The 30th Symposium on International Labour Issues: “Future of Work and Green Jobs” (17th Oct.)

The world of work is facing an unprecedented major transformation. Towards the ILO’s centenary anniversary in 2019, the ILO has called for a global policy dialogue on the future of work in order to respond effectively to the new challenges and continue to advance its mandate for social justice. 

Each year, a topic related to Japan is chosen from the agenda of the International Labour Conference, and this year the symposium discussed the “Report of the Director-General: Work in a changing climate: The Green Initiative.”

The Green Initiative, one of the seven ILO’s centenary initiatives, focuses on the just transition to a greener and low-carbon economy.  The symposium discussed how the ILO as well as Japan could contribute to a just transition to the environmentally-friendly, sustainable society and economy that also create decent work opportunities. In the first part of the symposium, ILO activities on promoting green jobs were introduced, followed by initiatives of the government, and workers’ and employers’ organizations. In the second part, experts discussed employment creation and labour issues in the areas of environment.

Date & Time: Tuesday, 17th October 2017    14:00-17:20

Venue:            Hosei University Ichigaya Campus  Boissonade Tower 26F (Sky Hall)   (2-17-1 Fujimi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo)
Language:        Japanese only  

14:00-15:40 Part I: Presentations of initiatives on climate change/green jobs &
the 2017 International Labour Conference by the ILO and constituents  

  • Mr. Satoshi SASAKI, Specialist, Strategies for Decent Work, ILO Office for Pacific Island Countries, Suva, Fiji
Video Lecture
  • Mr. Kiichiro YOSHIMURA, Director, International Labour and Cooperation Office, Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare
  • Mr. Sakae OGUMA, Director, Social Policy Division, Department of Economic and Social Policy, JTUC RENGO (Japanese Trade Union Confederation)
  • Mr. Kiyotaka MORITA, Senior Manager, Labor Legislation Bureau, International Bureau, Keidanren 

15:55-17:20 Part II: Presentations and panel discussion on future of work and green jobs

  • “Green Jobs for Community Recovery: Views from Community Power Practice”

   by Prof. Makoto NISHIKIDO of Hosei University, Faculty of Sustainability Studies

  • “Environmental Regulations and Environmental Issues: Perspectives from Technological Development and History of Responding to Pollution” 

   by Prof. Yasushi ITO of Chiba University of Commerce, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences