Statements and speeches


  1. © UNICEF Ethiopia 2023

    Employment is key in the life cycle approach to HIV

    01 December 2016

    "AIDS is not over. With the finish line in sight, we need to keep our foot on the accelerator and reinforce the role of the world of work as a strategic stage in the life cycle approach to HIV," says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder.

  2. © Alecska 2023

    Violence against one woman anywhere is a threat to peace everywhere

    25 November 2016

    "Ending violence against women is about guaranteeing the basic rights of women and liberating us all from the ties of prejudice, misogyny and inequality. The path is clear, and the ILO will continue its work until the entire world of work is free from violence," says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder.

  3. Address by Mr Guy Ryder, Director-General upon his re-election by the ILO Governing Body for a second five-year term starting in October 2017

    07 November 2016

  4. © Tim Shields 2023

    The real cost of extreme poverty

    17 October 2016

    Statement of the ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder on International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.

  5. © T. Lee 2023

    Delivering economic and social justice for indigenous and tribal peoples through decent work

    09 August 2016

    "Together, by building bridges and strengthening partnerships, guaranteeing equal access to education and most importantly, by empowering indigenous and tribal peoples through decent work, we can surmount the challenges ahead," says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder.

  6. © Bob Nichols / USDA 2023

    Cooperatives: An old idea, but more relevant than ever in today’s world

    01 July 2016

    Cooperatives are key to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder on the occasion of International Day of Cooperatives.

  7. End child labour in supply chains: It’s everyone’s business

    12 June 2016

    "Acting together, it is within our means to make the future of work a future without child labour," says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder on the occasion of World Day against Child Labour.

  8. Address by Ruba Jaradat, ILO Regional Director for Arab States, at the ministerial meeting of the Asia Pacific Group of the ILO (ASPAG,) 105th session of the International Labour Conference, June 2016

    10 June 2016

  9. ILO Director General opening remarks to the World of Work Summit

    09 June 2016

  10. © 2023

    Preserve the environment to boost development and provide jobs

    05 June 2016

    Illegal wildlife trade harms not only the environment, it risks jobs, development and livelihoods, says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder, on World Environment Day

  11. Address by Dr. Ruba Jaradat, ILO Regional Director for Arab States: Launch of the UAE-ILO project “Innovation in labour market governance”

    23 May 2016

  12. Ruba Jaradat, ILO Regional Director for the Arab States, at the 43rd Arab Labour Conference

    10 April 2016

  13. Statement by ILO Director-General: Getting to Equal by 2030, The Future is Now

    08 March 2016

    “Let’s work together to achieve genuine gender equality and women’s empowerment in the world of work. Decent work for women brings decent lives for all,” says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder.

  14. © A'Melody Lee / World Bank 2023

    "We must work together to ensure that no one is left behind"

    20 February 2016

    "We now face the true acid test of the strength of our policies and depth of our commitment," says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder.


  1. © John Isaac / UN Photo 2023

    The fundamental connection between human rights and labour rights

    10 December 2015

    "We join our efforts with those of the international community to ensure that the rights of women and men, girls and boys everywhere are respected. We are committed to action in the world of work to respond to the call for Our Rights. Our Freedoms. Always," says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder.

  2. ILO Director-General: 'Millions of women and men with disabilities face exclusion'

    03 December 2015

    "Today, we renew our commitment to achieving full and equal rights and participation in society for all women and men with disabilities," says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder.

  3. The world of work can help end AIDS as a public health threat by 2030

    01 December 2015

    "The next five years are critical," says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder. "Today, the ILO marks World Aids Day with a renewed commitment to a world without AIDS by 2030."

  4. © Max Wilson 2023

    An end to Poverty by 2030: It can be done

    17 October 2015

    The theme of this year’s World Poverty Day, “Building a sustainable future: Coming together to end poverty and discrimination”. Statement by ILO Director-General Guy Ryder on World Poverty Day 2015.

  5. © Danilo Urbina 2023

    Ending violence and discrimination against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex people

    29 September 2015

    In a joint statement United Nations entities* call on States to act urgently to end violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) adults, adolescents and children.

  6. © Ray Witlin / World Bank 2023

    "Great potential for South-South cooperation to help improve the working lives of millions"

    12 September 2015

    "There is a lot of room for scaling up South-South cooperation and for strengthening interregional cooperation in the global South. Workers and employers and their organizations along with governments all have a role to play in encouraging this expansion," said ILO Director-General Guy Ryder on the occasion of United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation.