Green Economy: Gain or Pain for the Earth’s Poor?


November 2011| 12 pages

Many civil society groups and even some governments expressed concern that the chosen major themes of the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development — the “Green Economy in the Context of Sustainable Development and Poverty Eradication” and the “Institutional Framework for Sustainable Development” — do not adequately or holistically address the social, economic and ecological dimensions of sustainable development.

There is a lot of attention being directed towards the Green Economy in particular, raising fears that it may become the new framework for sustainable development in place of the long-recognized three pillars.  This Policy Brief takes a critical look at the concept of a Green Economy and shows how it is likely to fall short of advancing economic, ecological and social sustainability.



Green Economy Overview

The UNEP Green Economy Report

Getting Development Wrong

Pathways to Sustainable Development

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