• Lead-organizer: International Labour Organization (ILO)
  • 13:00 - 14:30
  • Date: 22 Jun 2012
  • Room: P3-1

Decent Work and Social Protection Floors for Sustainable Development

Organizing partners

ILO as lead convener in organization with UNEP and the IMF


The new vision of development links economic growth with low environmental impact, social inclusion and decent jobs. This requires a strong social pillar of sustainable development and policies which reinforce the synergies and mitigate the trade-offs between the environmental, economic and social pillars. The transition to a greener, fairer and sustainable development will create opportunities but also enormous challenges. With the right policies, such transformation can lead to social inclusion and more and better jobs. It provides significant opportunities for the creation of new jobs in sustainable enterprises, for the upgrading of existing jobs to lift millions out of poverty and to improve livelihood through access to basic social protection and services in the form of social protection floors.

The side event will highlight examples of coherent policies and effective programmes linking social protection, employment, economic and environmental issues. The side event will launch major initiatives lead by ILO.

Detailed programme

Opening by Heads of State H.E. Ms. Dilma Rousseff, H.E. Mr. Jacob Zuma

Participants: Achim Steiner (Executive Director UNEP), Christine Lagarde (Executive Director IMF), Juan Somavía (Director-General ILO)
Ibrahim Patel, Minster Economic Development, South Africa
Tereza Campello, Minister of Social Development, Brazil
Shri Jairam Ramesh, Minister of Rural Development, India

Announcement of Rio+20 implementation initiatives on Social protection for all, on Social dialogue to ease transition to a greener economy, and on Sectoral analysis of the impact of greening the economy on jobs, with particular focus on youth.

The participation of stakeholders, in particular of employers and workers, in the design and implementation of policies is critical for their success. Several programmes and policies to be highlighted:

Brazil: Social inclusion in a green economy all under poverty eradication strategy President Roussef:
Sustainable social housing (Program Minha Casa, Minha Vida provides housing with low energy cost integrating renewables)
Goal of formalizing 250 000 informal waste pickers (waste management law with incentives for formalization)
Green social transfers "Bolsa Verde" for over 300,000 families as payment for environmental services and incentive (extends Bolsa Familia to environmental protection)
Sustainable forest management (forest protection creating decent work)
Biodiesel production by smallholder farmers (access to growth markets for poor family farms)
Governance: the role of the Council for Social and Economic Development in shaping policies for sustainable development

India: Social inclusion through:
the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme serving 60 million families with focus on investments in water, soil conservation and forest rehabilitation.
Climate "missions" including creation of 20 GW renewable energy and skills development programme
Governance: inter-ministerial task-force on green jobs and local government and stakeholder ownership

South Africa: Creation of green jobs and social inclusion social:
New Development Strategy "New Growth Path" including green jobs as one of ten components; plan to create 460,000 green jobs by 2025
Governance: green economy accord committing relevant line ministries, employers (BUSA) and trade unions (COSATU) to contribute)

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