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.