Inclusive Green Growth discussed by top scientists and practitioners

International top scientists and practitioners from EfD, WRI, UNEP, UNDP, IIED, SEI, World Bank and many more met at Sida on September 17 to discuss inclusive green growth, next steps and implications for global development and development cooperation after the Rio Summit 2012.

EfD fellows Dr Alemu Mekonnen, Addis Ababa University, and EfD/Ethiopian Development Research Institute, and Professor Thomas Sterner, University of Gothenburg, and Chief Economist, Environmental Defense Fund, New York were among the invited speakers. Dr Anders Ekbom, University of Gothenburg, was moderator.

Interviews with Alemu Mekonnen, Thomas Sterner, and other invited speakers:

Both the films and all presentations are available at

Full program:

9.30–9.40 Welcome Sida

9.40–9.50 Welcome, introduction (Anders Ekbom, Moderator; Dep. Director, Gothenburg Center for Environment and Sustainability (GMV) and Team leader, Environmental Economics and Policy Group, Chalmers University of Technology and University of Gothenburg)

9.50-10.20 Thomas Sterner, Dept of Economics, University of Gothenburg; and Chief Economist, Environmental Defense Fund, New York: “Green Growth - Anything New under the Sun?”

10.20-10.40 Tom Bigg, Head, Partnerships Team, International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED): “How has Rio +20 promoted future national level efforts to move towards greener and fairer economic models?”

10.40-11.00 Glenn-Marie Lange, Program Leader, Global Partnership for Wealth Accounting and Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES); Team leader, Policy and Economics, Environment Department, the World Bank: “Tracking progress – Tools, Indicators and Initiatives to Measure Country Performance towards Green Growth”

11.00-11.20 David Smith, UNDP-UNEP Poverty and Environment Initiative, Regional Manager – Africa, UNDP/UNEP: “PEI as a model for operationalizing sustainable development at the country level, in a manner fully consistent with UN reform.”

11.20-12.00 Panel discussion

12.00-13.00 Lunch

13.00-13.20 Leo Horn-Phathanothai, Director, International Cooperation, World Resources Institute (WRI): “WRI and Inclusive Green Growth – Lessons Learned”; Tentative, to be decided

13.20–13.40 Steven Stone, Chief, Economics and Trade Branch, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP): “Rio+20, Green Growth and Trade”; Tentative, to be decided

13.40-14.00 Coffee

14.00-14.20 Dr Alemu Mekonnen, School of Economics, Addis Ababa University, and Environment for Development Initiative (EfD), Ethiopian Development Research Institute (EDRI): “Green economy strategies and implementation plan in developing countries: the case of Ethiopia”

14.20-14.40 Karl Hallding, Senior Research Fellow, Head of China Programme, Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI): “Is a Green Economy Possible? The Growth Dilemma of China and the Emerging economies”

14.40-15.00 Maria Schultz, Director, SwedBio; Thomas Hahn, Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University: “Green Economy - Resilience and Dialogue contributing to bridge North South divide”

15.00-15.50 Panel discussion

15.50-16.00 Summary, conclusions


News | 17 September 2012