Statements and speeches

March 2008

  1. 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

  2. Statement

    Statement of ILO Director-General Juan Somavia : Investing in Green Growth and Decent Work

    20 February 2008

    10th Special Session of the Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum - UN Environment Program (UNEP), Monaco, 20 February 2008.

November 2007

  1. U.N. Summit on Climate Change

    "Making a deal on climate change work" - Printable version (PDF - 50 KB)

    29 November 2007

    Statement by ILO Director-General Juan Somavia for the United Nations Summit on Climate Change held in New-York on 22 September.

  2. U.N. Summit on Climate Change

    "Making a deal on climate change work" - Statement of ILO Director-General Juan Somavia

    29 November 2007

    "We have to tackle both climate change and the jobs crisis together" said ILO Director-General Juan Somavia in a statement for the United Nations Summit on Climate Change held in New-York on 22 September. "A global climate agreement that factors in the social and economic transformation it will bring about and that brings on board the relevant actors can put the world on a path towards a greener, fairer and sustainable global economy."

  3. Statement

    “Building fair financial markets for all” - Welcome remarks by Juan Somavia to the World Micro Finance Forum Geneva

    29 November 2007

  4. Statement

    Statement of ILO Director-General Juan Somavia - Green Jobs: Towards Decent Work in a Sustainable, Low-carbon World

    29 November 2007

    ILO Director-General, Juan Somavia; UNEP Executive Director, Achim Steiner; the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) General Secretary Guy Ryder and the International Organisation of Employers (IOE) Vice President Ronnie Goldberg presented jointly the report entitled "Green Jobs: Towards Decent Work in a Sustainable, Low-Carbon World" at a press conference in New York at the United Nations on 24 September 2008.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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