UNEP Gathers Leaders to Shape UN Green Economy Initiative

Global Green New Deal1 December 2008: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has convened economists, academics and leaders of private and public institutions at an “International Workshop to take forward the Global Initiative on the Green Economy.” The workshop, which is meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, is considering the US$4 million UN Green Economy Initiative, which was launched on 22 October 2008, and seeks to respond to the global economic downturn by focusing policymakers on the promise of economic growth and job creation in environmental industries.

Meeting attendees will consider and share ideas on: a sustainable green economy; the role of socially and environmentally responsible investments in such an economy; the institutions needed to enable the transition to a “green” economy; and relevant analytical challenges, including in modeling. The six areas of focus to be considered by break-out groups are: environmental infrastructure; biodiversity-based business; clean and efficient technologies; renewable energy; chemicals and waste management; green cities; buildings and transport. [UNEP Press Release] [UNEP Green Economy Initiative Website] [Conference website]