Emerging economies 'need to prioritise green growth'

In order to move up the world's financial rankings, emerging economies need to prioritise green growth, a US expert on the topic says.

New York University's Jerry Hultin lists 10 "green future" priorities - such as green energy and innovation - as key areas to ensure future growth.

He also wants to see a system to accelerate the time it takes for ideas to appear in the marketplace.

Mr Hultin outlined his priorities at a high level forum in San Francisco.

"Young people are very excited about the chance to make the world a better place," explained Mr Hultin, who was under-secretary of the US Navy during Bill Clinton's presidency.

"The clock is ticking as far as population growth, consumption etc is concerned. We need to come up with solutions.

"As an under-secretary for the navy and thinking about the stability and defence of the world, solving this challenge is a great opportunity for young people around the world."

Mr Hultin's 10 priorities include:

Support green energy development and policies
Provide "cradle-to-career" education opportunities
Enable university researchers "to exit the system, run businesses, and return"
Create a "culture of national networking for innovation"
invest in "long-term, game-changing breakthrough research"

- BBC.co.uk


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