Side Events convened on Friday, 18 December 2009

Presented by Switzerland

L-R: André Borschberg, Switzerland; Thomas Kolly, Switzerland and Bertrand Piccard, Switzerland;

The event set out country experiences in linking the green economy to climate actions. Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary General and UNEP Executive Director, pointed out that failure in Copenhagen will, among other things, negatively impact investments in clean technology.

Sachiko Yamamoto, ILO Regional Director Asia-Pacific, on behalf of Juan Somavía, Director General, ILO, set out the UNEP-led Green Economy Initiative, which is providing evidence that green investment can speed up economic recovery by creating green jobs. She also outlined the ILO’s Global Justice Pact, which calls for a shift to a low-carbon economy by promoting investment in job-intensive sectors. Carlos Minc, Minister of Environment, Brazil, outlined the “Wind Charter,