Representatives from international organizations, UN agencies, Lebanese ministries of Labor, environment, energy, water and agriculture gathered at the UN House in Beirut for a workshop organized by ESCWA in cooperation with International Labor Organization (ILO) and United Nations Development Program (UNDP). Entitled “Going green and promoting new jobs and skills for Arab youth”, the workshop was held to launch “Green Jobs” initiative in the Arab states by presenting Lebanon as a case study.
Discussions revolved around the assessments jointly undertaken by ILO and UNDP in four sectors of the Lebanese economy, namely energy, construction, agriculture, and waste management. Analytical work was presented during the workshop addressing issues of “just transition” for those affected by the transition to a green economy, and for those who must adapt to climate change through access to alternative economic and employment opportunities. Participants also examined Green Jobs initiatives, and ways of identifying policy options aimed at promoting green jobs in Lebanon. The General Confederation of Lebanese Workers and the Association of Lebanese Industrialists both provided the perspective of workers’ and employers’ organizations in this regard.
The workshop, which is the first of its kind in Lebanon, revealed the employment potential of the green economy, highlighted the nexus between climate change and decent work, and discussed policy to stimulate youth employment in green sectors of the Lebanese economy. The “Green Jobs Kick-Off Workshop in the Arab states: The Lebanon Case Study” is a part of ILO’s Green Jobs Programme and aims at contributing to employment creation, environmental sustainability, and poverty reduction.