Sustainable development

Today, the ILO estimates that more than a billion women and men are unemployed, underemployed or working poor. A direct result of this is that some 120 million migrant workers and their families have left their home countries in hopes of finding a job somewhere else. An estimated 500 million new jobs will be needed over the next decade to absorb new entrants to the labour market, most of them youth and women. These are the human faces of the social dimension of sustainable development, and their needs must figure in sustainable development policies.


  1. Green jobs initiative

    The Green Jobs Initiative is a joint initiative by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the International Labour Organization (ILO), the International Employers Organization (IOE) and the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), which has been launched to assess, analyze and promote the creation of decent jobs as a consequence of the needed environmental policies.