The Green Renaissance

How to Rebuild the Global Economy

Join us once a month as we unpack the complex policy questions that will determine the fate of our economies, our societies, and our planet for decades to come. Featuring voices from government, business, civil society and youth groups, The Green Renaissance is an essential listen on the green recovery debate.



Episode 7: Symptoms of Change for Green Jobs in Peru

Peru stands at a crossroads. Three-quarters of its workers are informal or self-employed. The country’s diverse natural resources–which serve as the backbone of its economy and labour market–are also under threat. So, how is the country addressing labour challenges and ensuring decent employment for all while also promoting green jobs as part of a just transition?

In Episode 7, we sit down for an open discussion with Katia Samanamud (Ministry of Labour for Peru) and Ana Belén Sánchez (International Labour Organization) to ask: what are the symptoms of change for green jobs in Peru?

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Episode 5: From Lines to Loops for a Circular Economy

Take, make, dispose, repeat. Those four words underpin everything that we do in our daily lives. But at what cost to people, and our planet? COVID-19 has highlighted the wastefulness of our current economic model. So how do we embrace the switch from lines to loops - or from a linear to a circular economy - as part of a green recovery?

In Episode 5, Miranda Schnitger (Ellen MacArthur Foundation), Nilgun Tas (United Nations Industrial Development Organization) and Paula Iharur (CTplas – Plastics Technology Centre) provide the answers.

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Episode 2: From Soundbite to Action

In 2020, the world agreed on the need for a green recovery from COVID-19. Now in 2021, the focus turns towards implementing it in practice. But how? What policies can we take inspiration from? And how have governments been approaching this challenge so far?

In Episode 2, we speak to Asad Naqvi (Head of the Partnership for Action on Green Economy Secretariat), Norbert Gorißen (German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety) and Jenitha Badul (Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries for South Africa) to answer these and other key questions as we take the green recovery from soundbite to action.

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Episode 6: Are We Building Back Better?

Just over a year ago, as COVID-19 was causing personal, social and economic devastation across the world, government leaders were quick to announce their plans to “build back better” as part of a green recovery. 

At the time, we all listened. But were we too quick to take these statements at face value? 12 months on, have governments really been matching these commitments with action on the ground?

In Episode 6, we sat down for an open debate with Steven Stone (United Nations Environment Programme), Brian O’Callaghan (Oxford University), Jean-Paul Adam (United Nations Economic Commission for Africa) and Katja Funke (International Monetary Fund), to ask: are we building back better?

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Episode 4: Financing a Nature-Positive Economy

COVID-19 is the product of a biodiversity crisis and has shown that impacts on nature can be more devastating and immediate than those from climate change. How do we redirect finance flows to create a more nature-positive economy?

In Episode 4 of The Green Renaissance, we speak to Onno van den Heuvel (United Nations Development Programme), Andrew Mitchell (Global Canopy and Equilibrium Futures) and Gwen Yu (BNP Paribas Group) to answer this and other key questions as we explore the role of sustainable finance in creating a nature-positive economy as part of a green recovery.

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Episode 3: Addressing the Unemployment Crisis

COVID-19 has caused a seismic shift in the world of work. With up to 500 million jobs said to be lost due to the impacts of the pandemic, how can green jobs reverse this trend? Why must governments ensure that a green recovery leaves no worker behind? And how do we address the growing youth unemployment crisis?

In Episode 3, we speak to Moustapha Kamal Gueye (International Labour Organization), Khoudia Kane Lo (Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development of Senegal), and Gountiéni Damien Lankoandé (GRAAD Burkina) to answer these and other key questions as we explore the role of green jobs in advancing a green recovery.

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Episode 1: Unpacking a Green Recovery

An increasing number of policymakers, financiers and economists have joined the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in calling for a green recovery from COVID-19. But what does this actually mean? What obstacles will we have to overcome to implement this in practice? And has the global response to COVID-19 so far made our prospects of doing so more or less likely?

In Episode 1, we speak to Elliott Harris (Chief Economist of the United Nations), Jayati Ghosh (Executive Secretary of International Development Economics Associates) and Mercedes Pombo (Youth Leader of the Youth for Climate Movement) to answer these and other key questions as we look to unpack the green recovery debate.

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