The Climate Action for Jobs Initiative unites global efforts on the environment and decent work

THE INITIATIVE

Climate and employment goals can and must go hand in hand.

The Paris Agreement on climate change, adopted in 2015, highlights the imperatives of a just transition and the creation of decent work as essential dimensions of climate change. While some important progress has been made, the required scale of efforts needed to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 is not yet enough. The Climate Action for Jobs Initiative will contribute to a Decade of Action, accelerating climate action through a just transition.

Vision and Mission

The Initiative will:

  • Enable ambitious climate action that delivers decent jobs and advances social justice.
  • Support countries on bold solutions for a transition towards a sustainable future that is just and enjoys broad-based support.
  • Facilitate an inclusive and sustainable recovery from the COVID-19 crisis.

News and Stories

Learn about the latest updates and hear from those engaged in a just transition.
The Initiative amplifies important messages about decent work and a just transition as key drivers of climate action.

September 2, 2020

The Board of the Climate Action for Jobs Initiative holds its first meeting

4 September 2020
Representatives of governments, employers’ and workers’ organizations, the United Nations Executive Office, a development bank, and the ILO will hold the inaugural meeting of the International Advisory Board to provide strategic direction to the Initiative.
August 28, 2020

Greening with jobs learning forum

30 November – 4 December 2020
This Forum provides an opportunity to share good practices, knowledge and experiences and be inspired to create sustainable and decent work opportunities in sectors with high potential for green jobs creation, such as building and construction, waste management, and agriculture.
December 10, 2019

Climate Action for Jobs Initiative launched by UN Secretary-General and ILO Director-General

10 December 2019
Launched at the COP25 in Madrid, the Climate Action for Jobs Initiative is designed to support countries in implementing their national climate action commitments, while ensuring that jobs, well-being and a just transition remain at the heart of climate responses.

ACTION

The Initiative helps countries create quality jobs while simultaneously delivering on climate goals and supporting those affected by the shift to carbon-neutral economies. As governments around the world plan for recovery from the COVID-19 crisis, the Initiative can help them to build back better, fostering sustainable and resilient economies with decent work.

RESOURCES AND INNOVATION

Research and resources: Research and knowledge generation inform policy measures that can work in specific national contexts. Through the initiative, partners have access to data, methodologies and findings, contribute to global and national studies, and make use of channels that connect researchers and policy makers.

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Just Transition Innovation Facility: The challenges that are at the crossroad between decent work and climate change are complex and cannot be addressed by a traditional linear problem-solving process, nor by any single stakeholder on their own. They require a vision-oriented network of innovators ready to develop responses that break with business-as-usual. The Innovation Facility provides a space to source high-potential ideas and turn them into effective scalable solutions.

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Partners and Allies

The Initiative will be spearheaded by: governments, workers’ and employers’ organizations, research institutions, international institutions, private sector, and civil society institutions. Learn more >

To find out how to join, contact us at greenjobs@ilo.org