Green jobs in a changing planet
Through the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development with its 17 Sustainable Development Goals, and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change in 2015, the international community can count on a global framework to combat climate change, pave the way to a low-carbon and climate-resilient future and set the course for human well-being up to 2030 and beyond.
The Centre has been increasingly active in supporting the promotion of environmental sustainability through the lens of the world of work, and a new course on Green jobs for a just transition to low-carbon and climate-resilient development is taking place on campus. It aims to provide ILO constituents with a learning platform for the analysis of the recently adopted policy Guidelines for a just transition to environmentally sustainable economies and societies for all, through the review of concepts, global practices and country experiences.
Twenty international and national delegates, currently online through our E-campus, are gathering in Turin between 30 May and 03 June to discuss strategies for climate change adaptation and mitigation that can advance employment creation goals, social justice and fair transitions for workers, enterprises and communities on an equal footing.
The participation of a tripartite delegation from the Philippines will help to initiate discussion on how the ILO’s Guidelines can take effect at national level, in line with country sustainable development plans and a recently adopted Green Jobs Act (2016). Officers from the Ministry of Local Government and Housing in Zambia will share tools and approaches applicable at sector and local level through the recent achievements of the Zambia Green Jobs Programme, including the Sustainable Housing Guidelines conceived as a means to reduce the natural resource depletion and carbon emission impacts of the building and construction industry. Furthermore, the group includes representatives from Governments, employers and workers’ organizations in Africa, Asia and Latin America, and technical inputs from the International Institute for Sustainable Development, Greenpeace, ICLEI, Tecnalia International, WWF, UNEP and the ILO.
The face-to-face phase coincides with the celebration of Green Weeks in Turin: a series of events over a period of 15 days, promoted by the City of Turin and the Turin Smart City Foundation to celebrate World Environment Day (5 June 2016) and make citizens aware of sustainability challenges and opportunities for cities and urban areas.