United Nations
Environment Programme
Uncovering Pathways Towards an Inclusive Green Economy: A Summary for Leaders


Uncovering Pathways Towards an Inclusive Green Economy: A Summary for Leaders

This report speaks to the multiple benefits – economic, health, security, social and environmental – that such an economic model can bring to humanity. An inclusive green economy sees growth in income and employment from investments that reduce carbon emissions and pollution. The IGE Narrative expands and deepens substantially the focus of UNEP's earlier work on green economy.


Chapter 1: Visioning Tomorrow
An Economy of Permanence
This chapter provides evidence to inspire the reader as the discussion between the “cowboy economy” and the “inclusive green economy” becomes ever more urgent. We have to dive deeper into the “spaceman economy,” where throughput is something to be minimized and towards a day where success is not measured in production or consumption. The new Sustainable Development Goals Agenda 2030 offers an opportunity to reframe economic policy around sustainability.
Chapter 2 : Recognizing Today
The Chains of Challenge

This chapter provides the context of recognizing where we are at today. The tradition thinking that development always has to come at a cost to the environment as the green economy emerges new development strategies, practices and technologies, help us evolve the way our society can meet human needs.

Challenges of Change
This chapter addressed the challenges that the globe faces today in terms of inequalities that generates widespread and serious environmental and health risks. The challenges that the inclusive green economy face are not limited and it will require a wide variety of transformative solutions.
Chapter 3 : Uncovering Pathways Towards and IGE
Design principles

This chapter provides the necessary principles that must be incorporated into the inclusive green economy. This is an economy which is based on sharing, circularity, collaboration, solidarity, resilience, opportunity and interdependence. Included in this chapter is a list of all the principles that speak to socio-ecological and economy-wide transition and call for economic and fiscal policy reform.

The Centrality of Jobs

This short chapter gives an overlook of where the jobs in the green economy have been created. These so-called, “green and decent jobs” are what the new economic model will generate. The good news over the coming years is that the new inclusive green economy will generate many new job opportunities. With almost 4 million renewable energy jobs created in China alone the world is on the path to a more inclusive green economy.

Embracing a Circular and a Sharing Economy

This chapter provides a look at the circular and sharing economies of the present and future. As the globe shifts to sustainable patterns of consumption and production the necessity of balancing long-term human activities on ecosystems must be of utmost importance. These economics focus on reduce, reuse, recycle and remanufacture while decoupling the link between resource use and economic growth.

Ecological Value, The Precautionary Principle and Critical Natural Capital

Throughout history the idea of taking care of ‘Mother Nature’ is essential to many cultures. A comprehensive accounting of natural wealth and degradation is therefore key to internalize the “invisibility of nature” in overall economic performance. Ecosystems must be valued for the goods it provides in order to regulate ecosystems.

Key Policy Choices for Transformative Change
This chapter provides a list of key policy choices for investing in environmental sustainability, promoting SCP systems and pursuing inclusive outcomes. Investments for environmental sustainability, promoting sustainable production and consumption systems, and pursuing inclusive outcomes become the core of the inclusive green economy.
Chapter 4 : Collaborators & Champions
Replicating and Scaling Successes

This chapter discusses the necessity of collaboration and the necessity of environmental champions that will be the driver of changes we seek for replicating successes. Scaling up innovations requires not just technological advancement but also financial, institution and social changes.

Collaboration Across Tiers of Decision-Makers

This chapter explains how important it is for the inclusive green economy to be shared by governments, businesses, communities and citizens in order to solve our meshwork of global problems. Like never before the engagement of civil society and consumers through institutions, open platforms and government frameworks needs to be ensured.

Telling and Re-Telling Success Stories
In the final chapter, the importance of telling and re-telling success stories is brought to light. Nature is not merely a luxury for the rich, it is a necessity for the poor and a vital part human well-being. In order to move forward we must be willing to have open communication to share positive stories of success to inspire the champions of today’s and tomorrow’s Inclusive Green Economy.