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With our ecosystems, our climate, and our societies all straining to cope with the economic pressures of the 21st century, the need for green economies is more urgent that ever before. This primer charts the journey and latest thinking on what green economy means in 2017 - with lots of handy links if you're interested in learning more.
Anna Walnycky, IIED, discusses the new urban agenda as a unique opportunity for state authorities at all levels to realise the human rights of all inhabitants.

Developing countries often face direct links between environmental performance, social equality and poverty. Moreover, environmental risks such as unsustainable natural resource management, air pollution or lack of access to safe drinking water can be worsened by other development challenges including inequality, poverty, rapid population growth and lack of basic infrastructure. Climate change in particular will hit the poor the hardest due to their higher vulnerabilities and economic dependence on natural resources. Rapid, inclusive, and climate-informed development is critical for poverty reduction (World Bank, 2015).

Green growth has emerged as an important means by which developing countries may achieve sustainable development. By integrating environmental and social considerations into economic decision-making and development planning, green growth can help promote both sustainable growth and social stability while conserving resources for future generations. However, there is no one-size-fits-all strategy for implementing green growth into development planning, and policy needs to respond to national priorities and circumstances.

Relevance to the SDGs

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) encompass various aspects of development, including economic growth, resilience and inclusiveness. The SDGs call for rapid economic development in the least developed countries (target 8.1) as well as in the bottom 40 percent of the population (target 10.1).

Explore green growth resources related to SDGs:

SDG 8.1
Least Developed Countries
   SDG 10.1
      Bottom of pyramids      



Accelerating Mini-grid Deployment in Sub-Saharan Africa
Tanzania Traditional Energy Development Organization (TaTEDO), World Resources Institute (WRI)
Using credit lines to foster green lending_opportunities and challenges
I4CE – Institute for Climate Economics, Agence Française de Développement (AFD), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)
Leveraging the Services Sector for Inclusive Value Chains in Developing Countries
International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD)

Best Practices

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
African Development Bank (AfDB), Climate Investment Funds (CIF)
European Union Energy Initiative Partnership Dialogue Facility (EUEI PDF), International Council for Local Environment Initiatives (ICLEI), Sustainable Energy Africa (SEA)

Learning Products

International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), UNEP-WCMC
Low Emission Development Strategies Global Partnership (LEDS GP)
Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN)


Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)