UN labour and climate departments team up

Two UN organisations have teamed up to promote a fair and sustainable transition of the workforce towards low carbon economies, especially in developing nations. The International Labour Association (ILO) and […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

Two UN organisations have teamed up to promote a fair and sustainable transition of the workforce towards low carbon economies, especially in developing nations.

The International Labour Association (ILO) and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will conduct studies on global and national levels to measure the impact of climate change and the transition of employment across many different sectors.

These assessments will inform and guide countries on the responses needed in areas such as employment, social protection, occupational safety and health, industrial restructuring and skills development.

The move follows the adoption of the Paris Climate Change Agreement, the first universal, legally binding global climate agreement to promise a climate stable future.

Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC, said: “We are delighted to forge an ever deeper relationship with the ILO.

“Implementing the Paris Agreement and realising the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has the potential to generate more and new kinds of better quality jobs across the globe. We intend to maximize the opportunities from our mutually shared agendas.”

The World Bank has recently issued bonds which for the first time links to the UN’s SDGs.