In 2008 UN Environment launched its Green Economy Initiative to assist governments in shaping and focusing policies, investments and spending towards a range of green sectors, such as clean technologies, industry, renewable energies, water services, transport, waste management, green buildings, and sustainable agriculture and forests. Today, 65 countries have embarked on green economy and 48 plan to develop national green economy plans and related strategies.
The Economy Division's three-pronged approach includes:
Policy analysis - The Green Economy Initiative produces and shares policy analysis to ensure that the benefits of a green economy are understood by policymakers. It offers macroeconomic evidence and technical advice to show how green economy policies can stimulate economic development, create jobs and address poverty, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions, using less resources and creating less waste.
Advisory services – The Green Economy Division provides advisory services to countries interested in greening their economies and engages partners to effectively promote and implement green economy strategies. It produces research products such as The Green Economy Report, The Green Jobs Report, A Guidance Manual for Green Economy Policy Assessment, A guidance manual for green economy indicators, and Using Indicators for Green Economy Policymaking.
Partnerships - The Green Economy Initiative works in partnerships with organizations and initiatives to support countries in their transition to a green economy, particularly in capacity-building, research and information exchange. These include the Partnership Action on Green Economy, the Poverty-Environment Initiative, and the Green Growth Knowledge Platform among others. These partnerships bring together a range of actors including donors, developing country partners, UN agencies, non-governmental organizations, think tanks, consultancies and the private sector.