The current global economic growth path is ecologically unsustainable. Production and consumption degrade and deplete many of the world’s environmental resources. There is thus a need for new approaches that can promote inclusive and environmentally sustainable economic development – a green economy. Working towards a green economy (GE) offers such approaches. It conforms with Agenda 2030, Sweden’s policy framework for international development cooperation1 and Sida’s Environmental Policy. It also promotes broad-based employment and reduction of poverty in its various dimensions. This brief explains why green economy is needed, what it is, how it can be done, and what Sida does, and can do, to promote it.
Authors: Anders Ekbom and Olof Drakenberg