Update #1

1. Documentation for UNCSD

Three documents are currently being prepared before year?s end:
One for the 1st Intersessional: Synthesis report on experiences, successes, gaps, risks and opportunities, based on questionnaires circulated to Member States, Major Groups and UN agencies; Questionnaires can be found at:
Synthesis Report Data

Two for the 2nd PrepCom:
?    SG?s report: outline circulated and inputs requested through Guidance Note:
Click here for Guidance Note
?    Joint report (UN-DESA, UNEP, UNCTAD with inputs from other agencies) on ?Green Economy: Benefits, Risks and Challenges?. This report, requested at PrepCom1, will address questions on the growth, trade, employment, poverty and other implications of a green economy transition.

UNEP is expected to launch its Green Economy Report later this year. The report has sectoral chapters and a concluding policy oriented chapter. Spinoff products which have already been issued include:
?    Green Economy Report: A Preview
?    Green Economy: A Brief for Policy Makers on the Green Economy and MDGs, Sept. 2010
?    Green Economy: Developing Country Success Stories
?    Green Economy: Driving a Green Economy through Public Finance and Fiscal Policy Reform

Environmental Management Group (EMG) (chaired by UNEP) has established an Issue Management Group (IMG) which is producing a UN system-wide paper on Green Economy, with a draft expected for comment by PrepCom2.

OECD has produced an Interim Report of the Green Growth Strategy: Implementing our commitment for a sustainable future, 27-28 May 2010

IUCN has produced a Green Economy Guidebook, August 2010

2.    Events

?    Expert Group Meeting in Seoul, 10 September 2010: Green Economy: Benefits, Risks and Challenges, back-to-back with Green Korea 2010, to inform the joint report preparation for PrepCom2
?    UNITAR/Yale University 2nd Global Conference on Environmental Governance and Democracy took place in the margins of the UN Millennium Development Goal Summit, 20-22 September 2010. Focus on: Strengthening Institutions to Address Climate Change and Advance a Green Economy
?    EGM in Geneva, 7-8 September 2010: Green Economy, Trade and Sustainable Development, organized by UNCTAD
?    ESCAP MCED-6, Astana, Kazakhstan, concludes with strong Ministerial endorsement of a regional green growth strategy and a Green Bridge partnership between Asian and Europe on green technologies, green business, green urban development, eco-efficiency and green growth

?    OECD Ministerial Roundtable on Green Growth, 14th December 2010
?    UN-ECLAC Meeting of government experts from Latin America and the Caribbean, in preparation for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD/Rio+20): Green economy and Institutional framework for sustainable development, 15-16 December 2010

3.    Global, Regional and National Networks and Initiatives

Green Economy Coalition (GEC): The Green Economy Coalition brings together environment, development, trade union, consumer and business sectors, North and South. The GEC is committed to a common cause: accelerating a transition to a new green economy. The first of a series of national dialogues was held in India from 17-21
September 2010; the next one will be in Brazil.

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Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI): Founded in May 2010, the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) is a globally represented, non-profit institute dedicated to the promotion of economic growth and development while reducing carbon emissions, increasing sustainability, and strengthening climate resilience (i.e. green growth). GGGI is founded on the belief that economic growth and environmental sustainability are not merely compatible objectives, but are mutually necessary for the future of humankind. GGGI is headquartered in Seoul, Republic of Korea.

Green Economy Network (Canada): Comprised of members of unions, environmental and social justice organizations who united to form a common front of civil society groups for the building of a green economy in Canada. In so doing, ?we realize we are living in one of those critical moments of history wherein urgent decisions and actions must be taken that will ultimately affect our destiny as a people, a nation, and the planet itself?. 
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