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François Rebsamen, Minister of Labour, Employment, Vocational Training and Social Dialogue and Luis Enrique Chávez Basagoitia, Permanent Representative of Peru to the United Nations in Geneva, signed on Wednesday, June 10, a joint call on climate change and decent employment as part of the International Labour Conference at the Permanent Mission of France to the United Nations in Geneva.

The objective of this call is notably to encourage Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to better integrate the dimensions of decent work into the fight against climate change, both in negotiations for a future climate change agreement and in formulating and implementing national policies. Governments, employers and workers are encouraged to pursue their action in favour of climate, on the basis of social dialogue, aiming at a strong social consensus to reach climate goals more quickly with the full support of all actors within society. Action on climate change, if well managed, can therefore help create more jobs of higher quality.

COP21 Paris

Joint Call for Action on Climate Change and Decent Work
By Peru and France, June 10, 2015

We, the governments/Ministers of Environment and Labour of France and Peru,

Guided by the urgent need to accelerate global efforts to combat climate change,

Conscious that the effects of climate change have direct and indirect impact on economic growth, affecting business activity, restricting employment with repercussions to the general well-being of populations, especially those most vulnerable.

Convinced that if properly managed, climate change action can lead to more and better jobs, poverty reduction and social inclusion,

Reaffirming that inaction is not an option and that achieving the goal of holding the increase in global average temperature below 2° C or 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels call for the widest possible participation, cooperation and ambitious action by all countries, actors and stakeholders and society at large,

Recognising that the actors in the world of work – governments, employers and workers –are key agents of change of the real economy who can make a significant contribution in the fight against climate change,

Noting that given the scale, complexity and urgency of climate, inclusion and decent work challenges, the world will have neither the resources nor the time to tackle them separately or consecutively and that adopting a holistic approach to tackle them is not an option, but a necessity,

1) Call on UNFCCC Parties to ensure that a future climate change agreement includes a clear acknowledgement of the strong linkages between climate change and decent work;

2) Encourage UNFCCC Parties to ensure ways to address the decent work dimensions in the negotiations towards a future climate change agreement as well as in their national climate change policies and their implementation;

3) Urge all countries to pursue climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts that act as a strong driver of growth, job creation, job upgrading, social justice, gender equality and poverty eradication, guaranteeing the exercise of fundamental rights;

4) Encourage countries to adopt favourable macro-economic, fiscal, sectorial, labour and social policies that orientate public and private investments, provide incentives to enterprises and consumers towards labour intensive sectors, in particular those ones vulnerable to climate change;

5) Call on Parties to promote social protection and other appropriate social policies among means of adaptation to climate change, to reduce vulnerability and exclusion, prevent the loss of jobs and income and secure livelihoods;

6) Call for skills development through solid technical and vocational education and training systems responsive to climate challenges ; access to training for workers to develop the skills needed to transition to new types of jobs or to work with new materials, processes and technologies in their existing jobs; and support for entrepreneurship, resilience, innovation in enterprises, including MSMEs, and their transition towards sustainable practices;

7) Encourage countries to ensure that the transition to low carbon and climate resilient economies happen in a fair and just manner, is gender balanced and takes into account the Just transition Framework agreed by governments, workers and employers at the International Labour Conference in 2013 ;

8) Invite the actors in the world of work - governments, employers and workers - to pursue climate action on the basis of social dialogue in view of a strong social consensus enabling climate objectives to be achieved faster with the full support of all actors of society;

9) Acknowledge and invite the UN system and its specialized agencies to support countries to pursue climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts at national and local levels and their initiatives to a transition towards a green economy.

10) We commit ourselves to make our best efforts to advance these goals in the context of the climate change negotiations towards the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Paris (COP21) in 2015 and other relevant intergovernmental processes and encourage other countries to adhere to this Call for Action.

For Peru :

- Mr. Daniel Romero Maurate, Minister of Labour and Employment Promotion

- Mr. Manuel Pulgar-Vidal Otálora, Minister of the Environment

For France :

- Mr. François Rebsamen, Minister of Labour, employment, training and social dialogue

- Mrs. Ségolène Royal, Minister for Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy

Photo credit: Zoriah

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