Trade Union Statement to the OECD Meeting of the Environment Policy Committee (EPOC) at Ministerial Level│Paris, 28-29 September 2016



  • Trade Union Statement to the OECD EPOC Ministerialpdf
OECD Environment Ministers are meeting at a critical time for environmental policies. With the Paris climate Agreement on track for ratification and the indicators for measuring progress under the Sustainable Development Goals/Agenda 2030 being finalised, comprehensive international guidance for achieving sustainability is in place. Now is time to move towards in implementing those plans and to ensure national action is consistent with these international goals.

The international trade union movement is therefore calling on OECD Environment Ministers to:
  • Ensure national climate commitments are in line with their countries’ capacities and responsibilities and the need to respect the objective of not surpassing 2°C in average temperature increase, and aiming at 1.5°C;
  • Engage with labour, economic and investment ministers so that job creation strategies are integrated in climate plans;
  • Actively promote the implementation of the ILO Guidelines for a Just Transition in national contexts, in continuous dialogue with social partners;
  • Ensure that employment policies include qualitative as well as quantitative objectives (occupational safety and health, minimum living wages, collective bargaining, working time, security) when promoting the transition to a circular economy;
  • Make use of all regulatory avenues for making progress towards a circular economy, including for product design, producers’ and distributors’ responsibilities, product disposal and recyclability.