On the occasion of the 22nd United Nations Commission on Science, Technology and Development (CSTD), a special session was co-organised with Mr Bertrand Piccard, President and Founder of the Solar Impulse Foundation, in Geneva on 14 May 2019.

Being a member of the World Alliance for Efficient Solutions by Solar Impulse Foundation, GJASD International took part in this special session. Mr Igor Chernyshev, Vice–President, and Mr Hugo Oberson, Team Leader for Central Asia and the Caucasus, represented the Association.

Ms Isabelle Duran, Deputy Secretary-General of UNCTAD, opened the even and gave the floor to Mr Bertrand Piccard who shared with the participants an emotional and straightforward message about the role of start-ups in addressing today’s most pressing development challenges (available at:  www.facebook.com/UNCTAD/videos)

  • GJASD International and Dr Nadia Plata, President and Organiser of the International Climate Show, cooperated in the preparation of the International Climate Show 2019. In particular, the Association negotiated with Mr Vic Van Vuuren, Director of the ILO Enterprise Department, his participation in the 2nd International Climate Show as an Honorary Co-Chair of the Workshop on “Green Finance”.

    The Workshop was held on 13 February 2019, where Mr Van Vuuren informed participants about the ILO Green Jobs Programme (www.ilo.org/global/topics/green-jobs), provided examples of successful financing of green enterprises and talked about green cooperatives. One part of his presentation was dedicated to the celebration of the ILO 100th anniversary (www.ilo.org/100/en/).


Association Member agreement is signed: ​Prof. V. Teplov,
 and Mr Yves Chamorel

Mr Rafael Diez De Medina opens Session 3. Employment:
​a Key Aspect of the Social Dimension of Sustainable Tourism.
Dr Igor Chernyshev, Vice-President, GJASD International
  • Launching of the book “Ukraine and the ILO” organised in Kiev, Ukraine

    On 23 October Messrs Gregory Prensilevich and Igor Chernyshev organized a book launch event in Kiev (Ukraine). The event was dedicated to the book they wrote together entitled “Ukraine and the ILO” in two Volumes (link to the book). It was attended by 15 persons, including two former ILO senior officials from Ukraine, the former ILO National Coordinator in Ukraine, the former Ukrainian diplomats who worked in the Permanent Mission of Ukraine to the UN Office and other International Organizations in Geneva as well as the former Ambassadors of Ukraine in Canada, the European Union (Brussels), Italy, Switzerland and Turkey.​

    The book is dedicated to the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the International Labour Organization (www.ilo.org/100/en/) .

    ​Given that Mr Chernyshev and Mr Prensilevich are co-authors and members of GJASD International, the book launch event was held in conjunction with the Association’s name.

Dr. I. Chernyshev,  Vice President GJASD International and Prof. I. Mantsurov, 
Corresponding Member, National Academy of Science of Ukraine

M. I. Vokatch presents a global view on cooperatives
Mr Vokatch and Dr Henrÿ at the end of the joint presentation of the “Manual on Cooperatives” for secondary schools
Participants of the Workshop. First row, third from left to right: Mr Kh.Amgalanbaatar, President, Confederation of Mongolian Trade Unions; Mr S. Chinzorig, Parliament Member, Chair of Parliamentary Sub-Committee on SDGs, Minister for Labour and Social Protection; Mr Tim De Meyer, Director, ILO Country Office for China and Mongolia; Ms A. Ariunzaya, Chairperson, NSO of Mongolia; Mr I. Chernyshev, Mr T. Habiyakare, ILO Senior Regional Adviser, Regional Office for and the Pacific, Mr Faraz Shibli, ILO International Consultant and Mr A. Amarbal, Director, Population and Social Statistics Department, NSO.  
Mr Bertrand Piccard, with his characteristic insight and sense of humour, did not leave anyone indifferent to the call for   governments to support such start-ups and spur investment in such operations
 Dr Margarita Rohr, University of Valencia, Spain: Green economy:

  A conceptual overview

Ms Astrig Marandjian-Lapeyre (first left), Messrs Hugo Oberson and Igor Vokatch with the participants
of the Conference (third and fourth from right)
  • Capacity Building and Research Programme
    Kiev National University of Trade and Economics

  • 19th UNWTO meeting of the UNWTO Committee on Statistics

Dr Volodymyr Sidenko, Dr Igor Chernyshev
and Prof. Tetiana Melnyk
  • On 14 May 2018, the ILO launched its flagship report, World Employment Social Outlook 2018: Greening with jobs (WESO). It estimates how many jobs will be created globally, regionally and by sector, if sustainable policies are adopted. The report also covers job losses and includes policy recommendations aimed at further boosting job creation ​ ​(www.ilo.org/weso-greening).

    ​Mr Igor Chernyshev, Vice-President, and Mr Igor Vokatch, General Secretary, GJASD International, participated in the presentation of the report to the ILO staff members, which took place in the ILO Library.

Map of Armenia

HiLyte is a rechargeable iron battery providing clean, affordable and on-demand energy for off-grid communities.

Prof. Helen MacGillivray, President of ISI, addresses the participants  of the 62nd ISI WSC during the Opening Ceremony: “Statistics is a way and a culture of thinking” 

The Agenda included the following events: 

  • Visit to the tourist attraction pole in the Sevan Lake region and meetings with the local actors and contributing to the participatory diagnosis.
  • Visit to the agro-tourism sites in the village at Kalavan Mountain. Meetings with farmers and discussions with the inhabitants of the village about perspectives of organizing green tourism itineraries in the region. Projection and discussion of the movie "Tomorrow Geneva".
  • Stay in the village located in the Martouni Mountain: visiting the tourist sites and farms; meetings and discussions with the villagers and the village officials.


The Miassine Foundation and GJASD International, in partnership with the International Labour Office and the Swiss NGO "Tourism for Help", worked together and organised the 2nd Conference on Social and Solidarity Economy: Local Development and Rural Tourism in Armenia, which was held on 25 October 2018.  The Conference that brought together 140 people began with the official opening ceremony with the participation of the Senior UNDP Officials, representatives of the Government of Armenia, including Vice-Minister Deputy Minister of Territorial Development, and Mr Stefano Lazzaretto, Swiss Ambassador to Armenia. GJASD International representatives participated in two panel discussions and Mr Vokatch made presentation on the co-operative issues related to rural tourism and green jobs.

The Conference was the first attempt to bring together all the protagonists of rural development together and to initiate dialogue among them.

Through the opportunity of meetings and trainings of 5 days, this event provided a unique platform for networking, capacity building and access to new market opportunities for Armenians through an exchange of good practices and experiences with Swiss economic actors. Particular emphasis was placed on raising awareness about environmental protection and the promotion of renewable energies, waste sorting and the use of local materials for construction.

Ms Florabela Carausu, GOPA Luxembourg S.A.R.L.: Sustainable  grassroots tourism through green jobs: Measurement issues 
Mr Mykola Maimeskul, the former Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the UN Office and other international organizations in Geneva, and the former Ambassador of Ukraine in Canada congratulates the co-authors.

On the Invitation from the Belgorod University of Cooperation, Economics and Law (Associate Member of GJASD International) Mr Igor Vokatch, General Secretary, and Dr Hagen Henrÿ, Assistant Professor at the Ruralia Institute of the University of Helsinki, visited Belgorod (Russian Federation) from 11 to 13 October 2018. Dr Henrÿ is a partner of the GJASD International in the area of sustainable cooperatives development.

This was the second visit of the representatives of GJASD International Senior to the University.  The visit had the following major objectives: (i)  review the progress made on the preparation of a joint Text Book for University students; and (ii) deliver a series of lectures on the latest developments in the area of cooperative statistics and green jobs, including the “Guidelines concerning statistics of cooperatives” endorsed by the 20th ICLS (October 2018).  In addition, the Programme of the visit covered the following activities:

  • Lecture for students of the University of Belgorod on "The UN and cooperatives".
  • Lecture for students on "Green jobs and cooperatives".
  • Participation in the open discussion with students and professors on the cooperatives and ecological issues.
  • Participation on request of the Regional Belgorod Administration in the "cooperative professional orientation" session organised for the representatives of Belgorod secondary schools.
  • A joint presentation with Dr Henrÿ of the “Manual on Cooperatives” for secondary schools.
  • Interview on cooperative issues to the Regional TV.

Prof. Tetiana Melnyk with her students  ​
Mr I. Chernyshev responds to questions from the Workshop participants

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  • Second International Climate Show (Lausanne, Switzerland, 13-14 February 2019)

                                20th International Conference of Labour Statisticians  

Participants shared experiences, stories and lessons on how to create a dynamic environment for start-ups to access technologies and investments. They also called for more attention to the potential of start-ups to tackle development challenges.

The five-invited start-ups received seed money from the Solar Impulse Foundation to support the following innovations: 

Mr Igor Chernyshev and Mr Gregory Prensilevich          
In Yerevan: Messrs Igor Vokatch and Hugo Oberson
(first and second from left)
Forum participants. Mr Igor Vokatch, Secretary General, GJASD International (last row third from right)

For two days, the Show offered workshops, meetings, forums and round tables, around 83 stands of exhibitors.

Representatives of GJASD International participated in the 1st International Climate Show (Geneva 2018), where they met Mr Bertrand Piccard.  Mr Yves Chamorel, President, and Mr Igor Vokatch, General Secretary, represented GJASD International at the 2nd International Climate Show. They organised, moderated and made presentations at the Workshop “Eco-Tourism: My green   trip - Experience in Armenia”, jointly with Ms Astrig Marandjian-Lapeyre, President and Founder of the Miassine Foundation (Armenia).

  • Participation in the visit of the Swiss business delegation to Kazakhstan organised jointly by the Chamber of Commerce Switzerland-Russian/CIS and the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Services of Geneva.
Mr Igor Vokatch and ILO officials attending the WESO presentation.

Contact Information

«Together, we can find solutions» Mike Horn
Mr Igor Chernyshev, Vice-President, GJASD International, introduces  STS-429

 Sabella is a turbine nestled on the seabed to capture energy from ocean currents and tides.

Ms Astrig Marandjian-Lapeyre, President and Founder of the Miassine Foundation (Armenia)  
Ms Valentina Stoevska, ILO Department of Statistics: Statistical  definition of employment in the environmental sector and  green jobs: Theory and practice  
Meeting with Prof. V. Teplov, Rector of the University
(third from the left)

  • In May  2017, Mr Igor Vokatch, General Secretary, carried out a programming mission to Madagascar with the objective to meet with the representatives of the Ministry of Tourism, other national authorities, such as public authorities, social partners, NGOs, private actors and the international organisations, involved in the promotion of rural tourism. The mission was supported technically and logistically by the ILO Country Office in Antatananarivo The meetings held were geared towards the development of concrete recommendations for the preparation of a programme for the promotion of rural tourism in Madagascar. As a result of the mission, GJASD International has prepared a Roadmap for the development of rural tourism in Madagascar, which has been submitted for comments to the ILO Country Office and the Hotels, Catering and Tourism, ILO Sectoral Depratment. Based on the comments, GJASD International is finalising the Roadmap for its submission to the Ministry of Tourism as a joint document with the ILO Country Office in Madagascar. 

    Promotion of agritourism and green jobs in Madagascar (in cooperation with the ILO Country Office). 

    Presentations and lectures covering such issues as green economy; sustainable enterprise and cooperatives; agritourism; green jobs and decent work, etc.​

    ​Vice-President of GJASD International participated in the Scientific and Practical Conference Imperatives and Innovative Mechanisms for Ensuring Decent Work in the Conditions of Emerging New Economy  (Kiev, Ukraine, 25-26 April 2017), where he was an invited honorary participant and addressed the Conference during the opening session.
Bio-products grown in the Kalavan Mountain
Eco-rural tourism in the Martouni Mountain
Visit to the tourist attraction pole in the Sevan Lake region
  • GJASD International participated in the events celebrating the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017. Activities celebrating the International Year were organised in collaboration with the Institutional Relations Unit of the UNWTO and the UNWTO Representative to the United Nations in Geneva. 
Special Topic Session (STS-429): Speakers and the Chair
  • Participation in the Meeting of the Working Group of Experts on the Measurement of Sustainable Tourism (UNWTO, Madrid 20-21 October 2016). The Meeting of the Working Group (MWG) was organised for the first time by the UNWTO and gathered together both users and producers of tourism statistics (see: statistics.unwto.org/wg_meeting). GJASD International prepared the issue paper “Green Jobs for Sustainable Tourism” that was distributed to the participants of the MWG. The paper contains relevant technical definitions and measurement tools and invites the Working Group to consider including green jobs dimension in the MST framework. The GJASD International’s initiative has been taken on board and the social aspect (employment) has been retained in the MST Framework and enhanced with green jobs dimension. The UNWTO Statistics and Tourism Satellite Account Programme will prepare a roadmap for the implementation of the Working Group recommendations and decisions.
  • 20th International Conference of Labour Statisticians

The ISI World Statistics Congresses (ISI WSC) take place once every two years in different countries and are usually organized by or in partnership with the host country's National Office of Statistics. The WSCs and their associated events are the highpoint of activities of the ISI where all its Associations, Committees, members and participants involved in statistics worldwide come together to participate in the many different activities and highlights of the WSC for an entire week and associated activities immediately before or after this week. 

On the initiative of GJASD International, the organisers of the 62nd ISI World Statistics Congress 2019 accepted a Special Topic Session (STS-429) entitled Green economy and green jobs: tourism sustainability and the issue of measurement. The 62nd ISI WSC was held from 18-23 August 2019 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (link to the video). It was attended by 2,500 delegates from over 140 countries and united statistical researchers, academia, industry practitioners, analysts and policymakers to share insights on development in statistical science and to advance application of statistics for discovery, innovation and decision-making. The moto of the ISI 2019 was “Come, Connect, Create”.

Prime Minister of Malaysia, Yab Tun Dr Mahathir Bin Mohamad, Prof. Helen MacGillivray, President of ISI, Minister of Economic Affairs, Datuk Seri Azmin Ali, Governor of the Bank Negara Malaysia, Datuk Nor Shamsiah Mohd Yunus, and Dr. Mohd Uzir Mahidin, Chief Statistician of Malaysia, were present at the Opening Ceremony. GJASD International was represented by Mr Igor Chernyshev, Vice-President.   

Mr Bertrand Piccard addresses the participants

 Ecotech Ceram provides sustainable heat storage solutions for secure, clean and efficient energy.

  • IBRD Project in Ukraine

Spouts is the first ceramic water filter factory in Uganda, providing clean and safe drinking water for millions in need.

  • Mr Yves Chamorel, President of GJASD International, and Mr Igor Vokatch, its General Secretary, and Dr. Hagen Henrÿ, Assistant Professor at the Ruralia Institute of the University of Helsinki, stayed in Belgorod, Russia on the invitation from the Belgorod University of Cooperation, Economics and Law to participate in the celebration of the 40th anniversary of the University from 25 to 27 September 2017.

    They participated in roundtables, meetings and conferences with university students and professors. The topics covered were as numerous as varied, ranging from the global problems of the cooperative world, in particular cooperative statistics, to the green economy, a new subject which is currently one of the main focus of interest in Russia. As for Dr Hagen Henrÿ, who is, inter alia, Honorary Professor of the University of Belgorod, he has developed topics related to legislation and cooperative policies.

    ​The Belgorod University of Cooperation, Economics and Law and GJASD International have signed the document to endorse the University's Associate Membership at GJASD International. The perspectives of the joint work were discussed with Prof. Vitalii I. Teplov, Rector of the University. It is planned to continue working together in areas such as rural tourism and the green economy, including green jobs statistics.

In December 2017, GJASD International was subcontracted by the Statinformconsulting Ltd. (Ukraine) to participate in the implementation of the project “Development of approaches and implementation of control mechanisms related to social support”. The Project was launched in September 2017. 

Gala Dinner: participants of the 62nd ISI World Statistics Congress                     ​

Green Jobs and Sustainable Development International Centre advisory service

Mr Hugo Oberson, Team Leader for Central Asia and the Caucasus, and Mr Vokatch, General Secretary, of GJASD International  participated in the event called “Meetings for the development of rural tourism in Aremnia” organised by the Miassine Foundation in partnership with GJASD International in Armenia from 20 to 25 October 2018.

The above event was held outside the formal agenda of the XVII Summit of La Francophonie (Yerevan, 11-12 October, 2018) under the auspices of the Swiss Embassy in Armenia. Mr Emmanuel Julien, Deputy Director of the ILO Enterprise Department, participated in the “Meetings for the development of rural tourism” on behalf of the ILO. Ms Astrig Marandjian-Lapeyre, President and Founder of the Miassine Foundation, took part on behalf of her organisation.

Mr Bertrand Favre, Deputy Mayor of the Commune of Grand-Saconnex (canton of Geneva), was part of the Swiss delegation.

Session 3. Mr. I. Chernyshev, Vice-President,
​explains the approach proposed

to measure sustainable tourism.
  • Promotion of eco-tourism, green jobs, and sustainable enterprises nurturing cultural heritage and traditional practices in Macedonia (FYR), in cooperation with local entrepreneurs, NGOs, municipalities, government bodies and tourism agencies.
  • The first International Climate Show was held in Geneva at Palexpo, from 6 to 8 April 2018. This show was dedicated to the most innovative technologies and industrial solutions in the field of climate protection and the reduction of carbon emissions. Among the elements on the agenda, exhibitors at the forefront of innovation in the different areas closely impacting the issue of global climate change, forums and conferences, workshops open to all, as well as an international competition for eco-innovations.

    ​Mr Igor Chernyshev, Vice-President of GJASD International took part in the inauguration ceremony of the first International Geneva Climate Show held on 6 April 2018 with the participation of Geneva State Councillor Mr Luc Barthassat and Mr Bertrand Piccard, President of the Solar Impulse Foundation. A plenary session followed the inauguration ceremony.

    ​For detailes information, please press here: The first International Geneva Climate Show 

Examples of activities

Eco-hotel in the mountains
Mr Vic Van Vuuren, Director of the ILO Enterprise Department

Monday - Friday:  10 am till 5:30 pm

Dr Hagen Henrÿ, partner of the GJASD International in the area of  sustainable cooperatives development

Green Jobs and Sustainable Development International Centre 

Dr. I. Chernyshev addresses the Conference
Mr Igor Vokatch, General Secretary of
 GJASD International, opens the Workshop
  • 62nd ISI World Statistics Congress 2019 (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 18-23 August 2019)

  • Visit to the Belgorod University of Cooperation, Economics and Law   

Mr I. Chernyshev is a member of the Working Group of Experts on Measuring the Sustainability of Tourism and its Sub-Group on tourism employment. He was invited to the 2nd Working Group Meeting (Madrid, 24-25 October 2018) and contributed to the meeting by writing one of the three a papers from the Sub-group entitled: “Measuring the sustainability of tourism: Issues in measuring the employment aspects of sustainable tourism” (see GJASD International at: statistics.unwto.org/event/wge_mst_2ndmeeting).

As a follow-up to the WG Meeting, Mr Chernyshev continued working with Mr. Manpreet Singh, Senior Statistician at ILO Department of Statistics, on the discussion paper “Key Findings and Recommendations” presented by Mr Singh at the  19th meeting of the Committee on Statistics held in Madrid (Spain) on 26-27 February 2019 (cf.cdn.unwto.org/sites/all/files/pdf/19th_statcom_item_5.2_doc.pdf).

The International Conference of Labour Statisticians (ICLS) meets roughly every five years. Participants include experts from governments, mostly appointed from ministries responsible for labour and national statistical offices, as well as from employer’s and worker’s organizations.

 The International Conference of Labour Statisticians is invited to make recommendations on selected topics of labour statistics in the form of resolutions and guidelines, which are then approved by the Governing Body of the ILO before becoming part of the set of international standards on labour statistics.

Mr Igor Chernyshev, Vice-President of GJASD International, participated in the 20th ICLS held in Geneva, Switzerland, on 10-19 October 2018 (www.ilo.org/global/statistics-and-databases/meetings-and-events). It was his seventh conference, where he participated this time as a Senior Adviser to the Head of the Ukrainian Delegation.

The activities in which GJASD International is involved include:​

  • Following the celebration of the World Festival of Lemurs, GJASD International organised jointly with the founder of Cattamada an exhibition on "Madagascar red island, a unique biodiversity” (Madagascar l'lîle rouge, une biodiversité unique au monde) for children and their families. The exhibition took place from Wednesday, November 16 through December 9, 2016 at the Maison de quartier - Le Spot - à Genève (2 rue Perréard Francis, 1225 Chêne-Bourg). 

    Participation in thematic exhibitions to promote biodiversity conservation; development and maintenance of the national park systems, green and sustainable tourism, etc.

     Writing articles on a wide range of issues linked with the GJASD International’s  activities. 

    ​Joint projects with the Interstate Statistical Committee of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS- STAT).
University students, faculty of Economics

In November 2016, GJASD International was subcontracted by the ICC Group (Slovakia) to participate in the implementation of a pilot project on driving low-income families out of poverty. The Project was launched in August 2016.

The special session debated the role of the private sector and, more specifically, the role of start-ups in addressing global development challenges. It also discussed how start-ups were contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals by designing innovative technological solutions to these challenges.

Ms Catherine Sajet, ILO Research Department:  
Greening with jobs
Participants of the book launch event  
Yab Tun Dr Mahathir Bin Mohamad, Prime Minister of   Malaysia and Dr. Mohd Uzir Mahidin, Chief Statistician  of Malaysia (from left to right)
  • CSTD Side Event - Get up, Stand up, Start-up for Green Goals - Special session with Bertrand Piccard.

Opening hours

  • Vice-President of GJASD International, being a member of the UNWTO Working Group of Experts on Measuring Sustainable Tourism, participated in the 18th UNWTO Committee on Statistics and Tourism Satellite Account, as the ILO Consultant. The Committee was held in Madrid, Spain on 27-28 February 2018. (See List of participants, p. 6, at:  http://cf.cdn.unwto.org).​
From left to right: Mr Misha Belkindas, Co-founder and Managing Director of Open Data Watch, Dr Margarita Rohr, Ms Florabela Carausu, and Mr Vladimir Sokolin, Chairperson  of the CIS STAT, at the Gala Dinner
Mr Prensilevich signs a copy of the book for Dr Valentyna Medvedieva, Lecturer at the Kyiv National University of Culture and Arts 
WESO report presented by:  Ms Catherine Saget, Chief of the Work Income and Equity Unit, ILO Research Department,
and Mr Vic Van Vuure, Director of the ILO Enterprise Department (left corner),

After the first edition last year in Geneva, the second edition of the International Climate Show was held at the Palais de Beaulieu Lausanne. The Show opened on Wednesday, 13 February, in the presence of Mr. Mike Horn, guest of honour and the adventurer of the extreme. Among his most famous adventures are a trip around the world by the equator, crossing Antarctica on foot (the longest part (5,500 km), has never been travelled alone and without resupply), descent of the Amazon in hydrospeed ... At the age of 51, the Swiss-South African explorer continues to combine the exploits.

"Each of us can make a difference for the planet," said Horn at a conference in front of more than 300 people.

M. Igor Chernyshev, Vice-President of GJASD International    
Panel participants of Session 3 with Mr Rafael Diez De Medina,
​Moderator, ILO Chief Statistician,
Director of Department of Statistics.


Training session on “Yerevan: an impact hub"
Opening Session: Mr S. Chinzorig, Parliament Member, Chair of Parliamentary Sub-Committee on SDGs, Minister for Labour and Social Protection; Ms A. Ariunzaya , Chairperson, NSO; Mr Tim De Meyer, Director, ILO Country Office for China and Mongolia; Mr A. Amarbal, Director, Population and Social Statistics Department, NSO; Mr Kh.Amgalanbaatar, President, Confederation of Mongolian Trade Union (opening speech). 
  • Participation in the "Meetings for the development of rural tourism in Armenia”
Yab Tun Dr Mahathir Bin Mohamad, Prime Minister of Malaysia, opens the 62nd ISI World Statistics Congress: “Statistics is the DNA of decision-making and policy changes that affect every  of humanity”.     
Round table on green cooperatives initiative
Eco-rural tourism
Mr Igor Chernyshev, Vice-President of GJASD International, with Ms Elena Vatcarau and Ms Natalia Kleinknecht, Head (left) and Adviser (right) of the Delegation from the Republic of Moldova 

Premium Hortus is an e-commerce platform selling in agroecological and organic products and supporting African farmers and small businesses.

Ms Isabelle Duran, UNCTAD Deputy Secretary-General, opens a special event
  • On the occasion of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017, the Government of the Philippines and the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) have organised the 6th International Conference on Tourism Statistics with the objective of addressing the issue of the Measurement of Sustainable Tourism. The Conference gathered together 973 policy leaders, statisticians, academicians and private sector from 88 countries. The Vice-President of GJASD International  was the Key Speaker at Session 3. Employment: a Key Aspect of the Social Dimension of Sustainable Tourism, where he presented a Central Paper “Employment, Green Jobs and Sustainable Tourism" (custom.cvent.com) .
  • IBRD Project in Ukraine

Mr. I. Chernyshev, Vice-President GJASD International,

and Representative of the CISET

On 1 November 2018, at the invitation of Professor Тetiana Melnyk, Head of the Chair of International Economics at the Kiev National University of Trade and Economics,  Dr Igor Chernyshev, Vice-President of GJASD International, delivered the open lecture on the Sustainable Development as a Concept Encompassing Environment, Society and Economy for Master Programme students. The renowned Ukrainian scholar, Corresponding Member of the National Academy of Science of Ukraine, Dr Volodymyr Sidenko, opened the lecture (www.knteu.kiev.ua/gallery/view).

  • The General Secretary of GJASD International participated in the Forum on “Development of Co-operatives in Central Asia: Exchange of Experience with International Agencies to Strengthen the Associations of Cooperatives in Central Asia” (Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, 30 June-2 July 2017), where he made a presentation at Session 3 on "Exchange of experience with international agencies to strengthen cooperative associations in Central Asia". The Form was organised by the International Cooperative Alliance-Asia and Pacific and Cooperative Union of Kyrgyzstan (www.ica-ap.coop/icanews).
Mr Igor Vokatch, General Secretary, delivers a lecture on "Green jobs and cooperatives"
Hydrospeed

Mr Bertrand Piccard, President of the Solar Impulse Foundation and Mr Igor Chernyshev, Vice-President of GJASD International

  • National Validation Workshop on the draft “Accelerating the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals through Decent Work: SDGs monitoring and country profile for Mongolia” (Ulaanbaatar, 5 December 2017) 

    The National Statistics Office of Mongolia (NSO), with the ILO support, organised a National Workshop for representatives of the Mongolian Government, social partners, and other relevant institutions to discuss, review and comment on the draft “Accelerating the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals through Decent Work: SDGs monitoring and country profile for Mongolia” for its finalisation. Mr Igor Chernyshev, Vice-President, GJASD International, participated in the Workshop and presented the draft profile that he wrote as the ILO consultant (www.ilo.org/beijing).
Group work
In the office, of Prof. V. Teplov, Rector of the Universit

Mr Igor Chernyshev was the Organiser and Chair of the above STS (more information on the session can be found on ISI2019’s website: www.isi2019.org). The session was held on 21 August and organised around the following four interrelated presentations:

  • Green economy: A conceptual overview, presented by Dr Margarita Rohr, Assistant Professor, Chair of Economics, University of Valencia, Spain.
  • Greening with jobs, presented by Ms Catherine Saget, ILO Department of Research.
  • Statistical definition of employment in the environmental sector and green jobs: Theory and practice, presented by Ms Valentina Stoevska, ILO Department of Statistics.
  • Sustainable grassroots tourism through green jobs: Measurement issues, presented by Ms Florabela Carausu, GOPA Luxembourg S.A.R.L. (Statistics); report written jointly with GJASD International.


The main objective of that STS was to show interrelationships existing among green economy, green jobs and the sustainability of tourism through putting the grassroots or local perspective as a high profile focus of sustainable tourism discussion. More specifically, the areas of common interest are (a) whether a host community is heavily affected due to the negative impact of tourism activity on its habitat including fauna and flora; and (b) how to involve a host community in tourism related activities as a means to bring them out of poverty and stimulate participation in preserving their habitat and the nature.  

  • Recent research publications

    Dr. Esuna Dugarova, Team Leader, GJASD International, wrote the following two papers where she discusses gender equality dimension and its role in achieving the SDGs in general and in Kazakhstan, Mongolia and Russia in particular.

    Gender Equality as an Accelerator for Achieving the SDGs

    Evidence collected in this paper shows that gender equality is critical to achieving a wide range of objectives pertaining to sustainable development, from promoting economic growth and labour productivity, to reducing poverty and enhancing human capital through health and education, attaining food security, addressing climate change impacts. Based on this evidence, the paper argues that accelerating the pace of advancing gender equality in all spheres of society leads to a more rapid increase in progress towards achieving the 2030 Agenda (available at: www.undp.org/content/undp/womens-empowerment/gender-equality).

    Gender, work, and childcare in Kazakhstan, Mongolia, and Russia

    This study seeks to understand the nature of gender relations within a post‐Soviet welfare model in Kazakhstan, Mongolia, and Russia. On the basis of the analysis of key labour market indicators, parental leave, and childcare policies, it finds that the welfare models in the three countries are hybrid, and neither authoritarianism in Kazakhstan and Russia nor democracy in Mongolia lead to substantive gender equality outcomes (available at: onlinelibrary.wiley.com).