The Global Transition 2012 Dialogues will bring together leading new economic thinkers and practitioners

The Global Transition 2012 Dialogues will bring together leading new economic thinkers and practitioners who are pioneering the transition to a green and fair economy. The Dialogue sessions will offer a forum in which the Principles for a Green Economy will be debated and developed; challenge papers that focus on key sectors and elements of the green and fair economy will feed into the Rio +20 policy process; and new ideas for how to develop a ‘roadmap’ to, or ‘action plan’ for a green and fair economy, which will ultimately feed directly into the formal Rio +20 process.

Dialogue 1

New York, 13th October 2011

This one day event, hosted at the New Economics Institute, bought together 25 of the lead authors, peer reviewers and other experts to discuss the ideas and proposals that had has been developed from the Challenge Papers, and identify principles for the Global Transition to a Green Economy.

Following the dialogue, a core advocacy group presented initial findings from the dialogue to the Rio +20 secretariat – UN DESA – as well as G77 missions to the UN and members of the Rio +20 bureau.  This was an opportunity to test the robustness of the outputs of the dialogue and develop the policy aspects of the

The emerging principles and policy recommendations from the day were synthesised into the Global Transition-Green Economy element of the Stakeholder Forum submission to the UN zero draft.  The zero draft will form the basis of the negotiating text for the Rio+20 preparatory meetings, held between January and May 2012, resulting in the various outcomes of Rio itself.

The Global Transition initiative is working with a range of partners and collaborators to feed into this process during the preparatory months – both through subsequent dialogues (see below) and other events, such as the Natural History Museum ‘Earth Debate’ event in London in March 2012.

Dialogue 2: The New Economy, 17-18th March, Pace University, New York City

On March 17th and 18th the Global Transition 2012 hosted the second Global Transition Dialogue on the new economy in collaboration with the following organisations:

Centre for Environment and Development (Sri Lanka)
Danish 92 Group
Green Economy Coalition
Instituto Vitae Civilis
International Trade Union Confederation
new economics foundation (nef)
New Economics Institute
Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future


In light of the ‘priority areas’ of the green economy that have been identified in the zero draft process so far, as well as the proposed Sustainable Development Goals, the second Global Transition Dialogue focused on practical and implementable approaches to these key areas; and provided a forum for a range of actors to ‘cluster’ around some of the goals/priority areas and develop thinking on how the transition can be achieved for each.

It also showcased the new Global Transition interactive worldmap – a map that put the spotlight on all the brilliant, innovative, exciting and successful initiatives that are already building the new, green and fair economy. The interactive map enabled users to plot their own initiatives and connect with other similar initiatives from across the world.

For a report on the dialogue click here.

To watch a series of Global Transition video interviews click here.

To view and download the dialogue materials click here.


Dialogue 3

More information coming soon.



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About Us

Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future, nef (the New Economics Foundation) and New Economics Institute are working in partnership to catalyse the Global Transition 2012 initiative.

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Our Sponsors

The first and second Global Transition Dialogues have been made possible by the generous support of the VELUX Foundations; and the broader initiative activities are made possible by the generous support of the Ford Foundation

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