“Future of Work: Towards Decent Jobs for All?”, a Conversation with Guy Ryder


  • DATE / TIME:
    2017•05•12    18:30 - 19:30

    On 12 May 2017, UNU will host “Future of Work: Towards Decent Jobs for All?“, a conversation with Guy Ryder, Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO). This event will start at 6:30 p.m. at UNU Headquarters in Tokyo.

    Global economies at all stages of development are going through profound changes in the nature of jobs and labour. Demographic shifts, global influences such as climate change, and technological innovation are shaping the future of work in ways that risk creating a mismatch between today’s training and tomorrow’s employment options. How can nations anticipate the jobs of the future to ensure that workers receive appropriate skills development while safeguarding their right to decent work? And will Japan be ready for the work of the future?

    ILO Director-General Guy Ryder will join UNU Rector David M. Malone for a conversation discussing these pressing questions on the future of work, along with their pertinence to the Sustainable Development Goals.

    The UNU Conversation Series aims to foster audience participation: you are encouraged to engage with the speakers during the conversation and at the reception that will follow, where all audience members are invited to enjoy the food and drinks that will be served, while exchanging ideas and making new contacts.

    Please note that this event will be in English only; Japanese interpretation will not be provided. Advance registration (by 11 May) is required. Please click on the REGISTER button above to access the online registration page.

    About the speaker

    Guy Ryder has served as ILO Director-General since October 2012, and was recently re-elected for a second term, which will commence in October 2017. Prior, he served as ILO Executive Director. Ryder has also had a distinguished career as General Secretary of both the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions and its successor organisation, the International Trade Union Confederation. He has headed international trade union delegations to high-level talks with the UN, the International Monetary Fund, and the World Bank, amongst others.

    Ryder studied Social and Political Sciences at the University of Cambridge, and Latin American Studies at the University of Liverpool. He speaks English, Spanish, and French.


    2F Reception Hall
    United Nations University
    53-70, Jingumae 5-chome
    Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-8925