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Green Economy

Greening the Economy in the Pan-European Region

We all dream of a green and prosperous world where sustainable energy, cycling and smart transport, energy-efficient buildings and healthy food are part of our daily lives. Where our forests thrive and water-resources are well managed.

To achieve this vision, countries need to boost prosperity and human well-being, increase access to energy, improve food security and air quality while also combatting climate change. 

Leaders from the region are convinced of the need to speed-up the transition to green and inclusive economies, and are taking action! At the 8th Environment for Europe Conference in Batumi, they endorsed the Pan-European Green Economy Strategic Framework and launched the Batumi Initiative on Green Economy.

The Green Economy Strategic Framework (GESF)

The Strategic Framework for Greening the Economy in the Pan-European Region equips countries with a common vision and objectives to get national policies right.

It  facilitate exchange of good practices and advance cooperation for the successful transition to a green economy and support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Targets of Agenda 2030.

It was jointly developed by UNECE and UNEP, and in cooperation with other key players on green economy in the region. 

For more see the GESF page and the Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP)

The Batumi Initiative on Green Economy (BIG-E)

The Batumi Initiative on Green Economy (BIG-E) translates the Strategic Framework into concrete actions on the ground for the period 2016-2030. It is made up of voluntary commitments by interested countries and organizations, both public and private (BIG-E stakeholders), in the form of green economy actions.

At the 8th Environment for Europe Ministerial Conference in Batumi, Georgia in June 2016. about 40 countries and organizations committed more than 100 actions to green their economies along with key sectors ranging from energy to transport, food to water, housing and manufacturing. 

For more see the BIG-E page and the Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP).