Malaysia committed to ILO’s green initiative — Riot
Borneo Post Online : 16/06/2017
KUCHING: Malaysia is committed to the International Labour Organisation’s (ILO) green initiative and is focusing its efforts on four levels.
While addressing delegates of the 106th session of the ILO Conference in Geneva, Switzerland on Monday, Minister of Human Resources Datuk Seri Richard Riot named the four broad areas as global level, national level, sectors and enterprises level, and ILO policies and practices level.
He said at the global level, Malaysia would seek to boost the ILO’s standing as the global centre of excellence on current and future implications for the world of work, climate change, and the transition to a greener economy.
At the national level, he said Malaysia would strive to enable countries to adopt and implement employment and social policies on climate change.
He said at the sectors and enterprises level, Malaysia intends to incorporate ILO’s core values and practical approaches in industry policy frameworks for environmental sustainability.
Riot further elaborated that at the ILO policies and practices level, Malaysia would seek to increase the understanding and use of recommendations contained in a joint study conducted by his ministry and the ILO on employment, social protection and human resources manpower requirement for green technology in Malaysia.
“Malaysia sees the need for this joint study to be conducted in view of the need to raise the capacity of the government and social partners for a clearer understanding of the prevalence of green jobs across the country as well as to identify entry points for further green jobs creation.
“My ministry took a positive view of the outcomes of the joint study and is committed to ensuring that discussions on issues of green job mapping, construction of database, capacity development and developing the occupational standards on green skills can take on a more positive shape in the forthcoming years,” Riot said.
He said in order to accelerate efforts towards greater economic use of green technology, Malaysia pledges “cooperation with ILO in respect of green jobs”.
The ILO conference on Sunday to Tuesday (June 11-13) themed ‘Work in a Changing Climate: The Green Initiative’, brought together over 4,000 delegates from around the globe to discuss the most pressing labour-related issues.