Batumi Talk Show: Greening the Economy and Cleaning the Air

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29 January 2019

In today’s Batumi Talk Show: Greening the economy and cleaning the air, countries will report on the progress achieved towards their commitments to the Batumi Initiative on Green Economy (BIG-E) and the Batumi Action for Cleaner Air (BACA) initiative since both were launched in Batumi, Georgia, in 2016.

The talk show, co-hosted by Rodolfo Lacy, Director of the OECD Environment Directorate, and Benjamin Simmons, Head of the Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP), provides an opportunity for countries to showcase success stories and share lessons learned around the transition to greener economies, improved air quality, and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Insights are expected from Croatia, Finland, France, Georgia, Kazakhstan, the OECD, and the World Health Organization (WHO), who have made pledges around improved waste management, sustainable procurement, sustainable consumption, resource efficiency programs, green technology, national roadmaps for green economy transitions, transboundary cooperation for ecosystem services, sustainable energy transitions, and more.

BIG-E operationalizes the Pan-European Strategic Framework for Greening the Economy – a policy tool that supports countries in their efforts to transition to a green economy while contributing to the implementation of the SDGs. In total, over 27 countries and organisations have submitted 124 commitments to the BIG-E. The BIG-E and BACA initiatives remain open for stakeholders to join.

This event follows the first Batumi Talk Show, Scoring SDGs through action on green economy and clean air, which took place on 27 April 2017 in Geneva on the margins of the sixty-seventh session of the Economic Commission for Europe, the UNECE governing body.

 

 

Background

At the Eighth Environment for Europe Ministerial Conference (Batumi, Georgia, 8–10 June 2016), ministers endorsed the Pan-European Strategic Framework for Greening the Economy. The policy tool supports countries in their efforts to transition to the green economy and, at the same time, contributes to the implementation of SDGs.

To make the Strategic Framework a reality, Ministers also launched the Batumi Initiative on Green Economy (BIG-E), consisting of voluntary commitments to operationalize the Strategic Framework until 2030. At present, 124 commitments have been submitted by 27 countries and 13 lead organizations. These commitments specify concrete actions for moving towards greener and more inclusive economic patterns.

In order to ensure the 124 commitments are easily accessible to users, the Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP) created the BIG-E database, which allows users to browse and filter commitments by country, sector, theme and organisation.

The BIG-E and BACA initiatives remain open for stakeholders to join. Countries are invited to announce their new commitments for greening the economy and cleaning the air in a talk show format.