ILO / GUY RYDER END OF TERM

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The International Labour Organization’s 10th Director-General, Guy Ryder concluded his 10-year term in office on 30 September and handed the keys of office to his successor, Gilbert F. Houngbo. ILO

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STORY: ILO / GUY RYDER END OF TERM
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DATELINE: 30 SEPTEMBER 2022, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

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1. Wide shot, ILO Governing Body conference room
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Guy Ryder, Director-General, International Labour Organization (ILO):
“In a world that appears more and more inclined to act in ways which are manifestly unfair, it falls to the ILO to reinstate what is just,” said Ryder during the handover ceremony.
3. Wide shot, ILO Governing Body conference room
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Guy Ryder, Director-General, International Labour Organization (ILO):
“It is with a genuine sentiment of pride, of friendship, of solidarity and of confidence in the future of the ILO under your guidance that I end my mandate by passing the baton into your hands.”
5. Wide shot, ILO Director-General-elect speaking
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Gilbert F. Houngbo, Director-General-Elect, International Labour Organization (ILO):
“I salute your uncompromising commitment to the ILO’s founding values, your resolute pursuit of technical excellence within the organization’s mandate and your constant respect for our tripartite constituents as a source of insight available uniquely to the ILO. These are qualities I will seek to emulate as I embark on the mandate that has been bestowed upon me.”
7. Various shots, Ryder hands Houngbo the keys of office

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The International Labour Organization’s 10th Director-General, Guy Ryder concluded his 10-year term in office on 30 September and handed the keys of office to his successor, Gilbert F. Houngbo.

The three keys represent the ILO’s unique tripartite structure in which Governments, Workers and Employers play an equal role in decision-making.

During the handover ceremony, Ryder said, “in a world that appears more and more inclined to act in ways which are manifestly unfair, it falls to the ILO to reinstate what is just.”

He said, “it is with a genuine sentiment of pride, of friendship, of solidarity and of confidence in the future of the ILO under your guidance that I end my mandate by passing the baton into your hands.”

Ryder was elected Director-General by the ILO's Governing Body in May 2012 and was re-elected for a second five-year term starting in 2017.

Gilbert F. Houngbo was elected as the Organization’s 11th Director-General in March 2022, by the ILO’s Governing Body. His term in office starts on 1 October 2022. ILO Directors’-General serve a maximum of two five-year terms.

Houngbo said, “I salute your uncompromising commitment to the ILO’s founding values, your resolute pursuit of technical excellence within the organization’s mandate and your constant respect for our tripartite constituents as a source of insight available uniquely to the ILO. These are qualities I will seek to emulate as I embark on the mandate that has been bestowed upon me.”

During his term as Director-General, Ryder strove to ensure the ILO protected and defended the rights of all workers - particularly the most vulnerable. A series of ILO recommendations was adopted aimed at tackling forced labour, protecting the world’s poorest workers in the informal economy, and rebuilding the world of work in countries recovering from war and natural disasters.

Other major achievements included the UN General Assembly adopting Sustainable Development Goal 8 on Decent Work for All in 2015; the ILO’s Worst Forms of Child Labour Convention, 1999 (No. 182) becoming the first Convention to be universally ratified by all 187 ILO Member States in 2020; getting the ground-breaking Violence and Harassment Convention, 2019 (No. 190) adopted in 2019; the adoption of the ILO Centenary Declaration for the Future of Work that same year; leading the Climate Action for Jobs Initiative, launched by the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, at the 2019 UN Climate Action Summit; coordinating the Global Accelerator on Jobs and Social Protection for Just Transitions, established by the Secretary-General in 2021; and steering the ILO through the COVID-19 crisis, which led to the adoption of the ILO Global Call to Action for a human-centred recovery from the COVID-19 crisis, in 2021.

Ryder’s final ILC, in 2022, took the historic decision to classify occupational safety and health as a fundamental right at work.
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