Following the completion of phase 1 in June 2010, UNEP and Sustainlabour have signed a second phase of the programme (2010-2013) entitled Towards Green and Decent Jobs: Enhancing Workers and Trade Unions´ Capacity. The programme will provide continuity based on the results achieved to date, building on lessons learnt, and the challenges encountered by adapting to a current rapidly changing context with the following aims:
GLOBAL FOCUS. Reinforce the global component of the programme which promotes North-South and South-South exchanges as well as the search for integrated solutions. This will include the organization of the Second Assembly on Labour and Environment and Green Economy on our way to Rio + 20, as well as high level international meetings for trade union leaders.
CAPACITY-BUILDING. Maintain a focus on training for strengthening capacities in three areas: - Sustainable Development and green economy - Climate change - Sound and sustainable chemical management. It will be a demand-driven process; unions will be required to submit their proposals requesting training. And we will do much more training on-line!
SUPPORTING UNION ENGAGEMENT. Provide support for the participation of developing country unionists in environmental negotiations, ongoing input and contributions to trade union positions at international level.
RESEARCH. Strengthen sectoral research on green and decent economy above all those sectors that are particularly important for a transition to a green economy or particularly vulnerable to environmental disasters (e.g. agriculture and transport).
TRANSITIONING THROUGH CONCRETE PROJECTS. Identify demonstrative projects making the change visible and replication. Selection and replication of case studies representing the more practical and local component of the programme: exemplifying the change.
DISSEMINATING THE TRANSITION. Continued trade union awareness-raising efforts Elaborate simple materials in local languages for workers: leaflets and audiovisuals, for distribution in the workplace. Provide additional support to trade union-driven campaigns.
Now available the new version of our training guide on Climate Change. The previous version made that may trade unionists started to understand the problem. This version offers up dated information, data and graphics.
The constant increase in the production of chemicals, the strong lobby that displays a powerful industry to oppose regulation, the lack of knowledge and responsibility from industries that use most of the substances without assessing risks for workers and the environment, causes that chemicals management is increasingly a serious global problem but unfortunately on of the most "muted" in the world. ICCM met last September to address a sustainable management of chemicals.
In the months of May and June, the on-line course on “Gender, Social Protection and Sustainable Development” was developed through the Sustainlabour virtual Campus. This training activity was made possible thanks to the collaboration the Bureau for Workers' Activities (ACTRAV, the International Training Centre of the ILO), and the International Trade Union Confederation.
In order to meet its environmental targets, the EU is set for a rapid growth of the green economy. It is therefore important to anticipate new and emerging risks to occupational safety and health (OSH) in green jobs in order to ensure that these jobs are not only good for the environment but also for workers’ safety and health.
The key purpose of the Korean translation of the training manual is to raise awareness of workers and trade unions in Korea about climate change and to use the training manual as widely as possible for the education and training of Korean union members and officers on climate change as a crucial trade union agenda
The decision was adopted in response to EU Commission consultation on unconventional fossil fuels in Europe