Green Economy: The Next Steps
At the UN sustainable development conference in Rio de Janeiro in 2012, the international community acknowledged the significance of the "Green Economy" as a means to support sustainable development. Unlike in other topic areas, there is no collective, coordinated follow-up process for the "Green Economy"; instead, it is now the task of individual countries to develop new initiatives and put new strategies into motion for a Green Economy. A growing number of states across the globe have therefore begun to develop and implement their own Green Economy strategies. This bottom-up process will be lead and supported through numerous initiatives of international organizations including UNEP, ILO, the World Bank, and OECD. The debate over the "Green Economy" is increasingly taking place on the international level; before Rio fears of "selling out nature" and hidden trade barriers gave way to a substantive exchange regarding policy measures for the promotion of a sustainable, greener type of economy. During the workshop the following questions will be discussed: What is the value added by the concept of the "Green Economy" in international sustainability policy? Is it possible, with the Green Economy, to establish a more sustainable form of economy? Can the Green Economy help to make progress in important areas (reduction in environmentally detrimental subsidies, conservation of natural resources, protection of natural diversity)?