A forum was held yesterday at the UN Pavilion where Chinese and foreign experts and officials discussed how to promote the notion of "green jobs."
Revolving around the topic of "Green Jobs, Better Life," the discussion focused on finding innovative and socially-fair solutions to sustainable economic development.
The concept of green jobs illustrates a shifting of economy toward a low-carbon path while at the same time providing decent jobs, said Peter Poschen, director of Jobs Creation and Enterprise Development of the International Labor Organization.
He said the Green Jobs Initiative was launched jointly by the United Nations Environment Programme, the International Labor Organization, the International Trade Union Confederation and the International Organization of Employers.
Green jobs can reduce the environmental impact of industrial enterprises to levels which are sustainable, Poschen said. "They can reduce the consumption of energy and raw materials, minimize greenhouse gas emissions, waste and pollution, restore the eco-system and biodiversity, and contribute to flood prevention," he added.
Kenji Kitahashi, mayor of Kitakyushu of Japan, shared the city's experiences in developing low-carbon economy and creating green jobs. He said heavy industry in Kitakyushu caused serious pollution to the environment in the 1960s. Through a set of policies on energy saving and mission reduction, the city has managed to repair local eco-system and move toward a low-carbon economy.