Videos and audios
05 June 2013
More than 5,000 representatives of governments, employers and workers are in Geneva for the ILO's annual conference. The International Labour Conference will address issues ranging from urgent need for job creation to the impact of demographic change on the world of work.
05 June 2013
The 102nd International Labour Conference opened with Dr. Nidal Katamine, Minister of Labour of Jordan and President of the Conference stating that "The financial and economic crises that the world has witnessed since 2008 and the tragedy of mass unemployment that has prevailed in many countries highlights the importance of the ILO and the vital social and economic role it plays globally". Dr. Katamine's opening remarks were followed by ILO's Director-General Guy Ryder's address in which he outlined his vision for tackling the various challenges that impact on workers, enterprises and governments around the world.
16 May 2013
On his first trip to Japan as ILO's Director-General, Guy Ryder visited one of the Japanese Public Employment Security (PES) Centres, also known as a "Hello Work" centre, which is part of a network that serves 170,000 people each day nationwide. He met with the staff of their largest "Hello-Work" office in Tokyo and saw how the employment security system worked from the job seeker's point of view.
13 May 2013
On his first official visit to China, ILO's Director-General, Guy Ryder, visited the Beijing Haidian District Employment Centre, which serves 3.2 million job seekers. After meeting with officials of the Beijing Municipal Employment Service Centre and Haidian District Employment Centre, Mr Ryder was given a tour of the centre, and had the opportunity to talk to young job seekers.
International Women's Day
08 March 2013
Violence in the world of work is deeply injurious to women and men, and there are obvious consequences for their families and societies, said ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder speaking at the International Women's Day event at the ILO. Mr Ryder stressed how putting an end to gender-based violence at work is integral to the promotion of decent work. Ms Janes Hodges, Director of the Bureau for Gender Equality of the ILO moderated the event; Ms Sarah Fox, Legal Counsel, American Federation of Labour and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) and Ms Brenda Cuthbert of the Jamaica Employers' Federation (JEF) participated in the panel debate, while Dr Charlotte Harland Scott of the Republic of Zambia delivered the keynote address.
Eurofound 2013 Forum
15 February 2013
ILO Director General, Guy Ryder, stressed how "world unemployment is still on the rise, and the feeling of the need to act and change is very much on our mind". While addressing the Eurofound 2013 Forum in Dublin, Ireland, Mr. Ryder went on to say how the social investment package offers an important opportunity to begin to move to a different direction, as people need to be brought back to the labour market. He concluded, it is not acceptable to tolerate levels of youth unemployment which are lived in millions of lives of quiet desperation.
15 December 2012
ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, visited Thailand as part of his first trip to Asia since taking office in October 2012. He toured the Marine Gold Products Company PP Tan shrimp peeling facility in Samut Sakhon Province, where he met with workers and managers on the factory floor to hear first hand about their working lives.
Interview with ILO News
11 October 2012
"Self-evidently, things are getting worse," in terms of employment recovery according to ILO Director General Guy Ryder. The ILO head called on G20 nations to make good on their pledge at the G20 in Los Cabos to support accelerated demand for job creation should the global economic situation worsen.
World Teachers' Day
03 October 2012
A Video Message from Guy Ryder, Director-General of the International Labour Office on the occasion of World Teachers’ Day.
28 May 2012
Guy Ryder,currently the ILO's Executive Director for International Labour Standards and Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, was elected as the tenth Director-General of the ILO. He will begin his five-year term in October 2012.