Green Economy Initiative Highlights



The Caribbean Green Economy Conference 2013

The conference “Green Economy as a Vehicle for Sustainable Development and Poverty Eradication in the Caribbean” was the first regional event under the CGEI and was hosted jointly by the Ministry of Sustainable Development, Energy, Science & Technology of Saint Lucia and UNEP. It took place from 4-6 June, in Saint Lucia.


Watch the short film "Green Light", on the Caribbean Green Economy Conference

Global Symposium Discussed the Integration of REDD+ into Green Economy

The role of forests and land use is becoming increasingly important in the discussions regarding the transition to a Green Economy. Over the past three years, the UN-REDD Programme has developed a body of work on ensuring that REDD+ and a Green Economy transformation are mutually reinforcing, based on pilot activities in a number of partner countries. The Government of Indonesia and the UN-REDD Programme in partnership with the United Nations Office for REDD+ Coordination in Indonesia (UNORCID), the World Agroforestry Centre, the Global Green Growth Institute, and the Overseas Development Institute, jointly convened a global symposium from 19-21 June 2013, in Jakarta.



Pacific Alliance Meets to Map Out Cooperation on Green Economy

The Pacific Alliance, a Latin American bloc formally launched by Colombia, Chile, Mexico and Peru in 2012, have started to frame their cooperation to green their economies.  One of the main pillars of cooperation within the technical cooperation group of the Alliance is “Policies for Green Growth”, which is being headed by Peru. A first workshop was held on 18-19 April 2013. UNEP's Chief of the Economics and Trade Branch Steven Stone gave an overview of the green economy approach promoted by UNEP, and Jaime Severino presented some of the work UNEP is doing in sustainable tourism.  



PAGE presented in Peru

Roger Loyola, the Director of Evaluation, Valuation and Finance for the Ministry of Environment of Peru hosted a meeting on 19 April 2013. There, the new Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) was presented and options for cooperation with Peru were outlined. The different Ministries’ representatives also presented their current actions on sustainable development, as well as their priorities for the adoption of a green economy.



Paris Forum 2013                                                                      
"Green Economy and Green Growth: From Labour to Resource Productivity"

Natural resource scarcity is putting our societies at risk and the environmental effects of global resource use, such as climate change, desertification, or food shortages are threatening the security of mankind as well as undermining the stability of the world’s economic and security systems. However, governments and businesses across the world are starting to react, seizing opportunities to transform to a low-carbon and resource-efficient economy.  Press Release

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GGKP Scoping Paper:                                                          NEW!

Moving towards a Common Approach on Green Growth Indicators  

This work is the result of coordinated efforts by the Global Green Growth Institute, OECD, UNEP, and the World Bank as part of the GGKP’s program on green growth measurement and indicators.




Green Economy Summary Newsletter “Key Achievements in 2012” 

 Scaling-up Green Economy Advisory Services

New partnership responds to Rio+20

New Research on Green Economy

Reforming fiscal policy

Measuring progress on green economy

Coming soon – new Green Economy & Trade report

 Download in pdf



Sustainability: The Green Economy Post Rio+20, by Edward B. Barbier

Department of Economics and Finance, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY 82071, USA. E-mail:

The distinguishing theme of the June 2012 United Nations (UN) Rio+20 conference was the “green economy” or, more precisely, how economies can achieve “green growth”. Although many green economy policies were endorsed in Rio, no new international commitments emerged. The paper outlines steps that could be taken in the aftermath of Rio to salvage the momentum in support of green growth.

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Advisory Services Update November 2012

In this issue

• Modelling a green economy in Morocco • Training workshop advances Mozambique’s green economy roadmap • Rwanda validates green economy sector study on energy • Green investment project wraps up in China • New initiative to measure environmental goods and services kicks-off • Innovation forum highlights the role of private sector • Indonesia shows how fiscal policy can support a green economy • Azerbaijan steps us its green economy transition • Uruguay launches new project to enhance low-carbon development • Mexico’s green economy study receives thumbs-up from experts • Caribbean countries accelerate their green economy plans   • Other news

Read the November 2012 Update


Training workshop in Mozambique

Maputo, Mozambique – Following up on commitments made at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), the Government of Mozambique hosted a three-day workshop to explore how it could accelerate its green economy transition.  

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Climate Change and development in Africa

At the Second Annual Conference on Climate Change and Development in Africa (CCDA-II) held 19-20 October, policy makers, academics and a wide-ranging group of stakeholders came together to mainstream their climate change concerns and build consensus on best practices for low-carbon development programmes that advance the green economy.

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From Fossil Fuels to a Sustainable Future: A Road Map to a Green Economy for Azerbaijan

Government officials, together with UN agencies, discussed policy decisions for Azerbaijan to shift to a green economy based on a new report released today.

Baku, 15 November 2012: High-level officials from the Azerbaijani government and the United Nations speaking at a Green Economy Roundtable today outlined how the country could move towards a more sustainable, low-carbon economy.  Read more

 Advisory Services Update October 2012

In this issue

 * Implementing Inclusive, Green Economy Approaches: Asia Regional Dialogue on Country Experiences and Ways Forward for Economic Decision-Makers, Bangkok, Thailand
 * Workshop on Fiscal Policies Towards an Inclusive Green Economy, Geneva, Switzerland
 * Green Growth in the East Caribbean States, Saint Lucia, Panama
 * Regional Dialogue on Green Economy in West Indian Ocean Island States, Port Louis, Mauritius
 * Workshop on Green Economy and Environmental Accounting, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
 * African Environment Ministers launch an African Partnership for a Green Economy, Arusha, Tanzania
 * Kenya Green Economy Assessment

Read the October 2012 Update

Chinese version of UNEP's Green Economy Report launched on eve of Rio+20

Rio de Janerio, Brazil - 19 June 2012 - UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner and Vice President of Tongji University Wu Jiang, launch the Chinese version of UNEP's Report "Towards a Green Economy: Pathways to Sustainable Development and Poverty Eradication" at an event at the Sheraton Hotel, prior to the start of the Rio+20 Conference.  Read the full story




Working towards sustainable development: Opportunities for decent work and social inclusion in a green economy

Geneva, Switzerland - 31 May 2012 - The transformation to a greener economy could generate 15 to 60 million additional jobs over the next two decades and lift tens of millions of workers out of poverty, according to the report led by the Green Jobs Initiative.

For more information, read the Executive Summary or the Press Release.


BioTrade in Namibia 

Windhoek, Namibia – 30 May 2012 – A new study launched today finds that the USD 200 million BioTrade sector in Namibia has the potential to increase by more than 50 per cent in the next 10 years if it acts now to undertake a series of measures and reforms. Read More.

Read the BioTrade Report on Namibia


RIO+20 Interregional Learning Meeting

Dakar (Senegal), 15-17 May 2012 - The meeting was funded jointly by UNDESA and UNDP under the support project for national preparations, the UNEP/UNDP/UNDESA/Joint project for green economy funded by the Netherlands Government, and the Millennium Campaign. Here are some key messages from the meeting. Read More. 




Targeting poverty tops Brazil's agenda for Rio+20

Brazil, 20 April 2012 - Article by the Brazilian Foreign Minister: One of Brazil's priorities in Rio+20 will be discussing the eradication of poverty and the strengthening of financial and technological flows in order to implement sustainable development commitments, which require significant public, private and political resource.

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UNEP at the Global Transition Dialogue#2

New York (United States), 17-18 March 2012 -  Fulai Sheng the Senior Economist at UNEP’s Economics and Trade Branch participated in a two day dialogue that took place at the Pace University in New York on the 17th and 18th of March 2012. He presented the Briefing Papers that UNEP ETB produced a few weeks ago on the following topics: employment, poverty reduction, valuing nature, advisory services, trade, health, indicators and finance.

GER-Water Chapter

This chapter identifies the contributions that water can play in assisting a transition to a green economy. It makes the case for early investment in water management and infrastructure to make greater use of biodiversity and ecosystem services. It also provides guidance on the government arrangements and policy reforms that can sustain and increase the benefits associated with such a transition

UNEP welcomes new European report on Green Jobs

More than half a million jobs could be created in Europe if 14% of the next EU budget for 2014-20 invested in green sectors such as renewable energy and nature protection, a group of environmental groups said in a new report.

Socio-Environmental Responsibility Exhibition

Mexico City (Mexico), 23 November 2011 - After its resounding success at COP16 in Cancún in late 2010, the second “Green Solutions” exhibition was held at the Banamex Exposition Centre in Mexico City from 23 to 25 November. Read more.

 Harvard expert calls for steady progress at climate talks

Geneva (Switzerland), 29 November 2011 - Professor Robert Stavins from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government provided a timely lecture on “Trade-offs of Performance, Efficiency and Equity of International Climate Policy," at a special briefing hosted by the Centre for International Environmental Studies (CIES) of the Graduate Institute of Geneva in association with UNEP's Economics and Trade Branch and the Geneva Environmental Network. Read more.


The Ad Hoc Expert Meeting on the Green Economy: Trade and Sustainable Development Implications (from 8-10 November 2011) 

Video message of Mr. Steiner

 International trade represents a powerful channel for spreading green economy gains among countries at the global level. UNCTAD recently hosted The Ad Hoc Expert Meeting on the Green Economy: Trade and Sustainable Development Implications to explore these issues. Read more.


2011 Global Green Growth Summit concludes successfully

Seoul, 20,21 June 2011 - Hosted by the Korean government and OECD and organized by the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) and Korea Development Institute (KDI), the summit was held from June 20 to 21 at the Lotte Hotel in Seoul. Read more.

Building a Green Economy Tops Agenda of Private Sector Leaders

Mexico City (Mexico), 13 June 2011 -  More than 1,000 business leaders attending the biannual 7th World Chambers Congress agreed that the private sector has a key role to play in building a low-carbon, resource-efficient future. Read more.

Strengthening National Sustainable Development Strategies is Key to Green Economy Transition in the Mediterranean

Budva (Montenegro), 6 June 2011 – Strengthening National Strategies for sustainable Development (NSSD) in the Mediterranean is necessary to accelerate progress towards a green economy, according to UNEP and the Mediterranean Commission on Sustainable Development (MCSD), which met last week from 30 May to 1 June. Read more.


UN General Assembly Debates Green Economy as a Pathway to Development

The debate, which aimed to guide next year’s United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, known as “Rio+20”, featured a morning panel discussion on the characteristics of the green economy and its potential for achieving sustainable development, and an afternoon discussion on approaches to create such an economy.

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Transição para uma Economia VerdeEditorial in the Folha de S.Paulo by Achim Steiner (in Portuguese - PDF: 1.8 MB)

Sao Paulo (Brasil), 24 de Abril de 2010 - A transição para uma economia verde, de baixo carbono e uso eficiente dos recursos naturais, virou uma prioridade central dos esforços internacionais em busca do desenvolvimento sustentável, em um século 21 em processo de transformação acelerada. Leia mais. 

WSIS Forum 2011 - e-Environment Day

Geneva (Switzerland), 18 May 2011 - Steven Stone (UNEP, Chief of the economics and Trade Branch), to speak about the Green Economy and update on the organization of the UNCSD. Read more.

2011 Business and Industry Global Dialogue: The Road to Rio+20

Paris (France), 11-12 April 2011 - Organized by the United Nations Environment Programme, in collaboration with theInternational Chamber of Commerce and Le Groupe La Poste, which hosted the event at its Paris headquarters, the two-day Business and Industry Global Dialogue aimed to define the private sector’s role in a green economy. Read more.

Davos Climate Focus: Ban Urges Leaders to Think Green & Steiner Promotes Design for Good 

Davos (Switzerland), 29 January 2009 - For UNEP, the World Economic Forum in Davos represents an opportunity to advance the worldwide transition to a green economy.  UNEP’s Executive Director Achim Steiner is attending this year’s annual meeting, encouraging world leaders to explore the multiple benefits of a green economy. Read more.

UNEP report highlights role of fisheries subsidies reform in ocean sustainability 

Geneva (Switzerland), 22 December 2010 - In a new report, UNEP emphasises the urgency of advancing negotiations at the World Trade Organization (WTO) towards an international agreement to ban harmful government fishing subsidies and to introduce new measures to ensure the sustainability and future viability of the world’s oceans. Read more.

Washington (USA), 16 December 2010 - President Obama says: "We need to spur innovation and new industries like clean energy that will create the jobs of tomorrow"

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