The ILO chief talked about the need for an integrated approach linking the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development at a roundtable during the Rio+20 Conference.
Speaking at a panel discussion at the Rio+20 summit, the ILO Director-General highlights the role of social policies on the road to a greener economy.
In the run up to the high level discussions of Rio+20 on 20-22 June, UNEP and the ILO organized a joint Rio +20 side event.
Promoting green and decent jobs - one of the key recommendations defined by the Civil Society Dialogues in Rio de Janeiro.
70% of families living in Bangladesh's countryside are without electricity. But now, with help from the ILO and Australia and the central government, some villagers can get low cost solar power. The demand for skilled workers in green jobs is also increasing.
Joint ILO-UNEP study
This report shows that, if accompanied by the right policy mix, a green economy can also create more and better jobs, lift people out of poverty and promote social inclusion. It also demonstrates that employment and social inclusion must be an integral part of any sustainable development strategy.
ILO side event
This ILO side event will showcase successful experiences of coherent policies and effective programmes linking social protection, employment, economic and environmental issues.
UNEP-ILO side event
This side event jointly organized by UNEP and ILO will focus on the question how future generations can be prepared for the transition to a green economy and equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills.
The ILO has been deeply involved in the preparations to Rio+20. Inputs were provided through statements, panels and side events and submitted through written contributions such as suggestions for the draft outcome document (ILO input to Rio+20).
Those contributions to the preparatory process of Rio+20 were coordinated by ILO’s Green Jobs Programme. The Programme works towards an environmentally sustainable economic and social development to tackle the two mayor concerns of the 21st century; environmental degradation caused by economic activities and increasing poverty among the growing population.
The draft outcome document, which has been negotiated in the past months, reflects many topics closely related to ILO’s main principle, the creation of decent work and social justice for all. Green jobs and social protection are identified as key elements of sustainable development and of a just transition to a green economy.