Statements and speeches by the ILO's Director-General

July 2022

  1. BRICS 8th Labour and Employment Ministerial Meeting

    ILO Director-General’s remarks to the BRICS Labour and Employment Ministerial Meeting

    14 July 2022

June 2022

  1. G7 Summit

    ILO Director-General warns G7 Summit on great divergence

    27 June 2022

    In his statement to the G7 Summit in Germany, ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, says pandemic and conflict have widened divergence between industrialized and developing countries. Raises concern over inequalities within countries, including gender gaps.

May 2022

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    Statement

    Opening remarks by Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General, at the 110th Session of the International Labour Conference

    27 May 2022

  2. G7 Labour and Employment Ministers Meeting

    Intervention by ILO Director-General Guy Ryder on “Improving Occupational Health and Safety”

    24 May 2022

  3. G7 Labour and Employment Ministers Meeting

    Remarks to G7 Opening Session by the ILO Director-General Guy Ryder

    24 May 2022

April 2022

  1. World Day for Safety and Health at Work

    ILO Director-General: Social dialogue for a positive safety and health culture

    28 April 2022

    In a message to mark World Day for Safety and Health at Work, Guy Ryder, Director-General of the International Labour Organization, outlines the importance of workers, employers and governments working together to reduce deaths and injuries in the workplace.

  2. Annual Meetings of the World Bank and the IMF

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

    22 April 2022

  3. Annual Meetings of the World Bank and the IMF

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

    21 April 2022

March 2022

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    344th Session of the ILO Governing Body

    Opening intervention by the ILO Director-General

    15 March 2022

February 2022

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    Global Forum for a Human-centred Recovery

    Opening remarks by ILO Director-General

    22 February 2022

    Guy Ryder opened the Global Forum for a Human-centred Recovery with a plea for the international community to take action to address the ‘dangerous inequalities’ exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic within and among countries.

  2. Informal ministerial meeting of the Ministers of Labour (EPSCO)

    The impact of digital and climate transitions on the labour market

    15 February 2022

    In a video statement to the EU labour ministers of the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council (EPSCO), ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, addresses the “need to accelerate and to steer the transition to a greener, more sustainable, more digital economy”.

  3. UN General Assembly

    Accelerating and scaling up the SDGs, leaving no-one behind

    11 February 2022

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

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    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

    Remarks by the ILO Director-General – Session III: Sustainable Development

    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

    Remarks by the ILO Director-General – Session I: Global Economy and Global Health

    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. 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).

  4. Annual Meetings of the World Bank and the IMF

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

    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.

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.