Zambia Green Jobs featured as “Green Jobs Champion”at the 5th Global ILO Green Jobs Workshop
Together with more than 50 participants representing ILO staff in field offices and HQ with engagement in ILO Green Jobs work, representatives of the Zambia Green Jobs Programme (ZGJP) travelled to South Africa to participate in the 5th edition of the Global ILO Green Jobs Workshop which took place from 8th until 11th March at the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden in Cape Town.
ILO Regional Director for Africa Mr. Aeneas Chuma opened the global meeting which was organised with the overall purpose to strengthen the collective staff capacity and the office-wide support in terms of policy advocacy, technical expertise and programmatic guidance to the promotion of Green Jobs. Specifically in support of the recently adopted ILO Tripartite Guidelines on Just Transition, the Environmental Sustainability Policy and the Green Initiative.
The main focus of the 5th Edition of the Global meeting was on joint delivery and how to make the global ILO Green Jobs team better equipped for the effective promotion of environmental sustainability in country programmes and strategic outcomes. The workshop also included study visits to sustainable initiatives in Cape Town including waste recycling management projects, sustainable park management initiatives and municipal initiatives on solar panel retrofitting.
Amongst the participants were ILO Enterprises Department Director Mr Vic van Vuuren, Pretoria Office Deputy Director Mr. Joni Musabayana and ILO CO-Lusaka Director Mr. Alexio Musindo who took part in the discussions on the latest trends and innovations related to the green economy and how best to link sustainable development, decent work and green jobs in the implementation of national policies and programmes.
The ZGJP had a prominent role on the workshop agenda and was featured as a "Green Jobs Champion" together with the Western Cape Green Initiatives programme. During a three-hour long session, the two programmes were presented to the audience as case-studies exploring key factors for success. Thereafter the participants were divided into groups for discussions on how to replicate the success of ZGJP and the Western Cape Green initiatives elsewhere. In addition, the ZGJP communication products and strategy were featured during a knowledge fair.
As a result of the workshop, concrete steps and action points could be agreed upon. These include the mainstreaming of environmental sustainability, resource mobilization for green jobs project development, a strategy note on communication and branding of green jobs, and a model for just transition country support.
The workshop, which was held in the African region for the very first time, was jointly organised by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the International Training Centre of the ILO (ITC-ILO).
For more information on ILO Green Jobs, please visit: http://www.ilo.org/global/topics/green-jobs/lang--en/index.htm