Update #2

The UNCSD Secretariat has prepared two companion reports, namely, the Synthesis Report on Best Practices and Lessons Learned on the Objective and Themes of the Conference, and the SG?s Report: Objective and Themes of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development. The first reflects questionnaire responses of member States and other key stakeholders, the second focuses on the two themes and how they can help accelerate progress on the sustainable development agenda.


1. Documentation for UNCSD

Two documents have recently been posted on the UNCSD website as advanced unedited copies:  

Synthesis Report on Best Practices and Lessons Learned on the Objective and Themes of the Conference. This is intended for the 1st Intersessional Meeting for UNCSD, 10-11 January 2011 in New York: 

Summary: The Synthesis Report reflects responses of member States, Major Groups and UN entities to the questionnaire distributed following the 1st PrepCom, covering political commitment for sustainable development, progress in implementation since the 1992 Rio Earth Summit and remaining gaps; new and emerging challenges; and views, practice and proposals regarding the two themes: green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication and institutional framework for sustainable development. The Report will be revised following the Intersessional for finalization in time for the 2nd PrepCom.

The full report is available here 

SG?s Report: Objective and Themes of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, prepared for the 2nd PrepCom Meeting for UNCSD, 7-8 March 2011, New York.
Summary: The SG?s Report examines the two themes of the UNCSD and how a focus on the two themes can help accelerate the progress on the sustainable development agenda. The Report considers implications of a green economy transition for growth, employment, poverty eradication and other social objectives.  It also examines how strengthening the institutional framework for sustainable development could accelerate convergence among the three pillars of sustainable development.
The full report is available here 


UNEP is preparing its forthcoming ?Green Economy Report? http://www.unep.org/greeneconomy/, which presents assessments of green sectors using economic analysis and modelling approaches. It is due to be presented to the UNEP Governing Council meeting, 21-15 February, in Nairobi.

In this regard, the following two reports have recently been issued:

UNEP together with the European Patent Office, and the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development released the report on Patents and clean energy: bridging the gap between evidence and policy.
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Also, UNEP Report on Fisheries Subsidies, Sustainable Development and the WTO, December 2010, has highlighted the role of fisheries subsidies reform in ocean sustainability.
Read more details here

Environmental Management Group (EMG) (chaired by UNEP) has produced a new report on Advancing the biodiversity agenda ? a UN system-wide contribution to coincide with the UN?s International Year of Biodiversity.
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The EMG Issue Management Group on Green Economy has also prepared a progress report to be made available as a background paper for the 1st Intersessional meeting.

Following its Interim Report of the Green Growth Strategy, OECD has published two reports in November 2010, namely, Transition to a Low-carbon Economy: Public Goals and Corporate Practices, and Cities and Climate Change.
Download full reports here

As a background document for the Meeting of government-designated experts of Latin America and the Caribbean, preparatory to Rio+20, in December 2010, ECLAC produced the report ?A Green Economy: Introduction to the debate and implications for Latin America and the Caribbean?.
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Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21) has released its annual publication ? the Renewables 2010 Global Status Report, the analysis has become the most frequently referenced report on renewable energy business and policy.
Download full report here

2. Events


  • Ad Hoc Expert Group Meeting in Geneva, 7-8 October 2010: Green Economy: Trade and Sustainable Development Implications, organized by UNCTAD.  Link to presentations
  • World Bank panel on Green Growth and Development: Opportunities, Challenges, Experiences, organized by Sustainable Development Network,  ? World Bank Group, video link
  • Side Events at UNFCCC Climate Change Conference in Cancun, Mexico, November 21 ? December 10, 2010
    • Addressing the "GET FiT" side event on clean energy, UNCSD Secretary-General Mr. Sha Zukang called, among other things, for "a global programme of financing and technical support for renewable energy in developing countries."
    • Rio+20: The Transition to a Green Economy, featuring Mr. Sha, Mr. Achim Steiner of UNEP and Dr. Supachai Panitchpakdi of UNCTAD as keynote speakers.
  • ESCWA: 15 ? 16 December 2010, A Regional Workshop on Trade and Environment: ?Developing the Environmental Goods and Services Sector in the Arab Region: Transformation into a Green Economy?.
    For information please click here
    • Dec 14, 2010: Meeting of the focal points of the Latin America and Caribbean Regional Coordination Mechanism on UNCSD (UN agencies);
    • Dec 15-16, 2010: A Preparatory Meeting of Government-Designated Experts of Latin America and the Caribbean on a Green Economy in the Context of Sustainable Development and Poverty Eradication and the Institutional Framework for Sustainable Development?.
      For more information please click here


  • UNCSD: The first Intersessional Meeting of UNCSD will be held from 10-11 January, 2011 in New York.
    For more information please click here
  • High-Level CSD Intersessional Meeting on a 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production in Panama City, Panama, 13-14 January 2011.
    For more information please click here
  • ESCWA: The 3rd Roundtable on Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns will be held from 26-27 January, 2011 in Cairo, Egypt
  • Green Economy Series ? informal events on green economy jointly organized by 10 Missions of UN member States on the initiative of the President of the 65th Session of the General Assembly, H.E. Mr. Joseph Deiss of Switzerland:
    • Workshop 1 on Green Economy in Practice on Friday, 11 February 2011, from 10am to 1pm ? current examples of green economy and lessons learned from different parts of the world;
    • Workshop 2 on Green Economy Opportunities and Challenges on Wednesday, 23 March 2011, from 10am to 1pm ? various economic, development and social issues related to green economy, including its implications for jobs, investment, trade and commerce;
    • Workshop 3 on Green Economy Pathways on Tuesday, 19 April 2011, from 10am to 1pm ? possible avenues and political incentives available to, or already taken by, Governments to transition to a green economy.


3. Global, Regional and National Networks and Initiatives

Green Economy Coalition (GEC): The Green Economy Coalition has recently organized a national dialogue in Brazil (November 2010). In the Brazil Green Economy Dialogue, participants agreed that GE efforts should not only aim at environmental improvement but also for social well-being, economic prosperity, and personal happiness. There was an emphasis on creating employment and wealth for the poor, and protecting grassroots producers. The Dialogue participants succeeded in 1) mapping actors, themes and proposals on GE in Brazil; 2) establishing a common agenda to build proposals for Rio + 20; 3) articulating social actors and networks related to GE, in a cooperative way; and 4) consolidating GE knowledge and concepts in ways that make sense in Brazil.

The Mali dialogue is soon to be held (December 2010 to January 2011). The Caribbean Dialogue will take place in Trinidad in early February 2011.
Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI): Founded in June 2010, the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) is a globally represented, non-profit institute dedicated to the promotion of economic growth and development while reducing carbon emissions, increasing sustainability, and strengthening climate resilience (i.e. green growth). GGGI is founded on the belief that economic growth and environmental sustainability are not merely compatible objectives, but are mutually necessary for the future of humankind. GGGI is headquartered in Seoul, Republic of Korea. The Chair of GGGI is Dr. Han Seung-soo, former Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea and Lord Nicolas Stern of LSE and Professor Thomas Heller of Stanford are co-vice-chairs. GGGI has so far been active working with Brazil, Ethiopia and Indonesia on the following: 1) developing low-carbon, green growth plans for all large-emitting sectors in Brazil including forests, agriculture, energy and the steel industry, 2) integrating a comprehensive green growth strategy into Ethiopia?s new Plan for Accelerated and Sustained Development to End Poverty (PASDEP), and 3) developing a national framework for REDD+financing and a low-carbon growth strategy for the province of East Kalimantan in Indonesia.

Regional Climate Change Adaptation Knowledge Platform for Asia: The Adaptation Knowledge Platform is a response to the demand for effective mechanisms for sharing information on climate change adaptation and developing adaptive capacities in Asian countries. The initiative supports research and capacity building, policy making and information assimilation, generation, management and sharing.

The African Climate Policy Centre: The ACPC was recently established as joint venture of the African Union, Economic Commission for Africa, and African Development Bank. It is headed by Dr. Youba Sokona, IPCC Board member and former executive Secretary of the Sahara and Sahel Observatory (OSS) based in Tunisia.

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