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ILO/UNEP: The Transition to a Green Economy

Article no: EN20080927-Article-5.7-2008

ILO/UNEP: The Transition to a Green Economy

A new study on the impact of an emerging global ?green economy? on the world of work says efforts to tackle climate change could result in the creation of millions of new ?green jobs? in the coming decades. However, the process of climate change, already underway, will continue to have negative effects on workers and their families. Carla September summarises the study.

The new report, Green Jobs: Towards Decent work in a Sustainable, Low-Carbon World (see reference), says changing patterns of employment and investment resulting from efforts to reduce climate change and its effects are already generating new jobs in many sectors and economies, and could create millions more in both developed and developing countries. However, the report also finds that the process of climate change will continue to have negative effects on workers and their families, especially those whose livelihoods depend on agriculture and tourism. Action to tackle climate change as well as to cope with its effects is therefore urgent and should be designed to generate decent jobs ...

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