Videos and audios
08 April 2021
ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, has called for a strong push to develop formal employment in Syria as part of the humanitarian efforts deployed in the country. Decent work opportunities and decent livelihoods will contribute to creating resilience and to promoting peace highlighted Ryder in a message to the Brussels conference on Syria.
50 for Freedom
25 March 2021
In congratulating the 50 countries that have now ratified the ILO’s Forced Labour Protocol, ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, called on all the other countries who haven’t yet ratified to follow suit.
24 March 2021
The ILO is the only tripartite UN agency that brings together government, employer and worker representatives from 187 Member States to set labour standards, develop policies and devise programmes to promote decent work for all women and men.
Gender pay gap
17 March 2021
Globally, women still earn 20 per cent less than men on average for doing the same type of work. The COVID-19 pandemic is likely to increase the gender pay gap even further, says ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, in a video message at an Equal Pay International Coalition event, taking place during the UN Commission on the Status of Women meetings in New York.
World Day of Social Justice
19 February 2021
ILO Director-General Guy Ryder calls for global solidarity to support the vaccine roll-out and economic and social recovery from the COVID-19 crisis, in his message for World Day of Social Justice.
Skilling the global workforce
28 January 2021
ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, speaks at the Davos Agenda Week 2021 during the "Skilling the Global Workforce" session.
Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic
05 November 2020
We cannot re-build the world as it was before, we must build it back better, says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder in his video message to the official ceremony of the Paris Peace Forum.
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).