Green jobs

Sub-regional Web Meeting on Skills & Human Resources Development (HRD) for Green Jobs and Greening Economies in Asia

Thematic focus on green human resource development initiatives and green occupations in the Asian labour market.

The Asia-Pacific region is leading the world as the region with the best green jobs outlook if investments and policy reforms are realized. According to the ILO (2018a), up to 14.2 million net green jobs can be achieved by 2030. But the jobs will not be generated automatically, we must learn to recognize the opportunities and design strategic policies and interventions, driven by respective for the environment and the Decent Work Agenda.

These recent years have seen the increased interest and clamour in the Asian region to ensure that progress and development in the region integrates both economic and environmental considerations with benefits for all. Climate Change impacts are one of these challenges that affects economies, enterprises, and societies as a whole. The additional stress of the pandemic further exposed this vulnerability. The ILO/Japan Multi-bilateral Programme, through its Industry Skills for Inclusive Growth Phase 2 (InSIGHT2) project, aims to continuously build capacity of the constituents’ appropriate response to emerging challenges that will have repercussion to the world of work. The InSIGHT2 project finds it timely to provide a thematic platform for a sub-regional dialogue, and knowledge sharing among the ILO constituents, initially from these countries: Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam.

The web-meeting is co-organized by the ILO Asia-Pacific Green Jobs Network under the Climate Action for Jobs Initiative.


  • Knowledge sharing on Skills & HR Development for Green Jobs and the Transition to Greener Economies;
  • Increase the understanding on the demand side of skills development for facilitating greener economies by sharing perspectives and experiences on how the electric vehicle and renewable energy sectors are responding to the greening agenda and implications for future jobs and skills;
  • Raise visibility on the ILO and the valuable contributions of the Tripartite Constituents in the discussions and policy initiatives on this thematic area; and
  • Generate interest and new ideas for work and collaboration among the ILO constituents and partners in the Asian region to support a greener recovery and economic development pathways in these countries.


  • Mr Kento Fujii, Deputy Director, International Affairs Division, Minister’s Secretariat, Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, Japan
  • Ms Panudda Boonpala, Deputy Regional Director, ILO Regional office for Asia and Pacific
  • Mr Kazuo Matsushita, Professor Emeritus of Kyoto University, President of the International Academic Society for Asian Community (ISAC), Senior Fellow of the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, Chairman of the Japan Society for GNH Studies
  • Dr Zaki Zakaria, Undersecretary, International Division, Ministry of Human Resources, Malaysia (TBC)
  • Dr Cristina Martinez, Senior Specialist, Environment and Decent Work, and Asia Pacific Coordinator on Green Jobs and Just Transition, ILO
  • Dr Akiko Sakamoto, Regional Skills & Employability Specialist, ILO
  • Mr Rusty Goh Weixiong, Co-Founder, Green Collar Careers, Singapore
  • Mr Takayuki Ueda, Acting Chief Executive Officer, First One Mile Mobility (Asia) Co., Ltd.
  • Mr Ryo Takubo, President & Managing Director, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (Thailand) Ltd.
  • Mr Michael Renner, Policy Programme Officer, International Renewable Energy Agency (TBC)
  • Mr Julien Magnat, Skills and Employability Specialist, ILO Regional Office for Asia and Pacific
  • Mr Yasuo Ariga, Chief Technical Advisor, ILO/Japan Multi-Bilateral Programme


  • Dr Venkatachalam Anbumozhi, Director of Research Strategy and Innovation, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia
  • Dato’ J. Palaniappan, Chairman, ASEAN Future Workforce Council (TBC)