• Lead-organizer: Office of the Special Adviser on Africa (OSAA)
  • 13:30 - 15:00
  • Date: 18 Jun 2012
  • Room: T-3

Promoting a Green Economy in Africa, LDCs, SIDS and LLDCS/Challenges/O

Organizing partners

[Full title of the Event: ?Promoting a Green Economy in Africa, LDCs, SIDS and LLDCS: Challenges and Opportunities?

Lead Organizer: United Nations Office of the Special Adviser on Africa (UN-OSAA)

Sponsoring partners/collaborators: AU-NEPAD Agency, UNEP, UNECA, AfDB, OHRLLS, DPI, Tanzania.


Promotion of the green economy is one major means by which the current economy in Africa can make the transition to sustainable economic development. As has been widely acknowledged, although Africa has contributed least to global climate change, it has suffered disproportionately from its adverse effects. The challenges of adaptation and mitigation are therefore particularly urgent for Africa. The continent has 60 percent of the world?s arable land; 20 percent of its forest reserves; 20 percent of the global land mass; 40 percent of the world?s biodiversity and more than half of the world?s clean energy potential. A new paradigm is needed to ensure that countries maximize the potential benefits that the green economy could provide. A green economy with the vast untapped natural resources represent a paradigm shift in promoting clean and renewable energy, creation of employment and conservation of the continent?s natural resources.

Detailed programme

Thematic focus:
Green Economy as a way to achieve sustainable development, poverty eradication and the creation of decent jobs by increasing resource efficiency, supporting the shift to sustainable consumption and production patterns and facilitating low-carbon development.

[Potential Moderator/Chair, Panelists/Resource persons [this information can be provided as it becomes available]

Potential contribution to the outcome of UNCSD/Rio+20:
This event will bring together representatives of African countries, LDCs, and LLDCs to share national experiences with country-level assessments of opportunities and options to transition to a green economy; discuss policy initiatives undertaken; successful experiences; stakeholder engagement and participation; and challenges and lessons learned with a view to contribute to the articulation of a global Framework of Action on green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradiation. A tentative list of countries includes: Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mali, Nepal, Rwanda, and Senegal.
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