2008: The International Labour Organization's (ILO) Conference convened for its
ninety-seventh session from 28 May-3 June in Geneva, Switzerland. In a report
submitted to the Conference entitled
“Decent Work, Some Strategic Challenges Ahead,” ILO Director-General Juan Somavia recognizes that, although the
organization does not have a mandate on climate change per se, the changes in the economy will impact employment.
2008: The International Labour Organization (ILO) rolled out its Green Jobs
Initiative, aimed at easing the transition to green business and jobs, on World
Environment Day. Speaking about the Initiative, Juan Somavia, ILO
Director-General, said “green
growth and avoiding dangerous climate change depend on greener enterprises and
15 May 2008: This International Labor Organization (ILO) background note was drafted in preparation for the G8 Labor and Employment Ministers Conference, which took place in Niigata, Japan, from 11-13 May 2008.
“Green Jobs: Towards Sustainable Work in a Low-Carbon World” assembles evidence for currently existing green jobs in sectors such as renewable energy, energy efficiency in buildings and vehicles, sustainable transportation, and organic agriculture, and presents estimates for future green employment.
24 September 2008: The International Labor Organization
(ILO), UN Environment Programme (UNEP), International Trade Union Confederation
and the International Organization of Employers have released the first
comprehensive study on the emergence of a “green economy” and its impact on the
world of work.
5 September 2008: Speaking at the international conference
on “Decent Work – A Key to Social Justice for a Fair Globalization,” held in
Oslo, Norway, on 5 September 2008, Juan Somavia, International Labour
Organization (ILO) Director-General, called for “increased policy coherence in
support of social justice for a fair globalization.”
27 August 2008: This toolkit is aimed at UN Country Teams
and other development agents, to provide guidance on how to engage indigenous
peoples and include their perspectives in development processes.
6 August 2008: The UN Resident Coordinator for the
Philippines, Nileema Noble, and counterparts in the Philippines Government,
signed a Joint Programme on ‘Strengthening the Philippines' Institutional
Capacity to Adapt to Climate Change,' with a US$8 million grant from the Millennium Development Goals Achievement
2008: On the occasion of the fourteenth United Nations International Day of
Cooperatives, celebrated on 5 July 2008, Juan Somavia, Director-General of the
International Labour Organization (ILO), delivered a message on confronting
climate change through cooperative enterprise.
5 February 2009: After a meeting held on 5 February 2009, in Berlin, Germany, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the Heads of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the World Trade Organization (WTO), the International Labour Organization (ILO), the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank issued a joint statement on the global economic situation, in which they stress the need for the worldwide fight against climate change to remain “a top priority.”