Statements and speeches

June 2008

  1. Statement

    Seoul Declaration on Safety and Health at Work

    29 June 2008

    The Declaration on Safety and Health at Work, adopted by the World Summit on Safety and Health in Seoul on June 29, provides a new global reference point for addressing occupational safety and health issues around the world. Download it here.

  2. Statement

    ILO Declaration on Social Justice for a Fair Globalization

    12 June 2008

  3. Statement

    Message by Juan Somavia on occasion of World Day against Child Labour: The goal is quality education for children and decent work for adults

    10 June 2008

  4. Statement

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

    04 June 2008

    Tackling climate change and protecting the environment are workplace issues, says ILO Director-General Juan Somavia in a statement for World Environment Day. The statement says green growth can become a strong driver for sustainable development if green jobs are also decent jobs and there is a just transition for enterprises and workers. The ILO is ready to put its Decent Work Agenda at the service of low carbon goals.

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.