Partnerships and engagement in climate and environmental diplomacy

UN Climate Change process

As a UN observer organisation in the UNFCCC process, the ILO plays an active role in global climate negotiations, providing expert insights on the integration of decent work and just transition dimensions in global climate action. The ILO participates regularly in annual UN climate change conferences (COP). The following website presents ILO engagement and contribution to the COPs since 2009. ILO officials serve in various technical bodies and experts groups under the UNFCCC. For example, the ILO participates in the Katowice Committee of Experts on the impact of the implementation of response measures. The Committee addresses decent work, just transition and economic diversification in the area of climate change.

The ILO regularly provides submissions to provide technical inputs in the various areas of climate change negotiations. Below are examples of submissions the ILO made:
Within the UN system, the ILO is an active member in the several working streams of the Environment Management Group (EMG), played a prominent role in the formulation of a Joint Appeal from the UN System to the Secretary-General’s Climate Action Summit, and contributed to the Strategy for Sustainability Management in the United Nations System 2020-30.

In relation to the Green Climate Fund (GCF), the following paper presents ILO’s contribution to the objectives of the Green Climate Fund. The ILO attends GCF board meetings and contributed to the development of a GCF Indigenous Peoples Policy, on the basis of the Indigenous and Tribal Peoples Convention, 1989 (No. 169) and other relevant normative guidance.

ILO contributed to the Voluntary guidelines for the design and effective implementation of ecosystem-based approaches to climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction, which was adopted at the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity in November 2018.

The ILO signed an MoU with UNFCCC in 2016 to step up collaboration. The ILO also entered into an MoU with the secretariat of the Convention to Combat Desertification in 2019 and is working with UNCCD on policy and projects. 

Regional climate processes

In the context of the EU, the ILO has engaged in several policy dialogues with the European Parliament and the European Commission to exchange views on ways to advance decent work and just transition in the ecological transition. For example, the ILO participated in the following event: A just transition to a sustainable future: Next steps for Europe. Roundtable discussion with the European Parliament, February 2018. In addition, the ILO Office in Brussels produced the following brief: A just transition to a sustainable future: Next steps for Europe. ILO Policy Brief. November 2017.

Other PPPs

Sustainable Energy Jobs Platform
On the occasion of the 10th IRENA General Assembly and the World Future Energy Summit (WFES), the Sustainable Energy Jobs Platform — representing an influential cross-section of international public and private sector organisations — recognises the essential role of renewable energy in creating decent work and also calls for increased and more ambitious action from governments, donors and multilateral stakeholders to achieve a prosperous and just energy transition for all.