News, articles and events on Green Jobs
Questions and answers on the skills for green jobs challenge
07 November 2011
Developing new skills or upgrading existing ones is the key to unlocking the potential of green jobs. The Green Jobs Initiative of the ILO, the UN Environmental Programme, the International Organisation of Employers (IOE) and the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) has been working to turn this potential into reality since 2008. ILO News talks to Olga Strietska-Ilina, Skills Development Specialist with ILO’s Skills and Employability Department, about a new landmark ILO study developed together with the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (Cedefop) on skill needs for greener economies.
15th Asia and Pacific Regional Meeting – Special session on “Sustaining the Future with Green Jobs”
This panel shares information on the opportunities and challenges created by the shift to sustainable patterns of growth. It looks at ways that 'climate smart' policies can create jobs while ensuring the just transition necessary to allow workers and employers to adapt to new roles and responsibilities.
Water in the Green Economy in Practice: Towards Rio+20
The event placed a special focus in showcasing already successful projects of how water can be a major contributor to developing a green economy. At the end of the conference, UN-Water issued a draft best practice guide to actions, instruments and policies to progress towards a green economy for sustainable development and poverty eradication. The ILO participated and contributed to the conference.
The banana agribusiness in the Dominican Republic and Costa Rica: rich ground to create green jobs
16 September 2011
The ILO, through the Joint Program for strengthening the Banana value chain by Growing Inclusive Markets, invited a delegation of fifteen technicians and producers of bananas from the Dominican Republic to visit Costa Rica to learn about the experience of this country's banana sector in plastic recycling as well as environmental and labor practices.
Planning a green economy in Kenya
06 July 2011
The first inter-ministerial workshop on Green Economy was held on Friday, 24 June 2011 in Nairobi, Kenya. This meeting, organized jointly by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Kenyan Ministry of Environment, aimed at initiating a national discussion about the possibilities and challenges for the creation of a green economy.
Video Highlights of the High-level Panel of Regional Economic Commissions on 'The Role of Decent Work in a Fairer, Greener and more Sustainable Globalization'
14 June 2011
Heads of the UN Regional Economic Commissions provided a dynamic exploration of the importance of productive and decent work in the wake of the global economic and jobs crisis. A range of regional examples and policy recommendations arising from lessons learned were discussed.
High level panel: "The role of decent work in a fairer, greener and more sustainable globalization"
Message by Juan Somavia, Director-General of the ILO, on the occasion of World Environment Day 2011
03 June 2011
ILO training keeps Fiji green and clean
28 April 2011
April 28th is observed globally as World Day for Safety and Health at Work. Waste collectors in Fiji have reason to celebrate this day, because, thanks to a new ILO programme combining ‘green’ environmental support measures with occupational safety and health (OSH) practices, they are enjoying better, safer and greener working conditions. By Surfaka Katafono, National Programme Officer, ILO Country Office for Pacific Island Countries.
World Water Day (22 March 2011) - Bringing safe water to communities: the role of the ILO
16 March 2011
Despite the UN General Assembly declaring that access to safe water is a human right, thousands die each day because of water-related diseases, and many countries are not expected to meet the UN Millennium Development Goals on water. The ILO is working with governments, employers’ and workers’ organizations to identify priorities for investment infrastructure in order to create employment opportunities and bring safe water to communities. In advance of World Water Day on 22 March, ILO Online spoke with Carlos R. Carrión-Crespo, ILO Sectoral Specialist for Public Services and Utilities.