The governing body of the International Labour Organization (ILO) has re-elected Guy Ryder as its director general for a second five year-term.

Ryder, who received 54 of the 56 votes cast, will begin the new term in October 2017. The vote was conducted at the ILO's headquarters in Geneva. He was the only candidate.

"I thank the governing body members for their renewed confidence," he said. "My second term will start as the world of work is undergoing unprecedented and transformative change. One asset that we have to master this change is our unique tripartite structure: government, employer and worker representatives will play a key role in shaping the future of work and reasserting social justice as the pole star of international policy making."

Warning that "the denial of social justice on a deeply disturbing scale constituted a real threat to stability and eventually peace in our societies," the head of the ILO called on its members to make the organisation a leader in delivering the United Nations' 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development through decent work.

Guy Ryder, who is the 10th ILO director general, was first elected to the position in May 2012 and took over from Juan Somavia in September 2012.