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Working towards a green economy after Rio+20

2nd October 2012, Brussels

On the 2nd of October the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) will host a joint event in the European Parliament in Brussels to discuss the future of green jobs. The event has been arranged in light of the outcomes of Rio+20. The event will be hosted by a member of the European Parliament, Gerben-Jan Gerbrandy, Vice Chair of the Environment Committee (ALDE) and member of the European Parliament Elisabeth Schroedter, Vice Chair Employment Committee (Greens/EFA).

Rio+20 examined the benefits of a green economy and how it can mutually improve the integration of economic development with environmental sustainability to all countries, regardless of the structure of their economy and their level of development. Rio+20 encouraged all Member States to share experiences and best practices to help create a global green economy and to ease trade barriers and support developing countries.

In order to help countries progress towards a green economy Rio+20 created a roadmap that sets out goals for the next 28 years:

  • 2012 – 2015: establishment of indicators and measures to evaluate implementation; establishment of mechanisms for the transfer of technology, sharing of know-how, and enhancement of capacities;
  • 2015 – 2030: implementation and periodic assessment of progress;
  • 2030: comprehensive assessment of progress.

The ILO and UNEP event will be a forum for participants to discuss different strategies to implement a greener economy. Delegates will analyse how creating a green economy can contribute to poverty reduction and social inclusion.

A resource efficient and sustainable economy or green economy is a new concept that is being widely discussed and debated. Rather than accepting an economy as a measure of monetary wealth, the green economy takes into account quality of life and the environment and it is expected that the concept will spur new economic growth and jobs. Cities applying for the European Green Capital Award are expected to show their progress and dedication to eco-innovation and sustainable employment in an effort to work towards a European green economy.


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