Major global initiatives
The Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP) is a global initiative that helps to identify and address major knowledge gaps in green growth theory and practice, to support countries' efforts to design and implement green growth policies. Starting in 2012, the core partnership of the GGKP consists of the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and the World Bank. Together with the knowledge partners, the GGKP emphasises a practical orientation. It intends to expand its scope of activities and network by building further partnerships.
The 10 Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns (the "10YFP") adopted at the Rio+20 conference is a global framework of action to enhance international co-operation in order to accelerate the shift towards SCP in both developed and developing countries. The Global SCP Clearinghouse website is updated by UNEP with EaP GREEN news and activities.
The Green Economy Initiative led by UNEP was launched in late 2008 and consists of several components whose collective overall objective is to provide analysis and policy support for investing in green sectors and in greening environmentally harmful sectors. Under this initiative, UNEP has produced a number of green economy reports, and provided technical assistance and policy advice to more than 20 countries.
In 2012, the ILO, UNEP, UNIDO and UNITAR created the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) to meet the growing demands from countries seeking to develop and implement national green economy strategies. Between now and 2020, PAGE aims to catalyse the transformation process of economies in 30 countries by shifting investment and policies towards a new generation of assets: clean technology, well-functioning ecosystems, and a skilled labour force with green jobs driven by strong institutions and good governance.
Established by UNIDO, the Green Industry Platform is a global, high-level, multi-stakeholder partnership intended to act as a forum to catalyse, mobilise and mainstream action on Green Industry. It provides a framework for securing commitments and mobilising action in support of the Green Industry agenda.
The joint UNIDO-UNEP Programme on Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production (RECP) delivers services to business, government and other stakeholders, and assists them with the identification, evaluation and implementation of cleaner production methods, practices, policies and technologies. It also advocates cleaner production among these stakeholders.
Regional and national level initiatives
Capacity4dev is a European Commission (Europe Aid) online knowledge sharing and collaboration platform which focuses on development, external co-operation and a wide range of policy areas within this context. Launched in 2009, it now has over 13 000 members who share news, articles, blogposts, videos and information about ongoing activities and events. The EaP GREEN programme is contributing to the public group on "Environment in the EU's Eastern neighbours".
The OECD has been carrying out activities in the field of green economy in Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia (EECCA) within the Task Force for the Implementation of the Environmental Action Programme (the EAP Task Force). The EAP Task Force’s work is organised around two major areas: water resources management and policies in support of green growth. Within these areas, policy analysis and policy dialogue are conducted regionally and nationally.
Beyond environmental policy matters, the OECD also works on joint initiatives with the EU, for example the promotion of good governance in EaP countries through the SIGMA Programme. The Eurasia Competitiveness Programme provides a framework for enhancing welfare in the Eastern Neighbourhood countries and beyond. Other relevant initiatives include the Anti-Corruption Network for Eastern Europe and Central Asia and the Eurasian Corporate Governance Roundtable.
The Environment for Europe (EfE) process and its Ministerial Conferences provide a high-level platform for stakeholders to discuss, decide and join efforts in addressing environmental priorities. It focuses on helping countries in EECCA and South-Eastern Europe to improve their environmental standards. The UNECE, which has been closely associated with the process from the beginning, serves as secretariat.
ClimaEast: Supporting Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation in Russia and ENP East countries” assists participating countries in efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to deal with the impacts of climate change. The project is financed by the EU and involves seven countries.
The ENPI Shared Environment Information System (SEIS) project is another ongoing EU initiative aimed at modernising and simplifying the collection, exchange and use of the data and information required for the effective design and implementation of environmental policies. The OECD is collaborating with SEIS particularly in developing effective green growth measurement frameworks in EaP countries and beyond.