ILO's Director-General: Videos and photos

Videos and audios

  1. COVID-19: Protecting workers in the workplace

    Migrant workers among the hardest hit by COVID-19 pandemic

    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.

  2. World Day Against Child Labour

    Joint message from the ILO and UNICEF to mark the 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.

  3. World Environment Day

    On World Environment Day, ILO calls to build back better post-COVID-19

    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.

  4. 14th African Regional Meeting

    14th African Regional Meeting of the ILO - Best of Opening Day

    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.

  5. State of the Unions podcast

    A future where people have jobs

    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).

  6. Video

    ILO Director-General Guy Ryder in Thailand

    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.

  7. Video

    International Labour Conference Centenary Session as it happened

    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.

  8. Singapore Conference on the Future of Work 2019

    Embracing technology for an inclusive growth in Asia

    13 May 2019

    Opening remarks at Singapore Conference on the Future of Work 2019 by Guy Ryder, Director-General, ILO.

  9. Future of work

    Shaping the World of Work: U.S. Engagement with the ILO

    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.”

  10. ILO Centenary

    Video: How to shape a future that works

    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.

  11. ILO100

    ILO Director-General commemorates ILO Centenary at the WTO

    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.

  12. Future of work

    The future labour market - How do we work for a brighter future?

    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.

  13. ILO Centenary

    Universal and lasting peace: The ILO Centenary

    22 January 2019

    A century ago, the founders of the ILO recognized the importance of social justice in securing peace, against a background of worker exploitation in the industrializing nations of that time.

  14. ILO100

    The ILO Centenary – Why it matters to us all

    02 January 2019

    ILO Director-General Guy Ryder marks the start of the ILO’s second century of service to the world of work by recalling its first 100 years and pointing to the challenges that face us all in shaping the future of work we want.

  15. Labour migration

    ILO Director-General speaks at global migration conference in Morocco

    12 December 2018

    Watch the plenary address of the ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder at the 7th Plenary of the Intergovernmental Conference to Adopt the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration in Marrakech, Morocco. The conference took place from 10-11 December 2018 and was hosted by the Kingdom of Morocco.

  16. Social protection

    ILO and OHCHR chiefs speak at Third Meeting of the Multi-Stakeholder Partnership for SDG 1.3

    24 October 2018

    ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder and the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, speak at the Third Meeting of the Multi-Stakeholder Partnership for SDG 1.3, "Building Social Protection Floors For All", which took place on 24 October 2018 at the ILO in Geneva.

  17. Youth employment

    Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General video message on youth in agriculture

    20 August 2018

    The ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, delivers a video message for the International Conference on Youth Employment in the Agricultural Sector in Kigali, Rwanda on 20, August 2018.

  18. Skills for youth employment

    ILO Director-General speaks at International Conference on Innovations in Apprenticeships

    05 July 2018

    Watch the ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder and other speakers addressing the International Conference on Innovations in Apprenticeships: A skilled workforce for the Future, which took place from 4 - 5 July 2018. The conference includes the launch of the ILO Survey Report of National Initiatives to Promote Quality Apprenticeships in G20 Countries.

  19. 107th International Labour Conference

    Marking the 2018 World Day Against Child Labour and the 20th Anniversary of the Global March

    12 June 2018

    The ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, and Nobel Peace Laureate, Kailash Satyarthi, were joined by young child rights activists, a SafeYouth@Work champion and experts from the employers’ and workers’ groups to mark the World Day Against Child Labour and the 20th Anniversary of the Global March Against Child Labour during the 107th Session of the International Labour Conference.

  20. 107th International Labour Conference

    There can be no peace that is not universal, says the President of Ireland

    07 June 2018

    "There can be no social justice that is not unlimited, no peace that is not universal, and no solidarity that is not open to all,” said H.E. Mr Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland, at a World of Work Summit to discuss the importance of creating decent jobs in countries emerging from conflict, crisis and disaster. He is introduced by the ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder. The summit took place at the ILO’s 107th International Labour Conference in Geneva.