Green growth and sustainable development

Towards Green Growth

In series:OECD Green Growth Studiesview more titles

Published on May 25, 2011

Also available in: French


The Green Growth Strategy, outlined in this book, provides concrete recommendations and measurement tools to support countries’ efforts to achieve economic growth and development, while at the same time ensure that natural assets continue to provide the ecosystem services on which our well being relies. The strategy proposes a flexible policy framework that can be tailored to different country circumstances and stages of development.


Introduction by the Secretary-General and Acknowledgements
Executive summary
The need for green growth strategies
Policy framework for green growth
Promoting the transition towards green growth
Measuring progress towards green growth
Delivering on green growth
Annex 1. Harnessing freedom of investment for green growth
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The Towards Green Growth package was published on 25 May during a public session of the 2011 OECD Ministerial Council Meeting. These reports respond to a request from Ministers of the 34 countries who signed a Green Growth Declaration in 2009, committing to strengthen their efforts to pursue green growth strategies as part of their responses to the crisis.

"Ministers welcomed the Green Growth Strategy and provided guidance on future work. They agreed that green growth tools and indicators can help expand economic growth and job creation through sustainable use of natural resources, efficiencies in the use of energy, and valuation of ecosystem services.  Ministers noted that innovation, supported by a strong intellectual property rights system, is a key to countries’ abilities to achieve economic growth, create green jobs, and protect the environment."

This strategy provides a practical framework for governments in developed and developing countries to seize opportunities that arise when the economy and the environment work together.

*Note: The Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and Environment of the Netherlands provided financial support for the work presented in Chapter 3 of this report.


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