Statements and speeches by the ILO's Director-General

September 2021

  1. World Social Protection Report 2020-22

    High-Level Panel on Social Protection: ILO Director-General’s opening remarks

    02 September 2021

July 2021

  1. BRICS 7th Labour and Employment Ministerial Meeting

    ILO Director-General's address to the BRICS 7th Labour and Employment Ministerial Meeting

    15 July 2021

    Speaking at the virtual Labour and Employment Ministerial Meeting of BRICS nations, ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, said that COVID-19 recovery plans need to be human-centred, resilient, inclusive and sustainable. The BRICS group of emerging economies are Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

June 2021

  1. G20 Development Ministers Meeting

    G20 can help accelerate a human-centred recovery that is inclusive, sustainable, resilient

    29 June 2021

    Speaking to G20 Development Ministers, the ILO Director-General has welcomed the group’s support for increased international cooperation to distribute vaccines, provide financial support, strengthen social protection and counter the employment impact of the crisis, particularly in developing countries.

  2. G20 Labour and Employment Ministers Meeting

    Women have not recovered their employment as much as men in most G20 economies

    22 June 2021

    At the G20 Labour and Employment Ministers meeting in Catania, Italy, ILO Director-General Guy Ryder presented the findings of a joint ILO-OECD report on recent trends in women’s employment and policy developments to reduce the gender labour force participation gap by 25 per cent by 2025.

  3. G20 Labour and Employment Ministers Meeting

    ILO Director-General urges G20 to focus on a human-centred recovery after the pandemic

    22 June 2021

    Speaking at the G20 Labour and Employment Ministers meeting in Catania, Italy, ILO Director-General Guy Ryder, emphasized the need to prevent long-term scarring of economies and societies and to shape an inclusive, sustainable and resilient response that truly leaves no one behind.

  4. G20 Joint Education and Labour and Employment Ministers Meeting

    Invest in youth says ILO Director-General to the G20

    22 June 2021

    Better skilling and decent work are needed to make sure that long COVID does not mean long-term marginalization of young people from the world of work, emphasized ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, in a speech to the G20 Labour and Employment Ministers meeting in Catania, Italy.

  5. 19th International Labour and Employment Relations Association (ILERA) World Congress 2021

    Reinvigorate labour market institutions to address present crisis and future challenges

    21 June 2021

    In a speech to the International Labour and Employment Relations Association (ILERA) World Congress, the ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, outlined the steps needed to build a sustainable and resilient recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic in the world of work.

  6. 109th International Labour Conference

    Opening remarks by Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General, at the 109th Session of the International Labour Conference

    07 June 2021

May 2021

  1. Interagency statement on SDG3 GAP progress report

    Progress and challenges on health and decent work

    20 May 2021

    Investments are needed in health, care and decent work says ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, in a joint statement to mark the publication of a progress report by the SDG3 GAP UN interagency group on health and the Sustainable Development Goals.

  2. © G20 2021

    G20 Tourism Ministers’ Meeting

    Protect workers and businesses in the tourism industry

    04 May 2021

    ILO Deputy Director-General, Martha Newton, called on G20 countries to take action to support the travel and tourism industry, which has been hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. She was speaking at a virtual G20 Tourism Ministers’ meeting on 4 May, that discussed how governments can support the sector.

April 2021

  1. Annual Meetings of the World Bank and the IMF Development Committee

    Statement by Mr Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General, to the World Bank/IMF Development Committee - Washington D.C.

    09 April 2021

    To be effective, we need a global response that is addresses poverty and inequalities, promotes social dialogue, strengthens the institutions of work and supports social justice, the ILO’s Director-General said.

  2. Annual Meetings of the World Bank and the IMF

    Statement by Mr Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General, to the IMFC - Washington D.C.

    08 April 2021

    To be effective, pandemic recovery strategies must be as human-centred in their impact as the effects of the crisis itself have been, ILO Director-General Guy Ryder told the IMF Committee.

March 2021

  1. © WOCinTech Chat 2021

    International Women’s Day

    Invest in women as part of a human-centred recovery

    08 March 2021

    To mark International Women’s Day, ILO Director-General paid tribute to the tremendous efforts made by women during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  2. National Social Dialogue Conference, Occupied Palestinian Territory

    A better future for Palestinians

    03 March 2021

    Prioritizing employment, workers’ rights, social protection and social dialogue will be essential if Palestinians are to create a human-centred recovery from COVID-19 that is sustainable and inclusive, ILO Director-General Guy Ryder told Palestinian tripartite constituents.

February 2021

  1. Vision Zero Fund High–Level Forum

    Improving safety and health in global supply chains vital for development

    23 February 2021

    The COVID-19 pandemic has shown what happens when occupational safety and health systems are under-resourced and unprepared. Improving the protection of working people, particularly in global supply chains, is vital for social and economic development, ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, told a meeting of the Vision Zero Fund.

  2. NEDLAC Labour School 2021

    This global crisis must have a global, united, response

    01 February 2021

    Greater international solidarity and common purpose are needed to build economic and social recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, ILO Director-General Guy Ryder said in an address to South Africa’s NEDLAC Labour School.

December 2020

  1. International Migrants Day 2020 - Joint statement

    Stronger Together: Including Migrants in the COVID-19 Response and Recovery

    18 December 2020

    The COVID-19 crisis has highlighted the critical role migrants play as essential workers, including in healthcare, food supply and other key sectors. It has also exposed their vulnerability to the devastating health, economic and social impacts of the pandemic. A statement by the heads of all UN agencies, says the needs of migrant workers must be included in the COVID-19 response.

  2. Thinking Ahead on Society Change (TASC) Platform

    ILO Director-General's address to the Future of Work Summit

    04 December 2020

    ILO Director-General Guy Ryder addressed the opening session of the Future of Work Summit.

November 2020

  1. Virtual “1+6” Roundtable

    Promoting World Economic Recovery and Growth in the Post-COVID-19 Era

    24 November 2020

    ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder's, remarks to the Fifth “1+6” Roundtable Dialogue.

  2. G20 Leaders’ Summit

    ILO Director-General: G20 nations need to lead a global response to pandemic

    22 November 2020

    In a speech at the G20 Leaders’ Summit in Saudi Arabia, ILO Director-General Guy Ryder outlined the steps needed to restore economic growth and jobs in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.