United Nations Environment Programme
Division of Technology, Industry, and Economics
Economics and Trade Branch
Latest Green Economy Initiatives

Please visit: www.unep.org/greeneconomy/

 

ETB publications

Green Economy Briefs 2012

GE - Advisory Services
GE - Employment
GE - Finance
GE - Health
GE - Indicators
GE - Poverty Reduction
GE - Trade
GE - Valuing Nature


Full Green Economy Report - Pathways to Sustainable Development and Poverty Eradication (2011)

Organic Agriculture - A Step towards the Green Economy in the Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia region (Advance copy, 2011)


 

Forests in a Green Economy:
A Synthesis (2011)


 

 

 

 

 

UNEP-UNCTAD-UN-OHRLLS Joint Publication:
Green Economy: Why a Green Economy Matters for the Least Developed Countries (2011)


 

 

Towards a Green Economy: Pathways to Sustainable Development and Poverty Eradication (2011)


 

 

 

 

 

 

Corporate Social Responsibility and Regional Trade and Investment Agreements (2011)


 

 

Green Economy brief






Factsheet on the Green Economy Initiative










ETB latest News

Organic Business Guide

French version
Spanish version

Wikibook version book of the Business Guide is available here

The Organic and Fairtrade Competence Center (OFTCC) Website

 

Recent events

UNEP EPO ICTSD launch new report:
Patents and clean energy: bridging the gap between evidence and policy
, 30 September 2010, Brussels

Press release:
Pioneering study unveils state of the art on renewable energy technologies and potential to address climate change

To see full report: Patents and clean energy: bringing the gap between evidence and policy

To see summary of the report: English, French, German, Spanish




ETB Publications on Green Economy

Forests in a Green Economy:
A Synthesis (2011)


 

 

 

 

 

UNEP-UNCTAD-UN-OHRLLS Joint Publication
Green Economy: Why a Green Economy Matters for the Least Developed Countries (2011)


 

 

Towards a Green Economy: Pathways to Sustainable Development and Poverty Eradication (2011)


 

 

 

 

 

 

A Brief for Policymakers on the Green Economy and Millennium Development Goals (2010)


 

 

 

 

Green Economy:
Developing Countries Success Stories


 

 

 

 

 

Green Economy Report: A Preview


 

 

 

 

 

A Global Green New Deal: Rethinking the Economic Recovery

 

 

 








ETB Publications

TEEB for Local and Regional Policy www.teebweb.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

TEEB for Business www.teebweb.org

 

Fisheries Subsidies, Sustainable Development
and the WTO

This comprehensive resource manual provides a historic overview, synthesis and analysis of key issues regarding fisheries subsidies reform and the current development of fisheries subsidies negotiations at the WTO. The book presents country experiences from Ecuador, Norway and Senegal illustrating the impact of subsidies and reform processes. Accompanying the manual is a CD-ROM containing relevant source material from other organisations for further reading.

 

UNEP - IFOAM Flyer
Agriculture: A Catalyst for Transitioning to a Green Economy - A Scoping Study of the Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia (EECCA) Sub-Region

UNEP Brief: Agriculture: A Catalyst for Transitioning to a Green Economy

UNEP-UNCTAD CBTF Organic Agriculture: Opportunities for Promoting Trade, Protecting the Environment and Reducing Poverty (2010)



Brochure on Trade and Biodiversity:
Trade-related Policy Assessment Agriculture and Biodiversity


This brochure provides a brief synthesis of the UNEP Initiative on Integrated Assessment of Trade-related Policies and Biodiversity in the Agricultural Sector. It presents the objectives and main results of the initiative and the findings and recommnedations of 6 country studies from Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific. The main objective of the initiative was to support the implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

 


Flyer on Capacity Building for Biotrade Project
UNEP-UNCTAD Capacity Building Task Force on Trade, Environment and Development (CBTF)


Innovative approaches to business, investment and trade policies are required to successfully address the challenges associated with fighting poverty, unemployment, and the overexploitation of natural resources leading to biodiversity loss and the rapid deterioration of ecosystem services. Promoting the commercialization of biodiversity-based products, or "biotrade" is being increasingly recognized as a means of providing incentives for the sustainable management of biodiversity while simultaneously creating employment opportunities and livelihoods.

 

 

New UNEP report entitled: Reducing Emissions from Private Cars: Incentive measures for behavioural change

 

UNEP publication entitled "Certification and Sustainable Fisheries" (2009)

Certification and eco-labelling have gained significant momentum during the past years. This paper discusses the benefits and challenges of fisheries certification schemes for all actors involved - from the fisherman to the retailers.

Can the increased use of certification of fisheries products contribute to halting the rapid decline of the world’s fish stocks? This is a question crucial for both conscious consumers and producers. It is often suggested that fisheries worldwide would benefit from improved management potentially gained through certification. There are, however, a number of challenges involved, such as the high initial costs of getting certified and overcoming the lack of data for small-scale fisheries. Retailers, on the other hand, would benefit from secured supply in the long-term, but need create long-term demand for their products.

In addition to providing a comprehensive review of several certification schemes and discussing the obstacles, this publication introduces the sourcing policies of a wide range of retailer chains related to certification and addresses the question why not more fisheries are certified. It also points to possible approaches for increasing certification in developing countries and provides recommendations for future UNEP activities with regard to fisheries certification and eco-labelling.

One page overview



UNEP film "Caught Out...The way forward for fisheries subsidies" on YouTube




Screening event of "The End of the Line" and of the new UNEP film "Caught Out... The way forward for fisheries subsidies" on 25 September 2009


The End of the Line on YouTube
(short trailer)

 

Integrated Policymaking for Sustainable Development:
A Reference Manual
(2009)

Arabic

This manual draws on recent advances in public policy science as well as the decades-long experience of UNEP and other organizations in the field of sustainability-motivated policy assessment. By using a "building blocks" concept, it builds on the approach proposed in the UNEP Guidance Manual "Integrated Assessment: Mainstreaming Sustainability into Policymaking". Furthermore it suggests using sustainable development as a major filter for prioritizing competing issues and for deciding on policy choices. The manual is expected to prove useful to policymakers and analysts, and will motivate its audience to adopt an integrated approach to policymaking and to play a role in a more intelligent management of human, financial and natural capital as a step towards achieving the Green Economy of the 21st century.

This Guidance Manual was developed to support the use of Integrated Assessment as an instrument for mainstreaming sustainability into policymaking processes and to facilitate Integrated Policymaking for Sustainable Development. It draws on international experiences and highlights the connections between proposed policies and desired results such as job creation, income generation, trade promotion, environmental sustainability and poverty reduction. The "building-block" approach presented in this manual provides a powerful tool to make assessment less procedural and more flexible, tailored to different assessment contexts and policy processes.

The broad menu of methodologies included in the guidelines should make them a primary working instrument for policymakers and analysts not only in environment but across the economic and social spheres. The manual is designed to empower them to play a role in achieving more intelligent, creative and sustainable management of economic development and thus contribute to human well-being. It builds a bridge between various policy communities and interested parties and their increasingly shared and common pursuit to deliver tomorrow’s Green Economy today.

Green Economy Initiative

 

Go to UNEP Main Website on Green Economy


Video on the Green Economy Initiative



Current ETB initiatives


DTIE/ETB's ongoing work on fisheries subsidies further information


DTIE/ETB’s ongoing work on the promotion
of trading opportunities for organic agriculture

further information


DTIE/ETB’s ongoing work on integrated policymaking for sustainable development
further information

DTIE/ETB’s ongoing work on payments for ecosystem services
further information


DTIE/ETB's ongoing work on trade and MEA Implementation
further information

DTIE/ETB's ongoing work on energy subsidies
further information


New Publications

New UNEP publication entitled "Certification and Sustainable Fisheries" (2009)

One page overview






Caught Out...The way forward for fisheries subsidies on YouTube




Screening event of "The End of the Line" and of the new UNEP film "Caught Out... The way forward for fisheries subsidies" on 25 September 2009


The End of the Line on YouTube
(short trailer)

 





An Introduction to the Green Economy Report



Brochure in French
Brochure in Spanish






TEEB Climate Issues Update














Global Green New Deal - An Update for the G20 Pittsburgh Summit

 

 




Climate and Trade Policies in a Post-2012 World







UN Agencies 'Deliver as One' To Realize
a Green Economy
, New York, 25 June 2009

Press release English, French, Spanish

Green Economy Interagency Statement of the UN System
French, Spanish






Trade and Climate Change
WTO-UNEP Report

 

 

 

To see full report: English, French, Spanish

To see abstract: English, French, Spanish

To see flyer: English, French, Spanish

To see press release: English, French, Spanish



Launch of UNEP-EPO-ICTSD Joint Study on Patents and Environmentally Sound Technologies

 



Integrated Policymaking for Sustainable Development:
A Reference Manual




Global Green New Deal - Policy Brief




Integrated Assessment for Mainstreaming
Sustainability into Policymaking:
A Guidance Manual






Training Resource Manual
The Use of Economic Instruments for Environmental and Natural Resource Management
(2009)





The Economics of Ecosystems
& Biodiversity - An interim report












Towards Sustainable Fisheries Access Agreements - Issues and Options at the World Trade Organization (2008)











Reforming Energy Subsidies Opportunities
to Contribute to the Climate Change Agenda
(2008)





Link to video press conference at UNFCCC in Accra


UNEP Press release on 26 August 2008


Press clippings

 


UNEP/UNCTAD CBTF Publication:



Organic Agriculture and Food
Security in Africa
(2008)








UNEP/UNCTAD CBTF Publication:


Best Practices for Organic Policy

What Developing Country Governments Can Do to Promote the Organic Agriculture Sector
(2007)




CBTF Capacity Building Task Force on Trade, Environment and Development – Update on Activities 2007 Review

 

MEA Experience in Identifying and Facilitating the Transfer of Technology - What Insights Can Be Drawn for the WTO EGS Negotiations? (2007)


Trade-related Measures and Multilateral Environmental Agreements (2007)



Inappropriate subsidies contribute to widespread overfishing and to the distortion of trade in fisheries products. Current negotiations in the World Trade organization aim to address this problem through binding new subsidies rules. Meanwhile, many governments are working to reform their domestic fisheries subsidies programmes. But some fisheries subsidies will undoubtedly continue to be used for years to come. In this context, a knowledge of the policies and practices that can reduce the risks associated with these subsidies is critically important. This paper seeks to develop “sustainability criteria” for fisheries subsidies to guide both WTO negotiators and domestic policymakers. By examining issues related to the health of fish stocks, the capacity of fishing fleets, and the adequacy of fisheries management regimes, the paper proposes a series of basic tests whose application may allow the risks of fisheries subsidies to be reduced. The aim is to demonstrate that sustainability criteria for fisheries subsidies can be plausible, solidly rooted in accepted international norms, and tailored for use in the WTO as well as in the broader context of national practices.

One page overview



UNEP/UNCTAD CBTF Publication:

Overview of the Current State of Organic Agriculture in Kenya, Uganda
and the United Republic of Tanzania
and the Opportunities for Regional Harmonization

ETB Newsletter:

Economic Globalization - Seizing Opportunities and Addressing Challenges
(January 2007)



Trade and Biodiversity Initiative:

Trade, Agriculture and Biodiversity
in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific


Disponible en français

Sustainable Trade and Poverty Reduction
New Approaches to Integrated Policy Making at the National Level


(Synthesis report of nine countries studies in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, the Czech Republic, Indonesia, Kenya, Lebanon, Russia and Uganda)
This publication (2006) summarises the results of a capacity building process, started in 2003, to integrate environmental, social, and economic considerations in public policies. A particular focus is on promoting sustainable trade and poverty reduction.


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