Videos and audios
World Statistics Day
20 October 2020
The COVID-19 crisis underlines the importance of having data we can trust, says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder in a statement to mark World Statistics Day.
World Teachers’ Day
05 October 2020
On World Teachers’ Day 2020, the ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, praises the vital leadership role that teachers have shown during the COVID-19 pandemic and stresses the need to support teachers with decent work to ensure a better post-COVID-19 world.
30 September 2020
ILO Director-General Guy Ryder addresses the UNGA Biodiversity Summit with the message that today’s and tomorrow’s jobs depend on preserving ecosystems and biodiversity. Without a healthy planet, there can be no productive economies nor decent work.
05 August 2020
All 187 member States of the International Labour Organization (ILO) have ratified the ILO Convention on the Worst Forms of Child Labour, 1999 (No. 182). A virtual press briefing took place at the ILO on Tuesday 4th of August 2020 at 12.00 GMT (14.00 CEST).
04 August 2020
Now is the time to deliver on the promise of Convention No. 182 and put an end to child labour in all its forms, says ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder.
Green Economy and COVID19
15 July 2020
At the UN High Level Political Forum event on the Green Economy and COVID19 recovery, ILO Director-General Guy Ryder states that "we must address now the existential challenges of climate change and environmental sustainability." The ILO will play its part in building back better and greener.
COVID-19 and Social protection
15 July 2020
ILO Director-General Guy Ryder delivers a message to the UNDP High Level Political Forum event on #COVID19 and social protection. Social protection is a vital part of the pandemic response. Yet the majority of people around the world don't have access. Building back better means achieving social protection for all. #USP2030
COVID-19: Supporting employment and incomes
26 June 2020
The 2020 International Day of Micro-, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs) was celebrated on Saturday 27 June. This year, the theme was "COVID-19: The Great Lockdown and its impact on Small Business" which is closely linked to SDG8. On this occasion ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, issued a short video message.
COVID-19: Protecting workers in the workplace
24 June 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic is having a severe impact on millions of migrant workers around the world, says the ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, many of whom lack any access to social protection or economic support of any kind.
World Day Against Child Labour
12 June 2020
The 2020 World Day Against Child Labour focuses on the impact of COVID-19 on Child Labour, while looking forward to the International Year on the Elimination of Child Labour, 2021. On the occasion of the World Day, a joint ILO-UNICEF paper entitled “COVID-19 and child labour: A time of crisis, a time to act” has been released. The paper looks at some of the main ways through which the pandemic is likely to affect progress towards the eradication of child labour.
World Environment Day
05 June 2020
World Environment Day 2020 falls in the midst of the worst human crisis of modern times. It reminds us that even as we work to get past COVID-19, we cannot delay action on Climate Change and environmental sustainability. Building back better means building back green.
14th African Regional Meeting
03 December 2019
Relive the excitement of the 14th African Regional Meeting Open Day, as workers, employers and government representatives from 54 countries gathered in Abidjan to chart a course towards a future with decent work.
State of the Unions podcast
26 November 2019
ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, talks with podcast co-host Tim Schlittner about the international labour movement, the idea of "decent labour" and the future of work. The State of the Unions podcast is produced by the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO).
24 July 2019
During a two-day visit in Thailand, ILO Director General held talks with the Prime Minister and Minister of Labour as well as workers and employers representatives. In addition to in-depth discussions on labour issues, he also visited the Port-In Port-Out (PIPO) centre in Samut Sakhon Province.
05 July 2019
The Centenary Conference of the International Labour Organization was attended by over 6000 delegates, representing Governments, workers and employers from around the world, including world leaders celebrating 100 years of the ILO. It ended with the adoption of a groundbreaking Convention to combat violence and harassment in the world of work, as well as a Declaration charting the way towards a human-centred future of work.
Singapore Conference on the Future of Work 2019
13 May 2019
Opening remarks at Singapore Conference on the Future of Work 2019 by Guy Ryder, Director-General, ILO.
Future of work
12 April 2019
To commemorate the 85th anniversary of U.S. membership to the ILO - America’s first membership to a multilateral institution - an event was held at the Center for Strategic & International Studies in Washington. U.S. Secretary of Labor, Alexander Acosta gave opening remarks followed by a discussion with the ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder; Ed Potter of the U.S. Council for International Business; Cathy Feingold of AFL-CIO; and Kirstin Downey, author of “The Woman Behind the New Deal.”
11 April 2019
ILO Director-General Guy Ryder shared his vision of the future of work, at an event at the Graduate Institute, Geneva - part of the ILO's 24-hour Centenary Global Tour.
25 March 2019
To commemorate the Centenary, ILO Director-General Guy Ryder and WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo inaugurated an exhibition on the original ILO headquarters and unveiled artwork from the original building, at what is today the WTO Secretariat, in Geneva, on 25 March 2019.
Future of work
19 March 2019
The ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, delivered a video message to a seminar in Stockholm with Sweden's Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, to discuss the report of the ILO's Global Commission on the Future of Work "Work for a Brighter Future". The seminar was organized by the Swedish Trade Union Confederation LO and Union to Union, the Swedish trade union movement's organization for international development cooperation.