Achieving a green economy will only be possible through the collective vision, creativity, action and support from a broad cross-section of society, including governments, the private sector and consumers. UNEP is committed to engaging with, and stimulating collaboration between, these stakeholders in the realization of a low-carbon, resource-efficient future.

In fact, UNEP’s Green Economy Initiative (GEI) is the result of a joint effort by numerous experts from UN organizations, academic institutes, think tanks, businesses and environmental groups.

GEI works with its range of partners to:

  • develop GEI research products;
  • harmonise green economy policy messages;
  • provide and coordinate regional and country level advisory services; and
  • identify financial and human resources to undertake green economy activities.

For example, UNEP partnered with the International Labour Organisation, the International Confederation of Trade Unions, and the International Employers Organisation in the development of a Green Jobs Report.

UNEP has also been working with a large number of UN agencies and other intergovernmental partners to harmonise green economy policy messages.  In June 2009, for example, UNEP, together with more than 20 UN agencies, the IMF and the World Bank, issued a joint statement, which noted that the current financial and economic crisis requires a collective response from the global community that lays a solid foundation for shared growth and sustainable development.

Apart from working with sister UN agencies, UNEP has also been working closely with civil society and the business community. Most recently, UNEP supported the establishment of a Green Economy Coalition, which is comprised of environment, development, business and labour groups, and has been instrumental in focusing the global political agenda on the issue of transitioning to a green economy.  Through the UNEP Finance Initiative, the GEI has also been reaching out to the business sector, including key financial institutions.

Recent UNEP's collaboration with Global Green Growth Institute, OECD and the World Bank found its reflection in foundation of The Green Growth Knowledge Platform, a global network of researchers and development experts that identifies and addresses major knowledge gaps in green growth theory and practice. Through widespread consultation and world-class research, GGKP provides practitioners and policymakers with better tools to foster economic growth and implement sustainable development.

Partnership News

   Green Economy Coalition

The Green Economy Coalition (GEC) is a diverse set of organisations and sectors from NGOs, research institutes, UN organisations, business to trade unions, in which the UNEP Green Economy initiative is part. 

Their vision is one of a resilient economy that provides a better quality of life for all within the ecological limits of the planet. Their mission is to accelerate the transition to a new green economy.


The Economics of Ecosystems & Biodiversity (TEEB)

 This global initiative focuses on drawing attention to the economic benefits of biodiversity, including the growing cost of biodiversity loss and ecosystem degradation. TEEB presents an approach that can help decision-makers recognize, demonstrate and capture the values of ecosystem services and biodiversity.

UNEP supports TEEB.  As its Green Economy Report highlights, the economic invisibility of ecosystem services is a major cause of environmental mismanagement and degradation. In this sense, TEEB studies can contribute towards a green economy transition.

In September 2013, the TEEB Scoping Study for Georgia: Main Findings and Way-forward was released. The report explores five key sectors dependent on natural capital and the services it provides.  They are energy, tourism, agriculture, mining, and forestry.   

To learn more about TEEB or to download a copy of the report, visit:


Paris Forum 2013

"Green Economy and Green Growth: From Labour to Resource Productivity"

Natural resource scarcity is putting our societies at risk and the environmental effects of global resource use, such as climate change, desertification, or food shortages are threatening the security of mankind as well as undermining the stability of the world’s economic and security systems. However, governments and businesses across the world are starting to react, seizing opportunities to transform to a low-carbon and resource-efficient economy.

Press Release        See the Agenda



Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP)

The Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP) is a global network of international organisations and experts that identifies and addresses major knowledge gaps in green growth theory and practice. By encouraging widespread collaboration and world class research, the GGKP offers practitioners and policymakers the policy guidance, good practices, tools, and data necessary to support the transition to a green economy.

GGKP Third Annual Conference  (29-30 January 2015, Venice, Italy)

GGKP held its third Annual Conference on the theme of "Fiscal Policies and the Green Economy Transition: Generating Knowledge – Creating Impact". The conference was held at the University of Venice from 29 - 30 January 2015.  The conference drew together the world’s leading researchers, experts and policy makers to jointly assess the efficacy, geographical applicability and policy implications of various fiscal instruments in the transition to a green economy.  Information about the conference is provided on the GGKP website at:

The Conference Report outlining synthesis and outcomes from GGKP Third Annual Conference can be read online.

Important GGKP Press Releases:

GGKP Publications: 
For a full list of GGKP publications please see here.





UNEP, in cooperation with the IMF and GIZ, organized a Technical Workshop on Fiscal Policies Towards an Inclusive Green Economy in October 2012 in Geneva. The workshop brought together representatives from both finance and environment ministries to share and discuss their experiences and good practices for driving a green economy through fiscal policy reforms.

This paper is one of the follow-ups of this joint endeavour. Key issues addressed:

  • The role of environmental taxes in a green economy transition
  • Reforming energy subsidies
  • Implications of fiscal reforms and lessons learned

Download paper (pdf)  [English] - [Español] - [Français]



 February 2013

Partnership for Action on Green Economy, or PAGE, was launched by four UN agencies - UNEP, ILO, UNIDO and UNITAR - as a response to Rio+20 outcome document, entitled The Future We Want, which recognizes the green economy as a vehicle for sustainable development and poverty eradication. PAGE will support 30 countries over the next 7 years in building national green economy strategies that will generate new jobs and skills, promote clean technologies, and reduce environmental risks and poverty.


The Business Case For The Green Economy


June 2012


Building an Inclusive Green Economy for All


June 2012


GREEN ECONOMY: Sustainable Transition in A Changing Arab World

June 2012



Principles for a Green, Fair and Inclusive Economy




UNEP at the Global Transition Dialogue#2 


March 2012


Socio-Environmental Responsibility Exhibition

November 2011



African Environment Ministers Outline African Views in a Decision on Green Economy

   September 2011



African Countries Take-up Challenge to Create Green Jobs

June 2011

African Ministers of Economy and Finance to spearhead a Green Economy transition

April 2011

UN collaboration for a green economy continues

March 2011

Nordic-UNEP retreat on Green Economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication – Opportunities and Challenges for Rio plus 20

January 2011