On the occasion of biodiversity negotiations at COP 11, Hyderabad (India), ITUC and Sustainlabour release a report on biodiversity and employment. The report highlights to the need (and the actual possibility) to address a profound transformation of productive sectors to ensure the survival of the species and the creation of sustainable jobs.
As where we are submerged in a deep unemployment crisis, appropriate management of the environmental - protection of biodiversity and ecosystems - can be an important source of new green employment creation and thus should be of far more interest for policy makers.
The executive summary of Ecosystems, economy and employment presents the following conclusions:
In addition to opportunities, there are also various transitional aspects that must be understood in much greater depth. Dealing with the above mentioned situations in an inclusive manner is the aim of the Just Transition framework. This approach includes policy tools such as: the assessment of employment creation opportunities resulting from biodiversity-friendly management; decision-making based on a prior assessment of their social, economic and environmental impacts; the establishment of active labour market policies; additional economic and social policies, e.g. green and progressive taxation; reinforcing social protection systems in affected areas; along with social dialogue and participatory decision-making.
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This report has counted on the collaboration of Fundación Biodiversidad and FSC CCOO.
The International Labour Organization (ILO) organizes the International Labour Conference (ILC) annually. Among other agenda items, general discussion at the 102nd session will take place on "Sustainable development, decent work and green jobs
The Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food called for the post-2015 development agenda to be urgently refocused on equality, social protection and accountability, as the efforts of the UN Open Working Group on the Sustainable Development Goals to draft post-2015 targets to succeed the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) entered a crucial phase.
Many of the major companies file their sustainability reports without conscience. And their approach to the workers whose labour fuels their profits is criminal.Ask any CEO if they would like their sons or daughters to work in the textile factories in Pakistan, the mines in the Congo, manufacturing plants in Central America, or as beer women in Cambodia, and they shudder.
The decision was adopted in response to EU Commission consultation on unconventional fossil fuels in Europe