SINGAPORE, 13 November 2018 – The ASEAN Declaration on Promoting Green Jobs for Equity and Inclusive Growth of ASEAN Community was adopted today by the Heads of States/Governments highlighting the series of events in the 33rd ASEAN Summit.

The adoption of the Declaration shows the political will and commitment of ASEAN Leaders to respond to the global and regional environmental impacts that have paved way for the emergence of green jobs. The Declaration aims to achieve better understanding about green jobs and green skills in fostering green workplace practices. Diversities of green products and green services among ASEAN Member States would also be promoted. On the broader spectrum, actions committed in the Declaration are expected to give positive effects to the environment and labour markets in the region.

The Declaration is a result of extensive discussions and information sharing during the Regional Workshop initiated by the Ministry of Human Resource of Malaysia on 14-15 December 2017 in Kuala Lumpur. Governments, employers’ associations and trade unions of ASEAN Member States worked together in drafting the Declaration. They emphasised the importance of promoting green jobs especially in renewable energy sector, agriculture, construction, energy, forestry, manufacturing, transport, waste management, urbanisation, tourism, industry and technology.

Following the 33rd ASEAN Summit, the ASEAN Labour Ministers will meet in Kuala Lumpur on 28 November 2018 to deliberate on ways forward to implement the Declaration.

View the full declaration here.