GENEVA (ILO NEWS) – The International Labor Organization has welcomed the results of the UN Climate Change Conference, which ended on November 20 after two weeks of discussions. The meeting, also known as COP27, produced a landmark outcome to provide “loss and damage” financing to vulnerable countries hit hard by climate disasters.
Governments present at the meeting also agreed to a set of decisions reaffirming their commitment to limiting global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.
“The outcomes of COP27 move the global community forward in collective action to implement policies to combat the impact of climate change,” said Moustapha Kamal Gueye, ILO Global Coordinator for Green Jobs. “The conclusions include pathways to a just transition, based on meaningful and effective social dialogue, and recognizing the role of employment policies, such as social protection, in addressing the impact of climate change.”
The ILO has spearheaded efforts to integrate the social dimensions of climate change into major international climate policy processes since the beginning of the COP process in 1995. During the conference, held in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, the ILO oversaw over 35 events at a Just Transition pavilion, built to draw attention to the social aspects of climate transition and the importance of building a just transition in adaptation and mitigation processes.
Events at the pavilion included the launch of a new ‘Green Jobs for Youth Pact’ initiative, which aims to help bridge the skills gap for young people, and the unveiling of a just transition funding tool on banking. and investment, developed in collaboration with the Grantham Research Institute of the London School of Economics, to help financial institutions integrate a just transition dimension into all their operations.
A range of ILO knowledge products was launched at COP27. These included a series of just transition guidance notes, designed to improve technical and policy understanding of the application of the ILO guidelines for a just transition towards environmentally sustainable economies and societies for all, and a new report on the role businesses can play in the green transition.
The Just Transition Knowledge Hub, located in the pavilion, served as a forum for delegates to share information on how to operationalize just transition policies and practices, at corporate, sectoral, national and international levels. regional. Other events highlighted the importance of social dialogue and issues related to social inclusion and vulnerable groups – including women, indigenous peoples, migrants and people with disabilities – who risk being disproportionately affected. by transition.
The Just Transition Pavilion was jointly organized by the ILO and the European Commission, together with the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), the International Organization of Employers (IOE) and the secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on climate change (UNFCCC). It served as a hub for hundreds of delegates, including representatives from international organizations, governments, workers’ and employers’ organizations, the private sector, universities and youth associations.
Joost Korte, Director General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion of the European Commission, said: “We are extremely pleased that together with colleagues from the International Labor Organization we have created this first ever pavilion for a just transition. This is an important subject that we are discussing and it will be, what I hope, a very important and interesting process for all of us.
“The global trade union movement mobilized at COP27 to have an ambitious climate agreement. We need a just transition focused on work with social dialogue, social protection and labor rights at its heart. ILO Just Transition Pavilion has contributed to this effort with its many activities and high visibility,” said Sharan Burrow, General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation.
“The ILO did a great job with the first ever Just Transition Pavilion at COP27, we are proud to have been part of this effort to create a highly visible space to bring employers and workers together and promote their experiences, their challenges and priorities,” said Roberto Suárez Santos, Secretary General of the International Organization of Employers.