Towards a green economy for sustainable development and poverty reduction

Towards a green economy for sustainable development and poverty reduction is an example of the proactive and interagency collaboration that is required to meet post Rio+20 challenges. The common themes that are repeated throughout this publication are a result of bringing together contributions of specialists with institutional vision and policies from the different UN agencies in the Asia-Pacific Regional Coordination Mechanism. It highlights innovative and necessarily bold ways in which nations and agencies in the region are already moving forward in implementing the Rio+20 plans for action. A key challenge is moving beyond the narrow, short-term high economic growth strategies of the past by reinforcing the balance between the economic, social and environmental dimensions that support the development ideals of our Member Nations. We need to individually and collectively find and implement regional solutions to the critical and emerging issues of increasing population, pressure on natural resources, sustaining livelihoods, greening industry, using smart technologies and changing transport paradigms. This document highlights some solutions and presents a way forward. 

Regional cooperation provides conduits towards more sustainable economic growth, closing development gaps and lifting millions of people out of poverty, while sustaining the capacity of our planet. Regional and national commitments are vital to achieve sustainable development goals, and regional fora must facilitate an open exchange of information, innovation and best practices so that commitments can be met. The Asia-Pacific region contains a high percentage of the global population, a large share of the world’s natural resources and, increasingly, can use its economic, political, industrial and knowledge capacity to pave the path for more sustainable development.

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