Green Economy has been recognized as ‘one of the important tools available for achieving sustainable development’ in the outcome of the Rio+20 Summit. It was further emphasized that it should ‘contribute to eradicating poverty as well as sustained growth, enhancing social inclusion, improving human welfare and creating opportunities for employment and decent work for all, while maintaining the healthy functioning of the earth’s ecosystems’. Such transition towards a green and inclusive economy requires major efforts both on a national and international level, and cooperation and exchange of experiences is a key to support and facilitate the process.
India and Germany are major players in this transition. Enhancing the understanding of the complex cause-effect relationship among environment, development and economic issues, developing a joint perspective and spelling out possible areas of cooperation and mutual support can greatly benefit both countries in addressing the challenges. Against this backdrop, our director Komali Yenneti participated in an interdisciplinary Indo-German expert group meeting on inclusive and green economy held at the Federal State of Saxony-Anhalt, Berlin from November 25-26, 2013. The interdisciplinary working group comprises of renowned experts from leading institutions/political think tanks in India such as IITs, IIMs, TERI, etc and Germany such as GIZ, Wuppertal, Fraunhofer, DIE etc. This group aims to enhance mutual understanding and learning; and provide guidance for policy makers in both countries to support the transition towards a green and inclusive economy. The initiative is supported by BMU and GIZ and rooted in various activities in India and Germany. The interdisciplinary expert group will provide a forum for regular reflection and exchange between think tanks of both countries and contribute to a higher level of institutionalization of the Indo-German cooperation on the ‘Great Transformation’ in Green and Inclusive economy areas within the both countries, says, our director. A series of events including high level briefings, parliamentary evenings, dissemination of knowledge in media, business and civil society, summer schools for young researchers, exchange of PhD students between both countries, and publication of papers are planned for the next two years, also says, Komali.