The UN Climate Change Conference (COP 21) in Paris in December 2015 delivered a Climate Change Agreement that will frame long-term global action. It represented a major political breakthrough, even though it was not as ambitious as trade unions and NGOs would have wished.
The ETUC and its affiliates are working to transform the Paris Agreement into long-term progress for the planet, for workers and their communities. The ETUC defends a just transition towards a low-carbon economy which will maintain and create quality employment, promote workers’ participation and social dialogue, provide training for workers, strengthen social protection systems, and respect workers’ rights.
The ETUC is running a two-year, EU-funded project to involve trade unions in the follow-up to the Paris Agreement and the decarbonisation process it should catalyse.