Partnerships

Achieving a green economy will only be possible through the collective vision, creativity, action and support from a broad cross-section of society, including governments, the private sector and consumers. UNEP is committed to engaging with, and stimulating collaboration between, these stakeholders in the realization of a low-carbon, resource-efficient future.

In fact, UNEP’s Green Economy Initiative (GEI) is the result of a joint effort by numerous experts from UN organizations, academic institutes, think tanks, businesses and environmental groups.

GEI works with its range of partners to:

  • develop GEI research products;
  • harmonise green economy policy messages;
  • provide and coordinate regional and country level advisory services; and
  • identify financial and human resources to undertake green economy activities.

For example, UNEP partnered with the International Labour Organisation, the International Confederation of Trade Unions, and the International Employers Organisation in the development of a Green Jobs Report .

UNEP has also been working with a large number of UN agencies and other intergovernmental partners to harmonise green economy policy messages.  In June 2009, for example, UNEP, together with more than 20 UN agencies, the IMF and the World Bank, issued a joint statement, which noted that the current financial and economic crisis requires a collective response from the global community that lays a solid foundation for shared growth and sustainable development.

Apart from working with sister UN agencies, UNEP has also been working closely with civil society and the business community.  Most recently, UNEP supported the establishment of a Green Economy Coalition, which is comprised of environment, development, business and labour groups, and has been instrumental in focusing the global political agenda on the issue of transitioning to a green economy.  Through the UNEP Finance Initiative, the GEI has also been reaching out to the business sector, including key financial institutions.

Recent UNEP's collaboration with Global Green Growth Institute, OECD and the World Bank found its reflection in foundation of The Green Growth Knowledge Platform, a global network of researchers and development experts that identifies and addresses major knowledge gaps in green growth theory and practice. Through widespread consultation and world-class research, GGKP provides practitioners and policymakers with better tools to foster economic growth and implement sustainable development.

Partnership News

   Green Economy Coalition

The Green Economy Coalition (GEC) is a diverse set of organisations and sectors from NGOs, research institutes, UN organisations, business to trade unions, in which the UNEP Green Economy initiative is part. 

Their vision is one of a resilient economy that provides a better quality of life for all within the ecological limits of the planet. Their mission is to accelerate the transition to a new green economy.


 





The Economics of Ecosystems & Biodiversity (TEEB)


 This global initiative focuses on drawing attention to the economic benefits of biodiversity, including the growing cost of biodiversity loss and ecosystem degradation. TEEB presents an approach that can help decision-makers recognize, demonstrate and capture the values of ecosystem services and biodiversity.

UNEP supports TEEB.  As its Green Economy Report highlights, the economic invisibility of ecosystem services is a major cause of environmental mismanagement and degradation. In this sense, TEEB studies can contribute towards a green economy transition.

In September 2013, the TEEB Scoping Study for Georgia: Main Findings and Way-forward was released. The report explores five key sectors dependent on natural capital and the services it provides.  They are energy, tourism, agriculture, mining, and forestry.   

To learn more about TEEB or to download a copy of the report, visit:  www.teebweb.org

 

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        See the Agenda

 


 

April 2013

GGKP Conference 4-5 April

Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP) is a global network of researchers and development experts that identifies and addresses major knowledge gaps in green growth theory and practice. Through widespread consultation and world-class research, GGKP provides practitioners and policymakers with better tools to foster economic growth and implement sustainable development.

   Download Flyer

The second GGKP Annual Conference in April 2013 will focus on private sector implementation aspects of green growth in areas of mutual interest to advanced, emerging and developing countries. The conference will bring together a dynamic mix of private sector representatives, policymakers and academics from around the world, with participation from OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría and UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner. The GGKP conference will stir discussions to identify the opportunities as well as challenges to spread the economic benefits of green growth throughout the global economy and contribute to the achievement of countries’ development objectives. It will communicate fresh ideas from recent policy research to help countries shape their green growth policies that are simultaneously environmentally effective, cost-efficient
and socially inclusive.

 

Moving towards a Common Approach on Green Growth Indicators: GGKP Scoping Paper 

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.  Overview of the paper

 

 

 

FISCAL POLICY REFORMS FOR A GREEN ECONOMY                      

UNEP, in cooperation with the IMF and GIZ, organized a Technical Workshop on Fiscal Policies Towards an Inclusive Green Economy in October 2012 in Geneva. The workshop brought together representatives from both finance and environment ministries to share and discuss their experiences and good practices for driving a green economy through fiscal policy reforms.

This paper is one of the follow-ups of this joint endeavour. Key issues addressed:

  • The role of environmental taxes in a green economy transition
  • Reforming energy subsidies
  • Implications of fiscal reforms and lessons learned

Download paper (pdf)  [English] - [Español] - [Français]

 


 

 February 2013

Partnership for Action on Green Economy, or PAGE, was launched by four UN agencies - UNEP, ILO, UNIDO and UNITAR - as a response to Rio+20 outcome document, entitled The Future We Want, which recognizes the green economy as a vehicle for sustainable development and poverty eradication. PAGE will support 30 countries over the next 7 years in building national green economy strategies that will generate new jobs and skills, promote clean technologies, and reduce environmental risks and poverty.

 

The Business Case For The Green Economy

 

June 2012

 


Building an Inclusive Green Economy for All

 

June 2012

 

GREEN ECONOMY: Sustainable Transition in A Changing Arab World


June 2012

 

 

Principles for a Green, Fair and Inclusive Economy

 

 May2012

 

UNEP at the Global Transition Dialogue#2 

 

March 2012


 

Socio-Environmental Responsibility Exhibition

November 2011

 

 

African Environment Ministers Outline African Views in a Decision on Green Economy

   September 2011

 

 

African Countries Take-up Challenge to Create Green Jobs

June 2011



African Ministers of Economy and Finance to spearhead a Green Economy transition

April 2011



UN collaboration for a green economy continues

March 2011



Nordic-UNEP retreat on Green Economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication – Opportunities and Challenges for Rio plus 20

January 2011