The Road to Rio + 20: Green and Inclusive Growth in Latin America and the Caribbean
According to a new report by the World Bank, since the last Rio Conference on Sustainable Development twenty years ago, Latin America has served as the world’s laboratory for green and inclusive growth. The region has the lowest carbon energy matrix of the developing world, the first regional catastrophic risk insurance facility, experiences in community-driven upgrading of slums, and the world’s most extensive use of bus rapid transit. The study argues that over the last two decades, the region has become a “solutions provider” through innovations that are clean, efficient, resilient and socially inclusive. Integrating these green-growth innovations into sustainable policies and widespread practices is a critical future challenge for the region.
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Director, Sustainable Development, World Bank Latin America and the Caribbean Region
Regional Vice President, Conservation International and former Minister of Environment, Costa Rica
Managing Director, Hills & Company and former Director, The Nature Conservancy