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Shifting to a green economy affects and transforms economic sectors. New sectors emerge (renewable energy, green services). Energy intensive industries, the most exposed activities, are likely to decline (energy, pul and paper, steel, chemical); ‘green’ sectors to expand (recycling, eco-tourism). Most sectors will evolve (manufacturing, construction, transport). This induces strong implications for re-skilling and re-tooling the various actors of an economy. Partnering with constituents and other agencies, the ILO has taken action in this perspective.

The Green Jobs Initiative is a global partnership established in 2007 between the ILO, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC). The International Organization of Employers (IOE) joined in 2008.

The initiative was launched to promote opportunity, equity, and a just transition process to a greener development path, and to encourage governments, employers, and workers to collaborate on coherent policies and effective programmes that will support a green economy, with green jobs and decent work for all.

The Green Jobs Initiative assists in developing job-centred environmentally sustainable policies that contribute to the recovery from global economic and social crises. Decent work and environmental performance of economic actors are promoted in mutually supportive ways, as well as the expansion of an employment-rich green economy.

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Activities of the Green Jobs Initiative in Asia and the Pacific


Deepening research in low-income and medium-income countries in Asia-Pacific, in particular to assess the labour market impact of climate change and environment driven policies and identify green-jobs related skills requirements;

Facilitating the development of employment-centred environmentally sustainable policies in the context of recovery from economic and social crises through a national consultative process, involving labour authorities and social partners;

Developing a body of knowledge and information on good practices in all sectors of the economy to raise awareness to a large(r) audience;

Ensure green jobs creation through field demonstration activities contributing to a low-carbon development and a more climate resilient economy, in particular for women; and

Enhancing the capacity of social partners, promoting a ONE UN approach and innovative partnerships.