COP 15 - UN Climate Change Conference Copenhagen 7-18 December 2009
Issued on December 07, 2009 at 10:53 AM
ITUC: "The world can simply not wait any longer"
The International Trade Union Confederation call on all governments and, in priority, those in developed countries and major economies in the developing world to firmly commit to emission reductions, on the basis of their different responsibilities and respective capabilities.
Climate change will affect all aspects of our lives, in particular the way we produce and consume. Its immediate impacts will target the poorest and most vulnerable people. It will certainly also have effects on employment. Measures taken to combat climate change, in particular those aiming at reducing greenhouse gas emissions, while crucial, will require important transformations in the world of work and generate opportunities and challenges for workers and trade unions.
Guy Ryder: "Solidarity is definitely a key point in the road to success for this critically-important summit"
The International Trade Union Confederation has called again on governments to take urgent and necessary measures to reach without delay a low-carbon future. The ITUC will submit its Statement "Trade unions and climate change - Equity, justice and solidarity in the fight against climate change" to the Summit to pressure decision-makers to move in the right direction. The ITUC statement sets out the international trade union movement's position in detail, emphasising the need for urgent emission reductions in developed countries, finance for developing countries' adaptation, creation of green and decent jobs and the implementation of "just transition" policies, through investment in new low-carbon technologies to reduce the carbon footprints of existing industries. "Solidarity is definitely a key point in the road to success for this critically-important summit," said ITUC General Secretary Guy Ryder. "The world can simply not wait any longer. Decisions should be made at Copenhagen and action has to start immediately. The human, environmental and economic costs will otherwise be massive."
Irish Congress of Trade Unions: Green Economy = Thousands of new jobs
In a new report "Green Shoots - maximising job creation in the green economy", Irish Congress of Trade Unions presents the potential for significant employment growth through moving to a greener economy. The report focus on an economy far less dependent on fossil fuels for energy and transport, with a new approach to investment and job creation. More than ever the focus needs to be on projects are economically and environmentally sustainable. Read the report - click here
Please visit the ITUC website on Climate Change - click here
See three videos on climate change produced by Sustainlabour with the assistance of the ITUC: