JAKARTA (ILO News): The Coordinating Ministry of Economic Affairs in association with the ILO’s Regional Office for Asia Pacific in Bangkok and the ILO Jakarta Office organized a workshop on green jobs at Borobudur Hotel, Jakarta, on Wednesday, 10 March 2010.
The event successfully brought together government representatives including from the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas), the Environment Ministry, the Ministry of Manpower and Transmigration as well as employers’ and workers’ representatives and donor agencies to highlight the importance of green jobs and their strategic priority within the context of Indonesia’s mid-term development plan.
Mr Emil Salim, former Minister of the Environment, participated in the discussions and highlighted the need for more legislation to encourage social indicators including job creation in discussions regarding climate change, mitigation and adaptation measures.
Green jobs help reduce the environmental impact of enterprises and economic sectors, ultimately to levels that are sustainable, including jobs that help to protect ecosystems and biodiversity; reduce energy, materials, and water consumption; de-carbonize the economy; and minimize or altogether avoid generation of all forms of waste and pollution.
For communities, green jobs do not have to represent a loss of economic potential; on the contrary, a green economy can bring rewards of equal or greater value whilst also being more ecologically sustainable.
The event was a follow up to a first initiative held in October 2009 in response to a request of the Coordinating Ministry of Economic Affairs. An international conference on green jobs is being planned for later this year. The ILO is currently mainstreaming green jobs in all its activities, in addition to developing specific green jobs programmes and projects for Indonesia.
For further information please contact:
Mr Matthieu Cognac
Chief Technical Adviser of ILO’s Job Opportunity for Youth (JOY) Project
Tel: +6221 3913112
Ms Gita Lingga
Media Relations Officer
Tel: +6221 3913112 ext. 115