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The purpose of the workshop was to share country experiences from Africa and other regions on inclusive, green economy tools, measures and methodologies. The workshop brought together policymakers from ministries of finance, planning and environment, as well as selected UN agencies, development partners and civil society to review experience and identify ways forward where international agencies can provide support.
This Technical Workshop was one of a series of regional and global events co-organised through a UNEP-DESA-UNDP Green Economy Joint Programme funded by the Government of the Netherlands, and in collaboration with the European Commission Africa Green Economy Programme, as a contribution to Rio+20 and post-Rio follow-up by facilitating knowledge exchange of inclusive green economy experiences within and across regions. These activities are informed by and feed into the Green Growth Knowledge Platform (www.ggkp.org).
The Workshop provided information on the following:
Integrated decision-making tools to assess options for an inclusive, green economy. Such decision-making tools include long-term macro-economic modelling of economic, social and environment trade-offs and synergies, e.g. on labour markets and livelihoods, and tools such as poverty social impact assessment and strategic environmental assessment of selected policies.
Policy instruments to encourage more inclusive, green economy approaches. Such instruments include fiscal policies and environmental fiscal reform, budget reviews, social protection including public works programmes, micro-credit, adaptive social protection and conditional cash transfers for social and environmental objectives, e.g. through REDD+, public private partnerships, and provision of decent and “green” employment and trade policies to promote social or environmental objectives.
Measurement frameworks to track progress towards social economic and environmental outcomes of an inclusive, green economy. These can include the System of National Accounts, the System of Environmental-Economic Accounting, MDG assessments, State of Environment Reports, Human Development Reporting including on the poverty-environment nexus, and public expenditure reviews to assess expenditure on social and environmental objectives. Such national indicators are linked to the international debate on Sustainable Development Goals and indicators for the post-2015 Millennium Development Goal targets.
Overview of Inclusive Green Economy Tools, Measures, and Initiatives
Long-term Planning Tools and Models
Inclusive Green Economy Approaches: National Implementation
Measurement Frameworks: Going Beyond GDP to Include Social and Environmental Dimensions
Environmental Fiscal Reform
Integrated Social, Economic and Environmental Assessments