Toward a green growth economy in Peru

The Minister of the Environment of Peru, Manuel Gerardo Pedro Pulgar-Vidal Otálora, and the Minister of Labour and Employment Promotion, Ana Ethel del Rosario Jara Velásquez, signed the official declaration for the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE), during the official closing ceremony for the seminar on “Toward a green growth economy in Peru” (Lima, 28–29 April 2014).

They highlighted the importance of promoting an economy with green growth and employment as a public policy permitting the directing of the country toward sustainable development, and promoting an economy that improves the well-being of human beings, social inclusion and social equity.

The ceremony was attended by representatives of the International Labour Organization (ILO), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United National Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the International Training Centre of the ILO, as well as Peruvian ministerial authorities for Environment and Labour.

During the event the Minister of Labour underlined that in the first year of operation of PAGE Peru, gaps and learning opportunities will be sought, and the key sectors will be connected to the most appropriate counterparts to show them the values of the green economy. She explained that “Peru has had strong economic growth, but ecological threats still exist that may reverse these good results. One way to avoid them is to use clean energy sources, with appropriate employment promotion, permitting the linkage of workforce retraining to production facilities”. 

In turn, the Minister of the Environment indicated that “we should recognize that with initiatives like PAGE the world is beginning to reap the benefits of and consolidate a process that has been under way for over 40 years, in which progressive changes have been generated, to the point of having the capacity to convince that development depends on the sustainability of resources”. He also pointed out that the term “sustainable development” was coined 25 years ago, and that today this is a concept that is ever more deeply rooted in both the public and the private sectors.

Lastly, both expressed appreciation for the support of the agencies of the United Nations system that are involved, and highlighted that they will continue to work together to drive efforts for planning of development that incorporate the concept of a green growth economy into the public policies of the country.

As a designated country, Peru will receive support through four components: i) applied research and knowledge creation; ii) dialogue on policies with high-level government officials and other stakeholders; iii) capacity building, skills development and training; and iv) advisory services for countries on green economy topics.

The International Training Centre of the ILO will support future skills development events within the country and the participation of Peruvian delegates in inter-regional courses organized in Turin, including amongst others the course on “Promoting green jobs policies: employment potential and skill needs in a greener economy”, which is being attended this week by a representative of the Ministry of Labour and Employment Promotion, amongst other participants.

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