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GEC Newsletter March 2010

GEC Newsletter March 2010

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GEC core 'script' - National dialogues - Featured partner: The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) - Forthcoming Events

GEC core 'script' - National dialogues - Featured partner: The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) - Forthcoming Events

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GREEN ECONOMY COALITION NEWS MARCH 2010
Dear Colleagues
 
Please find an update on the activities of the Green Economy Coalition for March 2010.
Our ‘Script’
In our Coalition meeting last October we agreed to produce a short, shared ‘core script’,consisting of three parts:
1. Analysis of Challenges: to help articulate the current base-line and scale of the sustainability challenges, and the costs of not making a transition to a green economy.2. Glimpses of the Future: a collection of short case studies to help define a vision and meaning of a ‘green economy’, and communicate value-based, positive, solutions-oriented best practices.3. Transition Roadmap: to help clarify the pathways to a green economy, and to identify priority  policies, institutions, investments, required to encourage sustainable practices.
 
Colleagues from different organizations have been drafting these 3 pieces of work, and we will becirculating them for your information, inputs and review over the coming weeks. Please keep alook out for the ‘Analysis’ – attached here; the ‘Glimpses of the Future’ (to be circulated at the endof April); and the ‘Transition Roadmap’ (to be circulated at the end of May).This work will be condensed into a short coalition document, as well as published on a newwebsite by mid year. It is proposed that we discuss the Transition Roadmap document at our next global meeting, since it will help us identify a sequence of priority result areas to work ontogether. For more information on the core script please contact steve.bass@iied.org. 
National Green Economy Coalition Dialogues
A strategy for convening national green economy coalition dialogues has been developed by‘Development Alternatives’, on behalf of Coalition, in a range of low income, rapidly emerging anddeveloped economies. We are in the early stage of planning meetings in India and Brazil. We arealso planning to develop a ‘tool kit’ that other countries and institutions can use in their own greeneconomy processes. Outputs from the national green economy dialogues will inform domesticpolicy processes as well as the Rio+20 planning. For more information on the national greeneconomy dialogues, please contactgcvarughese@devalt.org
 
Communications
The IIED Communications team has been working on the branding of the Green EconomyCoalition and has produced the first version of a flyer (circulated last month). A website for theGreen Economy Coalition under development and will be a repository for the Coalition Script;Flyer; Briefing Papers (e.g. such as the GlobeScan review of public perceptions of the GreenEconomy); Power Point Presentations; the Coalition letters to the G20 Group. We are alsoplanning to make the website interactive in some way. Look out for the launch of the websitewww.greeneconomycoalition.org at the end of May 2010. For more information oncommunications please contactliz.carlile@iied.org.
 
Representing the Coalition
The Green Economy Coalition was invited to represent its work in a number of strategic globaland regional policy forums over the past few weeks, notably:
11
th
Major Groups and Stakeholder Forum, UNEP Governing Council in Bali, Indonesia 21-26 February 2010.
This was the first time governments and key stakeholders had met, post-
 
Copenhagen, and it provided a good opportunity to take the pulse of the world on matters relatingto climate change, green economy, the future of the IPCC in the context of the rise of climateskepticism. Despite the current crisis of confidence, it is clear that 'green economy' is positioningitself as the long-term common solution to multiple global challenges and is getting increasingpolicy support from governments.Sally Jeanrenaud made a presentation on the idea and activities of the Green Economy Coalitionwhich was well received. The Coalition is seen as an innovative and potentially significant vehicleof the 'collective will' necessary to help drive and facilitate change. A number of organizationsregistered an interest in becoming a member of the group, including: Environmental ChallengeOrganization, Singapore (ECO-Singapore); Entrepreneurs and Ecology, China; and Women inEurope for a Common Future. Seehttp://www.iisd.ca/unepgc/unepss11/gmgsf11/ and http://www.iisd.ca/unepgc/unepss11/ for more information.
15th Poverty Environment Partnership (PEP) Meeting in Lilongwe, Malawi, March 2010.
The PEPcomprises multilateral and bilateral aid agencies, with a few INGOs (WWF, IUCN, IISD and IIED).One full day was dedicated to green economy issues, to explore its potentially more equitableapproach to creating prosperity and jobs, and to creating resilience to climate change and other shocks. Coordinated and opened by Steve Bass of IIED, it included a session on the Coalitionpresented by Tom Bigg of IIED, as well as lessons from India presented by Vijay Chaturvedi of Development Alternatives.The PEP agreed to continue green economy work as one of two main themes to 2012 (the other being aid effectiveness for climate and the environment). PEP’s value added is its focus on greeneconomy as a means for MDG achievement, i.e. focusing on least developing economies, therole of informal economy, avoiding green economy becoming another aid “conditionality” andemphasizing the role of local organizations (“Growing the Green Economy of the Poor”). PEP isplanning to influence the September UN General Assembly’s consideration of MDG progress witha pro-green economy message.PEP can thus be viewed as a close partner to the Coalition, with some overlap of membership.The Coalition has already had a direct impact: the draft Coalition analysis was shared with someof the bilateral PEP donor members, as a core resource for forming their own green economypolicies on a coherent basis, something that many are currently doing. For more information seewww.povertyenvironment.net/pep and http://www.iisd.ca/ymb/pep/pep15/.
Featured Partner The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)
In September 2009, leaders of the Group of Twenty (G-20) largest industrialized and developingeconomies made a groundbreaking commitment to reform their fossil-fuel subsidies. Leaderscalled upon their finance and energy ministers to prepare national implementation plans andreport back to the next Summit, 26-27 June in Toronto, Canada.
 
Our last Green Economy Coalition letter to the G20 in November acknowledged this breakthrough in policy and supported a commitment to phase out inefficient fossil fuel subsidies thatartificially suppress clean energy and energy efficiency alternatives, encourage wastefulconsumption, and hence bring the world closer to irreversible and catastrophic climate change.We argued for reform that did not hurt the poorest consumers.
 
IISD’s Global Subsidies Initiative (GSI) is going from strength-to-strength. Their focus is on the G-20 process and IISD are now acquainted with almost all the G-20 countries and the 4 IGOsworking on a paper for the G20 Summit in Montreal in June 2010. They are currently releasing alot of products on the fossil fuel subsidy issue, aimed at supporting reformers and researchers.
 
 
They have recently produced a policy brief (see below) which recommends a three-step processto
define
,
measure
and
evaluate
subsidies. IISD would appreciate help with outreach. Please feelfree to feature this important issue on your websites and in your outreach mechanisms. For moreinformation please contact pwooders@iisd.org
 
Forthcoming Events
 Over the next few weeks the Green Economy Coalition will be represented at:
The Rio+20 Preparatory Committee in New York 
, 17-19 May 17-19 2010. Tom Biggs (IIED) andAnabella Rosemberg (ITUC) will help position the Green Economy Coalition to inform Rio +20assessment protocol and vision. For more information please contacttom.bigg@iied.org
 
The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Annual Sustainability Conference 26-28 May 2010.
SallyJeanrenaud and Steve Bass will be hosting a public Green Economy Coalition debate on 28 May09:00-10:15, entitled:
 A Green Future: what’s in it for me
? Invited panelists include: PavanSukhdev (UNEP); Joost Martens (Consumers International); Pierre Habbard (TUAC); TeresaFogelberg (GRI) as well as a business representative. For more information on this event pleasecontact sally.jeanrenaud@iucn.org.
Green Economy Coalition Governance
The Green Economy Coalition held a face-to-face Steering Group meeting 11-12 March inAachen, Germany in the offices of the Philips Research Lab, which focused mainly on thedevelopment of the ‘content’, knowledge management and planning future events. For moreinformation please contact sally.jeanrenaud@iucn.org.
 
Fundraising
The Green Economy Coalition has received financial and in-kind resources from WWF, IUCN andIIED for a pilot period of one year (until October 2010) to support the establishment of theSecretariat and its activities.A Fundraising Strategy has been developed to identify ways of increasing the funding base of theCoalition until 2012. This will involve approaching Foundations, United Nations and Bi-lateralagencies, the private sector, as well as developing a membership support for longer terminstitutional support.We are pleased to report that IIED have committed US$ 150,000 towards the national GreenEconomy Coalition dialogues for 2010-2011; and that UNEP has committed US$ 60,000 towardsthe national Green Economy Dialogues and mapping work for 2010.
Some Useful Resources
 
CERES Roadmap for a Sustainable Future
 
IISD Fossil Fuel Subsidies
Sustainable Development Conferences Worldwide
 
Twitter on Green Economy

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