In April 2007, UNEP and the International Labour Foundation for Sustainable Development (Sustainlabour), in partnership with the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), and its affiliates, the International Labour Organization (ILO), and the World Health Organization (WHO), launched a two-year project on “Strengthening trade union participation in international environmental processes”, with the financial support of the government of Spain.
It aimed to improve engagement of workers and trade unions in the development and implementation of environmental policy. It is currently implemented in four regions, namely Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean. It focuses on topics identified during the Trade Union Assembly on Labour and the environment – WILL 2006:
The project has been able to lead to durable and self‐sustained processes and synergies with the involvement of the target audience and key stakeholders, but also in building complementarity with other projects such as the SAICM project of Sustainlabour; the ILO Green jobs initiative; and the UNEP Green Economy Initiative.