Mexico’s green economy – a model for the global south

This week development leaders and policy-makers from various countries with came together in the world’s first UN Global South-South Development Expo. Among them was Martha Isabel Ruiz Corzo, recent UNEP Champion of the Earth winner and Mexican representative, who was a keynote speaker at the event’s SEED Symposium.

The Expo aimed to harness the ever growing number of solutions that address both existing and emerging development challenges head-on. And for the first time, the Expo was held in the global South under the overarching theme ‘Building Inclusive Green Economies: South-South Cooperation for Sustainable Development and Poverty Eradication’.

Ms Ruiz Corzo, director of Grupo Ecológico Sierra Gorda, demonstrated the success of the Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve’s green economy. This innovative program, which provides poor rural communities with livelihood opportunities while conserving one of Mexico’s most bio-diverse regions, is already considered an ideal model for national replication, and has attracted significant government and corporate support. Ms Ruiz Corzo had the opportunity to present this successful Mexican model as a solution for other global South nations, many of whom are just beginning to develop their own green economies.

The five-day event included a Leadership Round Table – which was an interactive dialogue on critical themes of development – and a series of solutions exchange forums which cover the building of inclusive green economies, clean technology and green industry, agriculture and food security, sustainable development and decent work, environment, sustainable development and poverty eradication. Throughout the Expo, a Pavilion hosted an exhibition space for a marketplace of solutions that brought together providers, seekers, partners and sponsors.

The Global South-South Development Expo (GSSD Expo2013) was hosted by UNEP in Nairobi, Kenya, from 28 October-1 November.

The SEED Symposium and 2013 SEED International Awards Ceremony took place on Thursday, 31st October 2013 at the United Nations Office in Nairobi, Kenya. Hosted by UNEP, these events were organized in the framework of the Global South-South Development Expo (GSSD Expo). At the heart of this international forum was the showcasing of successful Southern-grown solutions to address the Millennium Development Goals.

The SEED Symposium was a forum to foster the Green Economy and encourage the growth of socio-environmental entrepreneurship. In the framework of the GSSD Expo Solution Forum, the one-day event focused on green and social entrepreneurial (Triple Bottom Line) solutions to accelerate the transition to the Green Economy. It brought together around 150 participants from government, private sector, academia, and civil society. Through a variety of keynote speeches, including one from Martha Isabel Ruiz Corzo, panel discussions and solution forums, it provided a platform for the exchange of experiences, knowledge and perspectives to advance the growth of socio-environmental entrepreneurship.

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