Just Transition for All

International Labor Organization
A 2021 article which focuses on the possibility of 'just transition' in the health sector following the COVID-19 pandemic. Analysing just transition from two aspects, breadth and depth, the authors look at the current situation in the United States to argue that all transitions should be just, and that when they are unjust, transitions, regardless of sector or region, breed resentment and nativism, resulting in opposition to any kind of structural change. [Originally posted at https://www.ilo.org/actrav/pubs/WCMS_810057/lang--en/index.htm]
A 2012 report which highlights occupational safety and health (OSH) as an integral part of the promotion of green jobs and a greener economy to achieve an economic and social development that is also environmentally sustainable. [Originally posted at https://www.ilo.org/safework/info/WCMS_175600/lang--en/index.htm]
A 2019 policy brief which draws the attention of policy-makers, social partners, training providers and civil society organizations in both developed and developing countries to the essential role of skills development policies in advancing the sustainable transition to a greener future. [Originally posted at http://www.ilo.int/wcmsp5/groups/public/---ed_emp/documents/publication/wcms_731957.pdf]
A 2022 working paper which analyses the role of tripartite social dialogue in supporting green workplaces and, more generally, promoting 'just transitions' at enterprise level. [Originally posted at https://www.econstor.eu/handle/10419/265593]
A 2020 study which examines the economy-wide employment implications of an accelerated shift towards greener land transport in the region of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). [Originally posted at https://thepep.unece.org/sites/default/files/2020-05/THEPEP%20-%20Green%20jobs%20in%20transport.pdf]
A 2017 document which aims to provide insight into the contributions the ILO is making towards climate change action, targeting the GCF stakeholders, including National Designated Authorities (NDAs), GCF Board Members, Accredited Entities and Project Managers, as well as the GCF Secretariat. It informs how ILO programmes address climate change from an employment perspective. [Originally posted at https://www.ilo.org/wcmsp5/groups/public/---ed_emp/documents/publication/wcms_561036.pdf]
A 2021 paper which focuses on how Argentina and Chile, with a high percentage of informality in their economies and their labour markets, have embedded 'just transition' into their legal orders through the submission of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). [Originally posted at https://www.mdpi.com/2071-1050/13/17/9616]
A 2021 report which aims to identify, enhance, test and disseminate high-potential policy ideas and solutions that promote a 'just transition' for all, breaking from business-as-usual. [Originally posted at https://www.climateaction4jobs.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/Online-PDF-full-challenge-call-description.pdf
A 2022 paper which examines the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the textile and garment sector, specifically the employment and enterprise impacts, and contextualizes these within the wider development impacts of the sector – social, economic and environmental; both positive and negative – to ask the question: how sustainable is the sector? [Originally posted at https://www.econstor.eu/bitstream/10419/263117/1/ilo-wp54.pdf]
A 2021 report which provides a solid framework and practical guidance for countries to set in motion concrete steps for the ecological transition while leaving no one behind. [Originally posted at https://www.social-protection.org/gimi/RessourcePDF.action?ressource.ressourceId=57240]
A 2021 study which analyzes the impacts of Nigeria’s climate policies on employment, GDP and emissions in keeping with revised national determined contributions (NDCs). [Originally posted at https://climatepromise.undp.org/research-and-reports/nigeria-measuring-socioeconomic-impacts-climate-policies-guide-ndc-enhancement]
A 2022 report which focuses on ensuring a 'just transition' while phasing out coal in line with the ILO Guidelines for a Just Transition towards Environmentally Sustainable Economies and Societies for All. The report suggests that in Indonesia, the Philippines, and Viet Nam, job losses due to mine closures in coal-dependent regions and the loss of indirect jobs in their industrial ecologies will have a profound negative effect on the labour markets, economies, and livelihoods of local communities. [Originally posted at https://www.ilo.org/asia/publications/WCMS_845700/lang--en/index.htm]
A 2018 think piece which aims to explore the inter linkages between the 'green state development strategy' and the world of work with the goal of making recommendations on how to best ensure decent work principles in the development and implementation of the national plan. [Originally posted at https://www.ilo.org/wcmsp5/groups/public/---americas/---ro-lima/---sro-port_of_spain/documents/publication/wcms_650116.pdf]
A 2016 report which examines how the removal of fuel subsidies in Egypt impacts the people and the planet. [Originally posted at https://www.ilo.org/wcmsp5/groups/public/---africa/---ro-abidjan/---sro-cairo/documents/publication/wcms_467290.pdf]
A 2022 paper which presents several social and employment-related elements to be factored into financial decision making to align it with the objectives of a 'just transition'. It highlights some building blocks of the financial market infrastructure that could be enhanced by including social aspects so as to deliver systematic positive contributions to sustainable development goals; and it connects these building blocks with elements of emerging transition finance frameworks, for further research and discussion by the G20 Sustainable Finance Working Group and other relevant platforms. [Originally posted at https://g20sfwg.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/Finance-for-a-Just-Transition-and-the-Role-of-Transition-Finance-ILO.pdf]
A 2019 report in which the ILO provides policy advice, implements projects, and supports the capacities of its constituents in their efforts to turn the environmental challenges facing rural economies into opportunities for sustainable development. [Originally posted at https://www.ilo.org/wcmsp5/groups/public/---ed_dialogue/---sector/documents/publication/wcms_437196.pdf]

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Covid-19 and a Just Transition in India's Coal Mining Sector The COVID 19 pandemic hit India hard in early 2020, with negative GDP growth and a surge in unemployment. In the energy sector, coal fired power generation was already under pressure from overcapacity, low electricity demand growth, and increasingly competitive renewables.
Considerations for a Just and Equitable Energy Transition As the energy transition accelerates, it is our responsibility, it is our opportunity, to ensure that in addition to contributing to a healthy planet by replacing fossil fuels with clean energy sources, this is accomplished in a just and equitable manner providing prosperity for all.

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