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Advance copy, Road to Rio, Issue 3


18, 19 & 20 June 2012 UNCTAD - Trade, Environment, Climate Change and Sustainable Development Branch Side Events for the Rio+20 Conference.

In order to continue and deepen its contribution to the UNCSD Rio+20 Summit as well as in the implementation of its outcomes, UNCTAD is organising a series of on site side events. The organization of these side events has been lead by the Trade, Environment, Climate Change and Sustainable Development Branch of UNCTAD jointly with key governmental, Intergovernmental, private sector and civil society partners. More ...

25 April 2012. UNCTADXIII. Mainstreaming Sustainability into Trade and Development Policies: Towards Rio+20 More

29 March 2012. UNCTAD XIII and Rio+20: briefing for delegates More

16 March 2012. The Trade Dimension of Rio+20: Key Issues for the Outcome Document. More

The Green Economy

The green economy, within the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication, is one of the two themes of the 2012 Conference on Sustainable Development, to be held in Rio de Janeiro. It encompasses some of the most important challenges we face today: eradicating poverty, improving our relationship with the environment, addressing the potential negative impacts of global climate change, and creating a new path for sustainable development.

The green economy is an enabling component of the overarching goal of sustainable development. It is defined as an economy that results in improved human well-being and reduced inequalities, while not exposing future generations to significant environmental risks and ecological scarcities.

Some countries are already moving aggressively towards the green economy and it is imperative that all countries consider reshaping their development strategies and practices accordingly. It is difficult to imagine a transition phase in which, at least in the early stages, the internalization of the environmental and social costs do not result in a reduction in real income. There is, therefore, a genuine basis to argue for significant investment to assist developing countries in their move to a green economy and thereby achieve a higher degree of sustainable development.

8 May 2012