In this guide, we provide links to ECA Library resources and ECA publications on the issue of green economy.
This guide brings data, information and knowledge sources on Green Economy together in one unique finding tool. The links to third party websites do not imply endorsement by the UNECA.
Despite the growing international interest in green economy, negotiations among Member States on the concept in the lead up to Rio+20 were challenging. This was partly due to the lack of an internationally agreed definition or universal principles for green economy, the emergence of interrelated but different terminology and concepts over recent years (such as green growth, low carbon development, sustainable economy, steady state economy etc.), a lack of clarity around what green economy policy measures encompass and how they integrate with national priorities and objectives relating to economic growth and poverty eradication, as well as a perceived lack of experience in designing, implementing and reviewing the costs and benefits of green economy policies.”
Green Economy and developing countries
Green economy is a major subject for discussion at Rio 2012, but the debate is hindered by skewed information and partial opinion. The more robust evidence and heavily promoted solutions relate to richer countries and players; they involve high technology, big corporations and finance, and national infrastructure. While many are key 'in the context of poverty reduction' — a key topic for Rio+20 — much more is needed to enable developing countries to make the transition to green economies that best serve their own people and environmental assets. This session sees a panel of speakers explore state, national and regional perspectives from developing countries and introduce the day's more specialised sessions.Published on 16 Jul 2012
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