Statements and speeches by the ILO's Director-General

January 2014

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    Workers' rights

    ILO calls on Cambodian government to end violence

    28 January 2014

December 2013

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    International Migrants Day - 18 December 2013

    Promote and protect the rights and fundamental freedoms of all migrants

    17 December 2013

    Joint statement by ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, and United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Navi Pillay.

  2. Zambia

    Launch of the Green Jobs Programme and the Rural Youth Employment and Food Security

    12 December 2013

  3. International Human Rights Day

    The ILO re-affirms its commitment to protect and promote human rights at work

    10 December 2013

    On this International Human Rights Day the ILO re-affirms its commitment to protect and promote human rights at work.

  4. Nelson Mandela (1918-2013)

    Statement of ILO Director-General Guy Ryder on the death of Nelson Mandela

    05 December 2013

  5. International Day of Persons with Disabilities

    Including people with disabilities, everyone stands to gain

    03 December 2013

    “Too many people with disabilities are denied the dignity of work (...) We need to break barriers and open doors for an inclusive society for all,” says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder in a statement on the occasion of International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

November 2013

  1. World AIDS Day - 1 December 2013

    Message from ILO Director-General Guy Ryder on the occasion of World AIDS Day

    29 November 2013

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    Typhoon Haiyan, Philippines

    ILO Director-General extends condolences to the Government and people of the Philippines

    12 November 2013

October 2013

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    International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

    Change requires collective responsibility towards the poorest

    17 October 2013

    "People living in poverty are particularly subject to discrimination and the exclusion that characterizes it because of their poverty (...) We cannot be indifferent - change requires collective responsibility towards the poorest and most vulnerable," says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder in a statement issued on International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.

  2. IMF and World Bank Fall meetings

    Avoiding the risk of a slow growth trap

    11 October 2013

    Jobs are central both for the economic recovery and the long-term development of the global economy, says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder in a statement to International Monetary and Financial Committee and Development Committee. But in order to deliver growth, jobs need to be productive and of good quality.

  3. Statement

    Opening speech at the third Global Conference on Child Labour

    08 October 2013

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    Bangladesh

    Statement on the Aswad garment factory fire

    08 October 2013

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    Labour migration

    Statement: The Lampedusa tragedy reminds us of palpable policy failures on migration

    06 October 2013

  6. World Teachers’ Day

    World Teachers’ Day 2013: Joint message from UNDP, UNESCO, UNICEF and ILO

    05 October 2013

    A Call for Teachers! Joint message from Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director-General; Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General; Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director; Helen Clark, UNDP Administrator;

  7. Statement

    Address to the 19th International Conference of Labour Statisticians

    02 October 2013

August 2013

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    UN International Youth Day

    Guy Ryder: Let's join forces to help young migrant workers

    12 August 2013

  2. Indigenous peoples' rights

    Statement for International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

    09 August 2013

July 2013

  1. G20 Labour and Employment ministers' meeting - 18-19 July 2013, Moscow

    Address to G20 Labour and Employment Ministers

    19 July 2013

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    International Day for freedom, justice and democracy, 18 July 2013

    ILO marks Mandela’s Birthday

    18 July 2013

    The International Labour Organization extends its warmest greetings to Nelson Mandela on his ninety-fifth birthday.

  3. G20 Labour Ministerial meeting - 18-19 July 2013, Moscow

    Remarks at the press conference opening the meeting of G20 Labour and Employment Ministers

    17 July 2013