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UNEP - Green Economy Initiative

Data Source: EFI EUROFOREST Portal
TitleUNEP - Green Economy Initiative
CreatorGreen Economy
DescriptionThe UNEP-led Green Economy Initiative, launched in late 2008, consists of several components whose collective overall objective is to provide the analysis and policy support for investing in green sectors and in greening environmental unfriendly sectors. Within UNEP, the Green Economy Initiative includes three sets of activities: (1) Producing a Green Economy Report and related research materials, which will analyse the macroeconomic, sustainability, and poverty reduction implications of green investment in a range of sectors from renewable energy to sustainable agriculture and providing guidance on policies that can catalyze increased investment in these sectors; (2) Providing advisory services on ways to move towards a green economy in specific countries; (3) Engaging a wide range of research, non-governmental organizations, business and UN partners in implementing the Green Economy Initiative. The Green Economy Report "Towards a Green Economy: Pathways to Sustainable Development and Poverty Eradication" demonstrates that a transition to a green economy is possible by investing 2% of global GDP per year (currently about US$1.3 trillion) between now and 2050 in a green transformation of key sectors, including agriculture, buildings, energy, fisheries, forests, manufacturing, tourism, transport, water and waste management. However, such investments must be spurred by national and international policy reforms. Conducted by global experts and institutions from both developed and developing countries, this timely report confirms that under a green economy scenario economic growth and environmental sustainability are not incompatible. On the contrary, a green economy creates jobs and economic progress, while at the same time avoiding considerable downside risks such as the effects of climate change, greater water scarcity and the loss of ecosystem services. The report is available in English, and a synthesis for policy makers is available in Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish.
Keywordsvision; biodiversity; nature conservation; biodiversity; climate change; green economy; carbon; co2; emission; energy efficiency; resource efficiency; ecosystem services
TypeInformation services, International organizations, Non-government organizations, Publications
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 Published: August 12 2011 | Last updated: August 16 2011