To promote sustainable tourism in North Sulawesi that preserves the environment, supports local livelihoods, and promotes responsible practices, the International Labour Organization (ILO), in partnership with the Ministry of National Development Planning (Bappenas), with support from the Government of Japan and the UN Partnership for Action on Green Economy (UN-PAGE), is organizing a three-day Green Jobs Forum titled “Transitioning to a Green and Blue Economy: Learning from North Sulawesi”.
Tourism sector is a leading sector in the province and this sector plays an important role in expanding job opportunities through green and blue jobs that pay attention to preserve the environment and the conversion of natural resources.."Olly Dondokambey, Governor of North Sulawesi
Also aimed to foster the transition towards a low-carbon green and blue economy, the Forum is officially opened today (26/9) by Olly Dondokambey, Governor of North Sulawesi, Amalia Adininggar Widyasanti, Bappenas’ Deputy for Economic Affair, Kusum Jaim, Team Lead of Mitigation Impact Assessment Support Unit of United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and Michiko Miyamoto, Country Director of the ILO in Indonesia.
Governor Olly in his remark emphasized the importance of tourism sector for the province of North Sulawesi. The North Sulawesi tourism is a tourism rising star in the country with a 600 percent growth of foreign tourists visiting North Sulawesi that has contributed to the economic growth.
“Tourism sector is a leading sector in the province and this sector plays an important role in expanding job opportunities through green and blue jobs that pay attention to preserve the environment and the conversion of natural resources. Thus, we are committed to support the development of quality tourism and we have developed local initiatives to support the transition to green and blue economy,” he stated.
We hope to continue enhance and strengthen the collaboration, knowledge-sharing and innovative approaches among relevant stakeholders."Michiko Miyamoto, ILO Country Director for Indonesia
“The ILO is pleased with the joint Forum that we have initiated with relevant ministries and partners to focus on biodiversity conservation, the creation of green jobs and the acceleration to green and blue transition leading to sustainable local economic development and livelihoods. We hope to continue enhance and strengthen the collaboration, knowledge-sharing and innovative approaches among relevant stakeholders,” she stated.
During the three day of the Forum, various issues are discussed, including issues related to sustainable development related actions on green jobs and the linkage between green and blue economy to local community, tourism industry and nature reserves. The Forum also examines local economic development, the protection of the biodiversity and knowledge-sharing and concludes with the identification of ways to move forward with the development of partnerships for biodiversity and jobs initiative, skills development and the promotion of sustainable and inclusive tourism approach.
Under the UN-PAGE programme, the ILO aims to enhance the understanding of the employment impacts of the green transition and address knowledge gaps of national economies to support sustainable development and promote Green Jobs and Just Transition in the country, while enhancing peer learning through regional exchanges.
For further information, please contact:Tendy Gunawan
ILO’s Programme Officer
ILO’s Officer on Green and Blue Economy
ILO’s Communications Officer