Academy on Green Jobs Promotion in the MENA Region

This one-week capacity-building event aims to discuss how the potential for green jobs in the MENA region could be realised. The overall purpose is to contribute to enhancing institutional capacities for transformative change towards greener and more inclusive economies.

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In Egypt, the ILO project Decent Jobs for Egypt’s Young People (DJEP) financed by Global Affairs Canada (GAC) has, since 2011, facilitated access for youth to more than 3,000 employment opportunities, with a particular emphasis on green job creation at both the national and local level in its target governorates.

The efforts made by the ILO and others to support job creation for young women and men in Egypt should be scaled up and strengthened in order to address the growing challenge of unemployment and the need to safeguard the natural environment. By linking up with other partners across the MENA region, opportunities for mutual learning and synergies can be identified.

The Academy has a duration of four-and-a-half days, including plenary sessions at the start of each day, which will focus on the latest agendas and overarching priorities on green jobs and green economy which are of special relevance to Egypt and the MENA region. Subsequently elective courses guided by thematic experts, will allow for a more specific analysis and sharing of experiences between countries as to the policy and practical implications of the topics of the morning plenaries and other themes.

The Academy will bring together 120 participants from Egypt and MENA countries, as well as others interested in adopting low-carbon and climate-resilient green economy strategies that generate decent jobs, particularly for young women and men, including policy and decisions makers, members of civil society organizations, trade unions, private sector, alongside with staff and practitioners from ILO and its partner agencies, collaborating ministries and funding partners.