"Green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication" and "institutional framework for sustainable development" constitute the two thematic offices areas of tithe United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UUNCSD, also known as Rioo+20), which is being organized in 2012 in order to secure renewed political commitment for sustainable development, assess the progress to date and the remaining gaps in the implementation of the outcomes of the major summits on sustainable development, and address new and emerging challenges.
Green economy has been put forward by the international community as a way of overcoming the many concurrent and interlinked global crises experienced during the past few years – namely the financial, food and climate crises – through a reallocation of capital into green sectors. Green economy aims to reinforce the integration between economic, social and environmental objectives for the achievement of sustainable development.
However, while a green economy promises key benefits in terms of environmental sustainability, long term economic growth, and employment creation, it is still not clear who will be the winners from such an economy and who will be the losers. In addition, there is still no consensus on how to translate broad policy options into economic and financial instruments, and what enabling conditions need to be put in place by national governments to realize promised benefits of a green economy. Of particular importance to the region is to determine the measures to be adopted by Arab countries for developing economic activities in which they can have a competitive position in global green markets (e.g. renewable energies, desalination, water efficiency, etc.).
As part of its mandate to lead regional preparations for Rio+200, ESCWA is organizing a series of national and regional workshops and seminars targeting different stakeholders such as government, civil society and the private sector. This proposed preparatory meeting targets the public financial sector and will specifically tackle the reform of economic policies in Arab Countries in order to facilitate channeling of capital into green areas and stimulate a fair, advantageous and timely transition to a green economy in the region.
SESSION 1: INTRODUCTORY SESSION
1. Road Map to Rio+20
Ms. Roula Majdalani, Director, Sustainable Development and Productivity Division, ESCWA
SESSION 2: INSTITUTIONAL FRAMEWORK FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
SESSION 3: ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMICS AND FINANCE
SESSION 4: ENVIRONMENTAL TAXATION
SESSION 5: NATIONAL EXPERIENCES ON GREEN ECONOMY
13. Palestine Achievement in Transition to Green Economy a
Mr. Anwar Muala, Director of Sustainable Development, Environment Quality Authority, Palestine
15. The Sudan’s Experience in Supporting a Green Economy a
Mr. Ahmed Abdelkrim Atta Elfadeel Mohamed, Director of Regional and International Economic Blocs, General Directorate of Financial International Cooperation, Ministry of Finance and National Economy, Sudan
16. Government Policies and Programmes in Syria for the Implementation of a Green Economy a
Ms. Rouida Nahar, Director of Clean Production and Renewable Energy Directorate and National Clean Production Center, Ministry of State for Environment Affairs, Syrian Arab Republic
SESSION 6: GREEN INVESTMENT INCENTIVES
18. Green Financing and Investment
Mr. Mohammed Taha Rafi, Sustainable Energy Finance, Middle East and North Africa, International Finance Corporation (IFC), Pakistan
SESSION 7: SUSTAINABLE PUBLIC PROCUREMENT
23. Green Public Procurement
Mr. Francesco Bicciato, Team Leader, “Art Gold”, United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Lebanon
SESSION 8: REGIONAL AND GLOBAL COOPERATION