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UNRISD conference ‘Green Economy and Sustainable Development’

October 10, 2011

In addition to researchers from across Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, North America and Oceania, speakers include representatives of Cicero, IFAD, ILO, Oxfam International, The South Centre, UNEP, UNDP, UNRISD, WHO and the World Bank. Side events include an UNRISD Book Fair and the art exhibit “In the Bag: The Art and Politics of the Reusable Bag Movement”.This UNRISD Conference will create a forum for analysis aimed at developing a conceptual and policy framework that will position social dimensions at the centre of green economy and sustainable development. Policy reports and other publications will inform the UNCSD 2012 (Rio+20) preparatory process and subsequent policy discussions.


The UNRISD Conference will critically examine interrelated themes in the following (provisional) sessions:

Day 1 – 10 October 2011

09.30-09.45: Welcome from UNRISD

09.45-11.00: Competing Paradigms
How is the notion of green economy itself, and the consideration of social dimensions, being framed, and with what effects in terms of influencing policy agendas and shaping development models?

11.30-12.30: Discussion of Competing Paradigms

14.00-15.45: The Challenge of Policy Coherence
What role can social policy, in association with economic and environmental policy, play in minimizing costs, maximizing benefits and building resilience, especially for vulnerable groups? How does the green economy agenda connect with other sustainable development objectives?

16.15-17.45: Agency, Interests and Coalitions
What forms of participation, contestation, coalitions, alliances and compromises are emerging—or might need to emerge—to promote green economy approaches that contribute to sustainable development and poverty eradication?


Day 2 – 11 October 2011

09.00-10.30: Community Values, Institutions and Dynamics
How is green economy perceived and interpreted locally? How do local level contexts and dynamics affect – and how are they affected by – external interventions?

11.00-12.00: UN Perspectives on the Social Dimensions of Green Economy, Q & A
This session will highlight the key messages around social dimensions of green economy that emerge from several UN reports and processes related to Rio+20.

13.30-15.00: The Social Construction of Markets
How do societal norms and pressures, as well as public and private regulation and governance, shape market relations and business behaviour associated with green economy and sustainable development?

15.30-17.00: Agriculture and Rural Development
What are the consequences of the restructuring of food production, finance, energy and consumption patterns associated with green economy for employment, livelihood security and ecological sustainability in rural areas?
17.00-17.45: Closing Plenary: Future Research and Directions for Rio+20


In association with this conference and Rio+20, researchers identified through the call for papers will also contribute short viewpoints which will be published periodically on the UNRISD website until Rio+20 in June 2012.


Registration is online only at www.unrisd.org/events/greeneconomy between 1 August and 1 September 2011.


To download the flyer, click here.

Check out IPC-IG’s publications on Green Economy and Sustainable Development:

Green Jobs for the Poor: Why a Public Employment Approach is Needed Now

Green Economies with Social Futures: A focus on the Caribbean

Maximizing Co-Benefits: Exploring Opportunities to Strengthen Equality and Poverty Reduction Through Adaptation to Climate Change

Public Support to Food Security in India, Brazil and South Africa: Elements for a Policy Dialogue

Mitigation of What and by What? Adaptation by Whom and for Whom? Dilemmas in Delivering for the Poor and the Vulnerable in International Climate Policy

Inclusive and Sustainable Development: For Whom?



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