The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has just published the “Trade and Environmental Review 2009/2010: Promoting Poles of Clean, Sustainable Growth in Developing Countries to Enhance Resilience to the Inter-related Economic, Food and Climate Crises.” The report focuses on the 140 plus low-income and least developed countries, which played no part in the economic, financial, climate and food crises that are currently wreaking havoc across the planet.
The TER 09/10 singles out three areas of sustainable, “green” growth that are of particular strategic importance:
-Enhancing energy efficiency, often implemented in combination with material and resource efficiency.
-Mainstreaming sustainable agriculture, including organic farming.
-Harnessing the use of off-grid renewable energy technologies for sustainable rural development.
The TER 09/10 contains some 20 essays from a wide range of experts on these subjects, including two forewords from the Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs of South Africa and the Minister of Trade and Associate Minister for Climate Change Issues of New Zealand.
The full report is available online.