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UNEP Green Economy: News



Launch of new report on Building Inclusive Green Economies in Africa

From villages to nations, Africa’s success stories offer lessons for global transition to greener and more inclusive economies

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Launch of Egypt Green Economy study

Egypt to save over US $2.4 billion annually, cut CO2 emissions by 13%, water consumption by 40% and create 8 million new jobs, through transition to Green Economy, according to new UNEP report

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UNEP Regional Workshop on “Inclusive Green Economies for Poverty Reduction and Sustainable Development in Africa: From Inspiration to Action”

From 28 February to 1 March, in Cairo, ministers from African countries and key policy makers discussed and shared experiences and lessons learned in bringing a green economy focus into their development plan

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The Caribbean region to lead the way to the Green Economy

The transition to a green economy in the Caribbean region will take an important step forward today in Jamaica, as representatives from over 10 countries from around the region gather for the second Caribbean Green Economy Conference (CGEC)

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Academics, governments and practitioners jointly call for global green fiscal reform

Green Growth Knowledge Platform triggers major global research push on fiscal policy is support of a green economy transition

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First UNEP - Workshop on Alternative National Pathways to Sustainability opens in Bali

Policy-makers and experts from China, Bolivia, Thailand, South Africa and the ASEAN countries gathered in the Indonesian island for a two-day seminar to discuss different approaches to sustainable development

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Evolution and the Green Economy in the Age of the Anthropocene

At its core, the evolution of clean energy is a natural selection based on quickly evolving technologies that are redefining the DNA of human energy systems" Achim Steiner, UN Under Secretary-General and UNEP Executive Director, on today's green economy.

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Green Economy and the Rights of Nature must be united to address urgent global challenges

Green Economy and ethical approaches to conservation are complementary, and both required to protect the planets wildlife, according to UNEP’s Steven Stone at the Convention of Migratory Species of Wild Animals Conference in Ecuador.

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UN Climate Summit must address inertia
Financing climate action is in national, business and individual interests

Written by Simon Zadek, senior visiting fellow at the Global Green Growth Institute and the Centre for International Governance Innovation, and Nick Robins, co-director of the UNEP Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System

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Momentum Building for a Greener and more Inclusive Economy

London, 1 September 2014 - UNEP launches three new reports to support governments in building greener and more inclusive economies, as a quarter of the world’s countries are now pursuing green economy plans.

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New Studies Call On China to Measure and Assess Its Green Economy Opportunities

Beijing, China, 11 June 2014 - Two new reports released today by UNEP and Chinese government highlight how China can measure and model its environmental industry to maximize resource efficiency and boost economic growth as the country transitions towards a low carbon, green economy.

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Barbados is Leading the Way for SIDS in Green Economy Transition

Bridgetown, Barbados, 5 June 2014 Prime Minister Endorses Green Economy Roadmap to Advance the Island’s Sustainable Development Agenda

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Backing and Enabling Smallholders Can Unleash New and Sustainable Agricultural Revolution 

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia 4 June 2013 Supporting smallholder farmers to play a greater role in food production and natural resource stewardship is one of the quickest ways to lift over one billion people out of poverty and sustainably nourish a growing world population, a new United Nations report said.

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St. Lucia hosts conference to kickoff Region-wide effort aims to address employment and environment
Caribbean Green Economy Initiative

Gros Islet, Saint Lucia, 3 June 2013 – The Government of St. Lucia is set to host the first-ever Caribbean Green Economy Conference this week at the Rex Resorts, where ministers, decision-makers and civil society will explore how to accelerate a region-wide transition to a more inclusive and sustainable economy. 

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Participants at Paris Forum call for a shift from labour to resource productivity 

Paris, 4 April 2013 - Participants at an international forum taking place in the French capital today, who included government officials, representatives of international and non-governmental organizations, and the private sector, said that green growth was the path to follow to achieve a global transition to a Green Economy and a more sustainable mode of development for all. 


Four UN Agencies to Assist 30 Countries in Transition to a Green Economy

Nairobi, 19 February 2013 – A new partnership launched today by four UN agencies aims to support 30 countries over the next seven years in building national green economy strategies that will generate new jobs and skills, promote clean technologies, and reduce environmental risks and poverty. The new Partnership for Action on Green Economy, or PAGE, is a response to the outcome document of the Rio+20 Conference, entitled The Future We Want, which recognizes the green economy as a vehicle for sustainable development and poverty eradication.


New UNEP Study Finds Peru’s BioTrade Sector is Growing Sector generating increased wealth, jobs and development

Geneva, 18 February 2013 - The BioTrade sector in Peru has grown by 20 per cent in the last five years - generating significant revenue and promoting sustainable development, while simultaneously supporting pro-poor development. Despite these benefits, Peru’s BioTrade sector still faces many challenges – from financing and value addition to certification and contamination from GMOs – which are preventing it from reaching its full potential, according to a new study released this week by UNEP in collaboration with ProNaturaleza


Growing Global Demand for Medicinal and Aromatic Plants Could Create Green Jobs for Nepal’s Poorest Communities

Geneva,18 February 2013 - The growing global demand for medicinal and aromatic plants could help drive Nepal’s green economy, according to a new study by UNEP in collaboration with Government of Nepal. The report, BioTrade: Harnessing the potential for transitioning to a green economy – The Case of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants in Nepal, analyzes the country’s BioTrade sector and specifically, its trade in Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (MAPs), which are native to the same regions as the country’s poorest communities.


Indicators Can Support Transition to Inclusive, Resource-Efficient Green Economy, Says UNEP Report

Geneva, 3 December 2012 – A new UNEP report launched today provides countries with a practical guide on how indicators can measure progress towards an inclusive, resource-efficient, green economy, and support new national policies to assess human well-being and quality of life. Measuring Progress towards an Inclusive Green Economy was released as experts from major institutions and governments meet in Geneva at the first major gathering since Rio+20.  


Azerbaijan Plans for Green Economy

Baku, Azerbaijan, 15 November 2012 - Azerbaijan has made significant strides in improving its economy over the past decade, as it embarked on a market-based economy and recovered from a significant downturn following the breakup of the Soviet Union. As a result, the government is now looking to implement a policy for country’s transition to a low-carbon, resource efficient and socially inclusive economy. This study presents an assessment of Azerbaijan’s economy, looking at ways that will foster such transition.


New Green Economy Study Highlights Role of BioTrade in Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction in Namibia

Windhoek, Namibia, 30 May 2012 – A new study launched today finds that the USD 200 million BioTrade sector in Namibia has the potential to increase by more than 50 per cent in the next 10 years if it acts now to undertake a series of measures and reforms.


Calls for Green Economy to Address Structural Vulnerabilities in SIDS: Barbados Scoping Study

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, 28 March 2012 – The Prime Minister of Barbados today unveiled a new study that will accelerate the country’s transition to a green economy, and challenged other Caribbean Small Island Developing States to work together on creating a socially inclusive, low-carbon, resource-efficient region.


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