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Getting to Inclusive Green Growth

Over the past 20 years, economic growth has lifted more than 660 million people out of poverty and raised the income levels of millions more, but growth has often come at the expense of the environment.

A variety of market, policy and institutional failures mean that the Earth’s natural capital tends to be used in ways that are economically inefficient and wasteful, without sufficient reckoning of the true social costs of resource depletion, and without adequate reinvestment in other forms of wealth.

Moreover, despite the gains from growth, 1.3 billion people do not have access to electricity, 2.6 billion have no access to sanitation, and 900 million lack safe, clean drinking water.

Growth must be inclusive to be sustainable.

Growth also must be environmentally sound.

To get to sustainable development, we need well-designed, inclusive green growth policies that can improve social welfare for all, promote careful stewardship of natural resources, and respect the delicate balance of the planet we will leave to future generations. Read More ...

 Inclusive Green Growth: The Pathway to Sustainable Development examines policies and best practices for green growth strategies. Read Online || Download

Inclusive Green Growth in Practice

Rachel Kyte

"Inclusive green growth requires addressing policy and market failures, increasing efficiency and recognizing inefficiency in the current growth patterns we are experiencing. It means finding creative strategies that work for each country and helping policy makers answer the Monday morning question: What do I do differently?" -Rachel Kyte, World Bank

Helen Clark

"We want better living standards for the world's people, but we know we have to sustain the environment long-term to make that possible." -Helen Clark, UNDP

Christian Friis Bach

"In Rio this summer, we will look for better measures of inclusive green growth. That's necessary." -Christian Friis Bach, Denmark

Fossil Fuel Subsidies' Real Cost to the Economy

Consumption subsidies, such as for fossil fuel, are often regressive, with the wealthy benefiting more than the poor. Replacing them with targeted support for the poor reaches the people in need. Read More...

Natural Capital Accounting Evaluates True Wealth

GDP looks at only one part of economic performance – income – but says nothing about wealth and assets that underlie this income. Natural capital accounting takes a global view. Read More ...

Policies Tailored to Real-World Challenges

Smart strategies for inclusive green growth take advantage of immediate benefits, avoid locking in unsustainable practices, offer the right incentives, and find innovative ways of financing projects. Read More ...


Last updated: 2012-05-23




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