Jordan launches $6m project to create sustainable green jobs

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AMMAN — The Ministry of Environment in Jordan unveiled a new $6 million project titled "Creating sustainable green jobs for refugees and host communities through the green economy in Jordan". اضافة اعلان

Launched in cooperation with the Korean Embassy and implemented by the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), the initiative aims to empower vulnerable groups by providing employment opportunities in the green economy.

The project received a grant from the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) in Jordan, according to the Jordan News Agency, Petra.

The launching ceremony was attended by several notable figures, including Minister of Environment Muawieh Radaideh; South Korean Ambassador to the Kingdom Kim Dong-gi; KOICA Country Director DongSung SEO; GGGI Resident Representative Christophe Assicot; President of the Technical and Vocational Skills Development Commission Raghda Faouri; and representatives from relevant ministries.

Targeting unemployment and environmental challenges
The project's primary focus is to enhance employment possibilities within the green economy for Jordanian women, youth, and refugees.

The green economy sector is recognized for its high potential to provide suitable job opportunities and promote sustainable growth.

In his speech, Minister Radaideh emphasized the significant environmental challenges faced by Jordan, including climate change, desertification, and water scarcity, which pose threats to the country's natural resources and have economic and social consequences.

Unemployment as an obstacle
Radaideh highlighted the pressing issue of high unemployment rates, particularly among youth, women, and refugees, which poses a major hindrance to economic development.

He emphasized the importance of promoting green entrepreneurship and creating green jobs as an innovative approach to tackle the unemployment challenge.

Such initiatives also contribute to global efforts in mitigating climate change and fostering sustainable development, aligning with the potential of the green economy.

Empowering vulnerable groups
Radaideh stressed the significance of equipping refugees and host communities with the necessary skills, knowledge, and resources to establish their own green businesses and secure decent jobs within the green economy.

These efforts are crucial for providing opportunities to the most vulnerable and marginalized groups.

The project strongly aligns with Jordan's Green Growth National Action Plan 2021–2025  and supports the Economic Modernization Vision and its green growth roadmap.

It aims to create new green job opportunities, enhance green skills among job seekers, and support the transformation of micro and small enterprises towards sustainability.

Acknowledging Royal directives and global initiatives
Minister Radaideh attributed all the achievements in the environmental sector and the green economy to the Royal directives, culminating in the launch of the Climate/Refugee Nexus Initiative by His Majesty King Abdullah during his participation in the Sharm el-Sheikh COP-27 summit.

This global initiative garnered approval and interest from a significant number of participating countries.

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