Statements and speeches by the ILO's Director-General

June 2016

  1. World Day against Child Labour 2016

    End child labour in supply chains: It’s everyone’s business

    12 June 2016

    "Acting together, it is within our means to make the future of work a future without child labour," says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder on the occasion of World Day against Child Labour.

  2. 105th Session of the International Labour Conference

    ILO Director General opening remarks to the World of Work Summit

    09 June 2016

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    World Environment Day 2016

    Preserve the environment to boost development and provide jobs

    05 June 2016

    Illegal wildlife trade harms not only the environment, it risks jobs, development and livelihoods, says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder, on World Environment Day

May 2016

  1. 105th International Labour Conference

    ILO Director-General’s opening remarks to the 105th ILC

    30 May 2016

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    International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

    The right to be yourself at work

    17 May 2016

    "Today, on this International Day I would underline the fundamental importance of social justice and decent work as a key element of positive mental health and well-being of LGBT persons, and an essential expression of LGBT rights," says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder.

  3. Statement

    Sustainable Development and the Future of Work in the context of the Jubilee of Mercy: Statement of Commitment and Action

    05 May 2016

    Joint statement of Catholic organisations, movements of trade unions and of cooperatives, associations of business leaders, issued at a Global Seminar on “Sustainable Development and the Future of Work in the context of the Jubilee of Mercy” held in Rome from 2 to 5 May 2016.

  4. Statement

    Address by Guy Ryder on the Future of Work and Sustainable Development

    04 May 2016

    The ILO Director-General spoke at a global seminar in Rome, organized by the Catholic Church to coincide with the celebration of the Feast of Saint Joseph the Worker.

April 2016

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    World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2016

    'Workplace stress: It’s time to lift the burden'

    28 April 2016

    "Work-related stress affects workers in all professions in developed and developing countries alike. It can gravely harm not only workers’ health but also, and all too often, the wellbeing of their families," says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder.

  2. Spring Meetings of the World Bank and the IMF

    Statement to the World Bank-IMF Development Committee: 'Urgent action for faster, greener and more inclusive growth'

    16 April 2016

    Statement by Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General, to the World Bank-IMF Development Committee.

  3. Spring Meetings of the World Bank and the IMF

    Statement to the International Monetary and Financial Committee: 'Urgent Action Needed to Break Out of Slow Growth Trap'

    16 April 2016

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

March 2016

  1. ILO and IZA Conference

    ILO Director-General says labour market reforms must have positive impact on social conditions

    10 March 2016

    Opening remarks by Guy Ryder at ILO/IZA conference on Assessing the Effects of Labour Market Reforms – A Global Perspective, in Geneva on 10-11 March 2016.

  2. International Women’s Day

    Getting to Equal by 2030: The Future is Now

    08 March 2016

    “Let’s work together to achieve genuine gender equality and women’s empowerment in the world of work. Decent work for women brings decent lives for all,” says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder.

February 2016

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    World Day of Social Justice

    "We must work together to ensure that no one is left behind"

    20 February 2016

    "We now face the true acid test of the strength of our policies and depth of our commitment," says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder.

  2. Obituary

    ILO mourns passing of Boutros Boutros-Ghali

    17 February 2016

January 2016

  1. Statement

    Quality Employment, Employability and Decent Work: Policy objectives and required actions

    26 January 2016

    Presentation by ILO Director-General to BRICS Labour and Employment Ministers, Ufa, Russian Federation, 25 January.

December 2015

  1. Correspondence

    Guy Ryder's letter introducing the Future of Work Initiative

    14 December 2015

    ILO Director-General's letter to ILO member States representatives introducing the Future of Work initiative.

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    Universal Health Coverage Day

    Universal health coverage saves lives, alleviates poverty and boosts growth

    12 December 2015

    "Health protection is a source of employment opportunities," says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder. "Let’s make Universal Health Coverage a reality for all."

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    Human Rights Day

    The fundamental connection between human rights and labour rights

    10 December 2015

    "We join our efforts with those of the international community to ensure that the rights of women and men, girls and boys everywhere are respected. We are committed to action in the world of work to respond to the call for Our Rights. Our Freedoms. Always," says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder.

  4. COP 21

    Empowering a Global Generation of Young People

    08 December 2015

    ILO Director-General calls on the world's governments, workers and employers to build on the areas of training and education for youth that will unleash the potential for creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship, and thus best serve the needs of communities and the planet.

  5. COP 21

    ILO Director-General addresses COP 21 on Africa Day

    08 December 2015

    With education, technical skills and business development support, thousands of young African women and men can become business leaders that will drive the clean energy revolution, transform agriculture and bring about green innovation that we need for climate change solutions.