Statements and speeches
ILO Director-General: "We are faced with a deep social crisis, a crisis too of social justice"
20 February 2014
As the world marks the Day of Social Justice, ILO Director-General Guy Ryder urges "policy-makers to converge on the ambition of a real global socio-economic recovery – a recovery for all – and a Post-2015 Development Agenda that helps lift all out of poverty."
Including people with disabilities, everyone stands to gain
03 December 2013
“Too many people with disabilities are denied the dignity of work (...) We need to break barriers and open doors for an inclusive society for all,” says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder in a statement on the occasion of International Day of Persons with Disabilities.
Message from ILO Director-General Guy Ryder on the occasion of World AIDS Day
29 November 2013
Address of ILO Director General represented by ILO Regional Director for Arab States, Ms. Nada Al-Nashif at the launch of the National Action Plan for the Elimination of the Worst Forms of Child Labour in Lebanon by 2016
07 November 2013
The ILO vows continuous support to assist Lebanon to achieve its goal of eliminating the worst forms of child labour.
Change requires collective responsibility towards the poorest
17 October 2013
"People living in poverty are particularly subject to discrimination and the exclusion that characterizes it because of their poverty (...) We cannot be indifferent - change requires collective responsibility towards the poorest and most vulnerable," says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder in a statement issued on International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.
Message from Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General, on International Cooperative Day 2013
06 July 2013
Address by the Minister of Labour of Jordan, Dr. Nidal Katamine
05 June 2013
ILO Director-General's statement on the occasion of International Women’s Day 2013
08 March 2013
A promise is a promise: Time for action to end violence against women. Stop violence against women at work.
Message by the ILO's Director-General on the occasion of International Migrants Day
18 December 2012
We celebrate the contribution of women and men migrants to growth and development in both their host and home countries. They replenish labour markets with much-needed skills and human and social capital.
Message by ILO's Director-General on the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery 2012
02 December 2012
Message by ILO's Director-General on World AIDS Day 2012
01 December 2012
This World AIDS day commemoration carries a unanimous hope that the world can bring an end to AIDS.
Message by Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General, on the occasion of International Day of the Girl Child 2012
11 October 2012
ILO Director-General's message on the occasion of International Youth Day 2012
12 August 2012
ILO Director-General's message for International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples 2012
09 August 2012
"Indigenous media, Empowering indigenous voices" – the theme of this year’s observance is a reminder that the voice and participation of indigenous and tribal peoples are indispensable in shaping a future that respects their dignity. The plight of many of the world’s indigenous and tribal women and men testifies to the urgency of the need.
"Cooperative enterprises build a better world" - Statement by ILO Director-General
06 July 2012
Message by Juan Somavia, Director-General of the ILO, on the occasion of the 90th ICA International Co-operative Day and the 18th UN International Day of Cooperatives.
Message by Juan Somavia Director-General of the ILO on the occasion of World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2012
25 April 2012
In his message for the World Day for Safety and Health at Work, celebrated 28 April of each year, the ILO Director General reiterated the need to focus on the promotion of safer and healthier workplaces in the transition to a greener economy.
“A new era of social justice”: Statement by ILO Director General, for World Day of Social Justice 2012
20 February 2012
“A new era of social justice”: Statement by Juan Somavia, ILO Director General, On the occasion of World Day of Social Justice- 20 February 2012.
Message by Juan Somavia Director-General of the ILO on the occasion of International Day of Persons with Disabilities- 3 December 2011
01 December 2011
On this Day the ILO calls for a concerted effort to expand opportunities for decent and productive work for persons with disabilities as one of the most effective channels of inclusive development.
Message by Juan Somavia Director-General of the ILO on the occasion of World AIDS Day -1 December 2011
28 November 2011
Message by ILO Director-General on the occasion of International Day of Cooperatives
30 June 2011