Can moving to an inclusive green economy really help developing countries to reduce poverty and achieve equitable and sustainable growth and development? While examples of the green economy in practice show great potential for delivering a “triple bottom line” of job–creating economic growth coupled with environmental protection and social inclusion, this is by no means guaranteed. Removing barriers and putting in place the enabling conditions for poor and marginalised groups to truly contribute to, and equitably benefit from, an inclusive green economy will require strategic choices about institutions, policies and investments. This moderated panel discussion will facilitate a dialogue on the building blocks of an inclusive green economy that can reduce poverty and inequality, and the role of international cooperation in supporting developing countries to make the transition.

Welcome and Introductions

  • Manish Bapna, Interim President, World Resources Institute


  • Dirk Niebel, Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Federal Republic of Germany


  • Heidi Hautala, Minister for International Development, Finland

  • Ben Knapen, Minister for European Affairs and International Cooperation, Netherlands

  • Olav Kjørven, Assistant Secretary-General and Director, Bureau for Development Policy, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

  • Jim Leape, Director General, WWF International

  • Dr. Atiur Rahman, Governor, Bangladesh Bank

Moderator: Manish Bapna

Download the Poverty-Environment Partnership joint paper “Building an Inclusive Green Economy for All: Opportunities and Challenges for Overcoming Poverty and Inequality” at: