Webinar

Developing sustainable and inclusive employment policies and interventions for a Just Transition

This event highlights the Green Employment Diagnostics guidelines, designed to support countries in understanding and responding to the opportunities and threats posed by climate and environmental change and formulating policy responses to promote just transition.


The ILO launched the Green Employment Diagnostics guidelines that were developed and piloted in 2023 with the support of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA).

The online event, hosted on March 20th 2024 by EMPLAB in collaboration with the Action Programme on Just Transition, was also supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and in cooperation with GIZ through its project to improve the effectiveness of development assistance towards green jobs and skills for green jobs. The webinar gathered 166 participants from 43 countries and varied affiliations including multilateral financial institutions, governments, UN, civil society, think-tanks, and academia.

The guidelines highlight the importance of analysing the interplay between environmental, social, and economic change, drawing on data to identify policy options, and promote sustainable and inclusive national employment policies that ensure coherence with climate and environmental policies and strategies. The guidelines are intended for stakeholders invested in promoting a just transition in the context of climate and environmental change and appropriate policies, in particular, representatives from government, industry and other actors involved in employment policy with a focus on green jobs and skills for green jobs, as well as social partners.

Objectives:

  • To highlight the importance of analysing the interplay between environmental, social, and economic change, drawing on data to identify policy options, and
  • To promote sustainable and inclusive national employment policies that ensure coherence with climate and environmental policies and strategies.
The event brings together experts and stakeholders involved in applying employment, economic, and environmental diagnostics in a range of national contexts, and stakeholders leading employment policy development processes.

The webinar is open to all participants invested in promoting a just transition in the context of climate and environmental change and appropriate policies, in particular, representatives from government, industry and other actors involved in employment policy with a focus on green jobs and skills for green jobs, as well as social partners.

Agenda

Moderator: Sher Verick, ILO

Opening remarks
  • Reflecting on the critical role of employment policy in national responses to climate and environmental change and why such diagnostics are needed – Sangheon Lee, Director, Employment Department, ILO (5 mins)
  • Green employment in the context of a Just Transition to sustainable economies and societies – (TBC) Moustapha Kamal Gueye, Director, Just Transitions Action Programme, ILO (5 mins)
Presentation Discussants
  • Understanding change in economic, labour market and poverty dynamics in times of climate and environmental change – Dr Elina Scheja, Chief Economist, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) (10 mins)
  • Environmental and climate challenges in Mozambique and opportunities for skills and employment in policy responses. Constituent Representative, Mozambique (10 mins)
  • The effects of climate change on Morocco's economy and the labour market, with a focus on drought, agricultural and dependent sectors – Dr Ayache Khellaf, Secretaire Général, Haut- Commissariat au Plan, Royaume du Maroc (10 mins)