ILO seeks greener future for Bangladesh jobs and employment

Workshop highlights high potential of incorporating green jobs into ILO work in Bangladesh

Stakeholder's Workshop on Green Jobs
The importance of mainstreaming environmental considerations into all aspects of ILO’s work in Bangladesh was discussed at a stakeholder’s workshop on Green Jobs in Dhaka on 20 September 2017.

With climate change likely to have a significant economic impact on countries around the world, ILO is placing emphasis on ‘Green Jobs’ as it seeks to scale up its knowledge, policy response and capacity to manage a just transition to a low-carbon, sustainable future.

The workshop brought together representatives of government, employers and workers organizations to discuss issues related to green jobs in Bangladesh.

At the event Moustapha Kamal Gueye, Coordinator, Green Jobs Programme, ILO Geneva and Cristina Martinez, Senior Specialist, Environment and Decent Work, ILO Bangkok shared insights, policy tools and guidance on ILO’s approach to green jobs.

Speaking at the workshop Cristina Martinez said, “There are many untapped areas to create green jobs in Bangladesh however it is important that any new jobs are also decent jobs.”

The ILO will take the findings of the workshop as well as the result of consultation exercise with various stakeholders to develop a strategy on how to mainstream environmental aspects into its Decent Work Country Programme for Bangladesh.

Srinivas Reddy, ILO Country Director for Bangladesh said, “Opportunities exist in Bangladesh, as well as every other country for the creation of more green jobs in response to the challenges of climate change. Together we must ensure that these are quality jobs which contribute to an environmentally friendly, low carbon, and inclusive economy.”

Taking part in the inaugural session of the workshop were Ms. Afroza Khan Secretary, Ministry of Labour and Employment, Mr. Farooq Ahmed Secretary General of Bangladesh Employers Federation (BEF) and Mr. Ashiqul Islam Chairman, National Coordination Committee for Workers’ Education (NCCWE). Other stakeholders participating included representatives of the Ministry of Environment and Forests. As well as the Bureau of Manpower Employment and Training (BMET)

Green jobs are a major area of importance for the ILO. It’s ‘Green Initiative’ recognises the consequences of climate change for the world of work and opportunities that could arise from action to tackle climate change, while underscoring the critical importance of a just transition for all.

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