Socio-economic inclusion and growth assumes a pivotal role in operationalizing the construct of green growth in Kazakhstan’s policy planning and implementation process. The clear emphasis should be on a green growth strategy that generates development, economic diversification and social welfare while achieving economic-, social- and environmental returns.
More than half of Kazakhstan's population live in an urban context. Cities can act as an entry point for green economy approaches providing an opportunity to demonstrate the viability of the concept. Experiences from European Union member states demonstrated that the use of the Green Economy tools for urban development in periods of economic changes promoted the development of sustainable urban infrastructure, created new employment and generated economic growth in issues through the integration of green infrastructure; the introduction of the resource-saving technologies; and the use of renewable energy sources;
The session Green Economy providing social Innovation, economic diversification and environmental sustainability intends to demonstrate how the successful experience of the European Union cities, as well as the positive experience of integration of mentioned instruments by UNDP in the Kazakh water sector could provide entry points for green growth interventions that would positively contribute to Kazakhstan’s national policy vision.