Building vibrant and tolerant democracies
Rio+20 is taking place against a backdrop of global environmental, economic and development crises. These events, exemplified by recent financial and banking failures, are linked in the minds of many leading analysts to an unsustainable, short term, market-driven macroeconomic paradigm that fails to adequately address the interlinked challenges of climate change, food insecurity, increasing global poverty and inequality.
A pro-poor, socially-inclusive and natural resource-driven Green Economy offers the best opportunity to change the way we live and build a sustainable society by improving the efficiency of resource use; reducing the inequitable allocation of resources and opportunities; and, reducing the prevalence of poverty and inequality and the marginalisation of vulnerable groups.
Rio+20 provides a platform for this radical new approach to be discussed and for Africa to advocate for an end to Business as Usual. There has been a huge amount of talk about how Africa is rising but following the existing economic and development models will not lead to a fairer, more equitable and more sustainable future.
To prepare for the debates at Rio+20, around 40 researchers, practitioners and policy-makers participated in a roundtable on June 1 entitled Prospects and challenges for an inclusive and pro-poor natural resources-driven Green Economy in Africa in Johannesburg. The objective was to contribute to the formulation – by African governments, civil society, private sector and academics – of a common vision for the Green Economy in Africa.
The roundtable defined some key aspects of a Green Economy in Africa, which would:
And the participants at the roundtable agreed that for this Green Economy to be established and endure, there would need to be radical change, including:
The Green Economy concept will be discussed on a number of panels at Rio+20 including Civil Society and Knowledge Community: Dialogues around Institutional Framework for Sustainable Development (IFSD) on June 19.ShareThis