Green jobs in Asia and the Pacific

Environmental Sustainability and Decent Work

Using green jobs technology to alleviate rural poverty in India.

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The Green Jobs Initiative in Asia and the Pacific

The Green Jobs Programme for Asia and the Pacific currently collaborates with ILO constituents in Bangladesh, China, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Nepal, Philippines, Sri Lanka and Thailand. The programme is implemented through technical cooperation projects supported by several donor agencies and the ILO main resources. The main objectives of the programme are to:
  • enhance the capacity of ILO constituents to take part in dialogue on green jobs at local, regional and national levels by giving them access to quality data and information;
  • influence national policies and so contribute to an inclusive growth model that is job-centred, environmentally sustainable, and that promotes decent work; and
  • promote gender sensitive opportunities for green jobs by supporting demonstration activities and national programmes.

The ILO initiated the Green Jobs Global Programme in 2009 to promote opportunity, equity and a just transition to a green economy and inclusive growth for the world of work. The programme encourages governments, employers and workers to collaborate on generating coherent policies and effective programmes that will lead to decent work for all in a greener economy.

Green jobs” is a direct response to two major challenges of the 21st century: averting dangerous climate change and environmental degradation, and the need to deliver socially responsible development through decent work. Creating green jobs and adapting existing occupations are critical for promoting the transition to a low-carbon, climate resilient, environmentally friendly economy that is fair for all.