Convenor's Update: September 2012

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This month we bring you our new snapshot analysis of the global 'green economy' and 'green growth' context post Rio+20. Both agendas are moving quickly. So, to keep track of what is happening where, we have taken a swift journey across the emerging global landscape to identify the key features, constraints and developments.
We see this paper as a live, intelligence gathering exercise within our network. Thank you to all our coalition members who have provided feedback already GRI, WWF, ECODES, Ethical Markets, UNEP, Vitae Civilis and IIED and we encourage you all to share your insights so that this picture can evolve further. In particular, we would welcome your perspectives on other key trends at the national and international level; more in-depth news on business and the private sector work on green economy; and longer term plans on the green economy from within our wider network. Do field your feedback through the website so that others can read your insights.

Our analysis points to an escalation of green economy activity.  However, it resides predominately in the business and government spheres. Consequently, the issues dominating the green economy agenda are resource efficiency, resilient supply chains, low-carbon energy, food and water security and, more generally, stimulating economic growth.  These discussions are not explicit enough in their attempts to achieve more inclusive economic reform that delivers poverty reduction and improved ecosystem health. Our work as a coalition has only just begun.

These observations prompt our members to recommend we continue the coalition for a further phase of activity in order that we champion these critical areas on behalf of civil society. The next phase centres on three core ambitions:

  1. Inclusivity: We are determined to ensure that the green economy discussion remains an inclusive debate about our economic system. The coalition will continue to engage with civil society and stakeholders to ensure that all views are captured and represented. Indeed, we really hope some of you can make it to the multi-stakeholder workshop which we are supporting in New York next month.
  2. Transparency: As action plans and activities are emerging at all levels, the coalition will use its network to provide an informal watchdog mechanism to keep track of what is happening where.
  3. Influence: We will use our access to the corridors of power to ensure that multistakeholder perspectives are taken into consideration in all processes.

Again, we encourage you all to read the snapshot analysis and get back to us with your own insights.

Best wishes,

Oliver Greenfield