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

Featured Speakers

The speakers for the event include 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.

The Big Questions

The discussion will explore the big questions surrounding how nations govern their economies: How can we create an economic transition fast, fair, and green enough to achieve the SDGs and NDCs? What are the guiding principles of an inclusive green economic transition? What are the priority actions? Where can governments, businesses, and financial institutions access the knowledge, guidance, data, and tools they need to green their operations?


We know that business as usual isn't working. It is driving climate change, inequality, biodiversity collapse, instability and displacement, pollution and public health crises, and the depletion of natural capital on which lives depend. People are calling for change.

The inclusive green economy offers solutions. It can create tens of millions of decent jobs including for women and youth, and can contribute to food security, access to energy, clean air and water, the protection of wildlife, and the restoration of ecosystems. 

Over the last decade, governments, businesses, and financial institutions have been pioneering new policies, practices, and products that aim to drive the transition to an inclusive green economy. But is this transition adequately fast, fair and green? 


This event will also mark the launch of the Five Principles of Green Economy, which provide a valuable compass as we transition to sustainability, and the launch of the Green Industry Platform and the Green Finance Platform, which will equip businesses and financial institutions with the knowledge guidance, data, and tools they need to equitably green their operations.


This event is 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).