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  1. 1. 1GLOBAL TRANSITION DIALOGUE #2 on the New Economy    
  2. 2. 2DIALOGUE INFORMATION PACK1  Global Transition Dialogue #2 on the New Economy, Saturday 17 and 18 March 2012Pace University, 18th Floor, 163 William Street, New York City, 10038Dear Delegate 17th March 2012It is with great pleasure that we welcome you to the Global Transition 2012 Dialogue on the new economy. This two daydialogue, just ahead of the Rio +20 informal and intersessional, will bring you together with other thinkers, practitioners,government and non-governmental stakeholders to develop ideas and generate solutions to the question of how we willtransition to the new economy. In light of the policy discussions for Rio +20, an important element of this dialogue is thegreen economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication, and so we hope you find this Dialoguefruitful and informative.Enclosed you will find a number of resources for the two-day Dialogue as well as a CD with all think pieces, backgroundpapers, and challenge papers, that will be useful from now until Rio +20 – and beyond.The papers will offer an in depth analysis of some of the key issues that will be discussed over the next few days and will, wehope, enrich your discussions and debates.We thank you for joining us and our colleagues, partners, and sponsors at this, the second Dialogue in the Global Transition2012 series. We hope you find the dialogue useful and informative which has the shared aim of developing alternativesolutions to redress inequalities and global environmental change.Kindest regards,Felix Dodds Stewart WallisExecutive Director, Stakeholder Forum Executive Director, nef (the new economics foundation)1 This information pack has been printed on recycled paper by the Village Group, New York City
  3. 3. 3CONTENTSABOUT THE GLOBAL TRANSITION 2012 INITIATIVE ……………………………………………………………. 5 GLOBAL TRANSITION 2012 DIALOGUE # 1 GLOBAL TRANSITION 2012 DIALOGUE # 2 PURPOSE OF THE DIALOGUESDIALOGUE PANELLISTS AND SPEAKERS…………………………………………………………………………... 6DIALOGUE PARTICIPANTS………………………………………………………………………………………….. 7GLOBAL TRANSITION DIALOGUE #2 AGENDA……………………………………………………………………. 11 QUESTIONS to frame the day FORMAT of the Plenary SessionsDAY ONE: SATURDAY 17 MARCH, 13.30 – 18.00……………………………………………………………….... 12SCENE SETTING: where are we in both policy terms and on the ground?DAY TWO: 18th March, 10.30-16.00……………………………………………………………………………… 13THE NEW ECONOMY IN PRACTICE: Practical development of the Rio +20 green economyinitiativesGLOBAL TRANSITION 2012 DIALOGUE #2 BACKGROUND PAPERS SUMMARIES…………………………… 14 Making the Green Economy a Tool for Equity and Sustainable Development - Danish 92 Group Analysis of zero draft submissions: Briefings on roadmaps and principles - Stakeholder Forum Information Note on proposed Principles for a Green Economy – Green Economy Coalition and ITUC A Green Economy Knowledge Sharing Platform: Exploring Options – United Nations Division of Sustainable Development Thematic briefing papers on the green economy - United National Environment ProgrammeGLOBAL TRANSITION 2012 CHALLENGE PAPERS ………………………………………………………………... 15 Green Economy – Tim Jenkins and Andrew Simms Global Inequality - David Woodward, Saamah Abdallah Beyond GDP - Charles Seaford, Sorcha Mahoney, Mathis Wackernagel, Joy Larson, Réne Ramírez Gallegos One Planet Living - Sue Riddlestone Blue economy (oceans and fisheries) - Rupert Crilly, Aniol Esteban Global Trade and outsourced emissions - Guy Shrubsole Green and Decent Jobs and Skills - Anabella Rosemberg with Philip Pearson
  4. 4. 4 Energy resources and services - Viki Johnson, Niclas Hälström Sustainable Agriculture and Food security - Aksel Nærstad Global Finances and Banking - Simon Zadek Valuing Natural Capital and Biodiversity/Ecosystems Services - Oliver GreenfieldZERO DRAFT OF THE OUTCOME DOCUMENT FOR RIO +20 ……………………………………………………… 21VENUE………………………………………………………………………………………………………............................... 22 About Pace University Catering – sustainability policiesGLOBAL TRANSITION 2012 DIALOGUE #2 SUPPORTING ORGANISATIONS………………………………..... 23SPONSPRHIP…………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 23ABOUT THE GLOBAL TRANSITION 2012 COORDINATING ORGANISATIONS ……………………………….....  24ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS……………………………………………………………………………………………… 25
  5. 5. 5ABOUT the Global Transition 2012 InitiativeThe goal of the Global Transition 2012 Initiative is to achieve an outcome from the UNCSD Earth Summit 2012 that catalysesa global transition to an economy that maximizes wellbeing, operates within environmental limits, and is capable of copingand adapting to global environmental change in an equitable manner.The aim of the Initiative is to build a global stakeholder movement that brings together governments and multilateralagencies, non-governmental organisations, civil society organisations and other leading thinkers and practitioners to promotealternative models of the economy that can deliver sustainable development to people, countries, and present and futuregenerations. This builds on and integrates the three pillars of sustainable development: social, environmental, and economic.Stakeholder Forum and nef (the new economics foundation) are working in partnership with the New Economics Instituteand the Green Economy Coalition and to develop the Global Transition 2012 initiative towards the UN Conference onSustainable Development 2012 (Rio+20), and to bring the core concepts of achieving such a transition into the heart of theprocess – through publishing ‘challenge papers’ and running dialogue workshops on the key issues.Global Transition 2012 Dialogue # 1New York, 13th October 2011: This one day event, hosted at the New Economics Institute, bought together 25 of the leadauthors, peer reviewers and other experts to discuss the ideas and proposals that had has been developed from theChallenge Papers, and identify principles for the Global Transition to a Green Economy.Following the dialogue, a core advocacy group presented initial findings from the dialogue to the Rio +20 secretariat – UNDESA – as well as G77 missions to the UN and members of the Rio +20 bureau. This was an opportunity to test therobustness of the outputs of the dialogue and develop the policy aspects of theThe emerging principles and policy recommendations from the day were synthesised into the Global Transition-GreenEconomy element of the Stakeholder Forum submission to the UN zero draft. The zero draft will form the basis of thenegotiating text for the Rio+20 preparatory meetings, held between January and May 2012, resulting in the various outcomesof Rio itself.Global Transition 2012 Dialogue # 2This weekend - March 17th and 18th - the Global Transition 2012 is hosting the second Global Transition Dialogue on thenew economy in collaboration with the following organisations: CIVICUS New Economics Institute Centre for Environment and Development (Sri Lanka) nrg4SD Danish 92 Group Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future Green Economy Coalition UNDESA Instituto Vitae Civilis UNDP International Trade Union Confederation UNEP new economics foundation (nef) UNITAR UN-NGLSPurpose of the DialogueA Global Transition from an economy that is unsustainable to one that supports wellbeing, equality, and operates withinenvironmental limits equitably is essential to achieving sustainable development. In light of the ‘priority areas’ of the greeneconomy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication that have been identified in the zero draft for Rio+20 process so far, the Global Transition Dialogue will focus on practical and implementable approaches to these key areas.The Dialogue will provide a forum for a range of actors to ‘cluster’ around some of the priority areas and develop thinking onhow the transition can be achieved for each.
  6. 6. 6DIALOGUE PANELLISTS AND SPEAKERSFirst name Last name OrganisationDerek Osborn Co-chair of Rio +5, former DG of UK Environment MinistrySoledad Ghione Latin American Center of Social EcologyVeerle Vandeweerd Director, Environment and Energy Group, UNDPVictoria Johnson Head of Energy and Climate, new economics foundationTara Rao Lead author, Danish 92 groupAron Belinky Coordinator, International Processes, Vitae CivilisNicole Leotaud CANARIVijay Chaturvedi Development AlternativesLiz Thompson Executive Coordinator, Rio +20Oliver Greenfield Coordinator, Green Economy CoalitionAnabella Rosemberg Senior Policy Adviser, International Trade Union ConfederacyRick Clugstone Earth CharterCarina Millstone Program Director, New Economics InstituteJeff Huffines UN Representative, CIVICUSDaniel Abreu National Climate Change Council of the Dominican RepublicPaul Dickinson Chairman, Carbon Disclosure ProjectFulai Sheng Senior Economist at UNEP’s Economics and Trade BranchRoshni Dave Training Associate, UNITARCameron Allen Associate expert – Green Economy, UN DESAFarooq Ullah Head of Policy and Advocacy, Stakeholder ForumNis Christensen Chief Advisor to the Minister - Head of Rio+20 Secretariat, Danish GovernmentDr Greg Julian Professor of Political Science, Pace UniversityKirsty Schneeberger Global Transition Coordinator, Stakeholder Forum
  7. 7. 7 DIALOGUE PARTICIPANTSFirst Name Last Name Organisation AbayomiEgbowon Moses BELS-MIRAL.NIG.LTDPeter Adriance Bahais of the U.S.Faisal Alhashidi Dar Al-Salam Organization – CSONOnuorah Aligbe Fight Against Desert Encroachment (FADE) AfricaSena AloukaRobynne AndersonMaureen Anthony UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOWPauline Augustine BarlachVivian Albertini New Economics InstituteEd BarryJim Barton Smith Mill Creek InstituteMarlon Becker Ramapo CollegeEmily Benson Green Economy CoalitionGerard BeralusGenie Birch University of PennsylvaniaEleanor BlomstromMarcia Borland The Young Womens Leadership SchoolFlore-Anne Bourgeois UNDPAlexa Bradley On the CommonsJocelyn Carino TebtebbaErica Carroll Christian AidKim Carstensen FairgreensolutionsCamilla Carstensen FairgreensolutionsMaria Antonieta Castro-Cosio The New SchoolStephen Chacha World Society for the Protection of Animals – WSPARebecca Chan Columbia University Voices of African Mothers/Rio+20 Womens Major Group SteeringCecile Charles-King CommitteePatricia ConnollyBetty Cremmins CDPJoey Cummings The Joey CompanyAmy Cutter Stakeholder ForumElenita Dano Action Group on Erosion, Technology and Concentration (ETC Group)Madhav Datt Green the GeneRoshni Dave UNITAREduardo De La Torre Permanent Mission of Mexico to the UNAlbert DETERVILLE THE ALDET CENTRE-SAINT LUCIAGbemiga Djossou
  8. 8. 8ChristopheFelix Dodds Stakeholder ForumLauren EastwoodAlf Christian Egge Norwegian Forum for Development and EnvironmentJill Emerson Cornerstone Studio FatchimaNoura Djibrilla Association Nigérienne des Scouts de lEnvironnement (ANSEN)Olivia Frazao Mission MarketsManuel GARABITO Permeant Mission of the Dominican RepublicJairo GarciaSoledad Ghione Latin American Center for Social EcologyMary Gilbert Quaker Earthcare WitnessNathan Gilbert B LabBakari GiorgadzeSara Hambleton Amberjack solar energyDuncan Hanks Bahai Community of CanadaJames Hanusa Stakeholder ForumGrove Harris Interfaith Consortium for Ecological CivilizationPeter Hazlewood World Resources InstituteJohannes (John) Hontelez FSC InternationalElisa Hugueney ActionAidGeorge Jambiya Danish 92 GroupMoses JaokooNewton Jibunoh Fight Against Desert EncroachmentVictoria Johnson new economics foundationRichard Jordan Intl. Council for Caring CommunitiesEak Bahadur K.C.Francis KeyaAashish KhullarJulie Kim U.S. Mission to the United NationsJoan Kirby Temple of UnderstandingMarcelo Kos Brazilian Chemical Industry Association – AbiquimGeorgios Kostakos United Nations SecretariatNatalia Kostus IUCNPlapa Koukpamou Young Volunteers for the EnvironmentIrene Krarup V. Kann Rasmussen FoundationSrinivas Krishnaswamy Danish 92 GroupRina Kuusipalo Harvard UniversityKrystal Laymon Columbia UniversityBette Levy Soroptimist InternationalJeannet Lingan Stakeholder ForumDavid Livingston Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
  9. 9. 9Patrick Lokwa Dueme INFOGROUP INTERANATIONALGeorgie Macdonald Stakeholder ForumCatherine Marcuccio FINRALaura Martin Murillo International Labour Foundation for Sustainable DevelopmentEnrique Martinez Rhode Island School of DesignLivia Martini SustainAbilityCarina Millstone The New Economics InstitutePredrag Milosevic Economics MitachiMireille Kamana INFOGROUP INTERNATIONAL /SOCIAL DEVELOPMENTKeneilwe Moseki Somarelang TikologoBarkha Mossae N/AAnil Naidoo Blue Planet ProjectTanya Naiken St. Johns UniversityJulia Naime World information transferGeorge Ndungu BIORESOURCES DEVELOPMENT AND CONSERVATIONAugustine B. Njamnshi PROGRAMMEHaron OichoeJeremy OsbornDaniel Perell Bahai International CommunityMiroslav PolzerKathleen QuainPaul Quintos IBONTara Rao Danish 92 GroupPatricia ReisFatima Rodrigo International Presentation AssociationTraci Romine Danish 92 GroupAnabella Rosemberg Trade Union Advisory Committee/ ITUCMayumi Sakoh World Society for the Protection of AnimalsAna Belen Sanchez Lopez International Labour Foundation for Sustainable DevelopmentAndrew SchwartzFreya Seath BioRegionalDiallo Shabazz Radical IdeasFulai Sheng UNEPCatarina FariaAlves Silveira International Labour Foundation for Sustainable DevelopmentSarah Singh SelfMelanie Sluyter Human Impacts Institute, MobilizeUS!, Occupy Earth SummitRose Sona Nzuanzu INFOGROUP INTERNATIONALSteven Stone UNEPJan-Gustav Strandenaes Stakeholder ForumSebastian Straube IOB
  10. 10. 10Lo Sze Ping Danish 92 GroupKirubel Teshome Tadele ETC GroupKirubel Teshome ETC GroupShin-Pei Tsay Carnegie Endowment for International PeaceFarooq Ullah Stakeholder ForumKatherine Vargas Perth Amboy Bord of educationAshwani Vasishth Ramapo College of New JerseyRussell Weiss-Irwin Quaker Earthcare WitnessWillice Okoth Onyango IYCCAyse Yonder Pratt Institute PSPD
  11. 11. 11GLOBAL TRANSITION DIALOGUE #2 AGENDAQUESTIONS to frame the dayThe two day dialogue will offer a chance for you to share your experiences as much as it will give you the chance to hearfrom leading thinkers, practitioners, and experts in the field. To help frame the day, below is a list of a few questions that youcan answer in your roundtable sessions, and to also bear in mind when asking questions in the plenary sessions.Green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradicationThe following questions will help to frame the overall discussions and ultimately are key elements of a transition to asustainable economy:1) In what ways are green economy policies delivering poverty reduction?2) How can we create resilient and resource-efficient sectors and industries?Your experiencesYour experiences are very important to the dialogue, and will deepen the discussions. Please do share them with yourroundtables:1. Your experience of the green economy at the national and local levels: What were the key elements of the project orinitiative you are involved in? Who else did it involve? What did you learn? What has happened since? What are the nextsteps?2. Based on your experience of the national/local level, are there any examples/glimpses of a green economytransition already underway? E.g. valuing of ecosystems in national decision making?; introduction of more sustainableinfrastructure/transport systems?; or, natural resource management schemes that are helping to provide jobs and protectlocal ecosystems?; or, introduction of new renewable energy supplies?; or green jobs schemes funded by the local council orgovernment?, etc.3. In what ways are those different glimpses of a green economy helping the lives of the poorest communities? Ifthey are not, then what needs to change to ensure that the poor do benefit?FORMAT of the Plenary SessionsAll plenary sessions will include presentations from a variety of speakers offering a range of perspectives. Followingpresentations there will be a short Q & A from the audience participants.After each short Q & A there will be time for participants to share reflections and reactions on their roundtables - thesebreakout sessions will offer participants the chance to respond and reflect on the presentations and share their ownexperiences.The host on each table will then have the opportunity to feed back to the rest of the Dialogue participants in the ‘wrap upsession’ at the end of each day.
  12. 12. 12DAY ONE: SATURDAY 17 MARCH, 13.30 – 18.00, followed by an evening receptionSCENE SETTING: where are we in both policy terms and on the ground? Welcome Refreshments from 13.0013.30 – 14.00 Welcome - Derek Osborn (Co-chair of Rio +5, former DG of UK Setting the scene Environment Ministry) Overview of the two days - Kirsty Schneeberger (Global Transition Coordinator)14.00 – 15.00 Panel debate Panel debate, followed by roundtable discussions Can the ‘green economy in the context of - Soledad Ghione (Latin American Center of Social sustainable development and poverty Ecology) eradication’ deliver? - Veerle Vanderweed (Director of the Group of Energy and Environment, UNDP) - Victoria Johnson (Head of Energy and Climate, new economics foundation) - Tara Rao (Lead author, Danish 92 group) Chair: Aron Belinky (Coordinator, International Processes, Vitae Civilis) Coffee Break: 15.00 – 15.1515.15 – 16.15 Plenary presentations Presentations, followed by roundtable discussions Stories of the emerging new economy: - Nicole Leotaud (CANARI) Presenting stories of new and green economy - Aron Belinky (Coordinator, International Processes, initiatives from around the world. A grass roots Vitae Civilis) approach. - Vijay Chaturvedi (Development Alternatives) - Carina Millstone (Program Director New Economics Institute) Chair: Liz Thompson (Executive Coordinator, Rio +20)16.15 – 17.30 Plenary presentations (20minutes) followed Presentations, followed by roundtable discussions by roundtable breakout discussions - Oliver Greenfield (Green Economy Coalition) - Anabella Rosemberg (ITUC) Principles for a new economy _Rick Clugstone (Earth Charter) Chair: Jeff Huffines (CIVICUS UN Representative)17.30 – 18.00 Plenary Feedback from chairs of roundtable discussions Wrap up session: a synthesis of the day’s Derek Osborn: (Co-chair of Rio +5, former DG of UK achievements Environment Ministry) Overall wrap up 18:00 – 19:30 Evening reception and key note address from Liz Thompson, Executive Coordinator Rio +20
  13. 13. 13DAY TWO: 18th March, 10.30-16.00THE NEW ECONOMY IN PRACTICE: Practical development of the Rio +20 green economy initiatives Welcome Refreshments from 10.0010:30 – 10:45 Refresh of Day One - Derek Osborn (Co-chair of Rio +5, former DG of UK Overview and plan for Day Two Environment Ministry) - Kirsty Schneeberger (Global Transition Coordinator)10.45 – 11.45 Plenary Panel debate, followed by roundtable discussions - Daniel Abreu (National Climate Change Council of Enabling conditions: the Dominican Republic) How to foster a green transition, including Learning and Skills learning and skills development, and - Paul Dickinson (Chairman, Carbon Disclosure transparent and participatory governance? A Project) systemic exploration of barriers to change and Convention for CSRA addressing them. - Fulai Sheng (Senior Economist at UNEP’s Economics and Trade Branch) Briefings on the thematic areas Chair: Roshni Dave (Training Associate UNITAR)11.45 – 13.00 Roundtables Roundtables Focussed roundtable discussions around key - Facilitator offers a short presentation areas relating to the green economy: - Input from table participants Sustainable Consumption & Production;Energy; Green jobs ; Financial reform; Food; Cities; Oceans; Water. Brunch 13.00 – 14.0014.00 – 15.00 Plenary Presentations, followed by roundtable discussions Knowledge sharing and mapping the green - Cameron Allen (Associate expert – Green Economy, economy: Developing thinking around an UN DESA) international knowledge sharing platform to A Green Economy Knowledge Sharing Platform support policy and action in countries, hosting - Farooq Ullah (Head of Policy and Advocacy, for example, toolkits. Do we need a roadmap? Stakeholder Forum)15.00 – 15.15 Reflections on the day and moving forward Nis Christensen (Chief Advisor to the Minister - Head into the informals and intersessionals of Rio+20 Secretariat, Danish Government)15.15 - 15.45 Plenary Feedback from chair of roundtables Wrap up session: a synthesis of the day’s Derek Osborn (Co-chair of Rio +5, former DG of UK achievements Environment Ministry)15.45 – 16.00 Closing remarks and thanks Dr Greg Julian (Pace University)
  14. 14. 14GLOBAL TRANSITION 2012 DIALOGUE #2 - BACKGROUND PAPER SUMMARIESThe Global Transition Dialogue #2 papers that will inform the discussions will be hosted at the Global Transition 2012 onlineplatform at papers are also recorded on the CD enclosed in this Global Transition 2012 Dialogue #2 pack.Building an equitable green economy - Danish 92 GroupThis paper is the product of an independent, Southern drafting group commissioned by the Danish 92 Group. It lays out aSouthern perspective on how a Green Economy as discussed in the Rio + 20 context must be designed to contribute to –rather than distract from – sustainable development.Analysis of zero draft submissions: Briefings on roadmaps and principles - Stakeholder ForumUsing analysis of the official submissions to the Zero Draft, these briefing papers provide insight into two key concepts thathave emerged in relation to the green economy: roadmaps and principles. The papers highlight the stakeholder groups thatare engaged with these concepts, summarise the proposals that have been put forward, and explore how the discussionsaround green economy roadmaps and principles fit into the Outcome Document.Information Note on proposed Principles for a Green Economy – Green Economy Coalition and ITUCAt the UNEP Governing Council, thirty stakeholder organisations came together to draft a set of 9 principles for a greeneconomy. These 9 principles were then opened up as an online consultation to generate wider input from globalstakeholders. To date, 115 organisations from across the globe have contributed. The consultation will remain an openprocess until Rio 2012 whereby the Green Economy Coalition will be hosting a global workshop on how to catalyse andensure the implementation of the principles for a green economy. This information note summarises the 9 green economyprinciples and presents some highlights from the consultation so far.A Green Economy Knowledge-Sharing Platform: Exploring Options – United Nations Division of SustainableDevelopmentA potential deliverable that has emerged from the submissions to the Rio+20 compilation document is for the elaboration andimplementation of country-specific green economy strategies or the mainstreaming of the green economy into existingdevelopment strategies. To assist with the development of such strategies, many submissions to the Zero Draft underline theneed to share experiences, lessons learned and good practices with regard to the implementation of green economypolicies. Some submissions go further to propose that Rio+20 should deliver a green economy knowledge-sharing platformor a toolbox, toolkit or menu of policy options. This paper explores the aims and objectives, governance arrangements andstructural components that could make up a green economy knowledge-sharing platform.This information note is intended to be a discussion paper around the proposal and will evolve as thinking develops in thisarea during – and outside of -informal discussions and negotiationsBriefings on the green economy - United National Environment ProgrammeUNEP is launching a series of policy briefs on the green economy at the Global Transition 2012 Dialogue #2. These shortfour page briefing papers focus on key issues for the transformation towards the Green Economy including:Poverty ReductionContinuing with business-as-usual is not an option in a world of increasing environmental scarcities, growing economicuncertainty and inequalities, and the continued existence of widespread poverty. The Millennium Development Goal ofhalving extreme poverty is still far from reach despite decades of economic growth and efforts for poverty eradication.
  15. 15. 15Advisory ServicesFor governments, having a clear assessment of resource constraints and ecological risks they face, as well as a soundunderstanding of sectors of their economies that offer the largest potential for green growth, employment creation andefficiency gains, while securing public support, are critical to orient public policy. UNEP’s green economy advisory servicesare geared towards providing tailored support to countries for them to take appropriate responsesHealthIn the transition path towards the green economy, health is a powerful tool and a key precondition in harnessing sustainableeconomic development, as well as in eradicating poverty and in ensuring an economically equitable and socially inclusivesociety.IndicatorsBuilding on the existing indicators, UNEP, in consultation with national and other international agencies and stakeholders, isdeveloping options for measuring progress towards a green and inclusive economyTradeTrade has the potential to drive a green economy by fostering the exchange of environmentally friendly goods and services,increasing resource efficiency, generating economic opportunities and employment, and contributing to poverty eradication.If managed poorly, however, unrestrained trade can contribute to environmental degradation, unsustainable resource use,and increased wealth disparities, all of which hinder a green economy transition and sustainable development objectives.FinanceThe financing required for a green economy transition is substantial, but it can be mobilized by smart public policy andinnovative financing mechanisms. Supportive public finance and policy, the growing green orientation of capital markets, andthe evolution of emerging market instruments are opening up the space for large-scale financing that will bolster nationalinitiatives to green economies. But these flows are still small compared to total volumes, and urgently need to be magnifiedfor the transition to be successful in the near-termEmploymentOne of the key challenges facing policymakers in transforming their economies is creating decent and meaningfulemployment. According to the International Labor Organization (ILO), over 600 million new jobs would be needed in the next10 years.Valuing natureAt a more fundamental level, healthy ecosystems represent the foundation of economic activity and a prerequisite forachieving a green economic transition. Given this, it is essential that the economic value of these services are recognized,demonstrated and captured in the accounts and decision-making of governments, the private sector and consumers.
  16. 16. 16GLOBAL TRANSITION 2012 CHALLENGE PAPERSDialogue #2 builds upon earlier work of the Global Transition 2012 initiative and available online. A series of peerreviewed challenge papers are available on key themes of the Global Transition to the new economy online: and included in the CD in this pack.Green Economy – Tim Jenkins and Andrew Simms2Two decades after the Earth Summit in 1992, attempts to govern, sustainably, the global environment and manage the worldeconomy without destabilising crises, are hopelessly disconnected. Since the original Earth Summit conference we havelived with an economic model based on debt-fuelled over consumption that co-exists with vast levels of poverty andinequality. Comparable dynamics are visible in most economic sectors. Many working in the fields of environment anddevelopment now find that systematic problems require a systemic solution.This paper puts forward 6 challenges to lay the foundations for systemic change: Develop a national transition plan that putscountries on paths to operate within planetary boundaries, and on timescales sufficiently quick to preserve key, ecological lifesupport functions; don’t start from a growth perspective; agree to develop and implement new measures of economicsuccess; commit to reduce income and wealth inequalities between and within nations; put fiscal policy and publicexpenditure centre stage in managing economic transition; and recapture the financial sector for the public good. Otherworlds are possible but the task is to shape and fashion them in the course of the next decade before ‘business-as-usual’locks in catastrophic climatic upheaval.Global Inequality - David Woodward3, Saamah Abdallah4This paper proposes the establishment of a “plenty line” as a counterpart to the poverty line, as a means of focusing publicand political attention on the issue of over-consumption. In other words, is there a level of income such that people withincomes above this level have minimally greater well-being than those with incomes at this level?While our analysis is complicated by the nature of the data available (viz. its reliance on self-reporting of income, and morespecifically self-attribution to a limited range of income bands) and the relatively small sample sizes in most relevant surveys,we find indicative evidence for the existence of “plenty lines” ranging between household incomes of $35,000 and $107,000in six Western European countries (and at $20,000 in one Eastern European country), where well-being is defined in termsof life satisfaction. While the reliability of these findings for individual countries is limited by the sample sizes, the fact that inonly one of 22 countries (Switzerland) do the data appear clearly inconsistent with the existence of an (overall income) plentyline at some level of income would appear to suggest that such a line exists in at least some European countries. So, whilewe cannot yet identify where the plenty line lies with great precision, it seems clear that there is one. This is consistent withresearch in the United States which showed that there was no increase in well-being (defined in terms of affect) oncehousehold incomes reached $75,000.This suggests a case for policies designed to limit the growth of incomes beyond societal plenty lines – primarily higherincomes in developed countries (but also those of elites, particularly in highly unequal middle-income developing countries).However, the implications of the plenty line concept potentially reach much further. By highlighting – and potentially allowingus to quantify – the divergence between total income and societal well-being, the plenty line has the potential to provide abasis for a whole new economics, directed towards the achievement of our ultimate goals as society and not merely themaximisation of total production.2 Independent Researcher and Fellow, nef (the new economics foundation)3 Independent Researcher and Fellow, nef (the new economics foundation)4 Centre for Well-Being, nef (the new economics foundation)
  17. 17. 17Beyond GDP - Charles Seaford5, Sorcha Mahoney1, Mathis Wackernagel6, Joy Larson2, Réne Ramírez Gallegos7For decades governments have allowed a single indicator, Gross Domestic Product (GDP), to assume dominance as thecritical measure of a nation’s progress. It is now widely recognised by politicians and officials across the world that we mustmove beyond GDP and recognise it for what it is – a measure of economic exchange, which is itself a means to an end; the‘end’ being the achievement of high well-being for all within environmental limits (‘sustainable well-being’).Here, we focus on ways of measuring environmental sustainability and well-being, as well as offering a view from the globalSouth which entails measures of both of these. We call for governments around the world to:  Amend their national accounting systems to align what they measure with what really matters, and  Use those measures as a guide for policy and political action.First we outline the conceptual and measurement frameworks used, which draw on the work of nef, and in particular on theCentre for Well-being’s publication Measuring our Progress. Second, we address measuring environmental sustainability.Third we examine the measurement of human well-being. Finally, we present a proposal by René Ramirez Gallegos,National Secretary of Planning of Development in Ecuador, for the measurement of Buen Vivir, or Good Living.Once governments move beyond GDP to measure what matters, they can turn their attention to the equally importantbusiness of ensuring that these new measures are used as the basis of policy and political action. Then, the globalcommunity can be hopeful that lives really will improve and that improvements are made within environmental limits.One Planet Living - Sue Riddlestone8If everyone lived the global middle class lifestyle of London or Shanghai we would need three planets to support us. And yet,the average citizen of Bangladesh consumes the equivalent of just a third of a planet. In this paper we argue that what weneed is One Planet Living, a way of life that engenders happy healthy lives within a fair share of the world’s resources, whilstleaving sufficient space for wildlife and wilderness. Sustainable communities and businesses around the world show howOne Planet Living is attractive and achievable. And, a simple approach and framework makes it easy to deliver. We arguethat at The Earth Summit 2012, world leaders should agree to recognise planetary boundaries in world with a large, growinghuman population and commit to take action through a multilateral framework to enable the world to define and deliver a safeoperating space within the time frame that science and morality tell us is necessary. Key components of this multilateralframework would include: Global and national roadmaps to enable citizens to achieve One Planet Living supported by a new‘Intergovernmental Panel on Resources’; a peer-reviewed ‘Solutions Bank’; and a raft of policy solutions to support thetransition to a One Planet Living with a fair and green economy.Blue economy (oceans and fisheries) - Rupert Crilly9, Aniol Esteban 8The marine world has been a cornerstone of human economic activity for centuries. Once the realm of inexhaustibleabundance, the Blue Economy has become one of scarcity and unsustainable human impacts. Fisheries, for example, areplagued by endemic overfishing, discarding, and an increasingly inefficient and subsidy-dependent fishing industry. Marineresources, from fish to broader ecosystem services, should be used for public benefit. Using profits or financial returns alonerarely serve as complete indicators of an activity’s public value, and can in some cases be entirely misleading. Alternativeuses of marine resources must be independently weighed against each other based on their economic, social andenvironmental impacts, particularly with an emphasis on sustainability. To make them comparable, it can be helpful tomonetise these impacts using an extended cost-benefit analysis framework. We illustrate this with a case study of cod fishing5 Centre for Well-Being, nef (the new economics foundation)6 Global Footprint Network7 National Secretary for Planning and Development, Ecuador. See “El vivir (bien) como riqueza de las sociedades. Hacia una socio-ecología pol{itica deltiempo”, Senplades8 Sue Riddlestone, Director of BioRegional and Freya Seath, Researcher for the Director9 Centre for Interdependence, Natural Economies Programme, nef (the new economics foundation)
  18. 18. 18in the North Sea, where the principles are equally applicable not just in global fisheries but all marine resources. With acomplete picture of their associated impacts, economic activities and their public resource requirements can then be plannedto ensure the most beneficial ones are prioritised with access to marine resources.Global Trade and outsourced emissions - Guy Shrubsole10Outsourced emissions are a major loophole in current efforts to tackle climate change and build a green economy.International flows of carbon embedded in trade have grown considerably since the original Rio summit, with developednorthern nations benefiting unjustly from effectively outsourcing pollution to developing southern states.Next year in Rio, the world needs to agree to the principle of Clean Trade Agreements. These arrangements, negotiatedbetween states and regions, would come to replace Free Trade Areas and build mutually-agreed carbon constraints into theterms of trade.Clean Trade Agreements would aim to halt the ‘race to the bottom’ witnessed as globalisation has unfolded – where industryinvariably migrates to regions with the least stringent environmental regulations – and reverse the growth in outsourcedemissions.Green and Decent Jobs and Skills - Anabella Rosemberg11 with Philip Pearson12When leaders meet in Rio de Janeiro for the Earth Summit in June this year, unemployment, precarious work and inequalitywill be central to their domestic agendas. At the same time, global environmental change is increasing stress on the mostvulnerable, affecting all domains of society. If the Summit is going to deliver for people, it needs to take all these elementsinto account. It will also need to take concrete steps that will lead to changes on the ground.The proposal presented in this Challenge Paper calls on all governments to take a country-based ‘policy package’ to Rio+20.This should include a target on decent job creation in the next 5-10 years, achieved by environmentally-friendly investmentsand regulations accounting for 2% of GDP, and a series of social and decent work policies which will ensure green jobscontribute to workers’ and communities’ prosperity.Generating millions of new green and decent jobs and transforming existing ones into more greener and more decent onescould be one of the most positive consequences of a Rio+20 summit. This agenda could kick start the Global Transition,giving people hope about the positive impacts of a more sustainable society, particularly those suffering from poverty,precarious employment or unemployment.A green/decent job pledge would also be part of a solution to environmental and social imbalances created by the currentunsustainable production mode. This would occur by driving a new kind of investments in developing countries whilst givingthem access to a new model of development.Energy resources and services - Viki Johnson13, Niclas Hälström 14Three perspectives frame this challenge paper: 1) energy is at the very core of sustainable development, and not just asector among others; 2) the combined challenges of inadequate access to energy among the world’s poor, the imperative toavoid climate catastrophe and the need to deal with rising and volatile energy prices require an unprecedented, fundamentaltransformation of the world’s energy system, and 3) that there are technological solutions that already exist that caneffectively tackle these challenges over the course of 10-15 years.The wide development benefit from access to modern energy services, specifically electricity, implies this is a vital social10 Director, Public Interest Research Centre (PIRC)11 Policy Adviser, International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) and Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD (TUAC)12 Climate Change policy expert and adviser, Trade Union Confederacy13 Centre for Interdependence, Climate Change and Energy Programme, nef (the new economics foundation)14 What Next Forum
  19. 19. 19investment. As such increase access to modern energy services should not be assessed on just the financial costs andbenefits alone, but rather a framework that takes into account the multiple additional benefits and/or costs of different energysources. In the following paper, we argue that it is not simply access to energy services that matters, but how that access isdelivered from the planning, installation and operation stage.Further, we propose a bold, transformative approach to set up a global programme of national feed-in tariffs formulated byUN-DESA and supported by an increasing number of organisations. We argue that:  Public policies can help produce a decline in the global price of renewable energy that will make it affordable within a decade.  A “big push” in investment to scale up renewable energy will lead to rapid cost reduction, technology improvement, and learning by doing. This will generate a “virtuous cycle” of additional investment, economic growth, employment generation, etc.  In the first decade, investments will have to be subsidized through globally funded guarantees or price supports (e.g. feed-in tariffs). The “virtuous cycle” will then make renewable energy the default option for new energy investment worldwide.  Price supports will be complemented by a global extension program: research, technical, and policy support designed to accelerate the process.  Energy and the kind of solution we outline here must be at the centre of the Earth Summit 2012 process, and that, as a minimum, it provides an impetus to move along the lines we sketch out here.Sustainable Agriculture and Food security - Aksel Nærstad15Agriculture is the main problem in the nexus of food security. Industrial food systems and other unsustainable practices arecausing dramatic environmental damage, including reduction of biodiversity and soil fertility, overuse and pollution of water,and are substantially contributing to climate change. These kinds of food systems and food production undermine thepossibilities for producing enough and healthy food for actual and future generations. At the same time these industrial foodsystems impoverish millions of small-scale food producers, are creating increasingly bigger waves of poverty, hunger andmigration, and are causing health problems at a large scale. There are one billion people food insecure but at the same timeabundant unhealthy foods and diets are affecting at least 2 billion people, causing obesity, heart disease, cancer, type 2diabetes and other diseases, and serious pandemics are likely to occur in the near future.But, it is also the main solution. Viable food systems exist. They have evolved and adapted over millennia in traditional formsof agriculture and are now more relevant than ever. They can be combined, if appropriate, with latest knowledge on agroecology and other forms of sustainable production. Small scale food producers provide the food for about 70% of thepopulation today, and small scale agroecological and other forms of sustainable agriculture and food production, developedin the framework of food sovereignty, can  eliminate most of the hunger and poverty,  drastically reduce climate change and its impact, restore biodiversity, soil fertility and water resources,  improve livelihoods and provide rewarding employment for billions of people,  produce enough, high quality, diverse and nutritious food for 9 billion people or more.Global Finances and Banking - Simon Zadek16Current financial market reform efforts have focused on securing stable and resilient financial markets. The public purpose offinancial markets, however, concerns the resilience of the broader economic, social and ecological systems within which15Senior policy adviser, The Development Fund, Norway ( Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation, and the Global Green Growth Institute. Views offered in this paper are exclusivelythose of the author, who takes responsibility for errors and omissions.
  20. 20. 20financial markets operate, a purpose largely ignored in the current policy debate and practice. Sustainable investing hasdemonstrated proof of concept but will not have systemic impacts in its current forms and trajectories. Needed is a ‘publicfiduciary’ for financial markets that reflects more effectively the interests of existing, intended beneficiaries and also thosewithout influential voice: future generations, excluded communities and natural capital.Advancing a public fiduciary for the world’s invested financial assets would require a multi-faceted programme of policyinterventions, including fiscal, regulatory and voluntary. Described here are six high-potential policy proposals focused onchanges in fund managers’ basis of remuneration, investors’ fiduciary arrangements, investment principles of sovereignwealth funds, sovereign and corporate credit rating methods, fiscal interventions and transparency requirements. Theseproposals are all based on existing practice that demonstrates technically feasibility and indications of likely impacts.Advancing such an extensive, high-impact programme to secure an alignment of financial markets to sustainability outcomesclearly requires further debate and analysis. Crucially, its implementation raises profound governance issues resulting fromthe political influence of financial market actors, and associated and competitive constraints to co-ordinated action. Financialmarket reform requires action on governance internationally if serious progress is to be made in the face of plain-to-seethreats and practice of regulatory arbitrage by leading actors in today’s financial markets.Aligning financial markets to sustainability outcomes will not be easy, but without it, too little progress, too late, will be madein shaping a sustainable economy. Progress will require real political and business leadership without at all levels and acrossgeographies and forums. Internationally, such leadership can be demonstrated for example through the UN High LevelPanel.Valuing Natural Capital and Biodiversity/Ecosystems Services - Oliver Greenfield17The natural world has a lot to teach us. Above all, it teaches us about systems and cycles; that altering one component of asystem, however small, can have wider implications within and beyond a given cycle. Human society, the planet and theeconomy are all systems and are all bound together in intricate relationships. Only when we begin to understand this biggerpicture can we tackle the systemic problems facing us. Here we take a short journey through planetary science to graspsome of the dimensions of those relationships, and posit a series of solutions for affecting the kind of systemic transformationthat we urgently need to ensure the health of the planet and of people.Economic theory (and common sense) tells us that when something is valuable, and it is free, its use tends to infinity - thisexplains why trees, biodiversity, freshwater and atmospheric space for carbon are all being used ‘like there is no tomorrow’.It also assumes that when something is exhausted (or too expensive), a substitute is almost certain to be found.Economic theory then takes this substitution concept up to a macro level and thinks of the ‘trade-off’ between environmentand economy. The logic is that we can have ‘more environment’ if we are prepared to put up with ‘less economy’, or we canhave ‘less environment’ if we want a bigger economy. The traditional economic world view that dominates the politicalspectrum is based on infinite resources, substitution, and ultimately this trade-off between environment and economy.In this paper we take a systemic view of natural capital and the role that it plays in sustaining the human species and oureconomic system. We will start with a brief journey into planetary science then, taking stock of the solutions being offered bycurrent economic thinking, posit the role of green economy for transforming the current trajectory. Here, we are tacklingproblems not from the perspective of ‘what is politically feasible?’ but from that of ‘what is absolutely necessary?’: what isnecessary in order to ensure that the operating system on which we all depend continues to provide people, communitiesand all economic activity with a safe space in which to exist.17 Convener, Green Economy Coalition.
  21. 21. 21ZERO DRAFT OF THE OUTCOME DOCUMENT FOR RIO +20 – THE FUTURE WE WANT18The second Rio+20 Preparatory Committee Meeting of the UNCSD (Rio +20) process invited all member States,relevant United Nations (UN) system organisations, and relevant stakeholders to provide inputs and contributionsto the Secretariat in writing by 1 November 2011, for inclusion in a compilation text to be presented by the UNsecretariat to member States and other stakeholders for their comments and further guidance. This compilationdocument served as the basis for the preparation of a Zero Draft of the outcome document, which was presentedfor consideration to member States and other stakeholders in January 2012.The Global Transition 2012 Dialogue #2 will focus primarily on Section III: Green Economy in the context ofsustainable development and poverty eradication, as well as aspects of Section V: Framework for action andfollow-up. However, many of the ideas, proposals, and discussions of the Dialogue will be cross-cutting in theirnature and may apply to other sections of the Zero Draft – as well as a broader context outside of the Rio +20process.I. Preamble/Stage setting VisionII. Renewing Political Commitment A. Reaffirming Rio principles and past action plans B. Assessing the progress to date and the remaining gaps in the implementation of the outcomes of the major summits on sustainable development and addressing new and emerging challenges (Integration, Implementation, Coherence) C. Engaging major groups D. Framework for actionIII. Green Economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication A. Framing the context of the green economy, challenges and opportunities B. Toolkits and experience sharing C. Framework for actionIV. Institutional Framework for Sustainable Development A. Strengthening/reforming/integrating the three pillars B. GA, ECOSOC, CSD, SDC proposal C. UNEP, specialized agency on environment proposal, IFIs, United Nations operational activities at country level D. Regional, National, LocalV. Framework for action and follow-up A. Priority/key/thematic/cross-sectoral issues and areas B. Accelerating and measuring progress (SDGs, GDP and others) C. Means of Implementation (finance, access to and transfer of technology, capacity building)18 As of 10 January 2012, this is the structure of the Zero Draft of the Outcome Document, see:
  22. 22. 22VENUE - About Pace UniversitySince 1906 Pace has produced thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm baseof liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in NewYork City and Westchester County, New York, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoralprograms in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, College of Health Professions, School ofEducation, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.pace.eduCatering – sustainability policies
  23. 23. 23GLOBAL TRANSITION 2012 DIALOGUE #2 SUPPORTING ORGANISATIONSThe Global Transition 2012 coordinating team is extremely grateful to all the support that has been given and shown inpreparation for the Dialogue. Many people have contributed their time, expertise, thoughts and suggestions; and theprogramme and panel discussions/presentations will be all the more interesting for this shared knowledge.The Global Transition Dialogue # 2 was supported by the following partners:  SPONSORSHIPThe first and second Global Transition Dialogues, including supporting participants from the global south, have been madepossible by the generous support of the VELUX Foundations; the broader initiative activities are made possible by thegenerous support of the Ford Foundation and the EU. The venue and catering is kindly being co-sponsored by PaceUniversity, NYC.            
  24. 24. 24ABOUT THE GLOBAL TRANSITION 2012 COORDINATING ORGANISATIONS  Green Economy CoalitionThe Green Economy Coalition (GEC) is a diverse set of organisations and sectors from NGOs, research institutes, UNorganisations, business to trade unions. We have come together because we recognise that our economy is failing to delivereither environmental sustainability or social equity. In short, our economic system is failing people and the planet.Global Transition 2012 contact: Emily Benson, Programme Manager emily.benson@greeneconomycoalition.org economics foundation (nef)nef (the new economics foundation) is an independent think-and-do tank that inspires and demonstrates real economic well-being. nef aims to improve quality of life by promoting innovative solutions that challenge mainstream thinking on economic,environment and social issues. We work in partnership and put people and the planet first.Global Transition 2012 contact: Viki Johnson, Head of Climate and Energy victoria.johnson@neweconomics.org Economics InstituteThe New Economics Institute is a US organization that uniquely combines vision, theory, action, and communication to effecta transition to a new economy -- an economy that gives priority to supporting human well-being and Earth’s natural systems.Our multidisciplinary approach employs research, applied theory, public campaigns, and educational events to describe analternative socio-economic system that is capable of addressing the enormous challenges of our times. Our premise is thata fair and sustainable economy is possible and that ways must be found to realize it.Global Transition 2012 contact: Carina Millstone, Program Director carinamillstone@neweconomicsinstitute.org ForumStakeholder Forum is an international organisation working to advance sustainable development and promote stakeholderdemocracy at a global level. Our work aims to enhance open, accountable and participatory international decision-making onsustainable development. Stakeholder Forum works across four key areas: Global Policy and Advocacy; StakeholderEngagement; Media and Communications; and Capacity Building. Our Global Transition 2012 initiative sits within our workon Global Policy and Advocacy.Global Transition 2012 contact: Kirsty Schneeberger, Senior Project Officer kirstys@stakeholderforum.org Transition 2012 Transition online interactive map
  25. 25. 25ACKNOWLEDGEMENTSParticular thanks to the following individuals (in no particular order) To Chantal line Carpentier, Bernhard Frey, Flore-Anne Bourgeois, Farooq Ullah, David Payton, Yvonne Lodico, AchimHalpaap, Felix Haas, Emily Benson, Carina Millstone, Viki Johnson, Elizabeth Cox, Jeff Huffines, Kim Carstensen, and TaraRao for your valuable and thoughtful contributions to the programme for the Dialogue.All the speakers, presenters, and chairs of the sessions have offered their weekends to share with the Dialogueparticipants their perspectives on and experiences of the relevant issues discussed and debated this weekend. Your inputwill no doubt spark conversations that last from now until Rio +20 – and beyond!The background papers and challenge papers are extremely useful resources and the authors and peer reviewers are tobe commended for the insight, knowledge, and thought leadership that shines throughout the papers that serve to challengethe status quo in ways that are both inspiring and solutions focused.The Global Transition 2012 initiative was able to sponsor 15 participants from the Green Economy Coalition and othernew economy initiatives to attend and share a global south perspective, thanks to the Velux Foundation. The Danishgovernment, through the Danish 92 group, has also sponsored a number of participants from the global south to attendnot only the Global Transition Dialogue, but also the informal sessions in New York from 19th March. In particular, thanks goto Amy Cutter and Jack Cornforth for booking and organising all travel arrangements and supporting with VISA applications.The Global Transition 2012 online platform is, we hope you agree, a useful hub of knowledge and information sharing onthe topics covered in the dialogue and many more. Thanks to Tom Harrisson, Viki Johnson and Matt Reading-Smith forkeeping it fresh and updated. Thanks also to the White October team who designed and created the website.To Felix Dodds for his words of experience and wisdom, and for the leadership that he has shown – and will no doubtcontinue to show – in the next 95 days on the road to Rio +20 (and beyond!).The venue and catering has been expertly organised by Dr Greg Julian, Idalia Soto, and Tom Murray. You helped bring theidea to a reality and served us delicious locally produced and organic food.The printing has been done by the Village Group, New York; and the information pack is printed on recycled paper. Thanksto Nicole Anderson and Tony Viola for their work on this.Finally – to all dialogue participants; thank you for joining us and giving up your weekends. Your perspective is incrediblyvaluable and your experiences will help to shape the way that we all approach the exciting opportunity that transitioning tothe new economy offers us. Please do stay in touch, keep up the excellent work, and together we will transition to the neweconomy that we aspire to. After all:If future generations are to remember us with more gratitude than sorrow, we must achieve more than just the miracles oftechnology. We must also leave them a glimpse of the world as it was created, not just as it looked when we go through withit. - Lyndon B. Johnson, 1964Sincerest thanks, once more.Kirsty SchneebergerGlobal Transition 2012 Coordinator, Stakeholder Forum