Breakout Session | Stage 3

Host: International Labour Organisation (ILO)

Decent work is not just a Goal, it is a driver of sustainable development. In order to achieve decent work for all and the broader 2030 Agenda, a just transition to sustainable development is fundamental. It will enable millions more people to overcome poverty and deliver improved livelihoods for this and future generations. With the right policies in place, just transition strategies would generate 24 million new jobs globally by 2030. Inaction will mean further temperature increases, causing heat stress, particularly in agriculture, more common and more job displacement with skills mismatches. During the Climate Action Summit of 2019, 46 countries made a commitment to formulate national plans for a just transition, placing decent work and a just transition for all at the centre of action to address climate change, and drawing on the ILO Guidelines for a Just Transition. The discussion will focus on experiences and policy priorities for formulating just transition strategies.


Vic Van Vuuren - Moderator
Director of Enterprises, ILO
After completing a law degree Vic started his working career at the South African Department of Justice as a public prosecutor and magistrate. Thereafter he moved into the private sector and progressed later to executive positions. Vic was later appointed as the Chief Operations Officer of the national unified business federation organisation - Business Unity South Africa, which he helped establish. In February 2009 Vic was appointed as the Director, International Labour Organization for Southern Africa and in January 2016 Vic was appointed as the Director, Enterprises Department at the International Labour Organization in Geneva.
Nisreen Elsaim
SG's Youth Advisory Group on Climate Change
Nisreen Elsaim (Sudan) is a climate activist and junior negotiator at intergovernmental climate change platforms with experience across a range of environmental topics, and she was part of the social movement that brought about democratic change in Sudan.
Paloma Costa
SG's Youth Advisory Group on Climate Change

Paloma Costa (Brazil) is a lawyer and human rights defender who has coordinated the youth delegations to several climate conferences.

Archana Soreng
SG's Youth Advisory Group on Climate Change

Archana Soreng is experienced in advocacy and research. She is working to document, preserve, and promote traditional knowledge and cultural practices of indigenous communities.

Vladislav Kaim
SG's Youth Advisory Group on Climate Change

Vladislav Kaim (Moldova) is a young economist committed to ensuring green and decent jobs for youth, and he brings deep expertise in international trade and migration.

Guy Ryder
Director-General at ILO
Guy Ryder was elected as ILO Director-General by the ILO's Governing Body in May 2012 and took office on 1 October 2012. On taking office, he pledged to position the Organization as a determined actor translating principle into action and ensuring that it had the capacity to make a major difference to the working lives of people on all of the continents. To support this he launched a major reform process geared to assuring the ILO’s authority on matters falling within its mandate.
Roberto Suarez Santos
Secretary General at IOE
Roberto Suarez Santos is the Secretary General of the International Organisation of Employers from 26 October 2018. Prior to his current role, he held the post of Deputy Secretary-General since December 2012.
Sharan Burrow
General Secretary at ITUC

Sharan Burrow was elected General Secretary of the ITUC at its Second World Congress in Vancouver, June 2010. Prior to this, she held the position of ITUC President since its Founding Congress in Vienna (November 2006) and the position of ICFTU President since its 18th World Congress in Miyazaki (November 2004). She is the first woman to have held any of these positions.

September 22, 09:00
09:00 — 09:45EST(GMT-4) (45′)

Decent Jobs, Education, Leave No One Behind, People

| Host: International Labour Organisation (ILO) |, Archana Soreng (SG’s Youth Advisory Group on Climate Change), Guy Ryder (ILO), Nisreen Elsaim (SG’s Youth Advisory Group on Climate Change), Paloma Costa (SG’s Youth Advisory Group on Climate Change), Roberto Suarez Santos (IOE), Sharan Burrow (ITUC), Vic Van Vuuren (ILO), Vladislav Kaim (SG’s Youth Advisory Group on Climate Change)