In 2011, coalition member, EcoUnion in partnership with the Catalan Government, the Spanish Ministry of the Environment and other public-private stakeholders, coordinated a national dialogue on a green economy for Catalunya, Spain and the Mediterranean region known as the Global EcoForum 2011.
The three-day dialogue focused on the the global governance for sustainability and a green economy within the framework. It considered the current economic crisis and the means by which a radical change in the economic model may provide alternative solutions for sustainable development.
The session prompted a wide ranging discussion amongst all participants on the need for a green economy;
- To involve all economic sectors
- To mean poverty reduction and improvement in the quality of life
- To address ‘sufficiency’ and not merely ‘efficiency’
- To define broader objectives on behalf of the economy
- To define a longer term vision rather than short-term policy needs
A survey conducted with all participants noted that the concept of a green economy was relevant to their organisation and that it represented an important opportunity for mainstreaming sustainable development.
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