Statements and speeches

September 2019

  1. 18th African Regional Seminar for Labour-Based Practitioners

    Ministerial Declaration

    10 September 2019

    Theme: "Towards sustainable and inclusive local development: local resource-based approaches and decent job creation".

  2. Labour and Employment Ministers’ Meeting

    Debate on regulating digital labour platforms is crucial

    02 September 2019

    The ILO Director-General highlighted the need for policies to deal with the challenges of web-based labour platforms. Some form of regulation is needed, Guy Ryder said at the meeting of G20 Labour and Employment Ministers in Matsuyama, Japan.

  3. Labour and Employment Ministers’ Meeting

    "Tackling the large gender gap in unpaid work is possible"

    02 September 2019

    Women spend far more time than men on household chores and other unpaid work, which means they have less time to devote on paid employment, ILO Director-General Guy Ryder said. Speaking at a meeting of G20 Labour and Employment Ministers in Japan, he outlined steps that can address this gender gap.

  4. Labour and Employment Ministers’ Meeting

    Living longer needs more work-life choices

    01 September 2019

    Demographic changes will lead to a ‘multi-stage work life’ said ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, at the G20 Labour and Employment Ministers meeting in Matsuyama, Japan. He was speaking at a session on “Demographic Change: Employment of older workers and longer working life.”

August 2019

  1. Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD7)

    Guy Ryder: A human-centred approach can create decent jobs for youth in Africa

    29 August 2019

    Speaking at the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD7), ILO Director-General Guy Ryder outlined how a human-centred agenda can help boost productivity and create decent jobs for youth in Africa.

  2. Global Youth Employment Forum

    The disturbing reality of youth employment

    01 August 2019

    In a speech at the opening of the ILO Global Youth Employment Forum in Abuja, Nigeria, ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, said much more needs to be done to improve the employment prospects of young people.

July 2019

  1. Pacific high-level forum on climate change and decent work

    "We have to work for a process of productive transformation that protects our blue ocean and gives us all a future"

    26 July 2019

    Guy Ryder addressed the Pacific high-level forum on climate change and decent work during the first visit of an ILO Director-General to a Pacific Island State.

  2. 8th World Congress of Education International

    Education must safeguard democracy, promote the common good

    23 July 2019

    In a speech to the 8th World Congress of Education International in Bangkok, ILO Director-General Guy Ryder highlights the critical role of trade unions and teachers in shaping a just, human-centred future of work.

  3. © Claude Truong-Ngoc 2020

    École Nationale d'Administration

    No time for complacency

    08 July 2019

    The ILO needs to stand as a bulwark against the ‘new brutalism’ in the world, said ILO Director-General Guy Ryder in a speech on the future of work to the École nationale d’administration in Strasbourg.

  4. International Day of Cooperatives

    Message from ILO's Director-General Guy Ryder for International Cooperative Day 2019

    05 July 2019

    The 2019 International Day of Cooperatives will be celebrated on Saturday 6 July. This year, in commemoration of the ILO’s centenary, the theme is "cooperatives for decent work" which is closely linked to SDG8. On this occasion ILO Director-General Guy Ryder has issued a video message.