ILO's Director-General: News and press releases

January 2022

  1. Event

    Watch the public dialogues with candidates for the position of ILO Director-General

  2. Media Advisory

    ILO holds public dialogues with candidates for Director-General

    18 January 2022

    Public dialogues with the five nominated candidates for the post of ILO Director-General are being held on Thursday 20 and Friday 21 January 2022. The live-streamed dialogues include a brief presentation by each of the candidates, followed by questions and answers with the ILO tripartite constituents.

December 2021

  1. Press release

    UN Secretary-General visits ILO employment creation project in northern Lebanon

    20 December 2021

    As part of a four-day official trip to Lebanon, UN Secretary-General António Guterres visited a joint ILO-UNDP project that is creating jobs and rehabilitating the Tripoli waterfront.

  2. International Labour Conference

    Calls for increased action on inequalities and skills end second session of 109th International Labour Conference

    13 December 2021

    The second and final session of the 109th International Labour Conference has concluded with a call from Member States for the ILO to develop new strategies to tackle inequalities and boost skills and life-long learning.

October 2021

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    Annual meetings of the IMF and the World Bank Group

    The world needs a global accelerator for jobs and social protection

    14 October 2021

    In a statement to the annual meetings of the IMF and the World Bank Group, ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, warned of a two-track recovery from the COVID-19 crisis and emphasized the need to increase investments in universal social protection, decent work and a just green transition. 

  2. ILO InfoStory

    An ILO roadmap for a human-centred recovery from COVID-19

    06 October 2021

    What measures are needed to achieve a recovery from the COVID-19 crisis that is inclusive, sustainable and resilient? Find out more about the ILO roadmap to convert the moral and political aspiration of leaving no one behind into concrete action, in this new InfoStory.

September 2021

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    21st Inter-American Conference of Ministers of Labour

    ILO warns of a recovery with high unemployment and worrying informality in Latin America and the Caribbean

    24 September 2021

    At the Inter-American Conference of Ministers of Labour, the Director-General of the ILO said that it is necessary to move towards a sustainable and resilient inclusive recovery in the face of a pandemic that “has brought the world of work to its knees”.

July 2021

  1. BRICS Ministers of Labour and Employment Endorsement

    ILO welcomes BRICS Ministers' support for human-centred recovery from COVID-19

    15 July 2021

    The ILO’s Global Call to Action for a human-centred recovery from the COVID-19 crisis, adopted by the membership at the International Labour Conference in June, has been endorsed by the Labour and Employment Ministers of the five BRICS economies.

June 2021

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    G20 Labour and Employment Ministerial Meeting

    G20 ministers recommit to human-centred roadmap out of crisis

    23 June 2021

    The Declaration issued at the conclusion of the G20 Labour and Employment Ministerial Meeting in Italy echoes the ILO Global Call to Action for a Human-Centred Recovery, adopted by delegates at the June session of the 2021 International Labour Conference.

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    109th International Labour Conference

    COVID-19 and social protection among key debates as June session of virtual International Labour Conference ends

    19 June 2021

    The impact of COVID-19 on the world of work featured prominently in the June segment of the first virtual International Labour Conference. Conclusions on social protection and the application of international labour standards were adopted on the final day, along with an emergency resolution on Myanmar.

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    109th International Labour Conference

    “Cataclysmic” COVID-19 crisis demands human-centred recovery policies, says ILO Director-General

    07 June 2021

    The ILO’s Director-General told delegates at the opening virtual plenary sitting of the International Labour Conference that human-centred policies, such as those outlined in the ILO Centenary Declaration, are key to a sustainable and inclusive global pandemic response.

May 2021

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    Social Summit in Porto

    ILO Director-General addresses EU Social Summit in Porto

    13 May 2021

    Europe must seize its opportunity to increase investment in training, social protection, social dialogue and the jobs of the future, ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, told EU leaders at their Social Summit in Porto, Portugal.

April 2021

  1. Spring Meetings of the IMF and World Bank

    COVID-19 strategies must invest in human-centred recovery, ILO tells World Bank/IMF

    09 April 2021

    Economic and social recovery from the pandemic will require policies that promote decent work, address poverty and inequalities, and encourage a green recovery, the ILO’s Director-General has said in statements to the World Bank and International Monetary Fund’s Spring Meetings.

March 2021

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    GB roundup

    ILO Governing Body concludes its 341st session

    30 March 2021

    The March 2021 session of the ILO Governing Body ended on 27 March. ILO News discussed the key elements with Juan Llobera, Clerk of the Governing Body.

February 2021

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    Labour rights

    ILO calls on Myanmar to respect freedom of association and restore democratic order

    10 February 2021

    In the wake of the military takeover that has sparked widespread demonstrations in Myanmar, the Director-General of the International Labour Organization says workers and employers must be able to exercise their right to protest without violence or threats.

December 2020

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    Jobs for peace and resilience

    COVID-19 is a threat to peacebuilding in conflict-affected nations

    17 December 2020

    Humanitarian and development agencies should use COVID-19 crisis programmes to promote resilience and peace and help societies build back better.

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    Maritime Labour Convention

    ILO Governing Body calls for urgent action on seafarer COVID-19 crisis

    08 December 2020

    Its resolution addresses the plight of hundreds of thousands of seafarers who have been trapped at sea for as many as 17 months or longer because of pandemic restrictions.

  3. Thinking Ahead on Society Change (TASC) Platform

    Stakeholders invited to debate Future of Work

    02 December 2020

    Collective thinking needed to tackle the challenges of the future of work says new International Geneva open forum platform.

November 2020

  1. G20 Leaders’ Summit

    ILO welcomes G20 continued commitment to safeguard livelihoods

    22 November 2020

    ILO Director-General says job protection and creation, social protection and social dialogue are essential to minimize the long-term damage from the COVID-19 pandemic.

October 2020

  1. Joint Op-Ed

    Universal social protection floors are a joint responsibility

    26 October 2020

    Building back better from the pandemic so that we have greater resilience against future crises’ requires international solidarity and better social protection for all, that covers the poorest and most marginalized as well as those who currently have resources to pay.