Statements and speeches

November 2007

  1. Statement

    Decent Work for Sustainable Development in the Era of Globalization - Statement to UNCTAD XII, Accra, 21-25 April 2008

    29 November 2007

    The ILO statement focuses on the synergies between the work of UNCTAD and the ILO, with particular emphasis on building an international response to the risks of a marked slowdown in global growth following the financial turmoil sparked by the US financial situation and the sharp rise in food prices worldwide.

  2. Statement

    International Migrants Day - Message by Mr. Juan Somavia, Director-General of the ILO

    29 November 2007

    "Gains from migration and protection of migrant rights are inseparable" said Mr. Juan Somavia, highlighting the enormous contributions made by women and men migrant workers to the prosperity of their home and destination countries, on the occasion of International Migrants Day, 18 December.

  3. Statement

    Message by Mr. Juan Somavia, Director-General of the International Labour Office, On the occasion of World AIDS Day - 1 December 2007 -

    29 November 2007

  4. Statement

    ILO and transport workers' organizations join forces against AIDS

    29 November 2007

    Joint statement: ILO, IRU and ITF join forces against AIDS

October 2007

  1. Statement

    Forced Labour, Slavery and Poverty Reduction: Challenges For Development Agencies by Roger Plant, DFID, London, 30 October 2007

    30 October 2007

    Presentation to UK High-Level Conference to Examine the Links between Poverty, Slavery and Social Exclusion; Foreign and Commonwealth Office and DFID, London, 30 October 2007

  2. Statement

    Statement to IMF-World Bank meetings by ILO Director-General

    19 October 2007

    The repercussions of the current turbulence in international financial markets, with potentially severe consequences for investment, growth, government budgets, employment and poverty, are causing serious concern among country, business and trade union leaders around the world. In a statement prepared for the IMF-World Bank annual meetings, ILO Director-General Juan Somavia called for balanced policies that promote both required financial stability along with the productive economy and sustainable enterprises.

  3. Statement

    Message from ILO Director-General Juan Somavia on the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

    16 October 2007

    People everywhere understand that the sustainable route to poverty eradication is through the opportunity and reward of decent work. We can minimize poverty by maximizing productive employment. In a message on the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, ILO Director-General Juan Somavia highlights an innovative way the multilateral system is taking action to respond to that core demand.

  4. Statement

    Trafficking For Forced Labour: ILO Approaches by Roger Plant, U.S. Congress, Washington, 11 October 2007

    11 October 2007

    Testimony to the U.S. Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, hearing on “Combating Trafficking for Forced Labour Purposes in the OSCE Region”, U.S. Congress, Washington, 11 October 2007

  5. Kampala Statement

    Employment-Intensive Approach in Construction: A Catalyst for Prosperity for All

    09 October 2007

    Statement by Ministers of Public Works and Labour made during the Ministerial Roundtable at the 13th Regional Seminar for Labour-Based Practitioners and Policy Makers, 30 November - 04 December 2009, Kampala, Uganda

  6. Durban Statement

    Prioritizing Employment Creation in Government Policies and Investments in Infrastructure Programmes

    09 October 2007