New York, 16 July 2019 - The Partners for Inclusive Green Economy hosted a high-level panel discussion, Fast, Fair and Green, at the UN High-level Political Forum for Sustainable Development (HLPF) in New York. The discussion explored the question, "How can we create an economic transition fast, fair, and green enough to achieve the SDGs and NDCs?"

Event Webcast

If you weren't able to make the event, click below to view the full webcast of the discussion from UN Web TV.


The speakers for the event included Hon. Ola Elvestuen, President of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) and Minister of Climate and Environment, Norway, Hon. Rita Schwarzelühr-Sutter, Parliamentary State Secretary, Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Germany, Mr. Gabriel Quijandría, Vice-Minister of Environment, Peru, Hon. Ms. Elizabeth Thompson, Permanent Representative of Barbados to the United Nations, Ms. Astrid Schomaker, Director, Global Sustainable Development, Directorate General for the Environment, European Commission, Ms. Inger Andersen, Executive Director, UN Environment, Mr. Guy Rider, Executive Director, International Labour Organization, and Mr. Jo Confino, Executive Editor, Impact & Innovation, The Huffington Post.

Key Takeaways

Diverse institutions, including the OECD, ILO, UNDP, UNEP and the Green Economy Coalition, called for a different approach to governing economies in order to avoid environmental breakdown, one that puts people and nature first.

The panelists recognized that few countries are on track to achieve either their national targets for tackling climate change or the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Humanity is facing unprecedented and interrelated challenges, including climate change, biodiversity loss and growing inequality. As such, business as usual cannot continue.

Key steps for the transition to inclusive green economies include recognising the multiple values of nature in economic decision-making; prioritising wellbeing and the equitable distribution of opportunity and outcome; aligning prices, subsides and incentives with the true costs to society; embracing new models of development that enable economic growth without raising resource consumption; and supporting public participation and social dialogue.


The event coincided with several important launches. Among them were two new knowledge platforms: the Green Industry Platform and the Green Finance Platform. These platforms provide the financial and private sectors with the latest research, data, guidance, and tools from leading experts and institutions to help green their operations. Read more about these new platforms in a press release from the Green Growth Knowledge Platform.

This event also marked the launch of the Five Principles of Green Economy, which provide a valuable compass as countries around the world transition to sustainability. The principles comprise a series of catalytic activities and key priorities to guide collective action in diverse contexts. Read more about the five principles and their role in delivering the SDGs in a press release from the Green Economy coalition.


The event was jointly organized by the Partners for Inclusive Green Economy, an initiative involving UN Environment, the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), the Green Economy Coalition (GEC), the Green Growth Knowledge Partnership (GGKP), the International Labour Organization (ILO), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Poverty-Environment Action for SDGs (PEA), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the United Nations Partnership for Action on Green Economy (UN-PAGE), and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).