[You are here: News > Press Release ]

Press Release

Going for a Green New Deal in Copenhagen
18/ 12/ 2009

Going for a Green New Deal in CopenhagenAt an event entitled 'Green Economy: Implementing a New Climate Deal at the UN Climate talks in Copenhagen', Brazil, the Republic of Korea, the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal and the Democratic Republic of Congo explained how green jobs, growth and sustainability are essential for their very survival and future economic growth.

Copenhagen, 18 December 2009 - "If we don't reach a climate deal, one of the failed victims should not be the economy."

Those were the opening words of Mr. Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary General and Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme at an event entitled Green Economy: Implementing a New Climate Deal at the UN Climate talks in Copenhagen.

Four countries, Brazil, the Republic of Korea, the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal and the Democratic Republic of Congo took to the floor explaining how green jobs, growth and sustainability are essential for their very survival and future economic growth.

The green economy has been defined as one which will accelerate the transition to a low-carbon resource-efficient economy able to meet the multiple challenges and deliver the multiple opportunities of the 21st century.

A green economy adopts a sustainable path by increasing the share of GDP devoted to renewable energies, clean transportation, clean technologies, green buildings and sustainable agriculture and forestry.

Citing a recent example of "green growth" Brazil's Environment Minister, Carlos Minc explained that Brazil has just approved bids for the construction and operation of 71 wind farms with a combined capacity of 1,805 MW in the first auction of rights to this alternative energy source in the country.

The 71 facilities, which will use 773 wind turbines, could start operating on July 1, 2012.

The vast majority of the facilities will be located in northeastern Brazil, a poor region that has conditions suitable for generating electricity using wind turbines.

Mr. Deepak Bohara, Minister of Forest and Soil Conservation from Nepal explained that his cabinet had recently held a meeting at Everest Base Camp to raise awareness that Himalayan mountain glaciers are melting and causing lakes.

According to the Minister, if these lakes burst, people downstream are likely to be swept away.

"1.3 million people live across the border and the future catastrophe cannot be imagined," he added. "We want to create an atmosphere of green jobs. We can produce 100,000 megawatts of power through clean energy and hydropower which can then in turn be used in neighbouring India," Bohara concluded. "The future is in our hands."

DRC's representative, Jose Endundo Bononge, the Minister of Environment, Conservation and Tourism, said his country was on the cusp of development and had the opportunity to go "green" rather than invest in so-called older "brown" technologies.

"We need to be ambitious and we need resources to do it well. We have everything yet to do," said Bononge. "We don't want to have to correct everything in the future, we have the opportunity to start now," he added.

The last speaker, Mr Kim Chan woo from the Republic of Korea explained that their green economy strategy cuts across a wide swathe of sustainability challenges from renewable energy and waste, to transport, freshwater and forestry to foster recovery after the global recession.
The Republic of Korea launched its more than US$38 billion economic stimulus package in January this year with over 80 percent allocated to green investment and further expanded this "Green New Deal" into a full five-year US$83.6 billion Green Growth Plan.

Further Resources
Seal the Deal! campaign
UNEP COP15 website



University of Finland and UNEP - 12th Course on Multilateral Environmental Agreements
2-12 November 2015, Shanghai, China

The Special theme of the Twelfth Course is Climate Change.

2nd UNEP-INTERPOL Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Committee Conference
16-17 November 2015, INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation, Singapore

At the 2nd ECEC in Singapore, INTERPOL and UNEP brought together Chief Executives from Environmental Security and Enforcement agencies from INTERPOL member countries, as well as Chief Executive Officers from international and non-governmental organizations, to design and debate strategies to tackle environmental crime and achieve sustainable development goals.

Annual Meeting UNEP- EUROCLIMA (EC Programme to support Policy Dialogue on Climate Change issues in Latin American countries)

Special session of the Commission on Environment of the PARLATINO(Latin American Parliament) on Climate Change law.

27-28 October 2015, Panama

Global Training Programme on Environmental Law and Policy for Mid-career Government Officials

05-13 October 2015, Nairobi, Kenya

Meeting of the Senior Government Officials Expert in Environmental Law on Mid-term review of the Montevideo Programme IV

7-11 September 2015, Montevideo, Uruguay

Montevideo Programme Environmental Law Seminar: Laws to Promote environmental sustainability of oceans and seas
9-10 July, Panama City, Panama

Montevideo Programme Environmental Law Seminar: Legal Foundation for Environmental Sustainability

13-14 July 2015, United Nations Headquarters, New York

Meeting of Eminent Legal Experts on the Midterm review of the Montevideo Programme IV

15-16 July 2015, United Nations Headquarters, New York

Regional Training on Negotiations for Multilateral Environmental Agreements Focusing on UNFCCC and CBD as they relate to Regional Seas Convention
11-13 May 2015, Jeddah Kingdom, Saudi Arabia

Meeting of Climate Change Negotiators of Latin America and the Caribbean
14-15 May 2015, Santiago de Chile 

Regional Meeting of negotiators in preparation for Climate Change multilateral negotiators (exchange of views and discussion of key topics for the region towards COP21)

International Day for Biological Diversity 2015
22 May 2015

Biodiversity for Sustainable Development

This year’s theme reflects the importance of efforts made at all levels to establish a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as part of the United Nations Post-2015 Development Agenda for the period of 2015-2030 and the relevance of biodiversity for the achievement of sustainable development.

Launch of The UNEP Sourcebook 

officially launched at a side event in the margins of Ramsar COP 12 - 8 June 2015, Punta del Este, Uruguay

The aim of the Sourcebook is to provide National Focal Points of the major Biodiversity-related Conventions as well as other stakeholders working on these conventions, with options to achieve enhanced implementation of the conventions through enhanced cooperation.

Preparatory Workshops for Paris UNFCCC COP for 2015 for Least Developed countries

June 2015, Bonn, Germany

Second Congress on Environmental Policy, Law and Justice Seminar on Environmental Crimes

6-10 July 2015, La Habana, Cuba

Inter-American Congress on the Environmental Rule of Law(OAS website)
30-31 March 2015, Montego Bay, Jamaica 

The Organization of American States (OAS) co-organized the First Inter-American Congress on the Environmental Rule of Law in Montego Bay, Jamaica, an event that concluded with a call to strengthen the rule of law on to address environmental challenges in the Americas.

Environmental Justice and Sustainable Development

4 May 2015, UN Headquarters, New York, Conference Room 11