Statements and speeches

October 2020

  1. Annual Meetings of the World Bank and the IMF

    Restore progress towards attaining the Sustainable Development Goals

    15 October 2020

    Measures to reduce poverty and widen access to social protection are among a list of COVID-19 recovery priorities outlined by ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, at the virtual annual meeting of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank. His statement was presented to the International Monetary and Financial Committee.

  2. Food security

    Impact of COVID-19 on people’s livelihoods, their health and our food systems

    13 October 2020

    Joint statement by ILO, FAO, IFAD and WHO.

  3. Meeting of BRICS Ministers of Labour and Employment

    International cooperation and solidarity needed to address social and economic impact of COVID-19

    09 October 2020

    Countries need to work together to address labour market impact of COVID-19, said ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, at the opening of the Labour and Employment Ministers meeting of the BRICS countries – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – on 9 October.

  4. Meeting of BRICS Ministers of Labour and Employment

    How can BRICS countries leverage technology to achieve decent work for all?

    09 October 2020

    The potential of the digital economy must be harnessed to help address the challenges facing the world of work said ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, at the Labour and Employment Ministers meeting of the BRICS countries – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa on 9 October.

  5. © Nenad Stojkovic 2021

    World Mental Health Day

    Let’s talk about mental health in the workplace

    09 October 2020

    ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, underlines the importance of looking after our mental health at a time when stresses are rising because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  6. © G20 2021

    G20 Tourism Ministers’ Meeting

    Tourism can kickstart economic recovery, with the right policy support, ILO Director-General tells G20 Ministers

    07 October 2020

    Tourism can play a critical role in kickstarting the global economy, but special measures to support vulnerable worker groups will be essential, along with social dialogue and effective cross-sectoral policies.

  7. © Phil Roeder 2021

    World Teachers’ Day

    Teachers: Leading in crisis, reimagining the future

    05 October 2020

    Joint Statement from Guy Ryder, Director-General of ILO, Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO, Henrietta H. Fore, Executive Director of UNICEF and David Edwards, General Secretary, Education International

  8. Statement

    New Statement of the Officers of the STC on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) - 1 October 2020

    01 October 2020

    Special Tripartite Committee of the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006, as amended

September 2020

  1. Statement

    UNDP-ILO Framework for Action

    16 September 2020

    The present Framework for Action between UNDP and ILO for 2020 and beyond builds on key areas of collaboration and seeks to add concrete value to both organizations’ strategic priorities in a reformed UN system and within the context of the 2030 Agenda and the UN System-wide Socio-Economic Response to the COVID crisis.

  2. Statement

    Joint Statement by UN agencies calling on all Governments to immediately recognize seafarers as key workers, and to take swift and effective action to eliminate obstacles to crew changes, so as to address the humanitarian crisis faced by the shipping sector, ensure maritime safety and facilitate economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic

    10 September 2020

    Statement by the International Labour Office (ILO), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Global Compact, the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the International Organization for Migration, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), calling on member States to establish and implement measurable, time-bound plans to increase the rate of these crew changes (10 September 2020)