The newly elected Director General addressed to the staff on July 8, 2022 a letter of orientation for the Program and Budget for 2024-25.
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Programme guidance letter from the Director-General-elect Geneva – 8 July 2022
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Gilbert F. Houngbo has been elected as the eleventh ILO Director-General by the ILO Governing Body on 25 March 2022. The five-year term of the Director-General elect will run from 1 October 2022 to 30 September 2027.
Gilbert F. Houngbo, from Togo, is currently President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).
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.
Gilbert Houngbo is a seasoned executive with a track record of more than 35 years in the field of international development. A former Prime Minister of Togo and Deputy Director-General of the ILO, he has high-level leadership experience in government, the United Nations, International Financial Institutions and the private sector. He is a skilled political negotiator and a determined driver of institutional reforms, organizational restructuring, achieving efficiency gains and conducting successful policy reforms.
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 specialized agency of the UN. It was founded in 1919 and has a mandate to promote social justice and decent work for all. It has 187 Member States.
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Introduction to the exhibition
The ILO Arts and Decoration Circle has been backed by the ILO Former Officials Section for many years. As well as generating artefacts and items of value, artistic activity also helps foster personal development.
Owing to the pandemic, the organization of exhibitions has been curtailed across the world. With the support of a number of Office departments, the Arts Circle has always staged an annual exhibition in the ILO Colonnades. The Circle hopes the exhibition will return there as soon as possible.
Some Circle members have expressed a wish to present their work in virtual form through the use of new technologies, though aware this can never replace a real exhibition. The format has the added advantage of enabling them to keep in touch with each other. Other members have stressed how difficult it is to be creative in a time of pandemic; we know how they feel.
ILO Arts and Decoration Circle