Urge for Green Technological Transformation

United Nations released World Economic and Social Survey 2011: The Great Green Technological Transformation, a report analyzed the positive and negative impact of several government energy policies and called for governments’ urgent action to accelerate green technology transformation. The report emphasized three reasons why governments need to put green technological transformation high on their agenda:

  • Sustainable energy transition: 

A global sustainable energy transition needs to be achieved within four decades, a significantly faster rate than in the past…Global sustainable energy policy must take into special consideration the 3 billion poor people who aspire to gaining access to electricity and modern energy services.

  • Towards a truly green revolution for food security:

Food security must now be attained through green technology so as to reduce the use of chemical inputs (fertilizers and pesticides) and to make more efficient use of energy, water and natural resources, as well as through significant improvement of storage facilities, and marketing to reduce waste.

  • Reducing human harm from natural hazards:

The frequency of natural disasters, especially in the form of floods and storms, has quintupled over the past 40 years, the elevated disaster risk being partly due to the effects of climate change. Developing countries bear a higher share of the adverse consequences of that increased risk.

See and download the full report:  World Economic and Social Survey 2011: The Great Green Technological Transformation

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About Yifei Liu
I am a senior research assistant at International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). I received a master’s degree in journalism from UW-Madison with a focus on international and economic reporting in 2011 and a B.A in journalism from Renmin University of China in 2009. I am now living in Alexandria, VA.

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