Work to make the world a better place: 5 things you need to know about ‘green jobs’

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Workers at the Lopburi Solar Power Plant in Thailand. Image: Asian Development Bank, CC BY-SA 2.0 via IFPRI Flickr Imagine a world in which practically everyone works in jobs that are helping to transform the global economy, and bring about a world where business can thrive and the needs of the most vulnerable people are met. For the UN, these “green jobs,” play an important role in realising the vision of the future that practically all countries signed up to when they adopted the landmark Paris Agreement in December 2015, an international commitment to combat climate change, and significantly reduce human activity contributing to global warming. In the build-up to September’s UN Climate Summit , which will aim to inject momentum into the fight against climate change, UN Secretary-General António Guterres has called on world leaders to come with concrete proposals for decent green jobs, declaring “don’t come with a speech, come with a plan.” UN News got in touch with Moustapha Kamal Gueye, coordinator of the Green Jobs Programme at the International Labour Organization ( ILO ) – the UN agency dedicated to promoting decent work – to find out more. 1. What exactly is a green job? […]

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