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.

November 17, 2022
Group photo of the launch of the Green Jobs for Youth Pact at COP27

Launching the Green Jobs for Youth Pact at COP27

On 9 November 2022, the ILO, UNEP, and UNICEF/Generation Unlimited launched the ambitious "Green Jobs for Youth Pact" at the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27) in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.
July 20, 2022

Mauritania joins the Climate Action for Jobs Initiative

Mauritania is joining the UN’s Climate Action for Jobs Initiative, which brings to 49 the coalition of countries that have committed to support a just ecological transition by formulating a national plan for a just transition, creating decent and green jobs.
June 7, 2022

Launch of the project “Green jobs for young men and women in Algeria for a just transition to a sustainable work future”

On 1 and 2 June 2022, the ILO Office for Algeria, Libya, Morocco, Mauritania and Tunisia, together with the government of Algeria and social partners, organized a workshop to launch a project to promote green and better jobs in Algeria.

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