News, articles and events on Green Jobs

  1. 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.

  2. News

    Planning a green economy in Kenya

    06 July 2011

    The first inter-ministerial workshop on Green Economy was held on Friday, 24 June 2011 in Nairobi, Kenya. This meeting, organized jointly by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Kenyan Ministry of Environment, aimed at initiating a national discussion about the possibilities and challenges for the creation of a green economy.

  3. Video

    Video Highlights of the High-level Panel of Regional Economic Commissions on 'The Role of Decent Work in a Fairer, Greener and more Sustainable Globalization'

    14 June 2011

    Heads of the UN Regional Economic Commissions provided a dynamic exploration of the importance of productive and decent work in the wake of the global economic and jobs crisis. A range of regional examples and policy recommendations arising from lessons learned were discussed.

  4. Event

    High level panel: "The role of decent work in a fairer, greener and more sustainable globalization"

  5. Statement

    Message by Juan Somavia, Director-General of the ILO, on the occasion of World Environment Day 2011

    03 June 2011

  6. Article

    ILO training keeps Fiji green and clean

    28 April 2011

    April 28th is observed globally as World Day for Safety and Health at Work. Waste collectors in Fiji have reason to celebrate this day, because, thanks to a new ILO programme combining ‘green’ environmental support measures with occupational safety and health (OSH) practices, they are enjoying better, safer and greener working conditions. By Surfaka Katafono, National Programme Officer, ILO Country Office for Pacific Island Countries.

  7. Article

    World Water Day (22 March 2011) - Bringing safe water to communities: the role of the ILO

    16 March 2011

    Despite the UN General Assembly declaring that access to safe water is a human right, thousands die each day because of water-related diseases, and many countries are not expected to meet the UN Millennium Development Goals on water. The ILO is working with governments, employers’ and workers’ organizations to identify priorities for investment infrastructure in order to create employment opportunities and bring safe water to communities. In advance of World Water Day on 22 March, ILO Online spoke with Carlos R. Carrión-Crespo, ILO Sectoral Specialist for Public Services and Utilities.

  8. News

    ILO welcomes new UNEP report on green economy

    23 February 2011

    The International Labour Organization (ILO) has welcomed a new Green Economy Report by the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) entitled ‘Towards a Green Economy: Pathways to Sustainable Development and Poverty Eradication’. The report outlines the policy choices, urgent actions and investments needed for a global ‘Green Economy’ – one that is low-carbon, resource-efficient and socially-inclusive.

  9. Article

    Youth join green jobs push in China

    15 February 2011

    Yang Shumbo, a Chinese electronic sciences student invented a device to save electricity. He developed this into a business under a pilot project of the Greener Business Option (GBO), an ILO Green Jobs Programme initiative. GBO aims to encourage entrepreneurship in green businesses among young people. Report from Chengdu, China, by Satoshi Sasaki, Specialist on Enterprise Development and Job Creation, ILO Beijing and Vincent Jugault, Senior Specialist in Environment and Decent Work, ILO Bangkok.

  10. News

    Cancun Agreement: ILO highlights call for a “Just Transition” with green jobs and decent work

    15 December 2010

    The ILO praised the 16th Conference of Parties (COP16) on climate change for including social and decent work dimensions in the outcome document, signaling broad recognition for a “just transition” to a low-carbon economy with decent work and greener jobs.