Statements and speeches

July 2020

  1. © SEWA Cooperative Federation 2020

    International Day of Cooperatives

    ILO Director-General’s statement for the International Day of Cooperatives 2020

    03 July 2020

    The 2020 International Day of Cooperatives is marked on Saturday 4 July under the theme "Cooperatives for Climate Action" which is closely linked to SDG13. On this occasion ILO Director-General Guy Ryder has issued a statement.

June 2020

  1. Syria: IV Brussels Conference

    Statement by the ILO Director-General to the Brussels IV Conference supporting Syria and the region

    30 June 2020

    “Let us focus on building back better with a human-centred approach with and for refugees and their host communities,” ILO Director-General Guy Ryder has said to the Brussels IV Conference on supporting the future of Syria and the region, convened by the EU.

  2. Virtual Oceans Dialogue of the World Economic Forum

    Include the ocean economy in the response to COVID-19

    08 June 2020

    More international cooperation is needed to help the seafaring sector, said ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, at the Virtual Oceans Dialogue of the World Economic Forum.

  3. Statement by the United Nations Network on Migration

    ILO joins the UN Network on Migration in expressing concern about forced return of migrants, including migrant workers, being used as a measure in response to COVID-19

    04 June 2020

  4. Statement by the United Nations Network on Migration

    UN Network on Migration statement - The COVID-19 pandemic is an opportunity to reimagine human mobility

    03 June 2020

    The UN Network on Migration in a joint statement calls to act upon the recommendations of the SG policy brief and to do so while implementing the Global Compact on Migration (GCM) which provides practical solutions supported by states commitments and multilateral cooperation and recognises the need to ensure that migrants can effectively contribute to their countries of destination and be compensated for such efforts without discrimination.

  5. Policy Brief

    SG Policy Brief: COVID-19 and People on the Move

    03 June 2020

    Migrant workers, with precarious livelihoods, in irregular situations, or those working in the informal economy and excluded from social protection measures, are harshly affected by the Covid-19 crisis. While providing for essential workforce during the pandemic, women migrant workers remain at the heightened risk of gender-based violence and continue carrying the majority of the burden of both paid and unpaid domestic and care work. The SG Policy Brief on COVID-19 and People on the Move highlights opportunities for countries to ‘recover better’ including through socioeconomic inclusion and decent work for people on the move, and the provision of avenues for regular migration.

April 2020

  1. Statement

    Obituary – Norbert Blüm

    30 April 2020

  2. © U.S. Pacific Fleet 2020

    COVID-19: Protecting workers in the workplace

    Protect workers both now and after lockdowns ease, says ILO

    28 April 2020

    The International Labour Organization warns that without adequate safeguards for returning workers there could be a second wave of the virus.

  3. © Vyacheslav Oseledko / AFP 2020

    The G20 and the COVID-19 pandemic

    Global action to beat COVID-19 crisis vital to prevent employment disaster, ILO tells G20 ministers

    23 April 2020

    More needs to be done to protect workers and support businesses, particularly in low and middle income countries, the ILO Director-General has told labour ministers.

  4. © Aaron Santos / ILO 2020

    Action in the Global Garment Industry

    COVID-19: Call to action in the garment industry

    22 April 2020