The UN Green Economy report- Main points

1 ) Investing just two per cent of global GDP into ten key sectors can kick-start a transition towards a low-carbon, resource-efficient economy.

2) Greening the economy not only generates growth, and in particular gains in natural capital, but it also produces a higher growth in GDP and GDP per capita.

3) The green economy will create more jobs than it loses.

4) A green economy can contribute to poverty alleviation efforts by better protecting the ecosystem services upon which poorer communities tend to rely.

5) Investing as little as 0.16 percent of the world's gross domestic product - or $198 billion per year - could give half a billion people regular access to safe drinking water within four years, a U.N. official said Friday.

That would halve the number of people who risk serious illness and death on a daily basis, the United Nations Environment Program said.

6) The green economic transition is already happening .Despite the recession, investment in clean energy reached a record $180-200bn in 2010, up from $162bn in 2009 – though investment in that year had fallen slightly from $173bn in 2008.

Significantly, much of the growth is coming from non-OECD countries such as Brazil, China and India who have recognised the threats presented by climate change and are mobilising investment to tackle emissions far faster than many developed economies.

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