ILO and UNFCCC Agreement to Promote Just Transition and Decent Work in the Context of Climate Change

Actions May 16, 2017 1:23 pm

Liang Qiang / World Bank

An agreement to promote decent work and a ‘just transition’ of the workforce towards sustainable economies and societies for all has been signed by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the International Labour Organization (ILO).

The partnership promotes the integration of decent work and a just transition in the implementation of national measures on climate change.

Among other areas of collaboration, the ILO and UNFCCC will conduct studies at global and national levels to measure the impact of climate change and the transition on employment in different sectors.

These assessments will inform and guide countries on the responses that are needed in areas such as employment, social protection, occupational safety and health, industrial restructuring, skills needs identification and skills development, in their national contexts.

Other activities mentioned in the agreement include the review of national and regional experiences, the strengthening of social dialogue between governments and the social partners at all levels, and capacity building programmes on climate change and decent work for developing countries.

The full press release can be found here.