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Issue 9 - November 13, 2014
The social pillar of green growth
This month in Paris, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is holding its third Green Growth and Sustainable Development (GGSD) Forum, which will focus on "Addressing the social implications of green growth".  

The 2014 Forum will examine the distributional consequences of implementing green growth strategies and their impact on employment, skills and income. The OECD has released two issue notes to inform the discussions: i) Social Implications of Green Growth: Energy Sector Reform and its Impact on Households and ii) Inclusive Labour Markets for Green Growth. 

The Forum will discuss both the technical and political economy aspects of the issues, to propose workable solutions that can be implemented across different levels of government. The Forum will also identify areas that need further research, analysis and collaboration to close knowledge gaps. Read more about the forum here.
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New working papers on trade and green growth

The World Bank has released two working papers examining different aspects of green growth and trade. The first paper, 'The critical mass approach to achieve a deal on green goods and services: What is on the table? How much to expect?', examines the feasibility of the January 2014 Davos Forum pledge taken by 14 countries to move forward negotiations on liberalizing trade in green goods, focusing on the elimination of tariffs for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation list of 54 products. The second paper, 'Green Subsidies and the WTO', provides a detailed overview and analysis of how WTO law regulates environmental subsidies with a focus on renewable energy. 

Opportunities in eco-innovation

UNEP has released the publication 'The Business Case for Eco-Innovation' which demonstrates how eco-innovation can enable a company to carve out commercially viable opportunities, providing examples of companies that have integrated eco-innovation at the core of their business strategy. The findings demonstrate that business benefits resulted from innovation, including: increased market access, value creation and increased operational resilience.

Characteristics and limitations of tax preferences for environmental goals
The OECD has released the paper 'Tax Preferences for Environmental Goals - Use, Limitations and Preferred Practices' which reviews the use of tax preferences to achieve environmental policy objectives. The paper suggests that the comparative advantage of tax preferences is in providing support for positive externalities and outlines the characteristics and limitations of various tax preferences and preferred policies. 
Transitioning towards green growth in Africa 

The African Development Bank has released a green growth strategy for Africa for 2013 to 2022 titled 'Transitioning towards Green Growth: A Framework for the African Development Bank'. The strategy seeks to promote high quality growth in Africa and focuses on the overarching objectives of inclusive growth, and the transition to green growth. It promotes five priority pillars which are intended to frame the Bank's country and regional integration strategies: improved infrastructure, governance, private sector development, skills and technology, and regional integration.

Pairing finance and sustainable development 

UNEP's Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System has released a new paper 'Aligning the financial system with sustainable development: Insights from practice'. The paper describes what the Inquiry has found to date in their ground-level engagement in diverse country contexts from Bangladesh to Brazil, China, South Africa, the US and Europe, as well as setting out initial scenarios work framing the Inquiry's analysis of what it takes to create a sustainable financial system.

Understanding green industrial policy
The German Development Institute (DIE) has released the discussion paper 'Green industrial policy: managing transformation under uncertainty'.  The paper presents the rationale of green industrial policy, and discusses how it differs from conventional industrial policy, why it is faced with significantly bigger challenges, and how these can be met. Read more about this report on the GGKP Insights blog.
Measuring agriculture and green growth
The OECD has released the report 'Green Growth Indicators for Agriculture: A Preliminary Assessment'. This report is a first step towards developing a framework to monitor progress on green growth in the agricultural sector in OECD countries. The goal is to identify relevant, succinct and measurable statistics to implement the OECD Green Growth Strategy Measurement Framework which provides a common basis for further developing green growth indicators in the agricultural sector in OECD countries.

Greening human development

Beijing Normal University has released the 'Human Green Development Report 2014' as part of the Current Chinese Economic Report Series. The report includes a survey assessing the performance of the United Nations and its member states in key areas, laying down a roadmap for sustainable development in the future. The report showcases a large array of data, including Human Green Development Index indicators for more than 120 nations.
Perception vs reality - Measuring national performance in the green economy
Dual Citizen has released 'The Global Green Economy Index, Measuring National Performance in the Green Economy (GGEI), 4th Edition'. The GGEI provides a ranking of how 60 countries and 70 cities perform in the global green economy and how expert practitioners perceive this performance. The GGEI performance index uses quantitative and qualitative indicators to measure how well each country performs on four key dimensions: leadership & climate change, efficiency sectors, markets & investment and environment & natural capital.  Read more about the GGEI in the GGKP Insights blog.
Reminder - Registration now open for GGKP's Annual Conference
Don't forget that you can now register for the GGKP's Third Annual Conference to be held in Venice, Italy.  The theme of the conference is "Fiscal Policies and the Green Economy Transition: Generating Knowledge - Creating Impact" and will be held at the University of Venice from 29 - 30 January 2015. Registration for the conference closes 31 December 2104. Register here.