Policy advice, projects and impact

The ILO implements a range of development cooperation programmes for member States. The ILO Green Jobs Programme provides information on ILO activities and projects worldwide.

The Climate Action for Jobs Initiative

At the Climate Action Summit convened by the UN Secretary-General in 2019, the ILO was invited by the UNSG to support the development of the Summit’s outcomes in the area of just transition. The ILO worked with Peru and Spain as the designated lead countries to encourage countries to develop national strategies for a just transition as a way to scale up climate ambition, while keeping a human-centred agenda. As a result, 46 countries made a commitment to formulate national plans for a just transition, placing decent work and a just transition for all at the centre of action to address climate change, and drawing on the ILO Guidelines for a Just Transition.

In December 2019, at the UN Climate change conference in Madrid (COP25), the UN Secretary-General launched a Climate Action for Jobs Initiative, together with the Director-General of the ILO, and leaders of governments, IOE and ITUC. The ILO has been invited to spearhead the implementation of the Climate Action for Jobs, as an Office-wide initiative, rallying also a wide array of external partners. The Initiative will offer support and promote international cooperation among countries seeking to advance decent work and social justice in the context of climate action. 

To date, the ILO project on just transition towards environmentally sustainable economies and societies has been implemented successively in the Philippines and Uruguay and currently in Ghana and Tanzania.

Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) 

PAGE is a UN joint programme implemented jointly by the ILO, UNEP, UNDP, UNIDO and UNITAR. PAGE seeks to put sustainability at the heart of economic policies and practices to advance the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and supports nations and regions in reframing economic policies and practices around sustainability to foster economic growth, create income and jobs, reduce poverty and inequality, and strengthen the ecological foundations of their economies. Within PAGE, the ILO works to promote the integration of decent work, social justice and a just transition for all in the greening of the economies, with the objective to lead to more and better jobs in low-carbon, climate-resilient and resource-efficient economies. Page programing includes the formulation of sustainability strategies in all countries with the objective to ensure sustainability beyond the intervention.

Check the PAGE country sustainability plans guide.
As an example see the sustainability plan for Ghana.

Visit the individual pages of the countries we work with: Argentina, Barbados, Brazil (Mato Grosso State), Burkina FasoChina, Ghana, Guatemala, Guyana, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Mauritius, Mongolia, Peru, Senegal, South Africa, Uruguay.

Green Jobs for Youth

Decent Jobs for Youth is the catalyst for globally harmonized action on youth employment, in line and at scale with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It is a platform for promoting evidence-based strategies and interventions, a space for highlighting progress and sharing knowledge, and a hub for cooperation and collaboration. An alliance of multiple partners both within and beyond the United Nations. These partners include several agencies, funds and programmes of the UN system, and a growing number of governments, social partners, businesses, youth organizations, foundations, academic institutions, media outlets and more.

Green Jobs Projects Worldwide

Green Jobs activities in Africa
Green Jobs activities in Asia
Green Jobs activities in Europe
Green Jobs activities in Latin America

ILO development cooperation projects are subjected to the ILO Evaluation Policy. Below are evaluation reports of projects in the field of green economy, climate change and environmental sustainability.