Portfolio of Policy Guidance Notes on the Promotion of Decent Work in the Rural Economy

A just transition towards a resilient and sustainable rural economy

A just transition towards environmentally sustainable economies and societies for all will enhance the ability of societies to manage natural resources sustainably, adapt to the adverse impacts of climate change, face environmental challenges, foster climate resilience, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Inclusive mitigation and adaptation measures are crucial for building sustainable and resilient societies and economies. Promoting green jobs has been identified as one of the pathways to the success of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Greening the rural economy is central to the promotion of decent and sustainable employment opportunities, enhancing resource and labour productivity, and fostering poverty eradication and social inclusion.

The ILO provides policy advice, implements projects, and supports the capacities of its constituents in their efforts to turn the environmental challenges facing rural economies into opportunities for sustainable development. Yet there are still knowledge, policy, and implementation gaps in moving towards a more systematic and comprehensive strategy for a just transition that links environmental sustainability and gender equality with all dimensions of the Decent Work Agenda.