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Published Date: Feb 8, 2013

SDPI-HBS Press Release (February 8,2013)

“Green
Economy is needed more than ever but it needs to be embedded in social and
democratic procedures.” This was the crux of an expert talk by Barbara
Unmuessig, President of the Heinrich Boell Stiftung (HBS) here on Friday.

The
event was jointly organized by SDPI and HBS on the occasion of Barbara
Unmuessig’s visit to Pakistan. Entitled “Green Economy – ‘The New Magic Bullet?
“, the talk took place in the newly inaugurated office of HBS Pakistan in
Islamabad.  Britta Peterson, Country Director, HBS Pakistan moderated the
proceedings.

Barbara
was of the view that to combat Climate Change, it is crucial to switch from a fossil-fuel
based economy to a more efficient model run on renewable energies. “One has to
realize that we live in a resource finite world and there is need for more efficient
and innovative production and consumption patterns,” she argued and added that
“new model moreover also needs clear social guidelines and distribution
measures. A Green Economy should benefit the majority of the population and
allow democratic governance as well as social participation.”

She
said, “De-carbonizing the global economy is a declared objective of all
protagonist of a Green Economy. The good news is that none of them consider
fossil-fuel based economy scenario as an option anymore.” “However not
everything that is carbon free is socially sound. So, before rushing into it,
the concept of Green Economy has to be checked against reality,” she went to
add.

Commenting
on concept of green economy she said that the concept of Green Economy still remains
vague as the expectation that stakeholders at Rio+20 couldn’t agree on a final
definition of Green Economy. She said, “The concept emerging from UNEP and OECD
was initially framed in a limited way and also, it has been understood very
differently among States and within civil society,”

Barbara
expressed that the global community needs a change of paradigm to face the
multiple crises presently occurring and increasing, But at the same times
questions that could the green economy be this paradigm and revolutionize the
global economy. She also asked whether it can transform the main macroeconomic
parameters such as money, currency and trade policy into an eco-social
direction?

Pointing
towards consumption patterns and behaviors, she stressed upon the socio-political
and cultural transformation particularly in developed countries for protection
of environment and preservation of nature.  She said that efficiency is
not enough and there is need to focus on ‘sufficiency’, upon which
unfortunately the Rio+20 also failed to deliver.

Speaking
at the occasion, Shafqat Kakakhel, Member Board of Governor, SDPI showed his
concern over shrinking of development on environment and sustainable development.
“ All the gains on environment framework have been abandoned and there was no
tangible progress at Rio+20 .” He cited Doha meeting where the principle of
common but differentiate responsibility was abandoned. “This means that all the
nations have to mitigate this collectively and developed nations have to pay
for the problem that west has created. Talking of role of multilateral
institution , he said that multilateral institutes were successful in devising
normative frameworks at policy levels but failed at implementation, primarily
due to lack of political will.