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A guidebook to the green economy, issue 1: green economy, green growth, and low-carbon development – history, definitions and a guide to recent publications

Green economy has been proposed as a means for catalysing national policy development and international cooperation to respond to climate change related crises and support sustainable development. The concept has received significant international attention over the past few years, which has resulted in a rapidly expanding literature on the topic. Despite the growing international interest in green economy, negotiations among member states on the concept in the lead up to the Rio+20 conference were challenging, partly due to the lack of an internationally agreed definition or universal principles. This document provides an overview of recent literature on green economy and the related concepts of green growth and low carbon development. In most cases, a web link and citation have been included allowing the reader to easily access more information on the issue.