ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL INCLUSION

Finding solutions that work for all and empower the most vulnerable

This parallel session will focus on the following 3 themes:

  • What is Inclusion? (10 January, 12:00 – 13:00)
  • What role do small- and medium-sized enterprises play in promoting inclusion? (10 January, 15:30 – 16:30)
  • What policies can support economic empowerment of women and youth? (11 January, 12:00 – 13:00)

In the Rio+20 Outcome Document the international community recognized that people are at the centre of sustainable development, calling for a world that is just, equitable and inclusive, and committing to work to promote sustained and inclusive economic growth, social development and environmental protection and thereby to benefit all. In the transition to inclusive green economy, particular attention must be paid to impacts, especially to poor and vulnerable groups. Another approach is to achieve green economy by ensuring a fair and just transition for those who will be negatively affected such as women and youth. Policy makers, academics, activists, and development partners are indeed interested in understanding what inclusion means and how it can be addressed in a world that is in the throes of formidable transitions. The world still does not provide definitive answers; it offers a broader understanding and a framework to help advance the agenda of social and economic inclusion.

Session 1 on “What is Inclusion?” will seek a better understanding of the concept inclusion in the social and economic dimension. It aims to improve knowledge of inclusion relating to green economy approaches and instruments geared towards low-carbon development at the international and country level.

Session 2 on “What role do small- and medium-sized enterprises play in promoting inclusion?” explores the positive role of MSMEs in job creation and entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurs/ top executives of start-ups and MSMEs in the clean tech sector will share perspectives respectively from enterprises and workers side, highlighting specific challenges and opportunities, experiences to date and solutions going forward.

Session 3 on “What policies can support economic empowerment of women and youth?” will examine the nature and scale of expected and ongoing structural transformations at sector level targeting the marginalized, women and youth. In addition, it will identify policy instruments that could ensure gender equality and women’s empowerment.