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ILO at COP 23: How to Build Green and Inclusive Economies to Implement the Paris Agreement?

9 November 2017 | Bonn, Germany

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A Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) brochure during the side event

This event convened on 9 November 2017, in Bonn, Germany, on the sidelines of the 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). It was organized by the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) in collaboration with the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). The objectives of the event were: to explore policy innovations that countries are developing to advance the implementation of the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; and to consider perspectives from international organizations.

Discussions centered on, inter alia: implementing the green economy; best practices; and the interaction between labor markets, trade and the transition to a low-carbon, resilient economy.

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L-R: Zamba Batjargal, Mongolia; Rhoda Boateng, African Regional Organization of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC-Africa); Moustapha Kamal Gueye, International Labour Organization (ILO); Philipp Ischer, Switzerland; Regina Asariotis, UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD); and Aik Hoe Lim, World Trade Organization (WTO)

Stephan Contius, Germany, stressed that the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda have the potential to be mutually reinforcing and could create momentum for sustainability.

Moustapha Kamal Gueye, ILO, moderated the event


Zamba Batjargal, Mongolia, highlighted Mongolia’s work on mobilizing internal resources, including the promotion of traditional ways of life, to advance the green agenda.

Rhoda Boateng, ITUC-Africa, emphasized that 60 million jobs could be created in the green transition, both in new and existing sectors.


Regina Asariotis, UNCTAD, highlighted the importance of considering not only mitigation aspects of global transport chains, but also adaptation.

Aik Hoe Lim, WTO, underscored that trade plays an important role in greening economies.



Philipp Ischer, Switzerland, expressed support for greening the economies of developing countries, which will also help make Swiss value chains more sustainable.



Participants during the side event

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