Promoting a just transition to climate-resilient, inclusive and sustainable economies
The adoption of the Paris Agreement at the COP21 is a very important step towards creating a climate-resilient world. It was adopted through the consensus of the 192 states party to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), reaffirming the leadership and importance of the UN system and multilateralism in the negotiation of development issues and environmental affairs in particular.
Recognizing that responses to climate change impact employment and economic activities, negotiators in Paris looked at questions related to a just transition of the workforce and the creation of decent work.
The ILO recently adopted Guidelines for a just transition to environmentally sustainable economies and societies for all. These Guidelines offer the ILO and its constituents a framework and a practical tool to ensure that national and global efforts to tackle climate change advance employment creation goals, social justice and fair transitions for workers, enterprises and communities on an equal footing. The ILO’s Green Initiative by the Director-General will be an important vehicle to support the implementation of the Paris Agreement, giving practical effect to the Guidelines.
What support can the Centre give?
The objective of the Paris Agreement is to collectively guide nations towards an effective global effort to reduce emissions on the longer-term path out of the danger zone of climate change, while building adaptation capacity. The overarching goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to limit global temperature increase to 2 °C above pre-industrial levels, while pursuing the more ambitious target of 1.5 °C. The impact of the new agreement, which will enter into force in 2020, coupled with the recently adopted 2030 Agenda and the SDGs, will be felt at country level where efforts must be stepped up to find ways of raising the level of global emission reductions, and more broadly to enhance capacities to support the integration of sustainability goals into national development plans and strategies.
The training activities of the Centre related to the environmental and sustainable development agendas aim to strengthen the capacity of ILO constituents and other relevant stakeholders in analysing the link between Decent Work, Green Jobs and Sustainable Development.
In 2016 training activities in these areas of expertise will endeavour to:
- support constituents in devising appropriate green jobs policies, discuss investments and technology options, and mainstream decent work in climate change strategies and actions at local, sectoral and national levels;
- explain the links between the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, its 17 SDGs and the Decent Work Agenda of the ILO;
- analyse what implications the new global framework of the 2030 Agenda may have for the world of work; offer ideas, cases and practical tools to inform decisions on tackling the social and employment effects of environmental challenges;
- support countries in translating the Paris Agreement into job-rich, inclusive and sustainable development strategies.