UN Agencies 'Deliver as One' To Realize a Green Economy
New York, 25 June 2009 - At least 21 UN agencies today backed the call for a world-wide transition to a low carbon, resource efficient Green Economy able to deliver multiple economic, social and environmental opportunities in the 21st century.
Such a transition is needed to catalyze a sustainable global economic recovery while generating decent jobs, enhancing food security, and reducing dependence on finite fossil fuels.
A Green Economy can also address multiple persistent and looming crises from overcoming poverty and combating climate change to reversing the degradation of multi-trillion dollar ecosystems and their services, experts argue.
In a statement, issued at the General Assembly Conference on the World Financial and Economic Crisis and it Impact on Development held in New York during 24-26 June, the agencies noted that the current financial and economic crisis required a collective response from the global community which would lay a solid foundation for shared growth and sustainable development. Leading economies should ensure that developing countries should have the fiscal resources to launch their own stimulus programmes and have increased access to international markets for a rapid resumption of trade.
Over the past six months a wide variety of agencies in the United Nations System including the Bretton Woods Institutions and Secretariats of Multilateral Environmental Agreements have been involved in the design and implementation of a Green Economy Initiative.
"I am very pleased to present this statement on behalf of sister agencies in the UN System," said Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary-General and UNEP Executive Director. "Delivering a transition to a low carbon, resource efficient Green Economy cannot occur without the creativity, vision, actions and support of a broad cross section of society-this rapid harmonization of perspectives from so many agencies reflects their determination to be agents of change towards a sustainable 21st century. The statement is also a strong signal from the international system backing the UN Secretary General in his repeated calls for a deal to be sealed in Copenhagen," Mr. Steiner added.