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Media Advisory - Green Economy Symposium: Accelerating the Transition
11/ 04/ 2011

Media Advisory - Green Economy Symposium: Accelerating the TransitionThe idea of a Green Economy is fast becoming a key component of mainstream economic discourse and is seen as the blueprint for a transition to a more efficient and equitable economy that makes better use of natural resources to achieve sustainable growth.

The SEED Initiative – hosted by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) - will host a high-level symposium which will focus on policy interventions to accelerate the transition to a Green Economy and on the contribution of entrepreneurs in developing countries.

Participants will include representatives from government, the business sector, civil society and academia, with an opening address by South Africa's Minister for Economic Development, Ibrahim Patel, and keynote speaker UN Under-Secretary General and UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner.

The SEED Initiative is a global partnership that aims to identify inspiring examples of enterprises that work in developing countries to improve livelihoods, tackle poverty and manage natural resources sustainably.

When: Friday, 15 April 2011, 8:00-16:00
What: Symposium on the Green Economy
Where: Premier Hotel, Pretoria, South Africa
Who: Mr. Ibrahim Patel, Minister for Economic Development, Republic of South Africa
UN Under-Secretary General and UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner
UNDP Resident Coordinator Agostinho Zacarias
SEED Initiative Executive Director Helen Marquard


Grassroots entrepreneurial initiatives to be awarded the global SEED Awards

30 outstanding businesses will be awarded the global SEED Gold Awards which identify inspiring examples of enterprises that work in developing countries to improve livelihoods, tackle poverty and manage natural resources sustainably.

The global winners include a bamboo bicycle project from Ghana, a novel solar device that turns waste heat into electricity in rural China, a South African female-run business making a hand-held laundry device that saves water and a Ugandan business that manufactures stationary from agricultural waste.

Media are invited to attend the Award Ceremony and Gala Dinner and meet the winners.

When: Friday, 15 April 2011, 18:30
What: SEED Award Ceremony and Gala Dinner
Where: Premier Hotel, Pretoria, South Africa


For more information, please contact: Mia Turner, UNEP Newsdesk on Tel. +254 20 7625211, Mobile +254 710620495 or e-mail: Mia.Turner@unep.org or unepnewsdesk@unep.org

Sudeshan Reddy, UNIC, South Africa, Tel.+27 12 3548507, Email: sudeshan.reddy@unic.org

For more information please visit www.seedinit.org
Notes:
Media wishing to register for the Green Economy Symposium or do one-on-one interviews with keynote speakers and SEED Award winners, please contact Mia Turner (Mia.Turner@unep.org ) or UNEPNEWSDESK (unepnewsdesk@unep.org ) by Tuesday, 12 April 2011.
Media wishing to attend the Award Ceremony and Gala Dinner,/b>, please contact Mia Turner by Tuesday, 12 April 2011.

Further Resources
SEED Initiative