News, articles and events on Green Jobs

  1. News

    Rio+20: ILO's input to the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development

    25 November 2011

    The International Labour Organization (ILO) is involved in the preparations for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD), also known as Rio+20, which will take place from 20-22 June 2012 in Brazil.

  2. Event

    The 17th Conference of the Parties (COP17) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

    The 17th Conference of the Parties (COP17) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the 7th Session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the parties (CMP7) to the Kyoto Protocol, will be held in Durban, South Africa.

  3. Video

    EU/ILO Join Forces on Unemployment and Creating a Greener Economy

    15 November 2011

    ILO Director-General, Juan Somavia, and the EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, László Andor are key participants in the global debate on unemployment and the green economy. Highlighting the strong partnership between the two organizations, they present two jointly produced reports that examine these issues and the approaches that are central to ensuring a fair and sustainable recovery process.

  4. Press release

    ILO’s 15th Asia and the Pacific Regional Meeting to be held in Kyoto, Japan will consider employment, economic outlook

    15 November 2011

    The 15th Asia and the Pacific Regional Meeting (APRM) of the ILO will take place from 4-7 December 2011 at the Kyoto International Convention Centre (KICC), Kyoto, Japan.

  5. Article

    Skills for Green Jobs: selected stories from the field

    08 November 2011

    There are many stories from the field about how countries have dealt with the challenge of developing skills for green jobs. Here is a sampling of some of these stories, providing a representative overview of the types of projects and initiatives underway around the world today. More of these stories can be found in the new study entitled Skills for Green Jobs: A Global View.

  6. News

    New ILO study says greener economies will require development of new green job skills

    07 November 2011

    The employment potential of the transition to greener economies cannot be realized without the development of a wide range of relevant new skills for green jobs, according to a new global study by the ILO of 21 countries representing some 60 per cent of the world population. “Skills for Green Jobs: A Global View” is the most comprehensive report to date, outlining the needs and challenges of developing new skills that will be critical to sustaining the growth of green economies.

  7. Feature story

    Questions and answers on the skills for green jobs challenge

    07 November 2011

    Developing new skills or upgrading existing ones is the key to unlocking the potential of green jobs. The Green Jobs Initiative of the ILO, the UN Environmental Programme, the International Organisation of Employers (IOE) and the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) has been working to turn this potential into reality since 2008. ILO News talks to Olga Strietska-Ilina, Skills Development Specialist with ILO’s Skills and Employability Department, about a new landmark ILO study developed together with the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (Cedefop) on skill needs for greener economies.

  8. Event

    15th Asia and Pacific Regional Meeting – Special session on “Sustaining the Future with Green Jobs”

    This panel shares information on the opportunities and challenges created by the shift to sustainable patterns of growth. It looks at ways that 'climate smart' policies can create jobs while ensuring the just transition necessary to allow workers and employers to adapt to new roles and responsibilities.

  9. Event

    Water in the Green Economy in Practice: Towards Rio+20

    The event placed a special focus in showcasing already successful projects of how water can be a major contributor to developing a green economy. At the end of the conference, UN-Water issued a draft best practice guide to actions, instruments and policies to progress towards a green economy for sustainable development and poverty eradication. The ILO participated and contributed to the conference.

  10. Article

    The banana agribusiness in the Dominican Republic and Costa Rica: rich ground to create green jobs

    16 September 2011

    The ILO, through the Joint Program for strengthening the Banana value chain by Growing Inclusive Markets, invited a delegation of fifteen technicians and producers of bananas from the Dominican Republic to visit Costa Rica to learn about the experience of this country's banana sector in plastic recycling as well as environmental and labor practices.