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November 9, 2022

COP27: International Labour Organization wants to see a just transition “actually implemented”

The International Labour Organization (ILO)'s head of green jobs Moustapha Kamal Gueye talks to Energy Monitor about his hopes and fears for a just transition at COP27.

By Nour Ghantous

Energy Monitor reporter Nour Ghantous (left) in conversation with the ILO’s head of green jobs Moustapha Kamal Gueye at the Just Transition pavilion at COP27 in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.

The International Labour Organization (ILO) is launching a Green Jobs for Youth Pact at COP27, together with the UN Environment Programme and Unicef, to contribute to a just transition to a low-carbon and circular economy.

“We want to see this being labelled a COP of ambition and implementation… in a way where the labour provisions, the just transition dimensions that we have in the NDCs [national climate plans] are actually implemented,” the ILO’s head of green jobs Moustapha Kamal Gueye told Energy Monitor in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. The current geopolitical situation poses a “serious” challenge to the COP, he adds, but he is encouraged by the engagement of young people.

More on a just transition and beyond at COP27:

Over the next two weeks, reporter Nour Ghantous (week one) and senior writer Dave Keating (week two) are reporting from COP27 in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, on behalf of Energy Monitor and our parent company, GlobalData. They will provide the data-led analysis you have come to expect from Energy Monitor but also something new: video interviews with business leaders, policymakers and campaigners. We encourage you to return often to our Energy Monitor home page for updates from the conference. You can also sign up for our free biweekly newsletter here.

Other recent COP27 coverage includes: COP27: How countries compare on carbon emissions and pledges, by Nick Ferris (7 November); COP27: Mattie Yeta, CGI’s chief sustainability officer, on the first-ever ‘metaverse COP’, by Nour Ghantous (7 November), Which countries are already at net zero? by Nick Ferris (25 October); and COP27: Manage your expectations, by Nour Ghantous (21 September).

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