A quick transition to a green economy could rescue millions from poverty

Article, 14.06.2012

The shift to a green and inclusive economy could free millions from poverty and improve the lives of the 1.3 billion people who today have to get by on only 1.25$ a day. For this to happen, political commitment as well as the commitment of public and private investors is required. The steps needed include reform of governance in the area of land rights and access to water, expansion of social security systems and a guarantee of social services for the poor.

These are the results of a report entitled Building an Inclusive Green Economy for All that was launched at the Sustainability Conference Rio + 1 today by the Poverty Environment Partnership (PEP).  The report notes that many developing countries are already making efforts to move towards a resource-efficient economy with low emission levels . It presents specific policies and programs to make this transition possible.

The PEP is a network of aid organisations, development banks, UN agencies and non-governmental organisations. It aims to deal more efficiently with problems such as poverty, the environment and the climate in the framework of international efforts in order to meet the Millennium goals. The SDC is a member of this network.

Additional information

  • Press release on the report (in english)
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  • Building an Inclusive Green Economy for All! Opportunities for Overcoming Poverty and Inequality
    Joint Agency Paper!
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  • Rio+20