2015 March 02
2015 March 03

Experts Group Meeting - Economic Growth, ISID and Sustainable Consumption & Production

The deliberations of the past few years on the formulation of the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the post-2015 development agenda have underlined a growing understanding that economic growth will make a central contribution to achieving the development objectives of the post-2015 era.

The upcoming 2015 edition of the Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR) will dedicate a chapter (Chapter 5) to a discussion of these issues, with a view to developing a science-policy interface linking the relevant macroeconomic, structural transformation and policy issues. This will aim at focusing the attention of policy-makers on appropriate policies and strategies - including industrial policies - that support economic growth, promote sustainable structural transformation and reduce income inequality and economic and environmental vulnerability. It will stress the importance of national and international policies backed by effective partnerships.

Given the overall mandate of the GSDR for global and integrated coverage of sustainable development issues while also taking into account different regional perspectives, an Expert Group Meeting (EGM) will be conducted to facilitate a discussion of the issues relevant to the content of Chapter 5. The EGM will provide an opportunity for contributing agencies and partners to present their views and inputs and suggestions on the substantive content of the chapter and to develop a roadmap on how to proceed with the finalization of the chapter within the available time frame. It will also provide an opportunity to bring external experts and academics into the discussion and thereby strengthen the analytical foundations of the chapter.

The EGM will contribute to the international debate on the SDGs and post-2015 development agenda by helping to achieve a better articulation of the agenda related to economic growth, industrial production, technological progress and resource efficiency, and their linkages to the broader objectives of the new development agenda in terms of its social and environmental outcomes.