Green jobs

Green jobs are central to sustainable development and respond to the global challenges of environmental protection, economic development and social inclusion. By engaging governments, workers and employers as active agents of change, the ILO promotes the greening of enterprises, workplace practices and the labour market as a whole. These efforts create decent employment opportunities, enhance resource efficiency and build low-carbon sustainable societies.


  1. © Jodie Gatfield / AusAID 2016

    International Migrants Day

    How Kiribati manages the impacts of climate displacement through labour migration

    18 December 2015

    The ILO estimates that there are more than 150 million migrant workers in today’s world. Climate change may increase this number in the coming years, raising the need for improved migration management as exemplified by the small Pacific island nation Kiribati.

  2. © Dominique Faget / AFP 2016

    COP 21

    ILO welcomes new climate change agreement committing nations to a just transition and the creation of decent work

    15 December 2015

    As the world moves to implement the Paris Agreement the ILO welcomes the recognition of the role of decent work in the transition.

  3. Climate and decent work solutions

    Green jobs in Albania: “We have to learn from the mistakes of the past”

    09 December 2015

    As world leaders meet in Paris to advance climate and decent work agendas, an ILO project has created much-needed jobs for Albanian youth – while cleaning polluted lakes and rehabilitating degraded agricultural land.

Focus on

  1. Climate change

Projects and activities

  1. ILO's support worldwide

  • The role the ILO must take up is to promote the considerable potential for creation of decent work associated with the transition to a low-carbon sustainable development path and to minimize and manage the inevitable dislocation that will accompany it."

    Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General