22 Apr 2022
Venue: Online | Webex
The Geneva Stockholm+50 Dialogues aim to showcase Geneva’s contribution to this major global conference happening in June 2022. This event, organized by the International Labour Office and the Geneva Environment Network, and co-sponsored by Sweden, took place on Earth Day.
About the Dialogues
The Geneva Environment Network and partners are organizing the Geneva Stockholm+50 Dialogues, a series of events in support of Stockholm+50 that showcases how the Geneva communities contribute to environmental governance and the ambitions developed at this major global conference.
About this Session
Five decades after the 1972 United Nations Conference on the Human Environment made the link between environment and poverty and placed it at the forefront of the international agenda, Stockholm will welcome the world again on 2 – 3 June 2022 for the international conference “Stockholm+50: a healthy planet for the prosperity of all – our responsibility, our opportunity” (Stockholm+50). The event will provide leaders with an opportunity to draw on 50 years of multilateral environmental action to achieve the bold and urgent action needed to secure a better future on a healthy planet.
Our jobs and businesses depend on a healthy planet. The triple planetary crisis of climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution are disrupting millions of jobs and livelihoods. Our future depends on a just transition to a carbon and resource efficient economy. ILO studies show for example that implementing the Paris Agreement on Climate Change could create a net gain of 18 million jobs by 2030. The landmark UN Environment Assembly Resolution “End Plastic Pollution: Towards a legally binding instrument” and other outcomes of the UN Environment Assembly and the multilateral environmental agreements offer also major opportunities to create new jobs.
This event addressed the global environment agenda and its implications for decent work. Leading experts discussed the employment implication of a global regulation on plastics, the development of circular economies, changing food systems, land and biodiversity, maritime and blue economy, and set the stage for Stockholm+50.
H.E. Amb. Johanna LISSINGER PEITZ
Stockholm+50 Ambassador, Ministry of the Environment, Sweden
Global Coordinator, Green Jobs Programme, International Labour Organization
Programme Manager, Circle of Excellence on Plastic Pollution, UN Environment Programme
Policy Director, FAIRR Initiative
Adviser for Climate and Green Economy, International Organisation of Employers
Bert DE WEL
Climate Policy Officer, International Trade Union Confederation
Executive Director, SEED - Entrepreneurship for Sustainable Development
Manager, United Nations Global Compact
Welcome and Opening
H.E. Amb. Johanna LISSINGER PEITZ | Stockholm+50 Ambassador, Ministry of the Environment, Sweden
The Stockholm+50 Conference, taking place from 2 to 3 June 2022, is about a healthy planet for the prosperity of all, and about seizing the opportunity and taking responsibility. The issue of jobs and the topic of the just transition are at the heart of the discussion aimed at connecting the people to planet prosperity.
Moreover, Stockholm+50 is also about connections between biodiversity, climate, pollution and the ocean with development and well-being. This conference wants to mobilize government, civil society, and youth and to expand the variety of voices contributing to the transition. As we must accelerate the implementation of commitments, it will be impossible without having the discussions on jobs and a just transition.
During the consultations and the preparatory meetings for Stockholm+50 held in New York, various messages from a variety of voices emerged, but these follow a common thread. First, is the importance of a strong multilateral system that is working in the same direction. Indifferent to who you are representing the UN family, we are all working towards the net-zero, nature-positive and zero pollution commitments, fulfilling the tasks of the so-called nexus conversation. Secondly, the fact that we come from different circumstances and have different opportunities towards securing a healthy planet needs to be acknowledged. Thirdly, the importance of the enabling investment environment in developing countries and what can we do to create that and create a level playing field. Another important aspect entails discussing how to actually measure well-being and what does it mean for green jobs and the just transition.
During the preparatory meeting of Stockholm+50, H.E. Annika Stradhäll, Minister for Climate and the Environment of Sweden, stated the importance of connecting the planet and people, and that investing in the planet is investing in people.
Indeed, today’s panel brings inputs on the issues of education, knowledge-sharing or re-scaling technology, digitalization, and green jobs, and also the urgency of a system-wide transformation of some high-impact value chains.
Bearing this in mind, it would be interesting to hear from this panel what are your ideas on how to connect the discussions of a just transition to a healthy planet and what needs to happen to be able to do it, and what Stockholm+50 can do to advance the agenda on the just transition.
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Setting the Scene
Moustapha Kamal GUEYE | Global Coordinator, Green Jobs Programme, International Labour Organization
We are hosting this event leading towards the Stockholm+50 Conference on International Mother Earth Day. It is especially important on this day to be looking fifty years back at the global environmental agenda and projecting ourselves towards the future. In doing that, we must assess how the world has changed since 1972, particularly how economies and societies function and how we deal with global issues social development and the environment have become interconnected.
Today, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is bringing all these challenges together. Therefore, the way we look at the environmental agenda is different from the way our predecessors and leaders did in 1972. At this moment, we must recognize that the responsibility towards the natural environment goes with the challenges and opportunities to improve human well-being, advance social justice and promote decent work for everyone. There is a clear understanding that preserving and restoring the natural assets, economic activities and human wellbeing can go hand in hand with more and better jobs and ensure a just transition for all.
State of Play: Global Environmental Challenges and the World of Work
Brenda KOEKKOEK | Programme Manager, Circle of Excellence on Plastic Pollution, UN Environment Programme
During the second segment of the 5th Meeting of the United Nations Environment Assembly, the Resolution on Ending Plastic Pollution (UNEP/EA5/L23/REV.1) was adopted and Member States agreed to develop an international legally binding instrument (ILB) on plastic pollution. This positions us in a historic momentum when we must join hands and work together. Historically, we have seen successes that can inspire us.
For instance, after many years of negotiations on the use of mercury in artisanal in small scale gold mining, the Minamata Convention on Mercury, was able to achieve an agreement on what looked like a complex development unlikely to ever be covered under a global legal instrument. Through the collaboration of a multitude of players, today we have provisions in the Minamata Convention for small scale gold mining. It is worth remembering this aspect of the Convention on Earth Day as it was really a success story for informal gold miners, and it benefited not only the environment but also the health of miners and the economies of mining communities. This story can indeed be a source of inspiration for the work to be done on plastics.
Photo by IISD/ENB Kiara Worth.
The installation was created by international artist and activist Benjamin Von Wong at the United Nations where discussions around a Global Plastic Treaty will be taking place at the UN Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya.
This Giant Plastic Tap installation was made from plastic waste sourced from Kibera, described as the largest slum in Africa. To build this 30-foot-tall installation, the Human Needs Project (HNP), a local NGO providing services and opportunities to people living in the area, provided temporary jobs for over a hundred residents from the slums, located just ten miles from the United Nations headquarters where negotiations took place. These plastics were sourced from the informal waste sector, sanitized and tied together before they were brought to the UN Campus. The Giant Tap represents a small artistic effort to raise attention on the urgency to stop the plastic tap, but it also brought benefit to a local community and connected the world to how important the informal waste sector is. In 2016 alone, it was estimated that waste pickers were responsible for collecting up to 65% of the plastics for recycling globally, significantly contributing.
The resolution approved at UNEA-5.2 requests the UNEP Director to convene an intergovernmental negotiating committee to develop a legal instrument on plastic pollution. This group will start their work and the second half of 2022 and complete it by the end of 2024. This is a really ambitious task but it is important to attain it because plastics are linked to climate, nature and pollution, and they really can provide a benefit to local communities in terms of our work. UNEP is currently focusing on preparing for the first meeting of an Open-Ended Working Group, which will take place at the end of May in Dakar. There are high hopes and efforts to have this process including the informal waste sector and being inspired by the successes of the Minamata Convention.
Helena WRIGHT | Policy Director, FAIRR Initiative
FAIRR is an investor network working with institutional investors on issues linked to sustainable agriculture. It works with investors around some of the major key issues such as deforestation, water scarcity, climate change, working conditions and public health.
The current food system generates around a third of global greenhouse gas emissions, using over 80% of antibiotics globally, it is the third global consumer of water and the main leading driver of global biodiversity loss. Moreover, the global food system is not delivering for people as there are over 700 million people regularly going hungry while in other areas, there is an overconsumption of unhealthy and unsustainable food associated with serious health problems.
In FAIRR’s working conditions engagement, we work with some of the largest meat companies to try and improve their performance against these indicators. The two major trends emerging in the meat sector to address these challenges and opportunities are climate risk and the trend of automation. If not managed properly, these trends can lead to job losses and displacement of workers.
Some companies are starting to address these by setting net-zero targets to reduce their emissions. Still, we do not see companies taking measures to address how their workers will be affected by those strategies, re-training their workers for more sustainable jobs for instance. So far, there is a greater focus on the just transition in the energy sector than in the food and agriculture sector, despite its evident need. So, in our dialogue with companies, the investors are calling on the companies to align their strategies with the just transition framework to maximize positive outcomes for workers and communities.
As we reflect on the current spike in food prices, we must look ahead to the increasing pressure from climate change, conflicts and pandemic risks. There is a clear need to reform agricultural programs to deliver on climate action and long-term food security. To deliver this, the private and public sectors need to work together investing in a more sustainable future for agriculture.
We need to enable a just transition towards a net-zero, nature-positive and secure food system for it to be more robust and resilient. This is going to be difficult as agricultural programs can be very challenging to reform since many operations and farmers rely on government support to stay viable. Last year, FAIRR released a statement on EU agriculture subsidies that proposed a reduction in the direct support for the higher emitting commodities, such as beef and dairy, and support for the affected farmers to transition to more low-carbon production. That was the first time that investors had spoken out on this issue of harmful subsidies.
The UN has pointed out there is over 500 billion invested in harmful subsidies to agriculture right now. Still, there is also a huge opportunity to transition to a new way of producing food and generate millions of new jobs that are fit for the future as well as support farmers in this transition. In fact, a study by ILO looked at the transition to net-zero in Latin America and saw there could be a huge increase in millions of new jobs through the transition to net-zero and increases in plant-based food production.
This all highlights the need for greater investment in sustainable food, to diversify production, look at agroecological production and plant-based food products and technologies that can reduce the pressure on land and on animal feed. Governments, MEAs and the private sector must be working together to play a part to improve agricultural subsidies into ones that are compatible with climate and nature.
Arab HOBALLAH | Executive Director, SEED – Entrepreneurship for Sustainable Development
Circularity seems to have a simple definition. The problem is how we implement it. Circularity is about keeping the resources in the system as long as possible by sharing, leasing, reusing, repairing, refurbishing and recycling the products and material in an ideally closed loop, such as a city or an industry. The goal is to reduce waste by keeping products and materials within the economy.
- The meaning of circular economy for the food system is slightly different. First, from the consumption and production approach, when it comes to the food system, there are two important facts to keep in mind: food loss and food waste. One-third of food produced ends up either lost or wasted. Considering the rates of poverty around the world and the damaging effects of the food system for ecosystems, it is simply unethical and unacceptable. We often state we must stop food waste but we are not doing it in a comprehensive and transformative way. We remain a very wasteful society. By 2025, we expect between two and three billion additional middle-class consumers in the developing world who will be very wasteful if consumption patterns are not changed today.
- On the other hand, at the local community level, the circular system works as local communities are sustainable. They rely on a circular economy because they care about the ecosystem in which they live, they care about their future and create jobs.
To achieve a circular economy model in the food system, it is necessary to set priorities. First, we need to prevent waste in the production and the consumption system. It is feasible and easy, but we are not doing it because humanity does not behave responsibly. Once the food is no longer suitable for human consumption, it can be used for animal feed or recycled within the system, using it for energy purposes for instance. This will contribute to having minimal disposal at the end.
- Indeed, we must change the approach throughout the food value-chain by monitoring how food waste can be reduced in every step and rather have a positive impact on jobs and on the profitability of businesses. Indeed, we must also improve the support given to businesses throughout the supply chain and provide clear priorities for companies to transition to a more circular economy. In this, small and medium enterprises must be included as well, especially to reverse the habit of throwing away so-called ugly products. Technically speaking, there is immense opportunity for improvement in packaging processes, in the transport conditions. Despite some changes can be observed, these have not yet been completely scaled up.
- On the other hand, consumer behavior is another important part of the problem. We must find more creative incentives to induce people to effectively consume responsibly. For instance, at the level of school canteens by imposing only give small plates, so people are not pushed to serve themselves more food than what they will actually consume and take more just if needed. Campaigns to prevent food waste are widespread across the world. The Too Good For The Bin campaign in Germany and the Clean Plate campaign in China are just some very impactful examples that can contribute to aligning with SDG 12.3 on having per capita, global food waste by 2030 reduced by 50%.
While we must encourage the actions undertaken by companies and governments, small and medium enterprises are the missing middle. Efforts to enable these to lead the local food production and consumption are essential to building a resilient economy and creating jobs that will secure the ecosystem.
Martha SELWYN | Manager, United Nations Global Compact
The UN Global Compact is becoming increasingly active in terms of just transition in the maritime field. At COP26, the UN Global Compact launched a Just Transition Maritime Taskforce, together with the International Transport Workers’ Federation, the International Chamber of Shipping, and employers and parties from the UN system.
Shipping is a sector that is often ill-considered despite it transports 90% of all global trade. It is a relevant industry that faces several environmental challenges. Among these, there are climate change challenges, particularly pertaining to mitigation and adaptation.
Mitigation in the Shipping Industry
- Mitigation in the shipping industry needs urgent decarbonization as it constitutes around 3% of all global greenhouse gas emissions, roughly the same as all emissions from Germany. To decarbonize it, it is necessary to switch from a fossil fuel-intensive mechanism and to one based on green fuels like ammonia, green hydrogen and also zero-emission vessels. This is particularly important as shipping is not an industry that will disappear, but rather one that needs fundamental changing in itself and in all the infrastructure it relies on to facilitate this decarbonization.
- We must make ports ready to bunker different fuels compared to those currently used like ammonia and green hydrogen. This also leads to a whole new energy value chain, characterized by zero-emission and decarbonized fuels, which in turn require new value chains like an increasing necessity of renewable energy, having different biodiversity impacts.
Adaptation in the Shipping Industry
- Adaptation is a huge climate risk in the shipping industry. From more volatile weather conditions affecting people on board of the ships crossing the ocean, to ports that are on the frontline of climate change, due to rising sea levels and extreme heat. This is the case for Small Island Developing States which depend on shipping for their livelihoods. Climate change is affecting workers and businesses, thus considering future increases in trade and shipping, deep changes will impact the maritime workforce.
- Concretely, this regards those working onboard ships, people working at ports and people along the energy value chain. What is evident is a need to rescale an upscale workforce ; this will be demanding as ammonia and green hydrogen are more dangerous to use and handle compared to fossil fuels. Therefore, it is essential to conduct multi-fuel training and re-scaling in an equitable and fair manner. This is especially the case as digitalization and technological changes in the shipping industry are being designed and implemented in the global North, demanding the newly-required skills to be shared in an equitable way. This entails updating training systems certifications and safety protocols in a consistent way and enabling the global South to transition at the same time. Global harmonization of the workforce is crucial for training to go at the same pace as decarbonization.
- In terms of climate adaptation, it is also important to focus also on ports’ resilience. While thinking about decarbonization and building new infrastructure, we must design the decarbonization benefits associated with this new infrastructure in a way that enhances the resilience of ports and the poor communities.
- Regarding the business world, we need to make sure that new technologies related to zero-emission vessels will be used and shared in an equitable way with companies and businesses all over the world, rather than limiting the dialogue to its current scope in the global North.
Robert MARINKOVIC | Adviser for Climate and Green Economy, International Organisation of Employers
The International Organization of Employers (IOE) is one of the constituents of the ILO and represents employers globally through our members, about over 150 national employers organizations whose members are individual companies usually have the same policy-making at the national level.
The just transition agenda is a very complex one, and employers are involved at different levels. One of the main challenges is the consumption and production linearity as it highlights the clash between livelihoods and prosperity on the one hand, and environmental protection and efficient resources use and decarbonization on the other. Despite some reports showing emissions slowing down and GDP being decoupled from emissions, creating prosperity and improving livelihoods still depend on unsustainable extraction and consumption of resources. Prices and the set-up of the economic system are the main obstacles to mainstreaming companies’ and governments’ commitments to decarbonize.
In the food realm, in the past decades, one of the main mechanisms for improving livelihoods and increasing access to basic goods and services has been reducing prices. This relies on the logic cheap things are available to more people. Still, to make something cheap, costs are usually cut to the expenses of sustainability. As there currently are no rules set up by the economic system on environmentally friendly production, those that attempt to use more sustainable business processes or models leave a gap in the market that will be filled by other companies doing it less sustainably.
This shows the evident need for a system-level change entailing new rules and regulations allowing companies to adapt more rapidly to environmental standards. This is especially needed as the next ten years window is essential for halting climate change and population growth will require more services, electricity, and resources. We must think about new growth paradigms that are both environmentally sustainable and just for all workers. In that sense, IOE recently published a Guidance Report on climate governance and recent progress.
Bert DE WEL | Climate Policy Officer, International Trade Union Confederation
The panel today offers a representative picture of the structural approach needed to achieve just transition, offering the view of various sectors and of employers and trade unions more specifically. The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) has an important role to play in addressing the just transition’s environmental challenges since it represents 330 trade unions in 160 countries altogether, accounting for 200 million workers.
Making the connection to what this panel can contribute to the upcoming Stockholm+50 Conference, it is important to first reflect on where we are at after fifty years in terms of environmental policies. Considering the findings of the last IPCC Report, emissions continue increasing and having important links with jobs. There also is undeniable evidence that our food system based on industrial livestock has an unsustainable environmental impact, and that fossil fuel extraction and use are not abating. These things come at the detriment of environmental policies, distancing us from being on a good track in terms of environmental policies. All these aspects make ITUC even a more fervent supporter of multilateralism in environmental policies. The plastic treaty represents a good avenue for that. The scope of the agreement to be negotiated requires a whole-of-society approach as it aims to tackle the complete value chain of plastic pollution from fossil fuels extraction to plastic pollution waste. Therefore, besides the much-appreciated inclusion of informal workers, especially waste pickers, all workers within the plastic value chain must be included in the discussion.
Another good example of environmental multilateralism is the Just Transition Maritime Taskforce. Its focus on skills needed to deal with the impact of climate change in the sector is essential as the transition in this sector will be challenging and because seafarers are among the most vulnerable workers. The inclusion of health and safety issues, gender analyses and considerations of the role of young workers are also important aspects ITUC wishes to see included in the Taskforce.
In that sense, it is also important to remind that the triple planetary crisis does not regard solely climate, biodiversity and pollution. We believe it is combined with a crisis of inequality, largely due to a malfunctioning labor market. Therefore, just transition policies must focus on social dialogue, investments, decent jobs and social protection. Signatories of the Paris Agreement must be reminded that they agreed to the imperative of just transition for the workforce and to the creation of decent work and quality jobs. Having the support of civil society from the workers’ standpoint can be a strong driver for global environmental policies, as it will ensure no one is left behind. This can ultimately act as a major push for the much-needed more ambitious environmental policies.
The Way Forward: Fostering Environmental Actions and a Just Transition for All
Q: How we can reconcile the fact that many of the packaging mechanisms and materials used to prevent food loss (i.e. plastic packaging,) come at a dire environmental cost?
When it comes to food that is produced and shipped from distant locations, it must be packaged in a certain way. Still, if we rethink packaging and plastics, their use and impact can be lowered. Packaging can be described using “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly”. The good are those elements we must maintain and simply manage more efficiently. The bad ones are those we need to get rid of, and the ugly one is what is necessary to transport them. When it comes to food packaging, the first solution to diminish is to prioritize local food for local communities. A second aspect regards the type of packaging materials as technology has developed plastic alternatives that can be used to safely store food. Thirdly, in the case when plastic happens to be the only option available, it must be designed in a way that allows it to be reused and recycled. This represents a very delicate problem but it can be solved if we start reconsidering from where we get our food, how we are effectively processing it and using it and how within local communities, we can manage food packaging waste.
Q: What are the sustainability and resilience challenges ports face when it comes to natural disasters?
Ports and port communities really are on the frontline of climate change, in particular rising sea levels. In terms of the work of the UN Global Compact Just Transition Maritime Taskforce, we have started with a focus on decarbonization and how the transition to net-zero will affect seafarers. What will be important is, when we come to discuss building new infrastructure to support green shipping at ports (e.g. bunkering facilities for new fuels like ammonia), these are designed in a way that also considers enhancing resilience and adaptation – making sure we do not address decarbonization and adaptation in siloes and have system-change approaches to greening ports. In addition, there is increasing financing and attention to new solutions and collaborations to decarbonize shipping (e.g. rise of green corridors between certain ports). Nevertheless, it is important to design these green corridors in a way that also increases and enhances resilience in the infrastructure to be able to face rising sea levels. Shipping is an interesting case study as to how this could be a possibility here, as addressed by the work of UNCTAD on ports and adaptation.
Q: Closing this discussion on the implications of the just transition for the work world, can you one way or one policy process through which these challenges can be addressed, and which links environmental actions with decent work and a just transition? How can these feed into the Stockholm+50 process? What do you expect back from that process in terms of advancement of decent work and just transition?
One of the solutions we wish to see is repurposing agricultural support. As the UN stated, there is over 500 billion in harmful agricultural support from governments that negatively affect the environment and people. It is quite important to have such global-level discussions and action on agricultural support and spending, as it was done in the case of reforming fossil fuel subsidies. Another important aspect is to define a clearer roadmap for where we need to be for a more sustainable food system. Investors are aware and pointed out the benefits of a net-zero roadmap for energy, which allows them and companies to align, or at least measure how they are aligned to that. The agricultural aspect must be designed to meet climate and food security goals, low carbon agriculture, resilience, protection and restoring nature. Having a vision of where we must be by 2050 will facilitate the creation of a sustainable future and sustainable job creation
Q: Do you think the way in which the Glasgow Pact Talk discussed phasing out of inefficient fossil fuel subsidies could be used as a format to discuss harmful agricultural subsidies?
Knowing there is a precedent and that under Article 2.1C of the Paris Agreement (Making finance flows consistent with a pathway towards low greenhouse gas emissions and climate-resilient development) we must make sure that the same alignment of the financial flows and the energy system needs to be done for the food system as well.
Most of the international conferences that occurred in the last years, conclude with the acknowledgement that a multi-stakeholder approach is needed and that the business sector must be involved. This nevertheless does not include small and medium enterprises (SMEs), which are in most of the countries the main stakeholders, securing 70 to 80 % of the GDP and of the workforce. They represent the elephant in the room because governments and big companies are aware these must be considered but deem them too numerous to be considered efficiently. This represents a misconception as SMEs are very innovative, they create local jobs and resilience. Therefore, without their inclusion sustainability cannot be achieved. Not addressing and including the results from an inability to do so, which in turn makes it hard to address the consumption side. SMEs have shown to have the right solutions for local communities where they live, and if properly studied, these can then be scaled up. Thus, SMEs must be given a voice, decision-making power mechanism and access to finance. As few countries are starting to work on SMEs’ procurement process, they can serve as good examples, but upscaling models must prioritizes those creating local jobs, especially for women and youth.
SMEs also contribute to circularity and resilience. Still, without a proper policy framework and financial support, their role is minimized. The banks SEED has been in contact with expressed an incapacity to deal with SMEs. Therefore, we wish to have a global coalition on innovation and circularity and entrepreneurship for the SMEs, to give them the voice to enable them to contribute to just a transition for all in a healthy planet. The discussion on sustainable consumption production can never be solved without addressing elephant in the room.
This is fundamental if we want to effectively respect the much stated “think globally act locally”. Acting local means working with SMEs and local committees. This is fundamental for ecosystem restoration and for climate mitigation. In the next international meetings. We must depart from Glasgow and include SMEs alongside big companies. Hopefully, Stockholm+50 could be the platform for starting that.
The event concluded with a common view that multilateralism is indispensable to resolve current global environmental problems, and that the resolution adopted recently at the UN Environment Assembly to initiate global negotiations for a binding agreement to end plastic pollution demonstrates that multilateralism can work. However, processes must be inclusive, enabling the full and effective engagement of governments, social partners, and all relevant actors, including those in the informal economy, and be based on social dialogue.
Much more action is required at the local level, through local value chains, the engagement of communities and the critical role of small and medium sized enterprises to achieve transformative impact at speed and scale. Systemic solutions are required to repurpose support to agriculture, including addressing the question of inefficient subsidies for sustainable food systems; aligning finance and increasing accessibility to small companies; transforming shipping and the maritime industry for the emergence of a blue economy; taking advantage of the creative disruption that the digital and technological age provides; and producing better, with lower environmental footprint and accessibility to materialize a circular economy. Systemic change on all these fronts are essential to tackle the environmental challenges linked to growing inequality, poverty and exclusion, such that in the lead up to, and at Stochkholm+50, the world can better connect the agenda for decent work and social with a healthy planet. Stockholm+50 can build upon a range of emerging initiatives including the Global Accelerator on Jobs and Social Protection for a Just Transition to accelerate the pace of implementation.
In addition to the live WebEx and Facebook transmissions, the video of the event is available on this webpage.
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