High Level Policy Forum on Development of Framework for Green Economy
Organizing partnersLead Organizer : United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP)
Co-organizer: Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Korea, Korea Environmental Industry and Technology Institute (KEITI)
Participating Partners: United Nations Environment Programme, European Union, Governments of Denmark, Sweden, the Philippines, Vietnam, etc. (provisional)
IntroductionThe side event titled ?High Level Policy Forum on Development of Framework for Green Economy? aims to identify key challenges toward green economy and explore possible policy frameworks to promote green economy with the high-level policy makers.
The side event will provide a good chance to policy makers and key stakeholders to enhance awareness of challenges and opportunities in green economy, possible policy options to shift conventional resource-intensive economic structure towards green economy, specifically in the key sectors of sustainable consumption and production (SCP) patterns, resource efficiency and green infrastructure.
Through this event, participants will share policy experiences of countries in different circumstances and seek policy frameworks to promote green economy beyond Rio+20.
Detailed programme1. Thematic focus
The objectives of the high level policy forum are to strengthen global and regional cooperative partnerships to support the transformation of economic structure toward green economy through discussions on diverse policy options and strategies. The forum contributes to promoting two key themes namely, green economy and institutional framework at the global and regional level.
The forum focuses on sustainable consumption and production (SCP), resource efficiency and access, and green infrastructure as primary thematic areas. The global community has embarked on the Marrakesh Process since 2003 in accordance with the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation and in an effort to materialize the 10 Year Framework of Program on SCP. Good practices such as eco-labels, green auditing practice and green procurement, and green credit card system are highlighted and shared among policy makers as one of concrete policy actions to promote green economy.
At the same time, the widening gap between soaring resource demand and decreasing resource supply capacity has become a key limiting factor in the promotion of green economy. Sharply soaring demand and price of resources including oil, materials and food, cast shadow on the sustainable economic growth. Moreover, environmental degradation and climate change result in the deterioration of resource supply capacity. There is an undeniably growing divergence between the availability of resources and the need to pursue sustainable economic growth.
Green infrastructure development is also an integral part of public policies in promoting green economy in developing countries. Infrastructure decides patterns of economic growth; facilitates inputs (capital, labor and resources) for economic growth; improves human development; fills the regional income disparity; promotes equitable distribution of benefits; promote foreign investment, have impact on environment and social protection.
2. Provisional Speakers and Programme
The Minister of Environment of the Republic of Korea and Executive Secretary of United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) will deliver opening speeches.
High ranking officers of UNESCAP and UNEP will be invited to make key note presentations on UN policies, green economy related policies and on-going global projects, such as SWITCH-Asia programme by EU and UNEP.
Key policy makers including President of KEITI, EU Commissioner for Environment, Secretary for Climate Change Commission of the Philippines, deliver insightful presentations on key policies related on green economy, specifically focusing on SCP policy, resource efficiency and access, and green infrastructure.
It is expected that high ranking officers and senior experts equivalent to post of Director General of countries participate in the Forum to share knowledge, experiences and good practices related to green economy policies.
3. Contributions to Rio+20
The side event is committed to providing a forum where decision makers and working groups gather to look into innovative cases regarding sustainable development and to have discussions. This will provide us opportunities to identify the gap between advanced and developing nations that hampers the shift to green economy. Plus, we will be able to find out how the differences appear during the process of policy establishment and implementation. By doing so, participants will seek ways to narrow the gap and to address challenges that we are facing.
Consumption and production is fundamentals of an economy. High level forum on SCP will serve as a catalyst to draw realistic outcome from Rio+20 by boosting implementation and development of 10YFP and accelerate the global transition towards Green Economy.