Green Economy: Measuring the Future We Want

Measuring The Future We Want


An International Conference on Indicators for Inclusive Green Economy/ Green Growth Policies,

Geneva, 4-6 December 2012

In the last several years, major international organizations have launched green economy (GE) / green growth (GG) initiatives to integrate economic, environmental, and social imperatives. At the heart of any policy evaluation is indicators, which are one of the major research priorities identified by the Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP), a partnership of UNEP, World Bank, OECD and the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI).

This conference will bring together international organizations, governments, research institutes, NGOs, businesses and other groups that are interested in using indicators to support the development of GE /GG policies.

Objectives and outputs

As GGKP partners all engage at the country level in the area of indicators, there is a need to harmonize approaches, draw experiences and lessons from all key players, including civil society groups, and provide consistent advice to countries interested in pursuing inclusive GE /GG policies. Day 3 will focus specifically on activities in the area of GG/GE indicators of the Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP). It will finish with a closed session among the GGKP partners to finalize the outline of a joint publication and the details of the related work program.

* OECD has developed and applied GG indicators covering environmental and resource productivity, natural assets, environmental quality of life, and economic opportunities and policy responses. It is also developing GG headline indicators.  * The World Bankhas been working on Adjusted Net Savings (ANS) for many years and is now focusing on ecosystem/natural capital accounting. * UNEP has a wide range of activities on indicators ranging from its Global Environmental Outlook, Inclusive Wealth Report, and indicators of sustainable consumption and production, to the most recent effort to produce a guidance manual on using indicators in developing GE policies.

Background readings:

SCP Indicators for Developing Countries – A Guidance Framework


WHO: Health in the Green Economy sector. Briefings on: housing (English/Spanish), transport (English/Spanish), household energy in developing countries (English/Spanish), health sector (English/Spanish), and occupational health (English)


WHO: Measuring health gains from sustainable development. Download the thematic briefings on key Rio+20 themes from a recent WHO analysis and expert consultation


Measuring Progress towards an Inclusive Green Economy, Report Released at First Post-Rio+20 Global Conference – December 3rd, 2012

For more information, see the programme, participants info and presentations below.

Download the Agenda for the Inclusive Green Economy / Green Growth Policies Workshop (in pdf)