Statements and speeches

December 2008

  1. Statement

    Statement by Juan Somavia on the occasion of International Human Rights Day - 10 December

    10 December 2008

    Continuing massive poverty, and growing social inequalities and unemployment call for reinvigorated action, particularly in light of the economic crisis. Indeed, the current turmoil requires us to focus all the more on ensuring respect for human rights. Women and men working in the informal economy are deprived of decent work and sustainable livelihoods, and vulnerable social groups, including migrant workers and indigenous and tribal peoples continue to face discrimination and exclusion. It is only through joining forces that we can effectively respond to the Universal Declaration’s call for a social and international order in which the rights and freedoms it proclaims can be realized.

  2. Universal Declaration of Human Rights - 60th Anniversary

    Statement by Juan Somavia on the occasion of International Human Rights Day - 10 December

    09 December 2008

    Continuing massive poverty, and growing social inequalities and unemployment call for reinvigorated action, particularly in light of the economic crisis. Indeed, the current turmoil requires us to focus all the more on ensuring respect for human rights. Women and men working in the informal economy are deprived of decent work and sustainable livelihoods, and vulnerable social groups, including migrant workers and indigenous and tribal peoples continue to face discrimination and exclusion. It is only through joining forces that we can effectively respond to the Universal Declaration’s call for a social and international order in which the rights and freedoms it proclaims can be realized.

  3. International Day of Persons with Disabilities

    Statement of American actress Marlee Matlin on the occasion of International Day of Persons with Disabilities: “Dignity and Justice for All of Us”

    01 December 2008

  4. International Day of Persons with Disabilities, 3 December 2008

    Message by Juan Somavia, Director-General of the International Labour Office, on the occasion of International Day of Persons with Disabilities

    01 December 2008

    Of the 650 million people with disabilities – around 10 per cent of the world’s population – some 470 million are of working age. About 80 per cent live in developing countries, and the vast majority are either living below the poverty line or are engaged in vulnerable forms of work. “Dignity and Justice for All of Us” is highly pertinent in light of the deepening global economic crisis. People with disabilities are often excluded and marginalized – not least from the world of work. They are particularly vulnerable in times of crisis.

November 2008

  1. ILO statement

    Doha Review Conference on Financing for Development: Decent Work Pathways to Sustainable Development

    28 November 2008

  2. World AIDS Day, 1 December 2008

    Message by Juan Somavia, Director-General of the International Labour Office, on the occasion of World AIDS Day

    28 November 2008

    The ILO pledges to continue fighting AIDS in and through the world of work. At this turbulent time, strong leadership and a clear vision that connects people’s lives and livelihoods with recovery and growth are all the more critical if we are to keep the promise to stop AIDS.

  3. Statement

    Forced Labour and Human Trafficking: the Labour Market Dimensions by Roger Plant, Athens, November 2008

    27 November 2008

    Presentation to International Trade Union Conference on Combating Forced Labour and Human Trafficking, Athens, 21-23 November 2008

  4. Statement

    Statement of the French president Nicolas Sarkozy to the ILO (in french)

    21 November 2008

    Read by Mr. Gilles de Robien at the Governing Body of the ILO on Thursday 20 November.

  5. Statement

    Remarks by OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría (OECD website)

    17 November 2008

  6. Statement

    Mary Robinson, Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative. Speech to the High-Level Forum on "Working Out of Poverty: Decent Work Approach to Development and Growth in Africa"

    14 November 2008