Media Advisory: UNEP Green Economy Report: A Preview
13/ 05/ 2010

Media Advisory: UNEP Green Economy Report:  A PreviewThe Future of Fish - How a Green Economy Can Avoid One of the Biggest Market Failures of All Time

Implications for Jobs; Fish Catches; Multi-Billion Dollar Company Profits; Coastal Communities and the Wider Environment

UNEP Launches Preview of Landmark Green Economy Report: Other Sectors Include Water and Transport

Date: Monday, 17 May 2010

Time: 8:30 – 9:30 a.m EST

Via teleconference at +1-212-963-9806 or 1-212-963-0052

Or join us for a light breakfast in the UNEP NY Office (2 UN Plaza, East 44th Street, between 1st and 2nd Aves.).

Speakers:
Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary-General and UNEP Executive Director
Pavan Sukhdev, Project Leader, UNEP Green Economy Initiative seconded from Deutsche Bank
Steven Stone, Chief, UNEP Economics and Trade Branch

Multi-billion dollar fisheries are collapsing in many parts of the world—it is emerging as one of the great market failures with serious ramifications for economies; communities and the wider environment.

Today UNEP presents preview findings of its Green Economy report including the costs of restoring, rebuilding and 'greening fisheries'.

If fisheries are to survive, how much does the global economy need to invest? Where should the money be spent; what are the implications for jobs; company profits; fish catches and coastal communities?

These and other findings will be presented today

Background
UNEP launched its Green Economy Initiative at the height of the global financial and economic crisis in late 2008 in order to assess how sectors – such as renewable energies, clean and efficient technologies, water services and sustainable fisheries – could contribute to economic growth, creation of decent jobs, social equity and poverty reduction, while addressing climate risk and other ecological challenges.

The final Green Economy Report, covering 11 sectors, is being prepared by an international team of experts and is due in late 2010. In time for the UN's initial discussions on the 2012 Rio+20 summit (17-19 May, UNHQ), UNEP has produced a "sneak preview" of the report focusing on the fisheries, transport and water sectors.
For More Information and to Attend the Breakfast Briefing, Please Contact:
Jim Sniffen, UNEP Information Officer in New York, on Tel: +1-212-963-8094 or +1-917-742-2218, sniffenj@un.org.

Nick Nuttall, Spokesperson/Head of Media, in New York until 20 May on Nick.Nuttall@unep.org, Mobile +254 733 632755


Information on UNEP's Green Economy Initiative can be found at www.unep.org/greeneconomy.

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