Sunday, June 17, 2012

Danish ’92 Group launches a discussion Paper: Building an equitable green economy

By Kimbowa Richard

Today I attended an exciting presentation of a discussion of a paper developed by the Danish’92 Group at a side event in the on-going Rio + 20 Third Preparatory Committee meeting. According to the authors, an ‘equitable green economy’ is an important tool to sustainable development.

The paper sees the development of an equitable Green Economy as a progression, transforming all aspects of the current mainstream economy and spreading out to all sections of society, and it stresses that this transformation is as much about the right processes as it is about the required outcomes.

The paper sees the equitable Green Economy as a means for achieving the WHAT of sustainable development, i.e. agreed objectives of equity and sustainable development. It stresses that these objectives must comprise all three strands of sustainable development: the social, the economic and the environmental.

And based on this, it also stresses that these objectives cannot only be the ones defined in the Rio process – such as agreements under the Rio Conventions or the proposed Sustainable Development Goals – but must encompass the whole range of development goals as agreed in the MDGs and/or in national development plans.

The paper underlines the importance of having these objectives defined to include both the transformation processes and their specific outcomes in a wide range of sectorial, cross-sectorial and thematic areas relevant to both developed and developing countries.

It goes on to analyse what these objectives of equity and sustainable development might look like in three key, interlinked areas: Food, water, and energy access and security. The bulk of the paper’s analysis is about the HOW of the link between an equitable Green Economy and sustainable development. It puts forward five key working principles, which together form a filter to inform policy and market decisions in progressing on the equitable Green Economy pathway

Read the full paper from here

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