UNEP´s Green Economy Initiative highlights that the multi-trillion dollar stimulus packages could, if targeted at environmental investments, be deployed to revive the global economy, save and create employment, while also assisting in addressing emerging environmental challenges. UNEP values the investment needed at about 2% of the world's GDP. About 2/3 will be energy related. Such investments coupled with domestic policy reforms in some key areas and the development of international policy and market infrastructure, could set the stage for a transition to a truly 'green economy': one which achieves increasing wealth, provides decent employment, successfully tackles inequities and persistent poverty, and reduces ecological scarcities and climate risks. Greening the economy across a range of sectors can drive economy recovery and growth, and lead to future prosperity and job creation, while at the same time addressing social inequalities and environmental challenges.
There are a number of important global landmarks in the roadmap towards Rio+20 specifically related to water and the green economy.
|7 March 2011||New York
|Official Side Event at the 2nd UNCSD 2012 Prep Com 'How the Green Economy depends on Water'||First Identification of key challenges (warming up)|
|20 March 2011||Cape Town
|Korean Government and World Water Council with OECD||World Water Day 2011: Side Event "Water and Green Growth"||THE APPROACHES: Presentation of national approaches and approaches from different international organizations.
Preparation of the World Water Forum
|21-27 August 2011||Stockholm, Sweden||SIWI||2011 World Water Week
UN-Water Round Tables
Rio+20 day. Stockholm Statement to Rio+20 Summit
Analysis of key objectives and strategies for water and green growth.
Discussion on beyond 2015 in the stakeholder dialogue
|21-23 Sept. 2011||Astana, Kazakhstan||UNECE||The Seventh Ministerial Conference "Environment for Europe" main theme: water in the green economy||EUROPE: Specific challenges and best practices in Europe on water and the green economy|
|3-5 October 2011||Zaragoza, Spain||UNW-DPAC||Water in the Green Economy in practice: Towards Rio+20||EXAMPLES OF USE OF TOOLS: Providing examples of how specific tools have been used in practice to deal with the green growth challenges
(input to the toolkit)
|25-26 October 2011||Paris||OCDE||OECD Global Forum on Environment: Making Water Reform Happen||GOVERNANCE: Addressing the specific governance challenges in water and green growth|
|16-18 November 2011||Bonn
|German Government||Bonn 2011
The Water, Energy and Food Security Nexus. Solutions for the Green Economy.
|COHERENCE AND COORDINATION of water, agriculture and energy policies|
|22 March 2012||Marseille, France||France and World Water Council||6th World Water Forum||Steps in achieving targets – contribution to roadmap.|
|22 March 2012||To be decided||FAO on behalf of UN-Water||World Water Day||Water and Food Security|
|4-6 June 2012||Rio, Brazil||UN DESA||UNCSD: United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development: Rio+20||Final presentation of proposals on objectives beyond 2015
Presentation of report on monitoring progress in IWRM
Other specific meetings in preparation for Rio+20 where water will/can be discussed
|3 October-23 December 2011||New York
|PGA UN Secretariat||2nd Committee of the 66th General Assembly|
|15-16 December 2011||New York
|UN Secretariat||2nd Intersessional Meeting of UNCSD|
|26-27 March 2012||New York
|UN Secretariat||3rd Intersessional Meeting of UNCSD|
|28-30 May 2012||Rio de Janeiro
|UN DESA||3rd Preparatory Committee Meeting UNCSD|
>> Ch1 Water on the Road to Rio+20
>> Ch2 Challenges and opportunities for water in the transition to a GE
>> Ch3 Thematic conference papers
>> Ch4 Conference summary: Water in the GE in practice
>> Ch5 The way forward
>> A1 Water toolbox: A contribution to Rio+20
>> A2 Feedback report
>> A3 Communications report