Maximizing the Social and Economic Opportunities of Climate Action
Friday, September 23, 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. World Trade Center Utah 60 South Temple, Salt Lake City
(This event is hosted in person and is free and open to the public. Registration required.)
Can a collective impact of businesses, government agencies, nonprofits, and individuals drive economic growth by transitioning to green jobs while fostering new employable skills in the local communities?
Join World Trade Center Utah and Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy for a conversation and breakfast with Kevin Cassidy from the International Labour Organization as he speaks on how renewable energy jobs are more than climate action - they can create employment and social opportunities for youth, rural, and vulnerable people.
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ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Kevin Cassidy, with nearly 4 decades of international development experience, is currently the Director and Representative to the Bretton Woods and Multilateral Organizations for the International Labour Organization (ILO) Office for the United States. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Cassidy served as the Senior Communications and Economic and Social Affairs Officer for 11 years in the ILO Office for the United Nations with additional responsibilities for partnerships in North America. During this time, Mr. Cassidy worked with Member States to organize Heads of State/Government and Ministerial level events highlighting decent work as well as introducing policy language on key development issues into the resolutions and outcomes documents of the UN General Assembly’s Third Committee and the Commissions of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).
Before his assignment to New York, Mr. Cassidy was the Chief Technical Adviser for the ILO’s Global Campaign on Promoting Fundamental Rights at Work. During that time he developed numerous communication initiatives in over 40 countries such as interactive radio and television programs as well as training journalists on communicating locally on decent work, child labor, forced labor, discrimination, and the freedom of association. Prior to joining the ILO, Mr. Cassidy worked for the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF-UK) in London as the Operations, Communications, and Partnership Director. His work with the AKF-UK focused on rural and community-based development in Central and South Asia.
Mr. Cassidy has worked in several UN offices during his career including the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) on the issue of landmines, the Office of the Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance (OCHA), the Executive Office of the Secretary-General (Boutros Boutros-Ghali and Ban Ki-moon), the UN Department of Public Information and the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (NGLS), New York.
Mr. Cassidy holds a Masters of Economic and Political Development from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.