Insights Blog

The GGKP has access to the world's leading practitioners and experts on green growth. Our Insights Blog provides a place for you to tap into their latest thinking, including around recent research, new projects and upcoming events. Our latest blogs are listed below. 

11 January 2018
Brindusa Fidanza
During spring and summer 2017, the Ground_Up team ran a replicable pilot internship program focused on developing green advisory skills for university students.
9 January 2018
Research
Ben Martin
The Green Economy Barometer is the Green Economy Coalition's annual stock-take of the global economy, charting the advances and setbacks on the road to a fairer, greener economy, and looking ahead to what's on the horizon.
19 December 2017
Research
Annawati van Paddenburg
It is high time to prioritize peat! Good functioning healthy peatland ecosystems have been underrated in terms of the value they bring to mitigating climate change. The very first Global Peatlands Assessment: Smoke on Water – Countering global threats from peatlands loss and degradation launched at U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of the Parties (COP23) on Nov. 15 in Bonn, Germany aims to put peatlands on the international agenda.
30 November 2017
Anja von Moltke
Trade is usually associated with economic growth and organizations such as the World Trade Organization. Why is this topic relevant to the work of UN Environment?
29 November 2017
Steven Stone
Some of our earliest, vanguard thinkers highlighted some time ago that we are on a “spaceship earth” and need to align our economies to better fit that reality. And that our historical and traditional approach to growth and prosperity centered on taming and exploiting a seemingly endless resource frontier, giving rise to the idea of a “cowboy economy” where anything goes and essentially wealth is for the taking.
4 December 2017
Ronal Gainza
Dr Ronal Gainza -Programme Officer at Economic and Fiscal Policy Unit, UN Environment, where he coordinates green economy/green growth projects in countries from Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean for the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE). Here Ronal discusses some highlights of his Working Paper “Investing in the green economy: is it a way to achieve Sustainable Development Goals? An analysis of the experience of the eight African countries”.
26 November 2017
Event Updates
Marianne Fay, Amanda McKee
Affordable and reliable access to infrastructure is critical for development, with major implications for health, education, social mobility, firm productivity, climate change, energy, forests and biodiversity. But access alone is not enough. What we really need is sustainable infrastructure. Sustainable infrastructure will provide the services and foundation for growth that are needed to reduce poverty and boost shared prosperity – but to get there, we must substantially increase financing for infrastructure in the developing world.
24 November 2017
Oshani Perera
The Sustainable Asset Valuation Facility can identify and price the broader co-benefits that sustainable infrastructure brings to a domestic economy, including enhanced GDP, avoided spending on pollution clean-up and public health services, job creation, opportunities to up-skill, and much more.
24 November 2017
Stephanie Cairns
A dozen years have passed since the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment popularized the concept of ecosystem services. In that time, the efforts of those working on natural capital and ecosystem services have shifted from debating the concepts to developing practical methods to incorporate their values into the decisions made at cabinet, council, boardrooms and kitchen tables. One recent model, led by the Municipal Natural Assets Initiative (MNAI), has focused on how to integrate consideration of natural capital into the major service delivery decisions made by local governments.
21 November 2017
Sheng Fulai
Sheng Fulai is a senior economist at the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) in Geneva, specialising in green economy policy assessment, integrated policy making, and green national accounting. Fulai will be presenting the Green Belt and Road Initiative at the Fifth GGKP Annual Conference on Sustainable Infrastructure. In advance of the conference, Fulai discussed the sustainable infrastructure challenges and opportunities of the initiative with the GGKP.

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