Asia Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD) Side Event on Green Jobs for Circularity
Adopting sustainable practices in business operations to limit global warming to 2°C will create some 24 million jobs, offering youth – both men and women – job opportunities that will also contribute to the transition to an inclusive and circular economy (ILO). The Asia and the Pacific region is home to more than 600 million youth, who can ensure skilled workforce for circular businesses. But this requires identifying needed skills and focusing on adequate education and policies.
UNEP (through GO4SDGs), in collaboration with SWITCH-Asia and the embassy of Finland in Bangkok, will host APFSD side event on ‘Green Jobs for Circularity’ where a diverse panel of experts from the government, private sector and youth will come together to discuss the opportunities for green jobs in the high-impact sectors of textiles, agri-food and packaging to accelerate the regional progress towards inclusive circular economy and the Sustainable Development Goals.
Asia and the Pacific region is home to more than 600 million youth. Zomming down to one of the region's high-impact setors, the region's textile industry accounts for 55% of the global textiles and clothing exports, and employs around 60 million workers, 80% of whom are women. As such, the region and its high-impact sectors have tremendous opportunities to be more circular and sustainable through green skills building and green jobs creation to shift the value chain and promote sustainable consumption and production.
This side events brings together a diverse panel of experts from the government, private sector and civil society groups to draw attention to green jobs as one of the essential enablers for circular economy and for sustainable consumption and production. Its key guiding questions include:
- What are the enabling policies to accelerate the transition towards an inclusive circular economy?
- What are some of the existing skills gaps in scaling circularity in high-impact sectors? What is required to over come this gap?
- What do you think are the priority areas where acceleration of green jobs is needed to achieve circularity?
With these questions, the side event aims to achieve, as expected outcomes:
- Increased understanding on the importance to invest in green skills and policies to drive for an inclusive circular economy in high-impact sectors;
- Suggested recommendations and action points to promote creation of green jobs for youth at the local and national levels;
- Identification of existing barriers and possible solutions through sharing of best practices, knowledge and tools available.