The Sixth Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP) Annual Conference will take place from 27-29 November 2018 in conjunction with the OECD's 2018 Green Growth and Sustainable Development Forum (GGSD) in Paris, France. It will focus on the theme of "Inclusive solutions for the green transition: Competitiveness, jobs/skills and social dimensions".
The conference will address the political economy of green and low-carbon policy reforms, identify their distributional impacts, and explore inclusive solutions for households, workers, sectors and regions that may otherwise be hit hard by the transition and help them contribute to a greener future. Sessions will be developed around competitiveness, employment and distributional impacts of green policies.
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Global momentum toward sustainable development has been renewed by the success of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and Paris Agreement on climate change. However, a counter-trend has also developed, with some commentators calling for measures to increase national competitiveness, sometimes at the expense of environmental protection. Across the world people are concerned about lagging growth, inequality, jobs, and globalisation. Some fear that uneven environmental regulation in a globalised economy could further drive socioeconomic malaise. With the 2030 deadline for the SDGs on the horizon, it has never been more important to modify the old narrative that sets environmental protection against economic prosperity.
While many countries are striving to advance on the green transition, there still remains resistance to ambitious environmental policies in certain sectors, firms, segments of society, regions, and countries. This is due to their real or perceived negative impacts on competitiveness, jobs and household budgets.
Without addressing head-on such concerns, and devising more socially inclusive solutions, countries cannot make sufficient progress on the transition to a greener, low-carbon and circular economy.
The conference is aimed at creating a new narrative around green growth and national competitiveness, and examining examples of “transition management strategies” towards green and inclusive growth. It will consist of panel discussions among policy makers, business, labour and civil society representatives and academia, as well as presentations of latest research and evidence base contributed by the OECD, other GGKP partners and beyond.