A new booklet by the African Development Bank summarizes the green investment opportunities identified in Sierra Leone’s recently launched 2013-2018 Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper, the Agenda for Prosperity. With an overall cost of implementing the plan estimated at US $5.75 billion and a funding
The International Institute for Sustainable Development and the German Development Institute have published a new report on renewable energy policy in Germany and the contribution it has made to green growth. “Germany’s Green Industrial Policy: Stable Policies – Turbulent Markets” focuses on the wind and solar energy sectors in Germany, and policies that have been implemented to support growth in these sectors. While performance against environmental goals is widely held to have been successful, the report considers the extent to which policies have also supported economic, social and technological objectives. It aims to provide policy makers with the research necessary for the development of cost effective, well targeted policies for the development of green industries.
With the aim of sharing examples and lessons learnt on green growth, the World Bank and the koreaGreen Growth Partnership have launched the new “Green Growth in Action” Knowledge Note Series. The first issue, “The Green Growth Movement in the Republic of Korea: Option or Necessity”, explains why the country adopted green growth as a new national development strategy and details how it has been implemented by the government. The paper also draws together key outcomes to date from Korea’s green growth policy, and suggests lessons learnt which could be applied to other countries.
“Green Growth and Poverty Reduction,” a new paper by the OECD, explores how OECD green growth policies can be designed in order to maximise the positive synergies and minimise the negatives effects on pro-poor growth in
The new OECD book “Environment at a Glance – OECD Indicators” includes key environmental indicators endorsed by OECD Environment Ministers and major environmental indicators from the OECD Core Set of Environmental Indicators. These indicators, categorized by issues such as climate change, air pollution, biodiversity, waste and water, reflect environmental progress made since the early 1990s and thus contribute to measuring environmental performance.
A new report from IISD debates the extent to which public-private partnerships (PPPs) are delivering value for money (VfM) in india. While VfM is traditionally interpreted to mean the lowest-priced alternative at the time of commissioning, in the context of india might not be delivering VfM in the context of
As part of the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE), UNITAR in cooperation with UNEP, ILO and UNIDO is delivering the e-learning course “Introduction to a Green Economy: Concepts and Applications”, from 13 April – 6 June 2014. This e-course has been designed for a wide audience of civil servants, diplomats, environmental managers, academics, private sector representatives and interested citizens. It aims at enhancing participants’ knowledge of different concepts and facets of the green economy, as well as global, national and sector-specific challenges and opportunities to advance low-carbon, resource efficient and socially inclusive development. Registration is open until 6 April 2014. To facilitate the participation of individuals from least developed countries and non-profit organizations, a number of fellowships will be awarded.
The GGKP’s Trade and Competitiveness Research Committee is one of four pilot research committees that have been formed by the GGKP to collaboratively identify knowledge gaps in green growth theory and practice. As one of its first outputs, the Trade and Competitiveness Research Committee has identified the need for a data collection effort on environmental policies and regulations in developing countries. A consultant is needed to draft a background note and an associated call for proposals to support this effort. A description of the duties and responsibilities, qualifications, timeline and detailed instructions for applying can be found in the Vacancy Announcementhere. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply by 21 February 2014.