Government of Malawi has reiterated its commitment to transform the working world into a greener environment.
Malawi Minister of Labour Henry Mussa made the commitment during a statement delivered during the 106th dession of the International Labour Conference taking place in Geneva, Switzerland.
Mussa observed that climate change is an indispensable antecedent to sustainable future work outcomes in Malawi and all other countries.
“We, therefore, welcome the proposition to adopt a program budget that will work to make environmental sustainability a cross-cutting issue in all our activities, that will ensure creation and protection of jobs,” Mussa said.
His sentiments were in reaction to Guy Ryder, the Director General of International Labour Organisation (ILO), who earlier told delegates that nothing will more clearly distinguish the first hundred years of the ILO’s history from the second “than the necessary greening of the world of work.”
Ryder said of his report entitled, “Work in a Changing Climate: The Green Initiative,” that it “highlights the potential for greening of production to be a powerful engine for decent work creation and strong and balanced growth and development.’
“We need the right policies to make transition happen and to make it just,” he noted. “And like any process of change at work that will require the combined efforts of governments and of employers and workers through social dialogue.”
Incidentally, Mussa is leading a delegation of tripartite social partners composed of officials from government, Malawi Congress of Trade Union (MCTU) and Employers Consultative Association of Malawi (ECAM).
The Malawi delegation on Wednesday participated in a high-level dialogue on digital skills for youth job creation which fits in very well with ICT skills being taught in various community technical colleges across the country.
The ILC sets the broad policies of the ILCO and meets once a year in Geneva, Switzerland. The annual “world parliament of labour” brings together more than 5,000 government workers and employer delegates from the ILO’s 187 member states.