Our Future of Work: Green Jobs for Climate Action - A dialogue with youth in Thailand

Ahead of the Youth Climate Summit leading up to UN Secretary-General’s Climate Action Summit 2019, the ILO and the Environmental Research Institute of Chulalongkorn University hosted a dialogue bringing youth to discuss a just transition to a greener world of work.

News | 29 August 2019

BANGKOK (ILO News) - Ahead of the UN Youth Climate Summit, Thai students, entrepreneurs and academics joined an interactive discussion, organized by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and Chulalongkorn University, to discuss how the world of work can contribute to preserve the planet  through greener businesses and greener jobs.

Joined by a Thai student, a social entrepreneur and a green architect, the panel discussion got an enthusiastic reception.

From left to right: Ms Nipaporn Poonsawat, President of Zero Waste Club, Mr Pipat Apiratthanakorn, Eco-designer, Ms Puiphai Khunawat, Green Architect, Ms Cristina Martinez, Senior Specialist on Environment and Decent Work, Ms Puntita Tanwattana, Moderator
Youth engagement and public mobilization are one of the key areas at the UN Youth Climate Summit, 21 September, leading up to the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Action Summit 2019. After the interactive discussion at the Environmental Research Institute, Chulalongkorn University, participants were invited to visit an exhibition showcasing environment-friendly initiatives and products.

Student showcased her products made from waste
"This dialogue with youth aims to achieve a greater understanding and participation of young people in shaping their future of work in green jobs," said Cristina Martinez, Senior Specialist on Environment and Decent Work at the ILO.

"Climate action can strengthen our economies and create jobs, but it must not increase inequality. There must be a just transition to greener employment, with opportunities for everyone," she added.

Some of the products exhibited by social entrepreneurs at the event 

For more information, please contact:

Cristina Martinez
Senior Specialist on Environment and Decent Work
International Labour Organization (ILO)