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Green Economy Accord
South Africa, 2011
by: South Africa

The South African Government signed a Green Economy Accord in November 2011 and this document sets out the text of the Accord. It focuses primarily on job creation and the key messages are: opportunity to benefit from new prospects for economic activity from climate change, innovation drawn from technology, research and manufacturing, responsibility of government to create an enabling environment, and partnership of all constituencies and citizens to achieve the goals of the green economy.

The Accord falls short of attempting to define the Green Economy but it does go some way to exploring what will be needed to make the transition. Inclusivity is another focal point: the Accord talks about the green economy providing an entry‐point for broad‐based black economic empowerment, addressing the needs of women and youth entrepreneurs and offering opportunities for enterprises in the social economy.