• Lead-organizer: Switzerland
  • 15:30 - 17:00
  • Date: 19 Jun 2012
  • Room: P3-3

Putting Green Economy into practice

Organizing partners

Swiss Government
In collaboration with UNIDO, UNEP, FAO (t.b.c.)


Switzerland has proposed an international Green Economy Roadmap as an outcome of the Rio+20 Conference. The side event will illustrate how Green Economy can benefit both developed and devel-oping countries and share some practical experiences of policies and instruments for assisting the transformation towards a green economy. The first example shares some success stories in promoting the development and implementation of Sustainable Public Procurement (SPP) through the Marrakech Task Force on SPP and gives an outlook on how the work will be continued under the lead of UNEP. The second example provides lessons from the longstanding collaboration of Switzerland with UNIDO and UNEP in establishing a network of Cleaner Production Centers in developing countries which has facilitated the transfer of know-how and technology for improving production processes and resource efficiency. The last example will address the issue of sustainable agriculture and the necessity of land tenure rights.

Detailed programme

The thematic focus of the side event is on Green Economy by elaborating the idea of an international Roadmap and by providing examples of instruments for its implementation. The Side Event will show-case how Green Economy can be tool for advancing Sustainable Development. In addition, it will illustrate that Green Economy can benefit both developed and developing countries. The examples from different areas will provide an insight into how the transformation towards a Green Economy can be assisted by appropriate international cooperation activities.

10? Welcoming remarks and Introduction by Federal Councilor Doris Leuthard or State Secretary Bruno Oberle
15? Sustainable Public Procurement as a tool for putting Green Economy into practice (Franz Perrez, Ambassador for the Environment, Switzerland)
15? The role and contribution of Cleaner Production Centers for the transformation towards a green economy (Hans-Peter Egler, State Secretariat for Economic Affairs)
15? Agriculture as a key sector for achieving a Green Economy (François Pythoud, Federal Office for Agriculture)
30? Q&A session and discussion
5? Wrap-up of the discussions by Federal Councilor Doris Leuthard or State Secretary Bruno Oberle

The Side event will contribute to the negotiations by providing concrete examples of how Green Economy has already been implemented, not only in developed but also in developing countries. In doing so, it allows a better understanding of Green Economy and how it contributes to Sustainable Development and Poverty Eradication. In addition, the side event will elaborate the proposal by Switzerland and other countries for a Green Economy Roadmap.

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