Statements and speeches

November 2019

  1. Launch of the revised Integrated Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Standards

    Jobs and skills for post-conflict reintegration and inclusive development

    19 November 2019

  2. © UN Network on Migration 2020

    United Nations Network on Migration

    Statement by the Principals of the Executive Committee

    14 November 2019

  3. Maternity protection

    A Century of maternity protection - An unfinished transformation

    08 November 2019

    One of the ILO’s very first Conventions covered maternity protection, but while there is plenty of evidence that maternity protection is good for individuals, societies and economies, there is still a long way to go to ensure that this universal right is a reality.

October 2019

  1. Statement

    G20 Declaration: Advancing Tourism's Contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

    27 October 2019

    Ministers of Tourism of G20 member countries and invited countries, met under Japan’s G20 Presidency, alongside the International Labour Organization (ILO), the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), in Kutchan, Hokkaido, Japan on October 26, 2019.

  2. Annual Meetings of the World Bank and the IMF

    Uncertain global economic and jobs outlook calls for renewed labour policies, institutions

    19 October 2019

    Growing concerns about global economic and employment prospects must be met with robust policies to promote employment, social dialogue and labour standards and institutions, the Director-General, Guy Ryder has told the World Bank

  3. Annual Meetings of the World Bank and the IMF

    Growing concerns about global employment and economic growth require stronger response

    19 October 2019

    Pro-active, effective measures, with a particular focus on small economic units, are needed to ensure that the response to a slowing global economy can prevent global unemployment rising and growth weakening.

  4. Future of work

    ILO Director-General warns of new brutalism in politics

    08 October 2019

    In a speech to German trade union IG Metall in Nuremberg, Guy Ryder warns of challenge to the basic values of social justice, tolerance, solidarity and humanity. Calls for sincere process of social dialogue between trade unions and employers to ensure a human-centred future of work.

September 2019

  1. Future of work

    We need an innovation shock

    23 September 2019

    ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, tells participants at a Ford Foundation and ILO event in New York that the world of work needs to innovate to meet the challenges of the future of work.

  2. ILO 100

    Social justice, tripartite cooperation are the keys to social progress

    20 September 2019

    Speaking in Norway, Director-General Guy Ryder has praised the strength of the ideas, convictions and values that the Nordic countries demonstrated, and their positive impact on the work of the ILO.

  3. DBEI ILO NUI Conference

    The ILO’s mandate maps a path to a better future

    17 September 2019

    Core ILO principles such as labour standards and tripartite social dialogue are increasingly recognized as part of the solution to current issues disrupting the world of work, including growing inequality, threats to social justice, and loss of trust in institutions and leaders, the ILO’s Director-General has told a conference in Dublin. The meeting was convened to mark the ILO’s Centenary and reflect on the legacy of the Declaration of Philadelphia.