The States General of the Green Economy, now in their fifth edition, are a multi-stakeholder process which aims to promote a new trend in the Italian economy towards a green economy and to lead the way out of the current economic and climatic crisis through the establishment of a policy strategy for the development of a greener economy. The policy recommendations platformis elaborated through a bottom-up approach encouraging wider participation of all relevant stakeholders.
The States General are promoted by the National Council of the green economy, composed by 64 business organisations, in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment and the Ministry of Economic Development. They have the ambition to promote a re-orientation of the Italian economy towards a green economy in order to open new opportunities for sustainable development.
The initiative, launched in 2012, has become a point of reference for thousands of enterprises and it has involved between 2012 and 2015 more than 6000 stakeholders.
The States General are an initiative included in the European Union process to implement the commitments made in Rio +20 Conference.
The aim of the States General is to develop, through a “participatory elaboration method”, a programmatic platform for the development of a green economy in Italy through the analysis of positive potentialsand obstacles, as well as policies and measures needed to improve the ecological quality of the strategic sectors.
This participatory process takes place throughout the year thanks to the activity of 10 working groups (involving nearly 400 experts nation-wide), through public initiatives of consultation and institutional dialogue carried out by the National Council of green economy. The whole process sees its conclusion, every year, in a large public event lasting two days – it has seen last year the participation of about 2800 stakeholders – which is held in Rimini during the event Ecomondo.