G20 Working Group Meets to Discuss Inclusive Green Growth Ahead of ‘Rio+20’

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The G20 Development Working Group (DWG) on inclusive green growth (IGG) and international development cooperation met informally on 28 and 29 February 2012 in Seoul, Korea to discuss further actions to promote IGG ahead of a meeting scheduled in May in Los Cabos, Mexico.

The Los Cabos meeting will be followed in June by the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, known as ‘Rio+20’.

The DWGs focus was on assisting those developing countries, and particularly low income countries, that voluntarily choose to pursue green growth.

The meeting also underlined the importance of G20 members leading by example when it came to IGG.

A number of deliverable messages came out of the meeting.  They included highlighting the positive opportunities in green growth, conveying that the G20’s contribution on IGG and international development cooperation is non-prescriptive, as well as the voluntary aspect of developing countries taking the IGG path.

The messages also included acknowledging that green growth could benefit vulnerable populations as it can provide better health, water, food and decent jobs.

The African Development Bank (AfDB) fully supports the movement to IGG in Africa.  On 22 and 23 March 2012, the AfDB is holding its fourth annual Partnership Forum at the Hotel Ramada Plaza in Gammarth, Tunis, with the theme ‘Transforming Partnerships towards a Green and Inclusive Africa.’