ECOSOC Youth Forum

Side-Event: Climate Action for Decent Jobs for Youth

A Decade of Action: Building a Resilient Recovery Side-event at the ECOSOC Youth Forum

About the event
Globally, around 1 in 5 young people are not in employment, education, or training. If properly managed, green growth can provide an opportunity to address the youth employment challenge while simultaneously preserving the environment and increasing climate resilience. In fact, 24 million new jobs could be created in the green economy by 2030.

Given the specific challenges faced by young people today, creating green jobs for youth must involve a coordinated and multi-faceted effort. Such a complex issue also lead to complex questions. Who is in power to create those jobs, and how does it exactly relate to climate action? What are the roles of government, companies, workers and young people? Therefore, this session will highlight different alleys for climate action for decent jobs for youth by including examples from policy makers, global initiatives multi-stakeholder initiatives, private sector initiatives and entrepreneurship.

This session focuses on how climate change will affect the nature of jobs in the future. The purpose of the session is to prompt a conversation about good practices to boost decent jobs for youth as we address climate change.
This session, designed with and for youth and will draw on real-life examples from across the world based on the experience from two flagship programmes the Climate Action for Jobs and the Decent Jobs for Youth, the global initiative for Action (see the box for more information).

The session brings together partners of the UN Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth and the ILO Climate Action for Jobs Initiative, under the leadership of the International Labour Organization.
Tentative Programme:
• Ms. Jayathma Wickramanayake, United National Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth “How climate change affect young people and jobs prospects” (video)
• Mr. Moustapha Kamal, Global Coordinator, ILO “How climate action drives job creation globally”
• Dr. Daniel Cerdas Sandí, Advisor, Ministry of Labour and Employment Promotion, Government of Mexico City “Our best successes and mistakes when working to promote jobs for young people”
• Mr. Gonzalo Sáenz de Miera, Vice President Spanish Group for Green Growth, Iberdrola “How we work to promote jobs for young people in a green economy ”
• Mr. Ritchie Raphael, African Harvest, ecotrepreneur “This is how my start-up minimizes climate impact and maximizes job creation”

The session is moderated by Ms Mette Lund, Technical Officer, Green Jobs, ILO

Climate Action for Jobs Initiative

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres launched the Climate Action for Jobs Initiative, spearheaded by the ILO, to help foster concrete measures. The initiative brings together governments, workers’ and employers’ organizations, international institutions, academia and civil society to deliver change.

The Climate Action for Jobs initiative provides a roadmap to boost climate action, ensuring that people’s jobs and well-being are at the centre of the transition to a carbon-neutral and climate-resilient economy. The Initiative brings a programmatic response and technical support for countries making commitments on just transition to achieve ambitious climate change mitigation and adaptation goals, while enhancing job creation and economic diversification, and ensuring a transition that is fair and inclusive.

Main goals include to; enable climate action with decent jobs and social justice, support countries in a transition that is just and founded on broad-based support, and facilitate an inclusive recovery from COVID-19. 

Decent Jobs for Youth, the Global Initiative for Action
Decent Jobs for Youth is the global initiative to scale up action and impact on youth employment under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It is a hub for catalyzing partnership, collaboration and coordinated action at country and regional level, grounded in evidence-based solutions.

Launched in 2016, with the endorsement of the United Nations Chief Executives Board for Coordination, Decent Jobs for Youth brings together governments, social partners, youth and civil society, the private sector, and many more partners advancing our vision: a world in which young women and men everywhere have greater access to decent jobs!

Through our commitment platform and the Decent Jobs for Youth Knowledge Facility, our partners identify what works, share innovations, and mobilize concrete actions – from green and digital jobs to quality apprenticeships, youth entrepreneurship, and the transition to the formal economy. With new spin-off initiatives in Namibia, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, and Kenya, and a regional and global convening agenda, Decent Jobs for Youth works with like-minded partnerships to translate fragmentation into synergy.
Language and Accessibility
The event will be held in English, with interpretation available in French and Spanish. Participants are kindly asked to inform the organizers in advance if they require any other special arrangement to make the session accessible for all.


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