The Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP) is a global network of international organizations 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.
The Green Growth Best Practice initiative has released a synthesis of key findings from its review of green growth approaches taken in different countries and regions around the world. Through its analysis of around 60 specific government programs, the GGBP demonstrates that green growth is actively practiced as a dynamic pathway to achieve sustainable development. This summary report, unveiled at the 1st Global Conference on Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) in Dubai, comes in advance of the release of the full report, to be launched in June 2014.
A new report by UNEP’s International Resource Panel on the linkages between REDD+ and a green economy was launched today on the International Day of Forests to coincide with events taking place in Jakarta. “Building Natural Capital: How REDD+ can Support a Green Economy” outlines how changes in national incentive frameworks can support climate change mitigation and adaptation, and bolster economic development.
Green skills, that is, skills needed in a low-carbon economy, will be required in all sectors and at all levels in the workforce as emerging economic activities create new (or renewed) occupations, contends a new report by the OECD. The report, “Greener Skills and Jobs”, outlines the role of skills and training policies as an important component of the ecological transformation process. As sectors realign due to the greening of the economy, workers will need to be retrained accordingly. A successful transition to a low-carbon economy will require workers to be flexible as they adapt and transfer into new industries.
UNEP has produced a new working paper, “Using Indicators for Green Economy Policymaking”, which aims to provide guidance to policy analysts and other stakeholders who are involved in developing green economy policies by using indicators as a tool for identifying priority issues, formulating and assessing green economy policy options, and evaluating the performance of policy implementation.
Sketching the profile of the changing ‘green growth, green economy architecture’ at the global, national, corporate and local levels, the Green Economy Coalition has released a draft paper entitled “Green Economy Barometer: Who is doing what where, and why?”. The paper finds that green growth is continuing to gain political momentum, attract new investment and draw in new players; and that issues of equity and social inclusion are no longer fringe debates. The paper also questions the capability of the green growth architecture to deliver more equitable outcomes and restore the environment, and highlights key changes needed in order for the green economy to evolve, mature, and supersede the brown economy.
A new book, “Green Industrial Policies in Emerging Countries”, identifies the drivers and success factors of green industrial policy, which seeks to reconcile the synergies and trade-offs between economic and environmental goals. The book explores the need for governments to provide ‘policy rents’ to stimulate needed investments in sustainability while withdrawing rents from polluting investments. The risk of political capture by interest groups is addressed and the book provides a strong focus on rent management. Specific examples from emerging countries are provided.
More than 450 participants from 66 countries – including 27 ministers – presented their national perspectives at the first global conference on the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE), an initiative led by UNEP, ILO, UNIDO and UNITAR to support countries making the transition to an inclusive, low-carbon and resource-efficient economy. The conference took place 4-5 March in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
On 5 March, 2014, as part of the Inaugural PAGE Conference, the GGKP held a lunchtime side event on the topic of “What We Don’t Know – Expanding the Frontiers of Green Growth Knowledge”. The event, moderated by GGKP Head, Benjamin Simmons, brought together a high-level panel of experts working in this field, including: Ashok Khosla (President, Development Alternatives); Najib Saab (Secretary General, Arab Forum for Environment and Development); Steven Stone (Chief, Economics and Trade Branch, UNEP); and Scott Vaughan (President, International Institute for Sustainable Development).