Statements and speeches

April 2020

  1. Virtual Spring Meetings of the World Bank and the IMF

    COVID-19: Immediate relief needed to protect workers and enterprises, says ILO Director-General

    17 April 2020

    Priority attention should be given to small enterprises, unprotected workers and those in the informal economy, says the Director-General of the International Labour Organization, Guy Ryder, in a statement to the Spring Meeting of the IMF/World Bank Development Committee.

  2. Virtual Spring Meetings of the World Bank and the IMF

    We need a human-centred response to COVID-19 through global solidarity

    16 April 2020

    In a statement to the International Monetary and Financial Committee of the IMF and World Bank, the Director-General of the International Labour Organization, Guy Ryder, outlined the steps that need to be taken to lessen the impact of the crisis on labour markets and millions of workers.

March 2020

  1. Statement

    Statement of the Officers of the STC on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

    31 March 2020

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

  2. Statement by the United Nations Network on Migration

    ILO joins the UN Network on Migration in calling attention to the plight of migrant workers during this global crisis – to ensure we do not leave migrants and other vulnerable groups behind

    23 March 2020

    The UN Network on Migration calls for protection and equality of treatment for all migrants, including migrant workers.

February 2020

  1. Debate on the Future of Work and the European Pillar of Social Rights

    The future of work and the EU’s Pillar of Social Rights

    19 February 2020

    The values of the ILO and those of the Pillar of Social Rights are closely aligned, directing us towards a future of work that is fair and inclusive, the ILO Director-General has said in a speech to the European Economic and Social Committee.

  2. Inter-parliamentary Conference on Stability, Economic Coordination and Governance in the European Union

    We need leap in policy not faith

    19 February 2020

    Europe’s Green Deal has to pass the test of credibility, says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder at a green jobs conference co-organized by the European and Croatian Parliaments.

  3. The 2030 Agenda and the future of work in Europe

    Greater efforts needed to achieve SDG targets

    11 February 2020

    Speaking at the University of Helsinki, the ILO Director-General told an audience from the Sustainability Foundation that a lack of credible action on the SDG’s risked damaging the credibility of national and multilateral institutions.

  4. Seminar – Centenary of the Finnish membership of the ILO

    Ryder salutes Finland’s contribution to ILO’s work

    11 February 2020

    Since joining the ILO in December 1920, Finland has contributed to various areas of ILO’s work. Speaking at a seminar to celebrate the Centenary of Finland’s membership of the ILO, Ryder said that it has been a two-way street.

December 2019

  1. G7 Social High Level Meeting, Paris

    Reducing inequalities for sustainable development

    19 December 2019

    Paris Joint Statement of the French Minister of Labour, the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO), and the Secretary General of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

  2. UN Climate Change Conference COP 25

    Director-General Guy Ryder launches Climate Action for Jobs Initiative at COP 25

    11 December 2019

    Effective action on climate change must include human-centred and sustainable policies to promote decent work for all.