Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida Receives a Courtesy Call from the Director-General of the International Labour Organization
May 11, 2017
On May 11, commencing at 3:20 p.m. for approximately 15 minutes, Mr. Fumio Kishida, Minister for Foreign Affairs, received a courtesy call from Mr. Guy Ryder, Director-General, International Labour Organization (ILO). The overview is as follows.
1. At the beginning, Minister Kishida congratulated Director-General Ryder on his re-election, and appreciated the seven Centenary Initiatives, including the end to poverty initiative and the women at work initiative, which the ILO came out with under Director-General Ryder’s leadership to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the ILO in 2019. Additionally, Minister Kishida explained that Japan attaches importance to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and that it intends to coordinate closely with the ILO.
2. In response, Director-General Ryder stated that the ILO ensures that all its initiatives are aligned with the SDGs, and that he is greatly encouraged by the fact that Japan’s priority initiatives domestically and internationally are aligned with the initiatives of the ILO. Furthermore, from that perspective, Director-General Ryder believed that it is possible to advance cooperation between Japan and the ILO in an extremely positive manner. Director-General Ryder also expressed deep gratitude for Japan’s contributions to the ILO on the personnel and financial fronts.