Green Transformation and the Future of Growth

Event Type
Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum 2013

Bonn, 18.06.2013


German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) in cooperation with Deutsche Welle

From 17 until 19 June 2013, the sixth Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum – The Future of Growth will take place in Bonn. The German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) will organise the Panel “Green Transformation and the Future of Growth”.

Citius, altius, fortius. The motto of “Faster, Higher, Stronger” figuratively describes the ambitions of millions of people to achieve a better way of living: more consumption, better food, bigger cars, nicer houses and more leisure time. As a result, greenhouse gas emissions rise each year to new record highs, despite the commitments agreed in Kyoto in 1997 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. And while renewable energy sources today attract more investments than conventional energy sources, the 21st century saw a renaissance of coal. Fossil fuels still provide more than 80 percent of the total global energy consumption.

Thus, what has to be done, to build a sustainable path to the future without destroying our livelihood? Various green transformation concepts have recently called for inclusive green growth (World Bank, 2012), green growth and development (OECD, 2012), a green economy (UNEP, 2011) or even a great transformation and a social contract for sustainability (WBGU, 2011).

Can growth be sustainable? Do we need growth? Do these concepts offer realistic solutions for a sustainable future? Where are these concepts in agreement and where do they differ in their solutions? What will the next steps be to achieve a sustainable future for a global population heading toward 9 billion people by 2050?

These and other questions will be addressed by this panel of high-level experts, organised by the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) – Germany’s leading development policy think tank.

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Bonn, Plenarsaal, World Conference Center