GENEVA (ILO News) – UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, and ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, have launched the Climate Action for Jobs Initiative , during the COP25 climate change conference in Madrid, alongside the environment ministers of Spain and Germany.
The Initiative provides a roadmap to boost climate action, while ensuring that jobs and human well-being are at the centre of the transition to a carbon-neutral and climate-resilient economy.
Speaking at the launch, UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, said that millions of workers were on the front lines of the fight against climate change. “The answer to the climate crisis lies in transforming how we generate our power, design our cities, and manage our land,” he said. “We must ensure the transition to a low-carbon future is fair and inclusive. That means a future of green and decent jobs.”
“The green economy is the economy of the future….Many governments and businesses are already racing to capitalize on it and rethinking how to conceptualize value in a new, greener economic model,” he added.
ILO Director-General Guy Ryder told delegates that greening the world of work was “the defining and decisive challenge of our time,” and that “the fight against climate change is inextricably linked with the battle for greater social justice”.