Climate and jobs in focus as negotiators streamline the text for Paris

News | 08 July 2015
In advance of the UN Conference on Climate Change (COP21) taking place in December 2015 in Paris, climate change negotiators began the process of streamlining and consolidating the ADP negotiating text at the ninth part of the second session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP2-9), held from 1-11 June 2015 in Bonn, Germany.

The International Labour Office contributed to this process through a submission that outlines how and where “decent work and just transitions” could feature in the text and introduces various ILO Actions and Initiatives for Climate Change Solutions.

The UN Climate Change Newsroom’s focus on jobs feature provides insight into perspectives on climate change from the World of Work, highlighting the opportunities and challenges for governments, workers and employers related to the transition to a low carbon economy.

Article 6 of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) calls on Parties to develop and implement climate change education, training and public awareness programmes and to ensure public participation and access to information on the development of adequate responses to climate change.

The ILO joined the 3rd Dialogue on Article 6 of the Convention which ran parallel to ADP2-9 on 2 and 3 June 2015 in Bonn as part of the 42nd session of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation (SBI).

The Dialogue is intended to serve as a platform where Parties and stakeholders can share experiences and exchange ideas, good practices and lessons learned as related to the implementation of Article 6 of the Convention.

The ILO has been working with Parties to enhance the implementation of Article 6 since the 1st Dialogue through action-oriented and result-focused national level training, skills building and capacity development projects and programmes. At the 3rd Dialogue the ILO reported on the progress of several country-level projects and programmes involving UNFCCC Parties.

The ILO’s participation in the Dialogue and submission to the Doha work programme on Article 6 of the Convention provide an overview of ILO approaches, intervention models and technical cooperation programmes around the world contributing to education, training, and international cooperation on climate change.