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Batumi Initiative on Green Economy (BIG-E)
The BIG-E operationalizes the Pan-European Strategic Framework for Greening the Economy (En / Fr / Ru) during the period 2016–2030. It comprises voluntary commitments by interested countries and organizations, both public and private (BIG-E stakeholders), in the form of green economy actions. Together, the committed actions constitute the BIG-E. BIG-E was developed under the leadership of Switzerland.

The Green Growth Knowledge Platform promotes BIG-E on its platform in a user friendly way, by providing access to the actions on green economy commited by countries and organizations, which can be accessed here.

At present, 122 commitments were submitted by 27 countries and 13 organizations. BIG-E remains open for more stakeholders to join. The first review of progress made under the BIG-E will be done for the mid-term term review of the Batumi Conference main outcomes in January 2019.

To harmonize the submission of actions, a template is included in an appendix to Strategic Framework (En / Fr / Ru). The list of possible green economy actions (En / Ru) could be used as reference in preparing the commitments.

Countries and organizations are invited to identify and voluntarily commit green economy actions under one or several focus areas, for instance to incentivize green investments and trade or green consumption habits in order to advance the transition to an inclusive green economy.

Selection criteria to guide the identification of green economy actions are whether they:
    (a)    Are expected to deliver economic benefits with environmental and social co benefits;
    (b)    Include a mixture of new and ongoing initiatives;
    (c)    Will make a clear contribution to the achievement of SDG targets;
    (d)    Will have a measurable impact over time;
    (e)    Will be a driver for transformation and innovation towards green economy that may be relevant to and inspire other countries in the region.

In order to simultaneously contribute to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (En / Fr / Ru), each green economy action within the BIG-E should be linked to the specific SDG targets to which it also contributes.  Such an approach will help ensure the advancement of green economy in the region in support of Agenda 2030.

Voluntary commitments by countries and other stakeholders are posted below and are compiled into a document (En).

BIG-E Countries
Austria (En / GGKP)Azerbaijan (En / GGKP)
Belarus (En / GGKP)Croatia (En / GGKP)
Estonia (En / GGKP)Finland (En / GGKP)
France (En / GGKP)Georgia (En / GGKP)
Germany (En / GGKP)Hungary (En / GGKP)
Italy (En / GGKP)Kazakhstan (En / GGKP)
Kyrgyzstan (Ru / En / GGKP)Latvia (En / GGKP))
Lithuania (En / GGKP)Luxembourg (Fr / GGKP)
Netherlands (En / GGKP)Poland (En / GGKP)
Portugal (En / GGKP)Republic of Moldova (En / GGKP)
Romania (En / GGKP)Slovakia (En / GGKP)
Slovenia (En / GGKP)Sweden (En / GGKP)
Switzerland (En / GGKP)Ukraine (En / GGKP)
Uzbekistan (Ru / En / GGKP)
BIG-E Organizations
CAREC (En/ GGKP)                                                              



IRP/UNEP (En/ GGKP)                                                                             
Cittadellarte-Pistoletto Foundation (En / GGKP) OECD (En / GGKP)
European EcoForum (En / GGKP) REC Caucasus (En / GGKP)
ICSD (Ru / En / GGKP) UNEP (En / GGKP)

IPEN-IEE-Eco Forum (En / GGKP)