Decision concerning the role of the ILO in addressing climate change and a just transition for all

Record of decisions | 12 November 2020

The Governing Body took note of the information and update provided by the Office in document GB.340/POL/1 and requested the Director-General to:

(a) promote further discussion, research, knowledge and understanding of the implications of climate change for the world of work, focusing on all relevant sectors;

(b) advance the application of the ILO Guidelines for a just transition towards environmentally sustainable economies and societies for all, with a focus on assisting governments, workers’ organizations and employers’ organizations in the development of policies through social dialogue to implement their climate change commitments, including through the Climate Action for Jobs Initiative;

(c) promote collaboration between the ILO, its constituents and relevant international institutions addressing climate change and related key environmental issues, such as deforestation, desertification, rising sea levels and biodiversity loss, adaptation and reduction of emissions as well as implementing the Decade of Action towards achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, in particular Sustainable Development Goal 8, with a view to advancing  a just transition for all;

(d) continue to pursue   carbon neutrality at the ILO, in line with the United Nations target to reach carbon neutrality by 2020; and

(e) report back to the Governing Body on the implementation of the above-mentioned  points.

(GB.340/POL/1, paragraph 58, as amended by the Governing Body)