The Council on Foreign Relations, a prominent U.S.-based membership organization focused on international relations, recently published a new book, Middle-Power Korea, edited by Scott Snyder, about the Republic of Korea’s influence on the global agenda. Among the topics discussed in the volume is how Korea’s influence on the international climate debate and on economic development models has increased since its founding and hosting of the Global Green Growth Institute.

From the Book:

South Korea has stepped into a leadership role on this issue by creating the GGGI. The GGGI’s approach can resonate with developing countries because it emphasizes the importance of economic growth as a first principle, as illustrated by this stark admission in its most recent strategic plan: “There has been no poverty reduction at scale without strong economic growth.” By working in-country on tailored plans for green growth that align with national development priorities, the GGGI aims to prove that green growth is possible and to share best practices developed over time through direct experience.

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  • Organization: Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI)
  • Post Date: 30 June 2015
  • Location: London
  • Assignment: Fulltime
  • Position Number: GGGI-HR_15-307
  • Closing Date: 14 July 2015
  • Details/To apply: Senior Green Finance Specialist

  • GGGI Procurement hereby invites Tenderers for consultation on a draft Terms of Reference (TOR) for an upcoming Request for Quotations (RFQ). The RFQ is scheduled to be posted, after consideration of received comments, in July 2015.

     Kindly, submit comments and suggestions to on or before 17:00 Korean Standard Time (GMT +9), July 3, 2015.

  1. Terms of Reference
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A new report has determined that investments in energy-efficient and renewable energy sources yield more jobs for a set amount of spending than investing in maintaining or expanding the fossil fuel industry.

The report, Global Green Growth: Clean Energy Industrial Investment and Expanding Job Opportunities, was published earlier this week and presented at the Vienna Energy Forum 2015 by its two authors, the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).

Read the full article by Joshua S. Hill in the CleanTechnica here.

Ethiopia has an ambition to become a middle-income country by 2025. It also recognizes that traditional development – through carbon intensification and environmental degradation – not sustainable. The country has therefore committed to building a climate resilient green economy (CRGE). This economy will be able to withstand the shocks presented by a changing climate. Moreover, it will be delivered through zero carbon growth (i.e. no increase in net emissions from today’s level). The government understands this vision will require a coordinated and sustained effort by all parts of the Ethiopian society – civil society, academia, and, most importantly, the public. 

One of the key factors that lie behind Ethiopia’s CRGE is that the country is extremely vulnerable to climate change. There is a critical need to increase resilience to climate variability and shocks since the country currently depends to a great extent on agriculture. On the other hand, as the country moves towards industrialization, the need to promote green technologies and solutions in its industries and service sector becomes very crucial for sustainable growth. Therefore, as Ethiopia promotes growth on one hand, it is also promoting sustainability on the other, thus simultaneously using climate change as an agenda to promote growth and sustainability.

The commitment of the government of Ethiopia at the highest level to achieve its ambition to become a middle income country by 2025 through a green growth path is fundamental to realizing the goals of the CRGE initiative. When compared with other developing countries in the same income level status as Ethiopia, the government has set a great example by creating the institutions to support the initiatives success.

Moreover, there are concrete strategies that has been developed and rolled out to make sure that these goals are achieved. For example, the country has developed with the support of the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) a Climate Resilient strategy for agriculture and forestry. The beauty of this strategy is that it serves as a great tool for policy makers and practitioners to clearly understand the impacts and cost of the different agriculture and forestry related plans, the key hazards and the response measures to combat the negative impacts of climate change.

To make sure that these strategies are translated into implementable actions, the different systems and plans that are crucial to responding to climate change are being put in place and existing ones strengthened. Most importantly, early lessons from implementation is being feedback into the design of plans and systems. However, one of the challenges remains that these actions will need a lot of financing to implement, thus the government has set up a CRGE Facility which is a financing mechanism to implement the CRGE initiative.

How to translate Ethiopia’s model to other low income countries is a very important question that both local and international experts, governments and development practitioners around the world are asking. The answer is not straightforward. The fact is that green growth requires a customized approach that takes into account the specific circumstances of each country. There is a challenge to find an appropriate combination of a top-down and bottom-up model to best support a country’s green growth ambitions. In GGGI where we are working with several developing country partners, there is a constant engagement with government partners on a daily basis to support them in designing a process to set clear objectives and mandates for a green growth plan. However, lessons from success cases like Ethiopia to a great extent could serve as reference, but there is not one-size fits all. It is also important to point out that a replication effect would have to consider the level of each country’s working scope, whether planning is done at the national, state, provincial or at the local levels.

Okey Daniel Ogbonnaya is Regional Coordinator, Sub-Saharan Africa, Green Growth Planning and Implementation Division of the Global Green Growth Institute

This article originally appeared in UNA-UK’s Climate 2020:Facing the Future.

Cover photo courtesy of Tiksa Negeri/Reuters

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LISBON – June 24, 2015 – The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) and the Ministry of Environment, Spatial Planning and Energy (MAE) of the Portuguese Republic signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on green growth cooperation today at the 1st Conference on Energy for the Development of the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries in Lisbon, Portugal.

The MoU provides a framework for GGGI and the MAE to explore green growth programming opportunities within Lusophone countries that are members the Community of the Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP).

The CPLP is an intergovernmental organization, consisting of 9 Member States, that works to facilitate cooperation among countries where Portuguese is an official language.

“This partnership agreement will help strength GGGI’s ongoing green growth activities in developing and least developed countries, and demonstrates Portugal’s commitment to working within the CPLP to support sustainable and inclusive development solutions. GGGI is already exploring possible programmes in a number of CPLP Countries. The partnership with Portugal offers an opportunity to broaden collaboration further.” said Yvo de Boer, Director-General of GGGI.

The GGGI-MAE MoU will help to achieve these results through cooperation on joint activities in sharing institutional knowledge and experience on research, policy, institutional frameworks and implementation of green growth strategies, as well as supporting the organization of workshops, seminars and training courses in CPLP countries on topics of mutual interest.

In formalizing the relationship and collaboration between GGGI and the MAE, the MoU also provides the framework for future steps towards Portugal’s membership to GGGI.

About GGGI
Based in Seoul, GGGI is an intergovernmental organization founded to support and promote a new model of economic growth known as “green growth.” The organization partners with countries to help them build economies that grow strongly and are more efficient and sustainable in the use of natural resources, less carbon intensive, and more resilient to climate change. GGGI’s experts are already working with governments around the world, building their capacity and working collaboratively on green growth policies that can impact the lives of millions.

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Yvo de Boer is Director-General of the Global Green Growth Institute

Yvo de Boer is Director-General of the Global Green Growth Institute

International climate negotiations are now in much better shape than before the 2009 Copenhagen conference, and that’s partly because there is now less emphasis on a legally binding treaty.

The big challenge in the run-up to the Paris conference is to understand the political issues and find realistic ways to resolve them through dialogue. The conference itself would then be about removing any obstacles and celebrating its success.

A successful agreement in Paris would need four key elements. The first is for all countries, whether rich or poor, large or small, to commit to clear action on climate change. The second is to ensure that they all pledge to incorporate their commitments into national law. The third is to regularly review their cutting of emissions, while the fourth is to agree on robust financing in support of developing countries’ efforts on commitments.

Financial support for developing and emerging economies is important, and to increase their access to climate finance, international organisations and agencies, including ourselves at the Global Green Growth Institute, are helping to develop investment-ready projects. Finance will be key to reaching agreement in Paris, but even if all these listed elements are met, Paris is unlikely to deliver on the 2ºC target. It will therefore be crucial for the global community to meet every three years or so to review progress on the promises, and if necessary agree on further actions.

The whole climate problem will not be resolved in Paris, and expectations for further emission cuts before 2020 are not very realistic. Asking countries like China, India and South Africa to reduce their emissions in absolute terms from 2020 onwards looks unrealistic. It would be more sensible to ask developing economies to limit their emissions growth in an initial time frame, and then start to reduce them in absolute terms.

Expectations in Copenhagen were too high and were not too clear. Six years on, there is more clarity on what the Paris conference should deliver, and when expectations are more realistic there’s a better chance of achieving results.

This article originally appeared in On the Road to Paris on the Europe’s World website.

MANILA, Philippines — A former U.N. climate chief expressed confidence Thursday that global climate talks in Paris later this year will produce an agreement, putting the world on track to begin the process of limiting global warming to 2 degrees Celsius.

Yvo de Boer, now head of the Seoul-based Global Green Growth Institute, said in an interview that the current focus of the climate debate on finding greener models of economic growth is important to developing economies, including those in Asia, which cannot sacrifice poverty eradication in achieving climate goals.

De Boer, who was head of the U.N. climate summit in Copenhagen in 2009, lauded China’s recent pledge to cut emissions as a signal Beijing recognizes its current economic model is not sustainable.

China, the world’s top carbon dioxide emitter, said in November it will cap its emissions by around the year 2030 and increase the share of non-fossil fuel consumption to around 20 percent by the same year.

“The Chinese commitment is important for climate change but it is even more important because it signals a desire to take economic growth in a different direction,” de Boer said in an interview on the sidelines of the Asia Clean Energy Forum in Manila.

De Boer said he believes an agreement will be reached in the Paris talks that start Nov. 30 because the world desperately needs to see an advance in the climate process, and “because the bar has been significantly lowered.”

Read the full article from the Associated Press here.

Cover 1VIENNA – June 18, 2015 – The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) released a report demonstrating that
increases in clean energy investments create more job opportunities.

The paper, presented at the Vienna Energy Forum 2015, states that of the world’s 45,000 million metric tons of greenhouse gases (GHG) emitted in 2010, about 82 per cent were generated by energy-based sources.

The report, “Global Green Growth: Clean Energy Industrial Investment and Expanding Job Opportunities”, provides evidence that there are clear net-gains in employment generation by making investments in the clean energy industry rather than in the conventional, GHG emitting fossil fuel industry.

“Significant progress has already been made in overcoming the hitherto conventional wisdom that taking steps to cut GHGs was incompatible with economic growth,” said Yvo de Boer, Director-General of GGGI. “This report moves the debate another positive step forward by showing that employment and development result from sustainable, green growth.”

The report indicates that countries which sustain annual investments in energy efficiency and clean renewables at a rate of 1.5 per cent of GDP, will be able to maintain healthy economic growth rates while providing sufficient energy resources to sustain growth.

The employment impacts of large-scale clean energy plans in five countries – Brazil, Germany, Indonesia, South Africa, and the Republic of Korea – are assessed in the report, which examines the policy frameworks being implemented to meet GHG reduction targets without inhibiting employment and other economic opportunities.

“The results oCover 2f the five countries presented in this report show clearly that green growth investments are not only viable or beneficial for the most highly-industrialized countries,” said LI Yong, Director General of UNIDO. “On the contrary, all countries, be they developed or developing, can derive significant benefits from investments in clean and renewable energy.”

The report consists of two volumes that present the overall findings of the study and the respective policy frameworks of each country.

“Today’s publication demonstrates the importance of stakeholder cooperation as well as forward-looking industrial policies and what they can achieve in the effort to find practical and innovative solutions to the global community’s sustainable development challenges,” said Myung-Kyoon Lee, Director of GGGI’s Knowledge Services Department.

Over 1,000 participants are attending this year’s Vienna Energy Forum, which is organized by UNIDO and serves as a high-level platform for multi-stakeholder dialogue on pivotal sustainable energy issues.

Read the Report brochure here.

Read Volume 1 here.

Read Volume 2 here.

About GGGI
Based in Seoul, GGGI is an intergovernmental organization founded to support and promote a new model of economic growth known as “green growth.” The organization partners with countries to help them build economies that grow strongly and are more efficient and sustainable in the use of natural resources, less carbon intensive, and more resilient to climate change. GGGI’s experts are already working with governments around the world, building their capacity and working collaboratively on green growth policies that can impact the lives of millions.

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