Green Economy Week

November 4 -7 2013 Geneva, Switzerland

The Green Economy Week was designed to take stock of the major products generated by UNEP and its partners over the last year. The Week brought together experts in related fields to advise UNEP and its partners on the strengths and weaknesses of our analytical approaches, how to improve delivery at the country level, and how to take major streams of work such as green economy indicators to the next level.

Three events took place during the Green Economy Week:

  • An expert review of major green economy products;
  • A workshop on an inclusive green economy index; and
  • A briefing on Green Economy indices in China.      


1. Expert Review of Major Green Economy Products (4-5 November)

This meeting involved about 25 experts relevant to the major products generated by UNEP and its partners over the last year. Experts reviewed the following documents:

  •       A draft practitioner’s guide to green economy modeling tools
  •      Green economy advisory services assessment manual
  •       ILO green jobs publication

The experts provided excellent and valuable feedback, advising on the practicability and appropriateness of these tools and approaches for supporting green economy policy making. Their views will be taken into account in the revision to these guidance materials. In addition, a number of country green economy studies and assessment reports were reviewed to validate the tools and approach. Experts made recommendations on how future country analyses should be improved.

The following presentations were given during the meeting:

Session 1: Modeling Tools
Andrea M. Bassi: A Practitioners guide to green economy modeling tools -ppt.

Session 2: Assessment Manual 
Fulai Sheng: Review of Guidance Manual for Green Economy Assessment. -pdf

Session 3: Green Jobs
Dr. Moustapha Kamal Gueye: Employment and Social Inclusion in a Green Economy: Some Measurements and Analytical Issues -pdf

Session 4: Barbados
See Barbados scoping study in 'Documents' section

Session 5: Kenya 
Rhoda Wachira: The Kenya Green Economy Assessment Report -pdf

Session 6: Mexico
Roy Boyd and María Eugenia Ibarrarán: Green Economy Scenarios - pdf
Andrea M. Bassi: Green Economy Action in Mexcico -pdf

2. Workshop on an Inclusive Green Economy Index (6-7 November)

This day-and-half workshop will bring about 30 experts in the field of indices and indicators (such as ecological footprint, global competitiveness index, green development index, HDI, inclusive growth index, Better Life Index, etc.) to help assess the technical feasibility as well as policy implications of developing an inclusive green economy index. In case a single index is not feasible, experts are expected to propose several major indicators to capture the key dimensions of an inclusive green economy – inclusiveness in an economy, greenness of the economy, and the extent to which “green” contributes to economy growth.

The following presentations were given during the workshop:

Jane Barr: Exploring the Feasibility of an Inclusive Green Economy Index -pdf
Ashbindu Singh: Green Economy Index -pdf
Alice Dauriach: Prototypes -pdf

3. Chinese work on green indices (7 November)

Together with the Global Footprint Network and through the Geneva Environment Network (GEN), a briefing session over lunch will be held to introduce two significant pieces of work in China relevant to an inclusive green economy index:

  •      Global Environmental Competitiveness Index (Pro. Huang Maoxing, Fujian Normal University) and
  •      Green Development Index (Prof. Liu Yimeng, Beijing Normal University).

Finally, André Schneider, from École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, and Martin Halle, from the Global Footprint Network, will give a presentation on global overshoot, economic performance and Competitiveness 2.0, with a special focus on China.

This briefing is to inform the Green Economy Week participants as well as the broader public of the efforts by Chinese experts to measure progress towards a green economy. It should also inform the technical considerations in attempts to develop an inclusive green economy index. More information can be found on the Geneva Environment Network website.

 The following presentations were given during the meeting:

Session 1: Competitiveness
Andre Schneider: Competitiveness 2.0-pdf 
Martin Halle: The Ecological Footprint: Global trends and China case study -pdf

Session 2: Global Environment Competitiveness index
Dr. Huang Maoxing: Construction and Evaluation of Index System of Global Environment Competitiveness -pdf

Session 3: China Green Development Index
Dr. Liu Yimeng: China Green Development Index -pdf

Session 4: Human Sustainable Development Index
Dr. Chuluun Togtokh: Measuring Sustainability -pdf

Financial support for this initiative is provided by:

  •   the European Commission
  •   the Kingdom of Norway
  •   the Kingdom of the Netherlands