ILO Director-General Calls for Increased Policy Coherence to Promote Green Jobs

The International Labour Organization (ILO)

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.”

The conference addressed

the complexities of a globalizing labor market and sought to contribute to the

international debate on how coherent support for the ILO's Decent Work Agenda

can help improve economic governance and promote full employment and decent

working conditions around the world.

Somavia highlighted aspects of the policy

coherence challenge, including promoting “green jobs” in response to climate

change. Noting that heads of agencies have room for improvement, he also called

on national governments to carry out more convergent and coherent policies. [ILO

Press Release]