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About Calendar Multimedia News Publications 中文 Español Français United Nations Environment Programme environment for development Climate Change Disasters & Conflicts Ecosystem Management Environmental Governance Harmful Substances Resource Efficiency What is Green Economy? Discover more ... Green Economy in action View latest briefing papers Read reports Mexico Building a green economy means investing in people Serbia Education and innovation are key to a green economy Morocco Generating clean energy is a priority for the country Jordan Study finds investing in conservation can create jobs Philippines Achieving a resource-efficient economy is the goal With a GDP of approximately USD 1 trillion, Mexico is ranked as the 13th largest economy in 2010. Photo © Oxfam International Serbia’s economy has been growing continuously, except for 2009 when the financial crisis hit the country. Photo © World Bank In Morocco, green economy is presented as a source of opportunities for wealth creation and jobs. Photo © Partnerships Related:  Green Economy & Value of Nature

Green economy The green economy is one that results in reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities. Green economy is an economy or economic development model based on sustainable development and a knowledge of ecological economics.[1] A feature distinguishing it from prior economic regimes is the direct valuation of natural capital and ecological services as having economic value (see The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity and Bank of Natural Capital) and a full cost accounting regime in which costs externalized onto society via ecosystems are reliably traced back to, and accounted for as liabilities of, the entity that does the harm or neglects an asset.[citation needed] For an overview of the developments in international environment policy that led up to the UNEP Green Economy Report, see Runnals (2011).[2] Green Sticker and ecolabel practices have emerged as consumer facing measurements of sustainability. "Green" economists and economics[edit] Definition of a Green economy[edit]

Forget GDP And Start Measuring Inclusive Wealth Brazil and India have paid dearly for their rapid economic growth. By conventional measures, these two countries have only grown richer: Gross domestic product (GDP) per capita rose 34% and 120% respectively between 1990 and 2008. But the countries’ natural wealth has nosedived as their economic activity ballooned. But GDP is not the be all and end all of economic success. There are other ways to measure the progress of a society. The United Nations is now proposing the "Inclusive Wealth Indicator" as a challenge to the myopic focus on short-term profits and economic capital inherent in GDP. The Inclusive Wealth Indicator, which is scheduled to launch later this year, captures economic growth as the aggregate of a country’s wealth including its natural resources. "A country could completely exhaust all its natural resources while posting positive GDP growth," says Duraiappah. The UN is not the first to try alternative economic measures.

The Green Economy Green economy or greedy economy? | World Development Movement What is a green economy? A true green economy would embrace economic justice - the right of poor communities to determine their own path out of poverty, and an end to harmful policies which put profit before people and the environment. It would end our obsession with economic growth and unsustainable consumption and replace these with a focus on how everyone’s needs can be met in a truly sustainable manner. However, industrialised countries like the UK, alongside banks and multinational companies, are using the phrase 'green economy' as a smokescreen to hide their plan to further privatise the global commons and create new markets in the functions nature provides for free. Out of this Trojan horse will spring new market-based mechanisms that will allow the financial sector to gain more control of the management of the global commons. Subject the natural world to cost-benefit analysis and accountants and statisticians will decide which parts of it we can do without.

Et si la comptabilité passait au vert ? La comptabilité verte ou universelle fait peu à peu son entrée dans le monde feutré des directions financières. Réchauffement climatique, biodiversité, pollution, consommation d'eau, nuisances sonores, employabilité, ou lutte contre les discriminations vont tenter d'intégrer les plans comptables. Objectif: comptabiliser, outre la performance financière, la capacité de l'entreprise à vivre en harmonie avec son milieu environnemental et social. Le Conseil supérieur de l'Ordre des experts comptables a même été l'un des pionniers de la réflexion, en lançant, dès 1997, son club "comptabilité et développement durable", animé par Jacques de Saint Front et Michel Veillard. Mesurer les bénéfices et dommages d'une activité Toutes les entreprises n'y sont pas opposées, d'ailleurs. L'objectif de la démarche est de réunir les données financières et extra-financières de l'entreprise dans un seul document pour mieux rendre compte de l'ensemble de ses activités. Quatre domaines d'action

Hermes, Aviva Urge Stock Exchanges on Sustainability Reports Aviva Plc (AV/) and Hermes Asset Management Ltd. are urging stock exchanges to improve the way companies report on sustainability issues, leading calls from investors to introduce common international standards. They’ll be joined by non-governmental groups at a United Nations forum in Rio de Janeiro to debate ways to make the financial industry focus on longer-term concerns such as environmental degradation and energy efficiency. The organizations are seeking to standardize and improve sustainability reports, covering water use to emissions, after different rules emerged on world stock exchanges over the past decade. Today’s meeting also is designed to guide talks at this week’s Rio+20 summit in the same city, where delegates from 190 nations will discuss steps to eradicate poverty while stemming environmental degradation. Five Exchanges Two of those, in Sao Paulo and Johannesburg, announced today with Nasdaq OMX Group Inc. Social Metrics Denmark Compliance No Mandates

Economie verte inclusive: greenwashing ou vraie solution? Le Sommet de la Terre se prépare depuis des mois, et dans les couloirs menant à Rio, un nouveau concept a fait son entrée et tenté de s'imposer: "l'économie verte". Cette tendance sémantique soutenue par l'OCDE a éclipsé les termes de "croissance verte", mais surtout de "développement durable". Elle s'affiche comme l'un des deux enjeux principaux du Sommet, non sans susciter au passage l'ire de nombreux acteurs et observateurs des débats, parmi lesquels le Brésil lui-même qui demande à clarifier la chose. L'économie verte, mais pas pour tout le monde? Les critiques sont nombreuses car le concept reste flou, et beaucoup cherchent le loup qui peut bien s'y cacher. Et quand on y accole le terme d'inclusif, est-ce une manière d'afficher une ambition sociale là où le tout économique, même vert, a déjà prouvé son incompétence en matière de répartition des richesses? "Economie verte" versus "développement durable" L'économie verte, solution à la crise Quid du social?

Big business gives its Rio+20 recommendations | RTCC By John Parnell For many, describing what the Rio+20 Summit is trying to achieve is hard enough. Finding actual solutions to achieve them is even harder, as we found out at our Rio+20 Student Workshop. Policymakers heading to Rio, in the meantime are always keen to develop actions, after all, talk is cheap. We all know that business can talk a good game when it comes to environmental protection, green growth and sustainability. So what ideas does big business have to offer the negotiators in Rio that are faced with the unenviable task of forming policies that unite economic growth, social development and environmental sustainability? While some items on the agenda in Rio+20 are complex, simpler issues such as access to clean water remain prominent. Well as it turns out they have quite a few. Here’s a summary of the ideas: Unilever Siemens Siemens called for industrial call waste reduction and design with re-use in mind. Aviva Microsoft Virgin Atlantic Philips PepsiCo The verdict?

The road to Rio +20: women and the green economy What will Rio+20 mean for the many millions of poor women across the world, struggling with the effects of poverty, climate change, and environmental degradation? Nidhi Tandon, Gender & Development Editorial Advisor and author of the forthcoming UN Women's paper on Rio+20 and the Green Economy, gives her view. The concept of the 'green economy' is a complex one, and the international community has yet to come to a political consensus on its meaning, use, usefulness, ensuing policy implications, or what actually constitutes a green economy. The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) believes that to achieve equitable and sustainable development there needs to be a balance between the economy, society, and the environment. For me: 'green economy' suggests an environmentally-friendly economy, sensitive to the need to restore and conserve natural resources. Differing national circumstances and aspirations result in different responses to the idea of 'greening' the economy.

Indigenous Message to Rio+20: Leave Everything Beneath Mother Earth UXBRIDGE, Canada, Jun 12, 2012 (Tierramérica) - Indigenous leaders from all over South America are making their way by foot, canoe and eventually on buses to be part of the Kari-Oca Caravan to Rio de Janeiro, to talk to world leaders at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20. "We will be representing thousands of indigenous communities from all over South America," Moi Enomenga, a Waorani leader, told Tierramérica just before he boarded a bus in Quito, Ecuador for the nine-day bus trip to Rio. Other indigenous leaders will join in along the way. The Waorani are an Amazonian indigenous people who live in eastern Ecuador, in an area of oil drilling activity. Rio+20 is meant to serve as an intergovernmental forum for the adoption of solutions to the global crisis of sustainability, manifested in the repeated failure of the globalised economy, a food shortage, energy problems and global environmental woes like climate change and biodiversity loss.

Rio+20 : comment multinationales et marchés financiers comptent s’accaparer la nature - Néolibéralisme vert Vingt ans après le sommet de Rio de 1992, qui avait jeté les bases du développement durable, la conférence qui s’est ouverte au Brésil le 20 juin est placée sous le signe de « l’économie verte ». Si les attentes sont faibles en termes de résultats concrets, cette conférence dite « Rio+20 » sera le théâtre d’une bataille idéologique cruciale. « Le concept de développement durable exprimait un compromis entre les exigences écologiques de durabilité et celles du développement, rappelle l’économiste Geneviève Azam, coauteure de l’ouvrage La nature n’a pas de prix. Même si ce compromis s’est avéré insoutenable, il devait toutefois engager les sphères économiques, sociales et politiques. » Le discours dominant sur l’économie verte soumet au contraire les choix sociaux, écologiques et politiques aux logiques économiques. « Il exprime un renoncement final à placer la justice sociale et la durabilité au-dessus des logiques économiques de rentabilité. » Ce capitalisme vert est déjà à l’œuvre.