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Time to come round to the circular economy

Time to come round to the circular economy

The benefits of the circular economy are manifold and the potential for it in Asia is huge. Here are some ways that governments and companies can start building a circular economy in the region.

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Forest sector sets out path for development

Forest sector sets out path for development

Viet Nam has set a target to increase forest coverage to 42 per cent in 2015 - an increase of 5 per cent over that of 2014.

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What's happening in Asia-Pacific?

What's happening in Asia-Pacific?

Workshop on Greening the Economy: Its Impact on Growth, Employment and CO2 Emissions: A Green DySAM Analysis.

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Nepal prepares for UN forest carbon trading

Nepal prepares for UN forest carbon trading

Nepal has calculated the amount of carbon stored in its forests for the first in the hope the country can benefit from future UN carbon trading schemes.

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New Presentation: Green Jobs and Just Transition to an Inclusive Green Economy

New Presentation: Green Jobs and Just Transition to an Inclusive Green Economy

Ms. Lurraine Baybay Villacorta, the Asia-Pacific Environment and Decent Work Specialist, gave a presentation on Green Jobs and Just Transition to an Inclusive Green Economy, which covers the topics of current environmental, economic and employment challenges, and areas of intervention which is just under transition.

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Feature Story: Young Indonesian entrepreneur goes green

Feature Story: Young Indonesian entrepreneur goes green

Ilham Rhamanda is a new generation of entrepreneurs in Indonesia. With ILO support he is following a greener, sustainable approach for his sportswear business.

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What is happening in GJ Asia-Pacific now?

What is happening in GJ Asia-Pacific now?

Asian Regional Trade Unions Training on Sustainable Development, Green Jobs and Decent Work, 02-06 Feb 2015, Bangkok, Thailand

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States agree key document on route to climate change agreement

States agree key document on route to climate change agreement

A key milestone on the route to a new, universal agreement on climate change was reached today in Geneva, with a week of United Nations-facilitated discussions among over 190 States ending with successful conclusion of the negotiating text for a binding treaty expected to be adopted in Paris at the end of this year.

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Waste-to-energy revolution boosted by biobattery idea

Waste-to-energy revolution boosted by biobattery idea

New processes to turn waste products into renewable energy that can power cars, planes and turbines are rapidly being developed across the world.

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Distance Learning 2015 (ILO-ITC)

Distance Learning 2015 (ILO-ITC)

On "Green Jobs for Sustainable Development: Concepts & Practices (27 April – 26 June 2015)" Apply before 22 April 2015!

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Green Jobs Course in Turin, Italy (15 - 19 June 2015)

Green Jobs Course in Turin, Italy (15 - 19 June 2015)

On "Promoting green jobs policies: Employment potential and skill needs in a greener economy." Deadline for application: 30 April 2015

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Take A Short Course if Climate Change Moves You

Take A Short Course if Climate Change Moves You

International Short Course in Chiang Mai University, Thailand. Apply before 15th April 2015! Click for more information.

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Circular economy could bring 70 percent cut in carbon emissions by 2030

Circular economy could bring 70 percent cut in carbon emissions by 2030

The circular economy offers opportunities to boost jobs and tackle climate change.

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ITC new courses on Labour Market Statistics and Analysis!

ITC new courses on Labour Market Statistics and Analysis!

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ITC new courses on Youth Employment!

ITC new courses on Youth Employment!

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Green Jobs Malaysia Project

Green Jobs Malaysia Project

Now Available Online-Resources from International Workshop on Employment Implications of Environment & Climate Change-Related Measures and Policies.

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Crafting Malaysia’s roadmap to a green(er) economy.

Crafting Malaysia’s roadmap to a green(er) economy.

Group picture of the International Workshop on Employment Implications of Environment & Climate Change-Related Measures and Policies (May 5-6, 2015) PICC, Kuala Lumpur

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What skills does a sustainable Asia need?

What skills does a sustainable Asia need?

As climate change and reducing emissions climb to the top of the policy agenda, what type of jobs and opportunities will this lead to, and how can Asia ensure it has the right skills?

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Renewable Energy and Jobs - Annual Review 2015

Renewable Energy and Jobs - Annual Review 2015

IRENA’s Renewable Energy and Jobs – Annual Review 2015 reports significant employment milestones in several renewable energy industries, including 2.5 million jobs in solar photovoltaics, 1.5 million jobs in large hydropower, and 1 million jobs in wind energy.

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7.7 Million Renewable Energy Jobs Worldwide In 2014

7.7 Million Renewable Energy Jobs Worldwide In 2014

IRENA’s Renewable Energy and Jobs – Annual Review 2015 reports significant employment milestones in several renewable energy industries, including 2.5 million jobs in solar photovoltaics, 1.5 million jobs in large hydropower, and 1 million jobs in wind energy.

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Ecological restoration generates 220,000 jobs.

Ecological restoration generates 220,000 jobs.

Economic activities that help restore the natural ecosystem are generating more jobs than extractive industries, according to a new study. Image: Shutterstock

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Boost renewable energy targets to grow green jobs.

Boost renewable energy targets to grow green jobs.

Solar home systems and cheap local grids are playing a growing role in supplying unmet demand for power in households.

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How does big data help sustainability campaigns?

How does big data help sustainability campaigns?

"Whether it is reducing food waste, increasing recycling, or promoting energy efficiency, the ability to collect and analyse big data can deliver a huge boost to any sustainability effort."

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IKEA: Going 100% renewable makes “good business sense”

IKEA: Going 100% renewable makes “good business sense”

Ikea has committed to producing as much clean energy as it consumes at its retail stores and factories.

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U.N. Taps Private Sector to Fund Development, Advocate Social Causes

U.N. Taps Private Sector to Fund Development, Advocate Social Causes

When the United Nations seeks outside financial assistance either for development needs or to advocate social causes, it invariably turns to the private sector these days.

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Getting women actively involved in climate change mitigation

Getting women actively involved in climate change mitigation

Why have so many climate change mitigation projects developed in Asia, but so few featuring women as agents of change or in productive roles? SNV Renewable Energy sector leader Dagmar Zwebe offers an analysis. Image: ADB Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

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Now climate change is affecting jobs NGOs need to nurture 'green-skills'

Now climate change is affecting jobs NGOs need to nurture 'green-skills'

A report shows extreme weather is affecting youth unemployment in south-east Asia. Is training the answer? Photograph: Martin Godwin

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Climate change: business risk or opportunity?

Climate change: business risk or opportunity?

As governments and customers start asking more specific questions about a company’s sustainability and emissions performance, those that can answer them are likely to have a distinct advantage. Image: Shutterstock

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New Course on Women’s Entrepreneurship Development

New Course on Women’s Entrepreneurship Development

The International Training Centre of the ILO is pleased to announce a new course from 14–18 December 2015, ITC-ILO Turin (Italy).

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A new business model for palm oil?

A new business model for palm oil?

The recent haze in Southeast Asia has sparked renewed calls for alternatives to palm oil products. The resource efficiency of palm oil compared to other vegetable oils. Image: The Guardian

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World needs to close a 12 gigatonne ‘emissions gap’ to give a two-thirds chance of avoiding dangerous global warming of 2C, says Unep. Photograph: Sean Smith for the Guardian

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Green Business Booklet

Green Business Booklet

The booklet has been developed to supplement the Start and Improve your Business (SIYB) programme, India, with the support of the Green Jobs Programme - Asia and the Pacific. It utilized ILO SIYB family of products as references and was completed by a task force.

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How Philippines recovered from disaster through decent work

How Philippines recovered from disaster through decent work

At the forthcoming Paris Climate Conference (COP 21), the ILO will advocate that the climate change and decent work agendas are mutually supportive.

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COP21: ILO welcomes new climate change agreement committing nations to a just transition and the creation of decent work

COP21: ILO welcomes new climate change agreement committing nations to a just transition and the creation of decent work

As the world moves to implement the Paris Agreement the ILO welcomes the recognition of the role of decent work in the transition.

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Senate passes bill granting perks to companies that offer ‘green jobs’

Senate passes bill granting perks to companies that offer ‘green jobs’

The Senate of the Government of the Philippines on Monday, February 1, passed on third and final reading a bill granting incentives to the companies that provide “green jobs”, jobs that contribute substantially to the preservation and conservation of the environmental and natural resources.

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