COP28 in UAE

G7 Green jobs and skills: Increasing international cooperation and investment for just transitions

The panel discussion will involve leaders from G7 countries, partners countries and social partners to discuss progress on just transition and the importance of green jobs and skills strategies for achieving the SDGs.


A Work Programme on Just Transition Pathways will be discussed for adoption by UNFCCC parties at COP28 in UAE this year. The Work Programme will focus on just transition pathways in the context of: (1) economic sectors including energy, industry and construction, agriculture, land use and forestry, and waste; (2) how to create decent work and quality jobs; and (3) the importance of education and the challenges of skilling, re-skilling, upskilling, reschooling and retooling. 

Under this backdrop, the panel will involve leaders from G7 countries, partners countries and social partners to discuss progress on just transition and the importance of green jobs and skills strategies for achieving the SDGs. It will address how their countries are investing in a low carbon economy to alleviate inequality and promote climate adaptation and mitigation.
  • Time: 11:30 – 12:50
  • Location: ILO/EC Just Transitions Pavilion: Area B7, Building 88 (third floor)
  • Livestream
  • Moderator: Drew Gardiner, Employment Policy Specialist, ILO

Panel members

  • Mr. Jochen Flasbarth, State Secretary, German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (opening remarks)
  • Ms. Carla Montesi, Director for the Green Deal and Digital Agenda, European Commission
  • Ms. Bama Athreya, Deputy Assistant Administrator, USAID
  • Mr. Roberto Suárez Santos, Secretary General, International Organization of Employers
  • Mr. Eric Manzi, Deputy General Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation
  • Dr. Henry Kwabena Kokofu, Executive Director, Environmental Protection Agency, Ghana
  • Ms. Virginie Delisee, Responsable Division Education, Formation professionnelle, Agence Française de Développement