Green Economy: A Transformation to Address Multiple Crises

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IMO is one of 21 United Nations agencies behind a joint statement issued by Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary-General and UNEP Executive Director, at the United Nations Conference of the World Financial and Economic Crisis and its Impact on Development, (New York, 24-26 June, 2009).

The wide ranging statement calls for a world-wide transition to a low carbon, resource efficient Green Economy able to deliver multiple economic, social and environmental opportunities in the 21st century.

Among other things, it says that: “Investing stimulus funds in such sectors as energy efficient technologies, renewable energy, public transport, sustainable agriculture, environmentally friendly tourism, and the sustainable management of natural resources including ecosystems and biodiversity, reflects the conviction that a green economy can create dynamic new industries, quality jobs, and income growth while mitigating and adapting to climate change and arresting biodiversity decline.”

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