Stories of Change

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June 2013
United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), UNDP-UNEP Poverty-Environment Initiative

This publication brings together selected Stories of Change which we will hopefully catalyze and motivate governments, stakeholders, and the international development community at large to invest in, and support, poverty-environment mainstreaming across the globe as one element of the transition to an inclusive, green economy. Poverty-environment mainstreaming is a compelling and effective approach and set of tools and capacities for driving the institutional change which can –and ultimately will - deliver sustainable development.

These Stories of Change showcase that innovative and flexible ways of working can be the norm rather than the exception.

The booklet includes the following chapters:

  • Bangladesh pioneers new ‘climate change accounts’ to reveal the real cost of adaptation;
  • Lao PDR new rulebook for foreign investment in natural resources boosts local benefits;
  • Malawi changes course after analysing the real costs and benefits of policy choices;
  • Tajikistan overhauls their whole planning process with the ‘triple bottom line’;
  • Sharing the waste, sharing the wealth: Uruguay uses the law to catalyse the transition to an inclusive green economy; and
  • The global story the architects of change. 

This report is also available in Spanish, French and Russian.