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Consultation Findings Report (PDF)

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The Principles of a Green Economy:
 
Initial results of a global consultation25 May 2012
Introduction
Over the last five months the Green Economy Coalition has supported a global consultation on theprinciples of a green economy. Over 250 organisations and individuals from around the world have nowcontributed to the drafting process. The following document provides an overview of the consultationprocess and a summary of the feedback. It clarifies how we will continue this work and use its outcomes atRio 2012 and beyond.For more information, contact the Green Economy Coalition: oliver.greenfield@greeneconomycoalition.org  / emily.benson@greeneconomycoalition.org 
Process timeline
19 February:
Major Groups and stakeholders attended UNEP Governing Council to discuss
What is a Green
Economy?’
During a multi-stakeholder workshop participants drafted an initial draft set of principles whichwas then widely circulated. That draft was later reworked with additional inputs from other relevantprocesses including:
o
 
ANPED - Green Economy Principles workshop
o
 
ICC - Ten conditions for green economy
o
 
Bioregional/Stakeholder Forum - Principles for a Green Economy
o
 
ITUC - 10 principles for a green economy
o
 
New Economy Network 
 – 
Principles for a new economy
o
 
Earth Charter Initiative
 – 
Principles and values for sustainable development
o
 
Financial Stability Board - Key Standards for Sound Financial Systems
28 February
: Building on the momentum, the Green Economy Coalition organised an online consultation toengage global stakeholders.
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19 March:
Initial findings from the online consultation were presented at the Global Transition Dialoguein New York before the UNCSD March in-formals and shared widely with participants attending the meeting.
25 March
: Spanish and Portuguese versions of the consultation also went online and links were distributedacross global networks.
18 May:
Consultation feedback was collated and analysed by the Green Economy Coalition. The Principleswere redrafted accordingly.
24 May:
Revised principles were circulated around networks.
 
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Profile of respondents
 Over 250 people from different organisations have contributed their thoughts, feedback and changes. Theconsultation is still open and is also now running in Portuguese and Spanish to increase input from LatinAmerica.The consultation was open to anyone but responses have largely been from NGOs and think tanks.96% of respondents wish to remain involved/informed with the process.An initial 66% indicated they would like to be associated with it.
 
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Summary of top findings
1.
 
The draft principles were well received and respondents were pleased with the comprehensivecoverage of the many different issues at stake. Respondents emphasised that the principles were auseful tool for understanding a green economy.2.
 
Some of the most popular feedback points focused on; Green economy is just one tool for achievingsustainable development; Equity must be the goal of a green economy; A green economy must beinformed by science and research; Principles need to be more explicit that a green economyrequires changing bad practices as well as adopting good practices3.
 
Some of the most important concerns included: That the language of the principles was tooaspirational not e
asily ‘implementable’; T
hat some of the principles contradicted each other; Thatthe Principles were too extensive and should be shortened.Over the next pages, 3-18 we summaries the major points of feedback for each principle and a section onadditional comments.
Next steps
In order to take the principles to the next stage, the Green Economy Coalition willTable the revised Principles document V3 in the next negotiating round for Rio 2012 text.Include the latest draft principles in our publications for Rio, and ensure that they are widely distributedto governments and decision makers.
Host a side event at Rio focused on how to move from ‘principle’ to ‘implementation’ in which we will
hear from business, government, finance and civil society leaders.Identify ways in which to move principles into the many national dialogue processes on a greeneconomy happening within and beyond the Coalition.

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