green economy

ILO kicks off Green Week to ‘jump-start’ a sustainable future 

As the world grapples with the devastating economic and social consequences of the COVID-19 crisis, the UN’s labour agency launched ILO Green Week to explore what a green future of work could look like, and how we can get there. 

‘Lost generation’ of workers should seek future in green economy - UN labour agency  

The equivalent of 255 million full-time jobs were lost in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic and economic recovery next year is likely to be slow – but it’s not all bad news, according to the International Labour Organization (ILO). 

In an interview with UN News’s Daniel Johnson, ILO’s Dorothea Schmidt-Klau maintains there is hope that the crisis will lead to new opportunities in the green economy, which is where young jobseekers in particular, should seek work. 

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UN highlights urgent need to tackle impact of likely electric car battery production boom

Demand for raw materials used in the production of electric car batteries is set to soar, prompting the UN trade body, UNCTAD, to call for the social and environmental impacts of the extraction of raw materials, which include human rights abuses, to be urgently addressed.

‘Embrace the transformation’ to a carbon-neutral world by 2050, UN chief tells COP25

With millions of workers increasingly affected by the climate crisis the route to securing livelihoods in the future lies in a wholesale transformation of how we power the planet and manage our resources, the UN chief said on Thursday, at a COP25 climate action event focused on greener jobs.

Green jobs: creating decent work for a cleaner future

In an ideal world, all jobs would be “green,” decent work that contributes to protecting the environment.

Dan Dickinson from UN News called Moustapha Kamal Gueye, coordinator of the Green Jobs Programme at the ILO in Geneva, and asked him what kind of green jobs exist already.

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UN Report: Green economic growth means a surge in jobs worldwide

If countries honour the Paris Agreement pledge on global warming of keeping temperature rises below 2 degrees Celsius, “we will see a net job creation of 18 million new jobs around the world.”

That’s according to Guillermo Montt, Senior Economist at the research department of the International Labour Organization (ILO).  He was at the launch of ILO’s World Employment and Social Outlook 2018 report, at UN Headquarters in Geneva this week, where he spoke to Alpha Diallo.

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Jobs in the green economy will ‘more than offset’ losses in traditional industry by 2030 – UN labour agency

Action to combat climate change could create millions of new job opportunities and “more than” offset losses in traditional industries, the UN labour agency said on Monday.

Ensuring a “just transition” to the new green economy

Transitioning to a “green” economy will require a buy-in from governments, businesses and employees, according to the International Labour Organization (ILO).

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UN labour agency declares world of work essential to greening the economy

The world does not have to choose between job creation and preserving the environment, the head of the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO) declared today at the first-ever joint meeting of European Union ministers of the environment and labour.

Boosting green transition will improve food security, UN says on Africa Environment Day

Ensuring food security is one of the most pressing challenges in Africa, which is increasingly losing ground as a result of challenges from climate change to land degradation, the top United Nations environment official today said, urging a stronger emphasis on the continent’s transition to a ‘green economy.’