LKDF Forum 2020: innovative ways to identify and invest in green industrial skills for the future of work in a post-pandemic world

LKDF Forum 2020: innovative ways to identify and invest in green industrial skills for the future of work in a post-pandemic world


VIENNA, 9 October 2020 - More than 400 people, 45 speakers, and representatives of ten partners took part in the Learning and Knowledge Development Facility (LKDF) Forum 2020 – three days of interactive sessions deliberating on “green skills for a sustainable future” and the start of what the World Economic Forum calls a reskilling revolution.

During the Forum opening, Abdullahi Ali Hassan, Somalia’s Minister of Commerce and Industry, said, “The LKDF Forum […] provides a platform to exchange ideas and solutions for green industrial skills, innovation, growth and sustainable development”.

Inger Andersen, UNEP Executive Director, also emphasized that “[The] Forum can help draw attention to skills gaps and build partnerships to ensure that the workforce is equipped for a green economy.”

The LKDF Forum 2020 was organized by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), together with the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), the European Training Foundation, and WorldSkills International.

UNIDO’s Director General, LI Yong, said his organization was “drawing on the [LKDF’s] Public Private Development Partnership business model” to “develop the much-needed green industrial skills and encourage investments in training and lifelong learning."  

Another speaker, Melakul Alebel, Ehtiopia’s Minister of Industry and Trade, said, “We must not forget about […] sectors like agriculture and education. Without developing these sectors, we cannot hope for success in the industrial sector.”.

Saadia Zahidi, World Economic Forum Managing Director, said, “rescaling and upskilling an online-connected workforce is the future of our greening and job revolution moving forward to the jobs of the future.”

Topics discussed during the Forum deliberated on green skills definition(s), the role of policymaking in driving quality and adequate skills development programmes, the future of work as a result of COVID-19 and digitalization, climate diplomacy, and new frameworks for development.

The discussions also highlighted several challenges, including lack of inclusivity in technical education, limited green policies at the country- and global- levels, a narrow focus on outcomes and impact when investing in education, and little context-specific results.

Daily summaries of the LKDF Forum 2020 are available at

Day 1Day 2Day 3

For further information, contact:

Riccardo Savigliano, Agro-industries and Skills Development Division, UNIDO


or LKDF Forum Organizing Team