UN Secretary-General Underlines ILO’s Role in the Emerging Green Economy

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon 19 November 2008: In an address to the 303rd Session of the

Governing Body of the International Labour Organization (ILO) taking place in

Geneva, Switzerland, from 6-21 November 2008, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

explained that, while in Washington DC, US, for the G-20 summit, he had

stressed that the crisis is an opportunity to promote green economic


He emphasized that, by investing in renewable sources of energy,

States can improve their energy security and spur economic development at the

same time. He called for the emerging “green economy” to be “an important part

of any stimulus plan arising from the current situation.”

Ban underlined that

the solution to the financial crisis should also include a focus on

labor-intensive projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help

communities adapt to global warming. He underscored that the transition to a

low-carbon economy can create millions of jobs and noted that in the Final

Declaration adopted by the Summit, leaders committed to address critical

challenges such as energy and food security, the rule of law, and the fight

against terrorism, poverty and disease.

Ban expressed his conviction that the

ILO “has a major role to play” in this ambitious agenda, stressing the need for

the UN to fulfill its promise to “Deliver as One” and coordinate its efforts. [UN Press

Release] [ILO's

Governing Body's Website]