News, articles and events on Green Jobs

  1. News

    Green Business Plan Competitions held in Uganda

    25 April 2013

    The Green Business Plan competitions annually held in Uganda provide opportunities for young entrepreneurs to develop sustainable, environmentally friendly business ideas and compete for prizes. The ILO, through YEF, contracted Enterprise Uganda to prepare and conduct a Green Business Plan Training Workshop in September 2012. Following a call for proposal, 66 candidates were selected to attend the business plan training workshop. Out of these, 28 candidates with the most successful business plans developed during the training in September, received further support such as business skills training and mentorship to finalize the initiated business plans and enter the annual competition.

  2. News

    Green entrepreneurship on the rise in Kenya

    19 March 2013

    Launched in November 2012 through the ILO-YEF partnership, this annual Business Plan Competition in Kenya attracted 183 entries spread across 4 categories. The overall winner, Michael Odhiambo, came from the green and ecological category. Michael is the head of Takawiri, a community-based organization in Kisumu with 24 members. The company produces paper-based products like envelopes and gift bags from hyacinth; a weed harvested manually from the Lake Victoria.

  3. News

    How to scale-up employment creation and social inclusion in a green economy?

    12 March 2013

    This was the central question of the Inter-Agency Workshop on Employment and Social Inclusion in a Green Economy held on 4 and 5 March in Turin, Italy.

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    Green Jobs

    Environmental sustainability is not a job killer

    27 February 2013

    ILO Green Jobs Programme coordinator, Peter Poschen, outlines the business and job opportunities that could emerge from a shift to a greener economy.

  5. Youth entrepreneurship

    From slum living to company director

    25 February 2013

    One woman’s success story shows how green entrepreneurship could be an answer to both youth unemployment and environmental degradation in Africa.

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    Press release

    Hollywood puts ILO green programme in the frame

    22 February 2013

    Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer and director Ron Howard lend a hand to the ILO’s Green Jobs Programme.

  7. Event

    Hollywood rolls out green carpet for the ILO

    19 February 2013

    Film composer, Hans Zimmer and movie director, Ron Howard – both Academy Award winners - are hosting a party in Hollywood to raise awareness of the ILO’s Green Jobs Programme on Thursday 21 February.

  8. Press release

    New green economy partnership responds to Rio+20 Call for Action

    19 February 2013

    Four UN agencies to assist 30 countries in transition to a green economy

  9. Event

    Inter-Agency Workshop: Employment and Social Inclusion in a Green Economy

    The ILO organizes an Inter-Agency Workshop in collaboration with UNEP, UNIDO and UNITAR under the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) and the Green Growth Working Group of the Donor Committee for Enterprise Development (DCED). Participants of this workshop will review and compare current approaches, tools and practices to assess and promote jobs and social inclusion in a green economy.

  10. Safety at work

    Turning computer junk into jobs

    18 January 2013

    Vast amounts of electrical and electronic waste end up in developing countries where the recycling methods are often hazardous. Integrating informal e-waste operations into the formal sector can help make the process safer, according to an ILO study titled "The global impact of e-waste".