CoP 23 - Side event

High level dialogue on the Pacific Voice for a Just Transition, Job Creation and Climate Resilience

High-Level Dialogue organized by of The Republic of Fiji (COP 23 President) in partnership with the International Labour Organization to shed light on the interlinkages between Decent work and environmental sustainability.

L-R: Tomoko Nishimoto, Assistant Director-General and Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, ILO ; Paweł Sałek, Vice-Minister of Environment and Government Plenipotentiary for Climate Policy, Poland ; Siham Ayad, Morocco ; Paul Watkinson, France ; Inia Seruiratu, Minister for Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development, and National Disaster Management and High-Level Climate Champion, Fiji ; Sarah Kelly, Moderator, Deutsche Welle.
The event provided a platform to discuss interlinkages between acting on climate change and promoting job creation and social inclusion; and to share experiences on fostering a just transition of the workforce, focusing on the Pacific region. Discussions centered on, inter alia: new employment opportunities related to climate action; the need to provide skills training and to revise education systems in order to prepare youth for green jobs; and the importance of specifically addressing decent work for women and youth. Full summary of the event

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ILO at COP23

Replay from Bonn

The Paris Agreement reflects an important recognition of the inter-linkage between actions to address climate change and employment and social inclusion of women and disadvantage groups. But this inter-linkage has not been fully explored. More conscious efforts need to be made to improve policy coherence among policy makers at all levels of governments, business leaders, workers, financial institutions, research institutions and communities. For example, alignment of employment, education, environment, energy and climate finance policies can accelerate climate action and speed up the just transition to more sustainable societies.

This high-level dialogue brought to COP23 the strong and unique voice from the Pacific: “acting on climate change and promoting job creation and social inclusion are mutually supportive policy goals”. It was be a venue for the Pacific to strongly advocate Decent Work and Climate resilience inter-linkages as a transformative approach and to share their knowledge and experiences in this regard. For example:
  • public infrastructure works such as building sea-walls contribute to adaptation through employment intensive investment programmes for local people;
  • technical education and skills development should be much more closely aligned to the need to develop local knowledge and skills for climate action (e.g. management of coastal lines and renewable energy expansion);
  • decent jobs can also be created by fostering high value added horticulture and fisheries as well as sustainable tourism;
  • promoting innovative green initiatives that link schools to jobs for the transformation of urban and rural areas;
  • supporting green entrepreneurship and small business that preserve the environment, develop sustainable communities, and promote tourism and leisure products and services.
Efforts from the Pacific can inspire transformative solutions to other countries.