With their low-carbon profile, rich natural assets and promising policy initiatives, the world’s 48 least developed countries are well-positioned to jump start the transition to a green economy, according to a new UN report released at the start of the Fourth UN Conference on Least Developed Countries (LDC-IV). Carla September reviews the report,titled Why a Green Economy Matters for the Least Developed Countries.
The joint report, titled Why a Green Economy Matters for the Least Developed Countries (see reference), was issued by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the UN Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS). The authors point to the economic and human development opportunities of a green economy transition for the world’s least developed countries ...
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