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A Guidebook to the Green Economy

A Guidebook to the Green Economy

Issue 4: A guide to international green economy initiatives

United Nations Division for Sustainable Development, UNDESA

In June 2012 at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), after months of challenging negotiations, governments agreed that green economy was an important tool for sustainable development. They also agreed that the green economy needs to be inclusive and should drive economic growth, poverty eradication, employment and decent work for all, whilst maintaining the healthy functioning of the Earth’s ecosystems. Importantly, the Rio+20 outcome document also recognises that capacity building, information exchange and experience sharing will be critical for implementing green economy policies. In this context, it invites the United Nations (UN) to work with partners to provide support to developing countries and to develop toolboxes, best practices, methodologies and models, and platforms to aid green economy policy design and implementation.

Following Rio+20, the UN Division for Sustainable Development (UNDSD) began publishing a new series of guidebooks on the green economy which aim to provide useful resource guides for practitioners and other stakeholders on various emerging green economy issues. Issue 1 of A Guidebook to the Green Economy provided a guide to the history and emerging definitions of green economy and related concepts such as green growth and low-carbon development 1. It also included a concise guide to approximately 90 recent green economy publications including reports, policy papers, toolkits and national strategies.


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