Statements and speeches

April 2009

  1. Statement

    G20 Leaders’ Statement at the 2009 London Summit

    02 April 2009

    After they met in London on 2 April 2009, the Leaders of the G20 pledged for an Action Plan for Recovery and Reform.

March 2009

  1. Statement

    Message by the Director-General of the ILO on the occasion of International Women’s Day

    06 March 2009

    Today we celebrate the enormous—and often unacknowledged—contributions of women around the world to their families, communities and societies. This year, the focus of the United Nations is financing for gender equality and the empowerment of women. At the ILO, we are marking the day by highlighting the importance of “Investing in Decent Work for women: Not just right, but smart.”

  2. Statement

    Address by Juan Somavia for International Women’s Day

    05 March 2009

    Address by Juan Somavia for International Women’s Day

February 2009

  1. World Day of Social Justice

    Message by Juan Somavia, Director-General of the ILO, for the World Day of Social Justice

    20 February 2009

    Work is a principal determinant of how people experience the present and their prospects for the future. It is a keystone of social justice. Ninety years ago, the ILO’s Constitution affirmed: “universal and lasting peace can be established only if it is based upon social justice”. On this foundation, the ILO has brought its work-centred mission to the cause of social justice.

  2. Statement

    Message by the Director-General of the ILO on the occasion of World Day of Social Justice

    20 February 2009

    Today we mark the first World Day of Social Justice, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in November 2007.

  3. International coordination

    Joint statement by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the heads of five international organizations, including the OECD, ILO, IMF, WTO and the World Bank

    06 February 2009

    The role of the ILO’s Decent Work Agenda in responding to the global economic downturn has received strong support at a meeting of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the heads of five international organizations, including the OECD, ILO, IMF, WTO and the World Bank in Berlin. A statement issued following the meeting supported “The ILO's ‘Decent Work Agenda’ based on employment and enterprise development, social protection, humane working con-ditions, sound labour relations and rights at work” as key to international efforts in support of a "stronger, cleaner and fairer economy.”

December 2008

  1. Statement

    Social Consequences and Responses to the Financial and Economic Crisis: Discussion paper by Juan Somavia to the United Nations system Chief Executives Board

    18 December 2008

  2. Statement

    Message by the Director-General of the ILO on the occasion of International Migrants Day

    18 December 2008

    Of the 200 million international migrants, 50 per cent are women and men migrant workers who have left their homes and communities to find work and better opportunities elsewhere in the world to support their families and communities.

  3. Migrant workers

    Message by Juan Somavia on International Migrants Day

    17 December 2008

    Of the 200 million international migrants, 50 per cent are women and men migrant workers who have left their homes and communities to find work and better opportunities elsewhere in the world to support their families and communities. They make huge but often unrecognized contributions to growth and development of both their host countries and home communities. While the full impact of the crisis on migrant workers is yet to unfold, there are reports of direct layoffs, worsening working conditions including wage cuts, increasing returns, and reductions in immigrant intakes.

  4. Statement of ILO Director-General Juan Somavia

    After the Meltdown: Advancing Living Standards around the Globe in the Wake of the Financial Crisis

    12 December 2008

    Failing financial institutions, frozen credit, volatile stock markets, mounting job losses, and painful cuts in wages are impacting the lives of struggling citizens worldwide. Speaking at the Centre for American Progress, in Washington D.C. (USA), Juan Somavia underlined how the decent work agenda can become a unifying factor in building a coordinated approach to the crisis. "We need a global strategy that can help hundreds of millions of families living in poverty here and around the world to move up new ladders of opportunity. The ILO’s Decent Work Agenda can be a foundation for a global new deal."