Green Economy and Good Governance for Sustainable Development: Opportunities, Promises and Concerns


Sample Chapter
  • Edited Jose Antonio Puppim de Oliveira

    ISBN-10: 92-808-1216-5,
    ISBN-13: 978-92-808-1216-9
    United Nations University Press
    June 2012

    Much of the debate on green growth and environmental governance tends to be general in nature, and is often conceptual or limited to single disciplines. Even though recent discussions on these topics have benefited from the accumulation of empirical and theoretical knowledge over the last few decades, these discussions have not produced the kind of conceptual novelty and tools necessary to place the notion of a green economy within mainstream political, social and economic agendas. Furthermore, discussions on governance remain mostly in the international sphere with merely tenuous talk on governance at the national and sub-national levels – the levels at which implementation is key. The contributors to this book present the gap that can emerge between intentions and results when green initiatives are put into practice, and highlight the lack of discussion on important topics such as equity. This book includes in-depth discussion on and analysis of specific issues, such as oceans, cities and biodiversity, in order to bring forth solutions that are politically legitimate, socially acceptable and economically viable.

    Green Economy and Good Governance for Sustainable Development takes stock of the achievements and obstacles towards sustainability over the last 20 years, and proposes new ideas and changes to create a more sustainable future. Students, academics and professionals interested in understanding the potential and limitations of the discussions on a green economy and good governance in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication are recommended to read this book.

    About the Editor

    Jose A. Puppim de Oliveira is Assistant Director and Senior Research Fellow at the United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS)

    Table of contents

    Introduction: Framing the debate on the green economy and governance from different angles, Jose A. Puppim de Oliveira
    Sustainable development: A changing paradigm, Sam Johnston

    Part I: Green economy
    Towards equity and sustainability in the “green economy,” Manu V. Mathai and Govindan Parayil
    The political economy of green growth: Food, fuel and electricity in southern Africa, Danielle Resnick, Finn Tarp and James Thurlow
    Learning for a green society: Towards sustainable consumption and production, Zinaida Fadeeva, Abel Barasa Atiti, Unnikrishnan Payyappallimana, Aurea Tanaka, Mario Tabucanon, Sachiko Yasuda and Kazuhiko Takemoto
    Revitalizing socio-ecological production landscapes through greening the economy, Kaoru Ichikawa, Robert Blasiak and Aya Takatsuki
    Governance challenges for promoting the green economy in Africa, Timothy Afful-Koomson
    Geothermal energy and the Millennium Development Goals, Ingvar B. Fridleifsson
    Enabling green economic transitions through biodiversity conservation: Potential and challenges, M. S. Suneetha and Alexandros Gasparatos

    Part II: Governance
    Visioning transformative sustainable development governance, Norichika Kanie
    Oceans and sustainability: The governance of marine areas beyond national jurisdiction, Marjo Vierros, Anne McDonald and Salvatore Arico
    The role of indigenous peoples in global environmental governance: Looking through the lens of climate change, Kirsty Galloway McLean, Sam Johnston and Ameyali Ramos Castillo
    Global environmental health governance for sustainable development, Jamal Hisham Hashim and Zailina Hashim
    Good governance in cities for promoting a greener economy, Jose A. Puppim de Oliveira, Aki Suwa, Osman Balaban, Christopher N. H. Doll, Ping Jiang, Magali Dreyfus, Raquel Moreno-Peñaranda, Puspita Dirgahayani and Erin Kennedy

    Key issues and lessons learned for moving towards a greener economy and creating better governance for sustainable development, Jose A. Puppim de Oliveira

    For information about UNU activities concerning Rio+20 and follow-ups


  • “This is a book that must be read by everyone who still believes that the world can change its development patterns towards a more sustainable path.”

    Cristovam Buarque, Senator of the Brazilian National Congress, Head of the Rio+20 Senate Commission, Brazil, and member of the United Nations University Council

    “This publication is a very timely contribution to the dialogue underway on the role of good governance for a green economy.”

    Yannick Glemarec, Director of Environmental Finance, Environment and Energy Group, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

    “This is indeed a very timely publication since it … points out some of the other real challenges to be faced by all mankind in the next 40 years, at least. A must-read book, in my opinion.”

    Heitor Gurgulino de Souza, Vice-President of the Club of Rome and former Rector of the United Nations University

    “This well-timed book deserves a broad readership. It addresses a wide range of critically important governance issues relating to green economy transitions.”

    Henrik Selin, Boston University