PAGE is engaged in six countries in the Asia Pacific region namely Cambodia, China – Jiangsu Province, Mongolia, India, Indonesia and Thailand. Comprising more than 4 billion people, the region is one of the most diverse in the world, both in terms of cultural, ethical and religious diversity but economically. It accommodates some of the wealthiest countries on earth as well as two-thirds of the world’s poorest households. Due to its geographical location, it is already experiencing an increased recurrence of extreme weather events because of a changing climate, making a strong argument for accelerating a green transition to environmentally sustainable, low-carbon economies and societies for all.
The International Labour Organization’s (ILO) activities within PAGE focus on green jobs and ensuring a just transition as countries commit to greening their economies. The ILO work together with representatives of governments, workers, and employers’ organisations to understand the nature and scale of changes that could happen in labour markets as countries adopt environmental policies and transition away from fossil fuels and unsustainable industries. Through its mandate, range of programmes and tools, the ILO brings to PAGE the necessary expertise needed to understand the details and dynamics of large-scale economic transformations.
A Just transition means greening the economy in a way that is as fair and inclusive as possible to everyone concerned, paying careful attention to society’s most vulnerable groups. The ultimate aim of a Just Transition is to maximise the social and economic opportunities of climate action while minimizing the risks – ensuring that no one is left behind.
Eric Roeder, ILO expert on green jobs and just transition in the Asia Pacific region, tells us more about the green transition in the region and PAGE contributions.