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SwitchMed contributes to green jobs generation in the Mediterranean

Green innovation and employment generation go hand-in-hand at the ILO-ITC Academy on Green Jobs Promotion in the MENA Region.
Published on Nov 17, 2017

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The potential of green economy for employment generation and sustainable development has been comprehensively analysed at the Academy on Green Jobs Promotion in the MENA Region who gathered more than 100 practitioners, decision-makers, CSOs representative and green entrepreneurs.

The city of Alexandria has been stage to one of the most innovative capacity-building event of the Region. From the 29th of October to the 2nd of November more than 20 sessions has been held at the Arab Academy for Science, Technology & Maritime Transport, focusing on energy transition, green industries, sustainable waste management, green works and public employment programmes, sustainable tourism and green entrepreneurship.

The Academy had as overall purpose to contribute to improve institutional capacities for transformative change towards greener and more inclusive economies. During 5 days latest thinking on key topics related to green economy transition and green jobs promotion have been exposed and shared, drawn on international experiences and research outcomes. Participants had the chance to understand what green economy is and how green jobs can be promoted for vulnerable social categories such as youth and women. Participants have reflected and debated on policy-making and action strategies formulation related to good practices and existing experiences such as the project DJEP in Egypt, Plateforme des Emplois Verts in Tunisia and SwitchMed.

Alessandro Miraglia attended the Academy on behalf of the Regional Activity Centre for Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP/RAC) contributing to the debate on how to realize the full employment potential of low-emission, climate resilient and resource efficient strategies and presenting the Green Entrepreneurship component of the SwitchMed programme.

As panellist in the High Level Policy panel, The SCP/RAC has contributed to set the context for the Academy and address some of the pertinent questions how to overcome the perceived dilemma between “planet” and “people”, and to build synergies between policies that address environmental challenges and promote social development simultaneously. SwitchMed and its business development programme has been presented in the “Elective on Green Entrepreneurship” as an accelerator of green jobs and sustainable development linking green entrepreneurship and innovation to the expansion of an inclusive green economy and providing specific examples of innovative approaches and solutions.

SwitchMed green entrepreneurs’ successful experiences have been showcased using their stories attracting the attention of trainees. These stories illustrated the support chain explaining how the link between eco-innovation, social inclusion and economic development can be nurtured through a regional focus.