On September 20, 2017, GGGI’s Colombia team, together with the International Conservation Caucus Foundation – ICCF, hosted a high-level working breakfast in Bogota with the Conservation Caucus of Colombia´s Congress to present the Institute and the advances on the Green Growth Task Force supported by GGGI. The event was held at the Capitol building, with attendance of over 60 people, several of which were congressional representatives, staffers and other invitees from government, academia, NGOs and private sector.
The president of the Colombian House of Representatives Mr. Rodrigo Lara, gave the opening remarks inviting the parliamentarians to coordinate efforts to support Green Growth initiatives, which can bring to Colombia greater opportunities for development. He was followed by the Caucus Founder, Senator Juan Diego Gomez, who talked about the need revisit the current model of expansive cattle raising, and appointed Green Growth as the right path to follow.
GGGI´s Director General, Frank Rijsberman, gave an overview of how the world is moving towards green growth in an effort to meet, among others, the Paris Agreement and how the current climate situation around the world prompts many governments, cities and companies to accelerate the agenda towards the targets defined for 2030. He described to the parliamentarians key driving forces pushing the agenda towards green growth, including declining prices for non-conventional renewable energy technologies, electric vehicles, other modes of transportation, as well as country-wide cases such as that of the Republic of Korea, and examples of what GGGI is helping countries to implement, such as National Financial Vehicles in Mongolia and India.
Lastly, Mr. Hernando Jose Gomez, Director of the Green Growth Taskforce, presented the Taskforce strategy and content, explaining the technical studies underway as well as all other engagement carried out to secure public and private buy-in from stakeholders, so that green growth becomes a matter of the public´s preferences and not a political agenda item.