We are living in a globalized world where huge changes in production and consumption patterns have dramatically affected not only the economy and the environment, but also our social conditions.
Even though economic transitions and growth have lifted some out of poverty, there are still 1.3 billion workers, 43.5 per cent of all workers, who live below US$2 per day according to the International Labour Organization (ILO). Social inequalities are still huge, and the financial and economic crisis will continue to have an enormous impact on social conditions, employment and the labour market in coming years. Issues such as poverty and population growth, over-exploitation of resources and excessive consumption, degradation of land, air and water, urbanization and industrialization, diversity of species, basic human and trade union rights and needs, good quality employment in safe working conditions, social security, freedom from discrimination, education, etc. have to be addressed in a way to ensure a more sustainable pattern of development.
"…development that meets the needs of the present, without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."
This approach has got renewed attention with the growing interest and investment in "green jobs" and the "green economy" mainly due to climate change. Today we see an opportunity for change and an occasion to address the issue of "just transition" towards a more sustainable world.
This page presents research mainly focussing on sustainable development and "just transition" for workers towards a green economy that works for social progress.