23 September 2019
United Nations Climate Action Summit
In the run up to the summit, the ILO is asking leaders to make specific commitments for a just transition for all. It has drawn up a set of guidelines to help countries move to environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive economies. The Just Transition Outcomes under the Social and Political Drivers action area will spotlight five key issues:
- Social dialogue
- Employment, social and economic impacts
- Skills development
- Social protection
- Technology and knowledge transfer
Proposed outcome 1
Creating mechanisms of inclusive social dialogue
to forge strong social consensus to enable transformative change without major adverse social and economic disruption. Social dialogue involving all private and social actors have the potential to raise climate ambition by consolidating actions of state and non-state actors and contribute to preventing political and social resistance.
Proposed outcome 2
Assessing employment, social and economic impacts
of ecological transition and green jobs potential. Country-tailored assessment methods can be employed to test various climate policy options and define required sectorial and labour market policies and the financial requirements to implement such policies.
Proposed outcome 3
Implementing skills development and upgrading measures
to enable transitions in labour markets, and low-carbon and more resource-efficient enterprise development and green job creation for women and men. There are methodologies for skills needs assessment and anticipation, requalification and entrepreneurship to minimise job disruption and maximise opportunities for green job creation.
Proposed outcome 4
Designing innovative social protection policies
to protect workers and vulnerable groups in the context of more ambitious climate adaptation and mitigation strategies. Such measures would promote social justice as an indispensable dimension of ambitious climate action.
Proposed outcome 5
Increasing the transfer of technology and knowledge to developing countries, as well as innovation and responsible investment
by both public and private entities that can stimulate economic transformation, sustainable and inclusive growth, and green job creation, including rallying the private sector and actors in the investment and finance community.