Global Environmental Leaders Explore Policies to Put World on Inclusive Sustainable Growth Path

New York, 25 September 2015 – Over 150 participants, including environment ministers and representatives from Government, country assistance agencies, finance and investment, civil society and international organizations, took part in a high-level event in New York focusing on the central theme of sustainable and inclusive growth and its role in helping to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

The panel discussion “Powered by Inclusive Sustainable Growth: Why and How We Decided to Alter Course” was organized by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Government of Germany and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), with the support of the secretariat of the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) and the Poverty-Environment Initiative (PEI).  

The event saw an interactive discussion on the key policies and investment decisions needed for countries to move towards more sustainable economic growth that respects planetary boundaries and ensures equitable outcomes.

Ministers noted that achieving the SDGs will require strengthening bilateral and multilateral advisory mechanisms, networks, and partnerships to support countries, such as PAGE and PEI. Countries need support to transform institutions and economies through innovative integrated approaches to policy making that promote macroeconomic reform and comprehensive intersectoral collaboration.

The German Minister for Environment, Barbara Hendricks, opened the event with a reflection on Germany's experience and the key design decisions needed to alter course, focusing on the energy transition and the critical role of partnerships like PAGE, that can model the employment and growth effects of investment in green sectors, and giving tools to progressive policy makers.

"We strongly support initiatives such as PAGE, the Partnership for Action on Green Economy. Modelling the job and growth impacts of investments in green sectors gives valuable information to progressive policymakers for their national decision-making", the German Minister said.

“The big challenge is to achieve, as quickly as possible, the paradigm shift to an economic development that finally respects the ecological boundaries of our planet and at the same time eliminates poverty and hunger. Only a profound transformation can shift economies worldwide onto a sustainable path, ensuring social inclusiveness and conservation of our natural resources”, she concluded.

Read: The Full Transcript of the German Minister's Speech