Remarks by Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director at the Closing of the Global South-South Development Expo 2013 Fri, Nov 1, 2013

We also have concrete outcomes with at least 16 agreements having being signed worth some $450 million in terms of funding cooperation and support for inclusive green economy initiatives.

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Nairobi, 1 November 2013 - H.E. John Ashe, President of UN General Assembly;

H.E. Waiguru, Cabinet Secretary of Devolution and Planning of Government of Kenya;

H.E. Mariyam Shakeela, Minister of Environment and Energy and Acting Foreign Minister of Maldives;

Director of the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation, Mr. Yiping Zhou;

Dr. Mukhisa Kituyi, UNCTAD Secretary-General;

Ladies and gentlemen.

Thank you for taking part in this landmark Expo here in Kenya, here in the global south.

This week here in Nairobi the world has held a mirror to the future-an inclusive Green Economy mirror that has reflected the hopes and the aspirations of over seven billion people.

The world is searching for answers to the global development challenges of providing employment, providing energy, growing sufficient food and eradicating poverty, but in ways that keep humanity's footprint within planetary boundaries.

The 800 delegates who have attended this week's Expo, drawn from countries such as Argentina, China, Kenya, Japan, Iraq and Slovakia-along with some 50 exhibitors-have illuminated the pathways towards a low carbon, resource efficient future.

They are living and breathing examples that underline not just the theory but the practice of 'Building Inclusive Green Economies'

And here I would like to thank the United Arab Emirates for agreeing to host an important conference next March in order to further the Partnership for Action for a Green Economy (PAGE) with UNEP and our partners-the International Labour Organization, UNITAR and the UN Industrial and Development Organization.

I am sure you will agree that this week has been rich in issues and solutions with the 15 Partnership Forums covering topics ranging from sustainable oceans, information and communications technology for Least Developed Countries to non-motorized transport in the urban environment and citizen-based South-South cooperation.

We also have concrete outcomes with at least 16 agreements having being signed worth some $450 million in terms of funding cooperation and support for inclusive green economy initiatives.

For example at the conclusion of the Chief Executive Officers Tanzania's Africa Community Development Corporation Ltd signed an investment agreement worth $21 million that will finance the building and operation of an 8MW hydropower plant in Tanzania.

Many more ideas have been exchanged and seeds planted, and no doubt we will see further cooperation emerge as this seeds grow.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

As we leave today to return to our respective countries, we are far better placed to engineer and lead the debate on the post 2015 development agenda.

The kinds of partnerships forged here are building blocks towards the kind of broader and more inclusive partnerships that can be the bridge between the Millennium Development Goals and the planned Sustainable Development Goals.

  • Partnerships that put human capital, natural capital and clean technologies at the centre of sustainability now and into the coming decades.

As the rich dialogues and wealth of initiatives showcased this week demonstrate, South-South Cooperation is playing an increasingly tranformaive role in facilitating this global transition. 

These local, national and regional efforts are overcoming barriers, creating new finance mechanisms, generating knowledge, sharing information, providing training and delivering capacity building - in areas and sectors that are critical for a global transition to a low carbon, resource efficient and inclusive economy.

UNEP has been proud to have hosted you here in Nairobi this week-you have provided this institution with the confidence and the creativity that will strengthen our work and our resolve to go further and faster.

Rio+20 agreed that an inclusive green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication is an 'important tool' for achieving sustainable development when supported by policies that encourage decent employment, social welfare and inclusion and the maintenance of the Earth's ecosystems from forests to freshwaters.

This week's Expo underlines that the outcomes of Rio+20 are rapidly moving from words into actions not just in a few countries or pockets of communities, but across the globe.

And that the kind of supportive policies needed to accelerate and to scale-up this 'important tool' are being tried, tested and are indeed flourishing across the global South.

Thank you.

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