Geneva, 28 September 2022 (TDI): At the 51st Session of the UN Human Rights Council, Nordic-Baltic countries emphasized the promotion of decent work for those most affected by Climate Change and the necessity of reforming inclusive, sustainable, and green economies.

Nordic-Baltic countries discussed the future of the right to work in relation to climate change actions, solutions, and consequences in the framework of inclusive and sustainable economies Permanent.

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Ambassador of Lithuania at HRC51

The Representative Ambassador of Lithuania to Geneva, Darius Staniulis was honored to speak on behalf of the Nordic-Baltic countries which include Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Norway, Sweden, and Lithuania.

In his statement, the representative Ambassador Darius Staniulis said that climate change’s negative impact on the environment is a disturbing reality.

He stated that “It is our common responsibility to implement human rights-based policies on climate change while ensuring effective enjoyment of the right to work.”

The Ambassador stressed that special emphasis must be placed on promoting decent work for those who are most affected by climate change which mostly includes women, indigenous peoples, and communities in rural areas.

The Ambassador thanked the panelists for their insights on these issues and especially the ILO for comprehensive information and reports that highlight the urgency to reform and transit to green, sustainable and inclusive economies.

The Ambassador added that we note with concern that by 2030, 80 million jobs including those in essential services might be lost due to rising temperatures.

This has to be taken into account and adaptation to a new reality should start immediately to minimize the negative consequences and ensure the right to work.

He further added that the Nordic-Baltic countries continue to ensure access to adequate social protection, decent work, education, and training opportunities for all through national programmes.

The Ambassador highlighted that it is particularly important to ensure the inclusion of women, as they often have less access to resources and tend to work in informal settings.

Lastly, the ambassador to promote the role of women in society asked a question to the panelists. He asked that as today’s discussion is dedicated to exploring practical examples of inclusive economies, “how can we improve the inclusion of women in decision-making processes?”