Statements and speeches

September 2018

  1. © David Stanley 2018

    Child and forced labour

    ILO continues rigorous monitoring of Uzbekistan cotton harvest

    20 September 2018

    A statement in response to a report by Lasslett and Gstrein on the monitoring of Uzbekistan’s cotton harvest.

  2. Statement

    "We have seven years left to keep our commitment to the end of child labour"

    13 September 2018

    Remarks by Ms Tomoko Nishimoto, ILO Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, for Malaysia’s World Day against Child Labour 2018.

  3. © 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.

  4. 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.

  5. © 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. Speech

    Sustainable development is not a choice, but the only way

    06 July 2018

    ILO Viet Nam Director, Chang-Hee Lee, made the speech at the celebration of the International Day of Cooperatives in Hanoi on 7 July 2018.

  2. © 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.