Green Growth Economy in Uganda: Strategies for Sustainable Development and Inclusive Growth: 72nd Session of State of the Nation Platform

Green Economies are a path to sustainable development. Green economies respond to the development challenges and imbalances in growth strategies that underlie the global financial and economic crisis by motivating policymakers in nation states to give green investments sufficient space in their counter-cyclical policies and thus reduce the threat of food, water, energy, ecosystem and climate crises; which have disproportionate impacts on the poor. The Green Economy Coalition defines a Green Economy as “prosperity for all within one planet limits”. The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) defines a green economy as one that “results in improved human well-being and social equity, while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities” (UNEP, 2011). Uganda is undertaking a process of establishing a policy and institutional framework that is conducive to green growth. Uganda has already developed a draft Uganda Green Growth Development Strategy (UGGDS) which is intended to operationalize the broad green growth principles highlighted in Agenda 2030. In spite of the progress made towards greening her economy, not much is known about the progress so far made and subsequent plans towards greening Uganda's economy. It is against this background that ACODE organized the 72nd State of the Nation (STON) Platform under the theme “Green Growth Economy in Uganda: Strategies for Sustainable Development and Inclusive Growth”.