Green jobs

Green jobs are central to sustainable development and respond to the global challenges of environmental protection, economic development and social inclusion. By engaging governments, workers and employers as active agents of change, the ILO promotes the greening of enterprises, workplace practices and the labour market as a whole. These efforts create decent employment opportunities, enhance resource efficiency and build low-carbon sustainable societies.


  1. News

    How can fiscal measures drive forward the transition to a fair and equitable green economy?

    02 February 2015

    More than 200 academics, policy makers and experts came together to jointly discuss and debate a large emerging body of research on green fiscal policy at the Third Annual Conference of the Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP).

  2. © UN Photo/Christopher Herwig 2015


    ILO calls for stronger linkages between labour and climate agendas

    18 December 2014

    Delegates from over 190 nations met in Lima, Peru, for two-week talks to prepare the road towards a new global climate change agreement for adoption at the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) next year in Paris.

  3. © Flickr / Ecoapforum 17 2015


    The 17th European Forum on Eco-innovation was dedicated to the topic of jobs and skills transformation

    05 December 2014

    The Forum discussions examined the employment opportunities and challenges arising from the transition to a green and circular economy.

Focus on

  1. Training

    Green jobs for sustainable development: concepts and practices

    This interactive e-learning course (30 March - 22 May) provides an opportunity to become knowledgeable about the key concepts and emerging practices in the promotion of green jobs for sustainable development.

    Deadline for registration: 23 March 2015


  1. Promoting green entrepreneurship in East Africa

Projects and activities

  1. ILO's support worldwide

The role the ILO must take up is to promote the considerable potential for creation of decent work associated with the transition to a low-carbon sustainable development path and to minimize and manage the inevitable dislocation that will accompany it."

Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General