safety and Health at Work’, ILO Director General Guy Ryder calls for action to make workplaces safe for young workers.

  2. Annual Meetings of the World Bank and the IMF

    Statement by Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General, to the Development Committee, 2018

    18 April 2018

    In a statement to the Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, ILO Director-General Guy Ryder warned that high and rising levels of inequality are impeding inclusive and sustainable development. Looking to the future of work, he also called for a focus on decent work to confront the challenges of demography, technology, and climate change.

  3. Annual Meetings of the World Bank and the IMF

    Statement by Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General, to the International Monetary and Financial Committee, 2018

    18 April 2018

    In a statement to the Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, ILO Director-General Guy Ryder warned that high and rising levels of inequality are impeding inclusive and sustainable development. Looking to the future of work, he also called for a focus on decent work to confront the challenges of demography, technology, and climate change.

March 2018

  1. © Nestlé 2018

    International Women’s Day

    Change is necessary for rural women

    08 March 2018

    In a statement to mark International Women’s Day, ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, says that rural women must not be overlooked in policy decisions.

February 2018

  1. © Richard Messenger 2018

    Human Rights Council

    Fair play without human rights violations

    26 February 2018

    In a speech on the margins of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, calls for labour rights to be observed in the run up to mega sporting events

  2. © Huang jiexian / Imaginechina 2018

    World Day of Social Justice

    Social justice for migrant workers is in everyone’s interest

    20 February 2018

    Fair treatment for the world’s 150 million migrant workers is in everyone’s interest, and requires labour migration to be well-governed and effective, says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder.

December 2017

  1. © Nguyen A. / ILO 2018

    International Day of Persons with Disabilities

    The future world of work must be fully inclusive of people with disabilities

    01 December 2017

    “People with disabilities, with their skills and talents, are an important asset to the labour markets today and in the future,” says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder.

November 2017

  1. Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth

    ILO Director-General’s speech at the Launch of the Engagement Platform of the Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth

    29 November 2017

    ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, emphasizes importance of partnerships to tackling youth employment challenge as he launches new ILO engagement platform to support the Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth.