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ILO launches initiatives on Green Jobs for Youth and Just Transition financing tools at COP27

During the first week of the UN Climate Change Conference the ILO launched a bold partnership to accelerate green job creation for youth, as well as the Just Transition Finance Tool on Banking and Investment Activities and opened the Just Transition Pavilion.

News | 11 November 2022
GENEVA (ILO News) – The International Labour Organization (ILO) has launched the first Green Jobs for Youth Pact at the Climate Change Conference in Egypt – also known as COP27.

The Youth Pact, a partnership with UN and other agencies, aims to close the skills gap for young people in developing countries and target climate vulnerable sectors. Its goals include creating one million green jobs, supporting the greening of one million existing jobs, and helping 10,000 green entrepreneurs.

The Pact is part of the ILO’s work to promote a Just Transition to a more sustainable and greener future. It brings together the ILO, the UNICEF's Generation Unlimited, the European Commission, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), and the children and youth constituency of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (YOUNGO) and LinkedIn.

During the launch ceremony, on November 9, Moustapha Kamal Gueye, Global Coordinator for Green Jobs at the ILO, reminded the participants that, “investments in the green economy including clean and renewable energy, construction, sustainable agriculture will create 8.4 million jobs for young people by 2030.”

On 10 November the ILO, together with the London School of Economics Grantham Research Institute for Climate Change and Environment, launched the Just Transition Finance Tool on Banking and Investment Activities.

The initiative aims to provide financial institutions with practical advice, emerging practices and links to relevant resources on how to embed a just transition lens into their operations, in alignment the Paris Agreement. It focuses on banking and investment activities and outlines entry points for a systematic integration of social considerations in financial institutions’ approach to a just transition.

Speaking at the launch, Vic Van Vuuren, Director of the Enterprises Department at the ILO, said, “we are seeing first movers, we are seeing concrete actions coming from the financial sector. But to move from the current nascent stage into mainstream, the sector can benefit from further guidance. We trust that the tool will support implementation of tangible measures.”

The launch was hosted at the ILO’s Just Transition Pavilion at COP27. The Pavilion, the first of its kind, was officially open on that same day by Eric Oechslin, Director, Decent Work Team and Country Office, Cairo; Joost Korte, Director-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, European Commission; and James Grabert, Director, Mitigation, United Framework Convention on Climate Change.

The opening event, which brought together high level governments, international organisations and social partners, highlighted the key role of the new Pavilion in providing a platform for negotiators and all COP actors to engage in constructive ways to support the UNFCCC process.

The Pavilion is also hosting a Knowledge Hub to boost knowledge sharing and foster exchanges between just transition practitioners and interested actors.