What are the key debates at the heart of the process to agree on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)? Key areas of contention include how to interpret the universal nature of the SDGs and who will fund their implementation. This page provides links to selected reports and analysis that are useful in navigating through the key debates on the SDGs.
Reports, videos and analysis on the Green Economy.
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Building Green Economies / World Wildlife Fund (WWF) / October 2012 This comprehensive report gives an overview of why it is urgent to begin the transition to a green economy. Read report The first part of this report from WWF sets out why the transition […]
Molly Scott Cato / Gaian Economics / September 2012 This blog reveals some of the tensions on how to define the green economy. Cato argues the concept of a green economy has been co-opted to promote a “greener” version of the existing growth model and […]
ETC Group / November 2011 This report argues the “green economy” and the “great green technological transformation” will mean a shift where industrial production is based on biomass instead of fossil fuels. According to ETC Group biomass includes food and fibre crops, grasses, forest residues, […]
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) / November 2011 Ahead of the UN conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) held in 2012 representatives from UNEP, academics and business leaders talk about the urgency of a transition to a green economy. Achim Steiner (United Nations Environment Programme Executive […]
A global Action Agenda / Sustainable Energy For All / April 2012 The aim of the SE4ALL initiative is to promote the major investment needed for renewable energy to be scaled up across the world. This report argues sustainable development is only possible with sustainable […]
United Nations REDD programme / 2012 This briefing argues the REDD programme (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in developing countries) is urgently needed to tackle the 15-17% of greenhouse gases caused by deforestation and forest degradation. Read report The authors go on to […]
Paul Ekins / Gresham College Lecture / December 2012 Update: Read Paul Ekins article on Green Economy: the what, why and how published in September 2013 Professor Paul Ekins (University College London) presents his ideas on the green economy and green growth. Why green growth? The […]
United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development / Rio de Janeiro / June 2012 This is the official text of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development held in Rio in June 2012. It was called Rio+20 because it was held 20 years after the 1992 Rio […]
World Resources Institute / April 2011 The World Resources Institute provides an introduction to what a green economy is and what it would take to get there. In a way the green economy is a continuation of work towards sustainable development but in a new […]