Statements and speeches

May 2008

  1. Statement

    Chair's Conclusions from the G8 Labour and Employment Meeting

    13 May 2008

    Labour and Employment Ministers from the G8 countries and the European Union Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities met in Niigata from May 11 to 13, 2008, together with the Director-General of the ILO and Secretary-General of the OECD, to discuss the theme “Seeking the Best Balance for a Resilient and Sustainable Society”. Here are the conclusions of the meeting.

  2. Statement

    ILO Director-General Addresses G8 Labour and Employment Ministers Meeting on sustainable development and green jobs

    13 May 2008

    ILO Director-General Juan Somavia addressed the GB Labour and Employment Ministers Meeting in Niigata, Japan, 11-13 May, on "Global challenges for Sustainable Development Strategies for Green Jobs. Read the complete text of the address.

  3. Statement

    Address by Juan Somavia to the 20th ASEAN Labour Ministers’ Meeting in Bangkok - 8 May 2008

    08 May 2008

  4. Statement

    Eradicating Forced Labour: The International Business Challenge by Roger Plant, London, 1 May 2008

    01 May 2008

    Presentation to the Conference "Is there Forced Labour and Slavery in your Supply Chain?", Clifford Chance, London, 1 May 2008

April 2008

  1. Statement

    Message by Mr. Juan Somavia on the occasion of World Day for Safety and Health at Work (28 April 2008)

    28 April 2008

  2. Statement

    Message by Juan Somavia, Director-General of the International Labour Office, on the occasion of World Day for Safety and Health at Work, 28 April 2008

    28 April 2008

    Labour is not a commodity and markets must serve people. Nearly 90 years ago the protection of workers’ lives and health was set out as a key objective in the founding charter of the Organization. Today, rapid technological change and a fast-paced and globalized economy bring new challenges and pressures for all areas of the world of work. Safety and health remain integral elements of the ILO’s Decent Work Agenda.

  3. Statement

    Statement by Mr. Juan Somavia delivered to the spring meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank (12-13 April 2008)

    09 April 2008

March 2008

  1. Statement

    Text of Mr Zoellick's address at the ILO (World Bank website)

    20 March 2008

  2. Statement

    Message by Juan Somavia, Director-General of the International Labour Office on the occasion of International Women’s Day

    07 March 2008

February 2008

  1. Statement

    Remarks of ILO Director-General Juan Somavia: 35th Session of the Arab Labour Conference

    26 February 2008

    Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt, 23 February 2008