Green growth has been touted as the economic and environmentally sustainable way forward. However inclusive green growth is, according to the World Bank, the only way to reconcile rapid growth and the needs of more than 1 billion people still living in poverty.
Over the past 20 years, economic growth has lifted more than 660 million people out of poverty and raised the income levels of millions more, but growth has often come at the expense of the environment. At the same time, 1.3 billion people do not have access to electricity; 2.6 billion have no access to sanitation, and 900 million lack safe, clean drinking water.
How can we change that?