News, articles and events on Green Jobs

  1. Video News Release

    Transitioning to Green Jobs in Sri Lanka

    03 August 2012

    “Green jobs” can be created in the most fundamental of workplaces, and the result can benefit traditional industries. That’s what is happening in Sri Lanka, where former “waste pickers” at Sri Lanka’s garbage dumps were given new skills to work more efficiently and protect their health, and that is benefitting one of the island’s iconic industries.

  2. News

    Can the climate be insured?

    02 August 2012

    Can insurance help protect the poor against the impact of global warming? The ILO says it might be done, with a little help.

  3. Video News Release

    A green initiative brightens Bangladesh

    02 July 2012

    70% of all families living in Bangladesh’s countryside are not connected to the national electricity grid; the power lines either haven’t reached their villages or the cost of connection is too high for them. But now, with help from the ILO and Australia, and encouraged by the central government some villagers can get low cost solar power as an alternative energy source. And new skills are required to bring solar power to Bangladesh’s villages, which is creating the demand for “green jobs” to get the job done.

  4. News

    Somavia: Decent work is key for a greener economy

    22 June 2012

    The ILO chief talked about the need for an integrated approach linking the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development at a roundtable during the Rio+20 Conference.

  5. Statement

    Rio+20: Remarks by Juan Somavia on "Looking at the way forward in implementing the expected outcomes of the Conference" -

    22 June 2012

    Intervention of Mr. Juan Somavia, Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO) at the Rountable on Sustainable Development, "Looking at the way forward in implementing the expected outcomes of the Conference", Rio + 20, Rio de Janeiro, 22 June, 2012.

  6. Press release

    ILO at Rio+20: Integrate social inclusion and environmental protection

    22 June 2012

    Speaking at a panel discussion at the Rio+20 summit, the ILO Director-General highlights the role of social policies on the road to a greener economy.

  7. Article

    Bangladesh: Lighting the Way to a Greener World of Work

    22 June 2012

    Solar home systems can be an alternative source of energy in developing countries like Bangladesh, where half of the population, or about 85 million people, lack access to grid-based electricity. Solar panels bring clean energy and green jobs to rural areas, an issue that is high on the Rio+20 agenda. Allan Dow reports.

  8. News

    Decent work for sustainable development

    21 June 2012

    Promoting green and decent jobs - one of the key recommendations defined by the Civil Society Dialogues in Rio de Janeiro.

  9. Article

    A green plumber for a greener economy

    21 June 2012

    The transition towards a greener economy is expected to affect about half of the global labour force or roughly 1.5 billion people. This means changes in terms of job types and workers’ skills – a topic that is high on the Rio+20 agenda.

  10. News

    Green jobs: a chance for youth - UNEP and ILO

    19 June 2012

    In the run up to the high level discussions of Rio+20 on 20-22 June, UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme) and the ILO (International Labour Organizations) organized a joint Rio +20 side event.