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

The Initiative was launched to assess, analyze and promote the creation of decent jobs as a consequence of the needed environmental policies to address the global environmental challenges, among others, climate change. It supports a concerted effort to promote coherent policies and effective programmes leading to a green economy with green jobs and decent work for all, in a climate-challenged world.

Its objectives are:
  • To promote awareness and dialogue of the linkages between development, environmental challenges, and employment;
  • To facilitate a “just transition” that reflects the environmental, economic and social pillars of sustainable development;
  • To identify and respond to knowledge and data gaps on the opportunities presented by a low-carbon emissions economy;
  • To promote policies and measures to achieve green jobs and green workplace;
  • To catalyze employment and poverty alleviation within climate mitigation and adaptation programmes; and
  • To strengthen collaboration between UNEP/ILO/IEO/ITUC, within the UN system and with the international business community.



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Program of the Conference

15 - 16 October 2020