ILO / NEW DIRECTOR-GENERAL ELECT

25-Mar-2022 00:03:15
The International Labour Organization’s (ILO) next Director General will be Gilbert F. Houngbo from Togo. ILO
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STORY: ILO / NEW DIRECTOR-GENERAL ELECT
TRT: 03:15
SOURCE: ILO
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS
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1.Exterior shot, ILO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland
2.Various shots, Governing-Body members voting at ILO headquarters in Geneva
3.Med shot, Gilbert F. Houngbo on his way to the Governing-Body room
4.SOUNDBITE (English), Gilbert F. Houngbo, Director-General Elect, ILO:
“The outcome of this election carries a rich symbolism. Your choice today, members of the governing body, fulfils the aspirations of a young African, a young African boy whose humble upbringing turned into a lifelong quest for social justice. I will be guided by the same vision that has underpinned my entire campaign. A vision anchored in decent work agenda of jobs, social
protection rights and social justice. In one word, anchored around the Centenary Declaration. First of all, obviously as you can imagine I'm so overwhelmed by this vote which is a sign of trust, a trust that I don't take for granted. So I'm just want to say thank you to all the member states, the social partners, to have the globally elected me. Obviously elections are now over, behind us. I'm the director general for everybody and everyone. This is going to be quite important, so I still have to realize what is happening on that. I've been running this race based on my inner beliefs, as I always say, that there's been a lot of progress in the world, particularly since World War Two, but the social justice agenda remains a challenge for us, coupled with climate change, as well as the economic opportunities generated by transformation in the scientific and technological world. So we really need to push press a different agenda to ensure that economic progress is equitably distributed among the different tranches, the different segments of our of our society. We need social and political cohesion in the world today.”
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The International Labour Organization’s (ILO) next Director General will be Gilbert F. Houngbo from Togo.

Gilbert F. Houngbo was elected by the ILO’s Governing Body, comprising representatives of governments, workers and employers, during their meeting in Geneva. He will be the 11th Director-General of the ILO and the first African to hold the post.

He is currently President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and was formerly ILO Deputy Director-General for Field Operations and Partnerships and Prime Minister of Togo.

The new Director-General’s term will begin on 1 October 2022. The current Director-General, Guy Ryder, from the United Kingdom, has held the office since 2012.

The ILO’s Governing Body is composed of 56 titular members (28 Governments, 14 Employers and 14 Workers) and 66 deputy members (28 Governments, 19 Employers and 19 Workers). The Employer and Worker members are elected in their individual capacity. The ILO is the oldest specialised agency of the UN. It was founded in 1919 and has a mandate to promote decent work for all. It has 187 Member States.
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