“Is there a path to inclusive and low carbon growth?”
Macroeconomic Policy and Development Division, ESCAP
Tuesday, 22 October 2013 10:00-11:30 hrs.
MPDD Meeting Room (7th Floor, Block B),
United Nations Building,
Poverty eradication and climate change are two of the greatest challenges
facing the world today. The dilemma is how to reconcile the need to reduce
carbon emissions to mitigate climate change with the need to eliminate income
poverty through economic growth, which in its turn increases emissions.
This seminar examines whether it is possible for developing countries to achieve
inclusive and low carbon growth through the emulation of more productive and
low carbon sectors of developed economies. It presents the results of a paper that was
prepared for the ESCAP Survey 2012 and was presented at the 11th Globelics International Conference on "Entre- preneurship, innovation policy and development in an era of increased globalisation", in Ankara, Turkey, in September 2013.
It finds that there is no absolute decoupling of carbon emission from growth.
The results suggest that an inclusive and low carbon growth path would only exist if more diversified economies focus on low carbon innovation and less diversified economies are
given the policy space to emulate the production of the former, regardless of the
Clovis Freire is Economic Affairs Officer at the Macroeconomic Policy and Development Division of ESCAP.
His research interests covers the assessment of impact of economic shocks on poverty and the achievement of the MDGs, risk of social and economic impact of disasters, and strategies for building the productive capacity of developing countries.
You and your colleagues are cordially invited to the seminar and participate in the discussions.