How to scale-up employment creation and social inclusion in a green economy?

This was the central question of the Inter-Agency Workshop on Employment and Social Inclusion in a Green Economy held on 4 and 5 March in Turin, Italy.

News | 12 March 2013
More than 50 government representatives, researchers, development experts, staff of international organizations and practitioners came together to review and compare current approaches, tools and practices to assess and promote jobs and social inclusion in a green economy.

Experiences from India, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Kenya, Philippines and South Africa illustrated the different assessment methodologies currently applied and allowed for a discussion on their strengths, weaknesses, shortcomings and relevance.

Moreover, the workshop offered an opportunity to discuss how to drive policy formulation and implementation for a green economy, with a focus on sectoral and value chain approaches, and skills development. Indeed, the key challenge lying ahead is how to translate such national assessments into sound green economy/green jobs strategies.

Organized by the ILO in collaboration with UNEP, UNIDO and UNITAR under the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) and the Green Growth Working Group of the Donor Committee for Enterprise Development (DCED), the workshop provided a forum to expand knowledge, create synergies, and facilitate the creation of an international network of institutions committed to promote employment and social inclusion in the green economy. The International Training Centre (ITC) of the ILO hosted this two-day event.