IRENA and ILO agree to work towards inclusive energy transition
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The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) have signed an agreement to reinforce their cooperation to promote employment and decent jobs for women and men in an inclusive energy transition that leaves no one behind.

ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder explained the rapid deployment of renewable energy is indispensable to the pursuit of the Sustainable Development Goals. “Making such a transition conducive to decent work creation, with more and better jobs, while ensuring a just transition for all is essential. Working together, the ILO and IRENA can further promote decent work and social justice in the energy transition, in a comprehensive manner,” said Ryder.

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“We have seen significant progress in renewable energy deployment, which is reflected in the continuously increasing number of workers in the sector worldwide, but it is uneven across geographies and communities,” said IRENA Director-General Francesco La Camera. “Progress that is not just or inclusive is not sustainable. Achieving a green economy cannot be done without creating opportunities for all, making sure that all groups of society have access to decent, well-paying jobs.”

Both organisations already collaborate on a number of joint initiatives, such as the Sustainable Energy and Jobs Platform (SEJP) under IRENA’s Coalition for Action, ILO’s Just Transition and Green Job Initiatives based on the ILO Tripartite Guidelines for a Just Transition Towards Environmentally Sustainable Economies and Societies for All and IRENA’s Collaborative Framework on Just and Inclusive Energy Transition. 

According to IRENA, the workforce of the future will encounter many challenges. A holistic global policy framework is thus needed in support of education, skills upgrading and retraining, acknowledging the needs and priorities of women, young people, indigenous peoples and marginalised groups. In this context, IRENA and ILO will work together to develop knowledge products and recommendations that support policy frameworks to drive inclusive and sustainable economic growth, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals 7 and 8.

The purpose of the agreement is for both organisations to draw from and complement each other’s strengths in implementing activities of their mutual interest. Their collaboration will include, among others, joint research and initiatives, capacity building, training activities, outreach and communications, as well as joint events for knowledge sharing.