Statements and speeches

January 2022

  1. Statement

    The Director-General of the ILO reacts to the arrest of striking workers in Phnom Penh in a letter to the Prime Minister of Cambodia

    07 January 2022

December 2021

  1. Statement

    ILO Director General statement at the Just transition forum

    13 December 2021

  2. © Cory Hancock / IMF Photo 2022

    Sixth annual “1+6” Roundtable Dialogue

    Social and labour policies crucial for China’s move to high-income status

    06 December 2021

    ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, praises China’s focus on high quality growth, people-centred development, quality jobs and a greener economy in its five-year plan. He was speaking at the "1+6 Roundtable Dialogue’ on Promoting Strong, Inclusive and Sustainable Growth of the World Economy: From Recovery to Restructuring”, hosted by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.

October 2021

  1. G20 Leaders' Summit

    Sustainable development goals set back further by COVID-19 crisis

    31 October 2021

    The world was already badly off-track before the pandemic in realizing the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Now the situation has dramatically worsened, said ILO Director-General Guy Ryder in remarks at the G20 Leaders’ Summit.

  2. G20 Leaders' Summit

    Great divergence’ threatens economic and employment recovery

    30 October 2021

    In remarks to a G20 Leaders’ Summit meeting on the global economy and health, ILO Director-General Guy Ryder warned of growing inequalities due to differences in fiscal stimulus and vaccination programmes.

  3. COVID-19 and the World of Work

    Tongan Minister of Trade and Economic Development Q&A feature for the Sept/Oct 2021 edition of the MPTF Informal Economies Recovery Project Monthly Newsletter

    18 October 2021

    Hon. Tatafu Toma Moeaki

  4. Annual Meetings of the World Bank and the IMF

    Guy Ryder: 'The pressing need is to stimulate economic recovery that is inclusive, sustainable and resilient'

    14 October 2021

    Remarks by Mr Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General, to International Monetary and Financial Committee (IMFC).

  5. Annual Meetings of the World Bank and the IMF

    Two-track recovery undermines trust and solidarity

    14 October 2021

    In a statement to the IMF and World Bank annual meetings, ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder said countries must increase investments in social protection, decent work and a just transition.

  6. COVID-19

    Joint IMO/ILO statement on upholding medical assistance obligations to seafarers and accelerating seafarer vaccination programmes

    06 October 2021

    The heads of the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the International Maritime Organization (IMO) have issued a joint statement calling for port and coastal States to allow seafarers to receive medical care.

September 2021

  1. UN General Assembly: High-Level Event on Jobs and Social Protection for Poverty Eradication

    We must learn the lessons of the pandemic

    28 September 2021

    Countries must act now to stimulate an inclusive, sustainable and resilient recovery, said ILO Director-General Guy Ryder at a high-level event on ‘Jobs and social protection for poverty eradication’ at the UN General Assembly in New York.