Information
  • Lead-organizer: UN Regional Commissions
  • 15:00 - 16:30
  • Date: 21 Jun 2012
  • Room: T-2

Green Growth and Sustainable Development: Regional Perspectives

Organizing partners

Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)
Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)
Economic Commission for Latin America and Caribbean (ECLAC)
Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)
Economic and Social Commission for West Asia (ESCWA)
Coordinated by: Regional Commissions New York Office

Introduction

The importance of integration of the economic, social and environmental pillars of SD has been long recognized as critical to achieving a balanced development agenda, however, the implementation of the concept in practice has proved to be challenging. There are some examples of good practices in implementing public policies and programmes which have successfully promoted a green economy in key areas. The multidisciplinary expertise and platforms of the Regional Commissions gives them the comparative advantage of promoting a green economy in the context of poverty eradication by linking the economic, social and environmental issues as an integration of the three pillars of SD. As part of this side event, the Regional Commissions are focusing on key elements of the green economy which are critical to their regions and highlighting the challenges, opportunities and the enablers for effectively implementing an integrated approach to sustainable development.

Detailed programme

Expected outcomes and contribution to UNCSD outcome:
a) Highlighting the added value of regional approaches for promoting a green economy in the context of poverty eradication through an effective integration of the pillars of sustainable development;
b) Sharing of concrete examples of good practices and public policies in key areas at the regional level, which effectively promote green economy through integrating the three pillars of sustainable development (SD);
b) A better understanding of the role of a strong Institutional Framework for Sustainable Development (IFSD) at the regional level for promoting a green economy through an effective integration of the pillars of SD;
c) An enhanced understanding of the role of the Regional Commissions as a unique regional platform for the promotion of a green economy through an effective integration of the three pillars of sustainable development in their respective regions.

Panellists and discussants:
The event will feature keynote speeches by a number of Heads of State followed by presentations by the Executive Secretaries of the Regional Commissions and a Q&A session.
Background:
The importance of integration of the economic, social and environmental pillars of SD has been long recognized as critical to achieving a balanced development agenda, including at the UNCED in 1992. However, the implementation of the concept in practice has proved to be challenging. Notwithstanding, there are some examples of good practices in implementing public policies and programmes which have successfully promoted a green economy in key areas which through adopting an integrated approach to sustainable development.
The multidisciplinary expertise and platforms of the Regional Commissions gives them the comparative advantage of promoting a green economy in the context of poverty eradication by linking the economic, social and environmental issues as an integration of the three pillars of SD. As part of this side event, the Regional Commissions are focusing on key elements of the green economy which are critical to their regions and highlighting the challenges, opportunities and the enablers for effectively implementing an integrated approach to sustainable development, including the existence of a strong IFSD at the regional level.
The side event will focus on the following areas:
Economic system change for implementing a green economy: The key challenge faced, in particular by developing economies, is in reconciling objectives of achieving rapid economic growth and eradicating poverty without incurring further economic risks, ecological scarcity and social disparities. ?Business as usual? is no longer possible - there is an urgent need to transform economic models so address resource constraints and the climate crisis. The Economic Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) will focus on the importance of economic system change for a ?win-win? synergy between ?green considerations" and the "economy" by highlighting policies that promote the eco-efficiency of economic growth and reduce the pressure on the natural resource base, while continuing to meet human needs.
Youth Employment in Emerging Green Sectors: The Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) will highlight its cooperation with regional civil society organizations and other regional institutions for the development of the Green Industries and the introduction of a socially sustainable Green Economy, as an example of the integration of the three pillars of sustainable development in the Region.
Natural resource governance: The Latin America and Caribbean region has a wealth of natural resources and rich biodiversity; assets that historically have played key roles in the development path of the region, but which countries have struggled to translate into maximized gains that contribute to a more inclusive and sustainable development path. The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) will focus on the outcomes of its work with member States in developing and analyzing public policy, institutional frameworks, and regulations faced by finite natural resource-exporting countries in the appropriation and effective use of income in order to promote green growth and sustainable development.
Food Security: Food insecurity in Africa is mainly attributed to an underdeveloped agriculture sector, coupled with unsustainable management of land resources, the dominance of low income levels, as well as climate variability and change. Capacity-development, knowledge and technology transfer are essential for improving food security and enhancing sustainability. The Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) will highlight its efforts towards greener the agricultural sector through supporting Africa?s food security aspirations in general and in particular the effective operationalization of CAADP.
Environmental democracy as a prerequisite for achieving sustainable development:The rights of access to information, public participation, and access to justice are essential to achieving sustainable development, in particular for such important aspects as effective governance and greening the economy. The ECE region, has made progress in this regard through a number of legal and policy instruments. UNECE will focus on sharing its experiences with countries in other regions, which may wish to join the instruments or replicate their achievements or be inspired by them.
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