Statements and speeches by the ILO's Director-General

April 2019

  1. Annual Meetings of the World Bank and the IMF

    Statement by Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General, to the International Monetary and Financial Committee, 2019

    13 April 2019

    More intensive and coordinated efforts are needed to create decent jobs, says ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, in a statement to the International Monetary and Financial Committee of the Board of Governors, at the International Monetary Fund Spring meeting in Washington DC.

  2. ILO100

    A wild dream has prevailed

    10 April 2019

    Speaking at a special Centenary session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, celebrated the ILO’s past and reflected on the Organization’s purpose and its future.

  3. Future of work

    Nordic countries an inspiration for the ILO

    04 April 2019

    ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, praised the contribution of Nordic countries to the organization’s mandate and outlined the opportunities and challenges ahead at the Nordic Conference on the Future of Work, in the Icelandic capital, Reykjavik.

March 2019

  1. 335th Session of the ILO Governing Body

    ILO mandate of extraordinary importance and relevance to people everywhere

    18 March 2019

    Opening the 335th Session of the Governing Body, ILO Director-General Guy Ryder set the scene for key tripartite discussions on the future of work and the ILO, as the organization marks its past one hundred years and prepares for the next.

  2. Future of work

    Address uncertainty and fear of the future of work

    01 March 2019

    Speaking at the launch in South Africa of the Global Commission report on the Future of Work, ILO Director-General Guy Ryder set the stage for the next steps in its implementation.

February 2019

  1. Social and solidarity economy

    Social enterprises play a key role in a decent future of work

    28 February 2019

    Innovative solutions are needed to combat the challenges facing the future of work said ILO Director-General Guy Ryder at the Social Economy National Consultation Conference in Durban, South Africa.

  2. Social Justice

    World Day of Social Justice

    19 February 2019

    In a statement marking World Day of Social Justice, ILO Director-General Guy Ryder says decent work is key to achieving sustainable development and social justice, itself a foundation of lasting peace.

  3. Seventh World Government Summit

    Work for a Brighter Future

    11 February 2019

    In a speech to the seventh World Government Summit, ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder stressed the need for people to design the future of work they want. He identified three areas for investment: people and their capabilities; institutions; and jobs of the future, and said that the private sector’s productive capacities, resources and potential needed to be harnessed for the future of work agenda.

  4. Conference “100 Years ILO”

    A Future of Work with Social Justice: The ILO in its second Century

    07 February 2019

January 2019

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    Brazil dam collapse

    28 January 2019

    ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, has issued a statement following the collapse of a dam in the town of Brumadinho, Brazil. Around 300 people are missing, with the chances of finding survivors reported to be very low.

  2. ILO100

    A Centenary of endeavour and achievement

    22 January 2019

    In a speech to open a year of Centenary celebrations, ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, described the organization as a locomotive of social progress and a harbinger of peace. He also outlined the challenges ahead.

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    PAGE Ministerial Conference

    We cannot tolerate the cost of inaction on climate change

    10 January 2019

    ILO Director-General Guy Ryder outlined three key climate change challenges and put forward a number of proposals, in an address to the Ministerial Conference of the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE), in South Africa.

  4. LO-Norway Conference for ILO100

    The future depends on the conscious choices we make

    08 January 2019

    In a speech to the Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions (LO), ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, stresses the importance of international cooperation to meeting the multiple challenges of the future of work.

December 2018

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    Labour migration

    Rights of labour migrants need protecting

    11 December 2018

    ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, stressed the ILO’s support for the Global Compact on Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, in a speech at the Intergovernmental Conference in Marrakech, Morocco.

  2. ITUC 4th World Congress

    Organized labour the best defence against intolerance

    03 December 2018

    In a speech to the 4th World Congress of the International Trade Union Confederation in Copenhagen, ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, stresses the importance of the international trade union movement for a future of work that benefits all.

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    G20 Leaders’ Summit

    We can both create jobs and protect the environment

    01 December 2018

    Job opportunity and economic growth can happen without costing the planet, said ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, at a G20 discussion on “Embracing the Opportunities (Infrastructure; Energy transitions; A sustainable food future)”.

November 2018

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    G20 Leaders’ Summit

    The right policies will create a future of work we want

    30 November 2018

    ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, outlined critical future of work issues in a session at the G20 Leaders’ Summit on “Putting People First - Discussion Topics: Global economy; the future of work; women’s empowerment.”

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    World AIDS Day 2018

    Timely HIV testing is key to workers’ health

    30 November 2018

    Do you know your HIV status? In around 50 countries HIV infections are still rising and everywhere death rates are still too high.

  3. G20 informal Employment Working Group

    G20 countries are leaders in shaping the future of work

    06 November 2018

    In remarks at a meeting of the G20 Informal Employment Working Group at ILO headquarters in Geneva, ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, outlined the key issues facing a rapidly changing world of work.

October 2018

  1. ILO Global Business Network for Social Protection Floors

    Invest in social protection

    23 October 2018

    ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, calls on businesses to help make universal social protection a reality, in a speech at the fourth annual meeting of the ILO Global Business Network for Social Protection Floors, in Geneva, Switzerland.