Mexico’s green jobs assessment presented at the first National Green Jobs Forum

A total of 150 participants, including social partners, the public and private sector representatives gathered at Mexico’s first National Green Jobs Forum, held on 15 October 2013 in Mexico City.

News | 25 October 2013
In the opening statements, heads and representatives of the Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARAT), Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare, the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the British Embassy reinforced how green jobs significantly contribute to sustainable development by generating new employment opportunities that are both beneficial to the environment and the economy. Highlighted was the fact that green jobs are decent jobs which can play a key role in integrating youth and women into the labour market, thereby contributing to socially inclusive development.

The findings of Mexico’s green jobs assessment, commissioned by the ILO, were presented at the forum. The study identified 1,815 million environmental-related jobs , representing about 4.5 % of the total national working population in 2011. Participants discussed the increasing demand for certain skills and occupations arising from the promotion of environmental activities across economic sectors. It was acknowledged that eventual skills gaps could be addressed with enhanced coordination between employment, education and training policies with climate change and sustainable consumption and production strategies.

Organized by the Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT), the National Institute of Ecology and Climate Change (INECC), the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the British Embassy in Mexico, the forum provided momentum in addressing Mexico’s green jobs potential. The event marked the beginning of a national inter-sectorial dialogue to discuss the development of a green jobs strategy.