Building inclusive green economies: PAGE Green Economy Academy

A High-Level Policy Dialogue and Knowledge Fair inaugurated the 2016 global Academy on the Green Economy to build inclusive green economies.

The ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, opened the second edition of the PAGE Academy on the Green Economy, which is taking place at the International Training Centre of the ILO (ITCILO) in Turin, from 3 to 14 October. He said: “Decent work is both a means and an end in the context of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). There is a growing recognition that climate change and its potential impact on businesses and workers could reverse the economic and social progress achieved over decades - and compromise the ability to reach many of the SDGs.”

The Minister of Labour, Social Security and Human Resource Development from Barbados, Senator Dr the Honourable Esther R. Byer Suckoo, reinforced this remark by stating in her keynote speech: "Development cannot be sustainable, if it is at the expense of someone else. It has to be equitable, everyone needs to be involved and benefit from it". She added: ”Goal 8 puts the development of people and families at the heart of Sustainable Development.”

The High-Level Policy Dialogue on the theme The Future of Work in the Transition to Inclusive Green Economies opened the Academy, presenting recent policy outcomes as well as new research results and inputs developed by research institutions such as the Club of Rome, the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, and McKinsey.

Discussions highlighted that the impact of climate change is different across the planet and that many highly resource-dependent jobs are at stake. Yet, a plethora of examples of circular and green business models, which can be replicated and adapted to different local contexts, exists globally across sectors. However, policies and incentives matter to unleash such potential and support their financing. Skills development courses and vocational training have a key role in educating young professionals and preparing the labour market for such transition given that 600 million jobs will need to be created over the next decades.

By recognizing the significance of employment and distributional impact in the transition to greener economies and the need to ensure a fair transition for enterprises, workers and communities, the outcomes of this policy dialogue will contribute to the ILO’s Future of Work Initiative.

A Knowledge Fair on Inclusive Green Economy Solutions followed on 4 October. It gave the opportunity to share and discuss practical tools and best practices at country and global levels, and to benefit from each other’s experience while developing new strategies for environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive economies. 

The two-day event wrapped up by emphasising the importance of partnerships to foster shared knowledge and promote joint action to develop effective strategies.

The event brought more than 150 participants together from over 35 countries. Ministers and high-level decision makers from low-income, emerging and industrialized countries, together with representatives from the private sector, the civil society and workers’ organizations, will join senior management officials from the ILO, other PAGE Agencies (UNEP, UNIDO, UNDP and UNITAR) and national partners.

Organized within the framework of the UN Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE), this two-week learning event is meant to solidify current knowledge and foster an exchange of practices among countries and organizations with the aim to build environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive economies.

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