London Business School’s Carbon Club, UNECE, UN-HABITAT and their partners will host an official event at the United Nations Preparatory Meeting for Rio+20, looking at investing in green infrastructure on 7 March in New York.
Held in conjunction with Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI), the Network of Regional Governments for Sustainable Development (nrg4SD), speakers will share experiences and explore approaches to enhance action by cities towards the green economy.
The event marks the launch of a series Public-Private Roundtables on the Green Economy: Investing in Green Infrastructure. The aim of the four roundtables, to take place throughout 2011, is to bring together private and public sector representatives to develop an actionable outcome for investing in green infrastructure, an important pillar of the green economy, which is expected to serve as input by UNECE into the UNCSD (Rio+20) outcomes.
The event will focus on key areas for infrastructure investment in the energy, buildings, waste and transport sectors. It will showcase a few cases of successful infrastructure investments in different cities and will discuss what worked and why and the policy environment, from the point of view of both mayors and the private sector.
”In the post-crisis context, there is a window of opportunity to invest in green infrastructure which is a key pillar of the green economy and can help to deliver jobs, investment and growth”, said Yossi Zahar, President, London Business School’s Carbon Club.