ILO's Director-General: Videos and photos

Videos and audios

  1. 100th International Day of Cooperatives

    ILO Director-General statement: Cooperatives help build a better world

    01 July 2022

    On International Day of Cooperatives Guy Ryder highlights how cooperatives prioritise people and decent work and contribute to a more sustainable and inclusive future.

  2. Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises Day 2022

    Small Matters: ILO Director-General Guy Ryder’s message on SMEs

    27 June 2022

    In his message for the 5th Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises Day (MSME), ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, emphasizes the importance of MSMEs, and calls attention to the need to collectively support them to drive inclusive economic recovery, environmental sustainability and decent job creation.

  3. World Day Against Child Labour

    Fight against child labour is at a crossroads

    10 June 2022

    In his statement for World Day Against Child Labour 2022, International Labour Organization Director-General, Guy Ryder, warns the choices made by governments now will make or break the lives of millions of children. He says social protection is one of the most powerful measures to prevent child labour, providing families with income security in difficult times.

  4. Interview

    Interview – ILO Director-General elect: "We need social and political cohesion in our world today"

    25 March 2022

    Interviewed after his election on 25 march 2022, ILO Director-General Gilbert Houngbo highlights the need to ensure that economic progress is equitably distributed among the different segments of society. The ILO Governing Body has elected Gilbert F. Houngbo as the Organization’s 11th Director-General, who will take office in October 2022.

  5. World Day of Social Justice 2022

    ILO Director-General’s message for World Day of Social Justice 2022

    18 February 2022

    On the occasion of World Day of Social Justice 2022, ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, says international community has a rare chance that must not be missed to shape a recovery from COVID-19 that delivers social justice for people and protects the planet we all depend on.

  6. Video

    ILO Director-General Guy Ryder's message on International Migrants Day 2021

    18 December 2021

  7. Video

    A critical role for teachers in the COVID-19 recovery

    05 October 2021

    Teachers will play a critical role in the COVID19 recovery as they get education back on track and teach the skills needed for the future of work. In order to do this, teachers need decent and safe working conditions, including equitable access to vaccines.

  8. Decent work

    Work together to end preventable deaths from toxic chemicals

    07 July 2021

    Millions of workers around the world lose their lives every year or suffer from chronic diseases due to toxic chemicals in the workplace. In a video message to the Berlin Forum on Chemicals and Sustainability, ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, says global cooperation is needed to end these preventable deaths and illnesses.

  9. International Labour Day

    Solidarity is key to our common survival and prosperity

    30 April 2021

    In a statement issued to mark May Day, ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, calls on workers, employers, governments, international organizations and all who are committed to building back better, to join forces to bring in a world of work with justice and dignity for all.

  10. Video

    We need a strong, resilient occupational safety and health environment

    27 April 2021

    Safety and Health in the workplace has been massively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. A strong, resilient, occupational safety and health environment is vital for crisis recovery and prevention says ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder in a video message to mark World Day for Safety and Health and Work.

  11. Decent work

    ILO calls for urgent action to create decent jobs in Syria

    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.

  12. 50 for Freedom

    Time to make a difference in the lives of millions in forced labour, urges ILO DG

    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.

  13. Video

    The ILO at Work

    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.

  14. Gender pay gap

    “Thank you” doesn’t pay the bills

    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.

  15. World Day of Social Justice

    Real change needed for greater equality

    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.

  16. Skilling the global workforce

    Guy Ryder speaks at Davos Agenda Week 2021

    28 January 2021

    ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, speaks at the Davos Agenda Week 2021 during the "Skilling the Global Workforce" session.

  17. Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic

    Guy Ryder's message to the Paris Peace Forum

    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.

  18. World Statistics Day

    Connect the world with data we can trust

    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.

  19. World Teachers’ Day

    Decent work for teachers is essential to build back better after COVID-19

    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.

  20. Biodiversity Summit

    Productive economies and decent work need a healthy planet

    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.