Labour migration and Green Jobs


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Our vision

Climate change, migration and displacement are intricately linked. However, when addressing migration related issues, focus is often placed on “traditional” key drivers of migration such as conflict, poverty and economic inequality, because demonstrating that climate variables also induce migration is more challenging. Yet, there is increasing evidence of climate change becoming an additional driver of migration, both internal and across borders. In this context, there is no doubt about the fact that environmental slow onset events such as coastal erosion, sea level rise, desertification, droughts, etc. interact with other key drivers and exacerbate vulnerability by compromising the capacity to prevent, cope with and recover from hazards. Read more

Key Resources

In order to provide its constituents, the UN system and other stakeholders with evidence-based support in this area, the ILO has developed throughout the last decades a series of resources and instruments that are available at the ILO topic portal on Climate Change and Jobs

Multilateral Partnerships

Read more about the ILO’s multilateral partners on its Green Jobs Programme

Capacity Building and Support on the ground

In the fulfilment of its mandate, the ILO supports and assists member States in the field in various development cooperation projects, including in Capacity Building to help them adopt and implement adaptation policies in response to Climate Change. Below are some of the inspiring examples of how the ILO is taking climate action on the ground by area of adaptation.

Knowledge and Publications 

Twenty-four million new jobs will be created globally by 2030 if the right policies to promote a greener economy are put in place, says a new ILO report (World Employment and Social Outlook 2018). Read more
The report also shows that environmental laws, regulations and policies that include labour issues offer a powerful means to advance the ILO’s Decent Work Agenda  and environmental objectives.