Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations, Jone Usamate chaired an informal discussion with regional partners at the 107th International Labour Conference in Geneva Switzerland earlier this week to discuss on Just Transition, Creating Decent Jobs and Advancing Sustainable and Inclusive Economic Growth in the Fight Against Climate Change.
The discussions focused on the Pacific Region and vulnerability to natural disasters and climate change. It was highlighted that, while climate change is disruptive, confronting it has great potential for job creation that is decent and ensures fair income, equality and dignity ensuring that transition is just.
Usamate highlighted that for Pacific States tackling climate change is a survival issue and that just transition for Pacific States could mean adapting our means of livelihood given that we heavily depend on the ocean for our living.
Poland Special Envoy for Climate Change, Tomasz Chruszczow stated that countries need to do proper planning, adaptation, reduced risk, build on human capital and encourage investments.
The International Labour Organisation representative also shared that greening of economies has a positive effect on jobs in that 14 million new jobs will be created in Asia and the Pacific by 2030 if green economy is promoted.
The speakers included the Poland Special Envoy for Climate Change, Tomasz Chruszczow, Kiribati Minister for Employment and Human Resources, Idteba Rewfern, Papua New Guinea Minister for Labour and Industrial Relations, Mehrra Kipefa, Chief Executive Officer Fiji Commerce and Employers’ Federation, Nesbitt Hazelman, and President Fiji Trades Union Congress, Daniel Urai.
Also in attendance were the New Zealand and Australia Ambassadors and the ILO Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific Tomoko Nishimoto.