This voluntary initiative came from Green economy policies, practices and initiatives
Description/achievement of initiative
The principal objective of the green jobs programme in China is to assist the country in realizing its potential for green jobs.
Source: UNCSD Secretariat (2010) Questionnaire for the Member States on Experiences, Success Factors, Risks and Challenges with Regard to Objective and Themes of UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD)
The Green Jobs Initiative is a partnership established in 2007 between the International Labour Organization, the United Nations Environment Programme and the International Trade Union Confederation. The International Organization of Employers joined in 2008.
As a rapidly developing country with a large population and a fragile eco-environment, China is vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change. Global warming threatens both the ecosystems as well as the economic and social development of the country. The Green Jobs strategy offers a win-win solution to the pursuit of growth, job creation, employment security and environmental protection. The main objective of the green jobs programme in China is to help the country realize its potential for green jobs. The programme also aims to help China make a positive labour market transition in the face of climate change. Green jobs reduce the environmental impact of enterprises and economic sectors, ultimately to levels that are sustainable, while also meeting the standards required of ‚??decent work‚??. Areas of work that could respond to the challenges of climate change and other environmental problems include agriculture, food production, forestry, construction, energy supply and waste managemnt.