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croppedADDIS ABABA – October 19, 2017 – The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) convened the Sixth Session of its Assembly and Tenth Session of its Council on October 19, 2017, in Addis Ababa, the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. The joint session was chaired by His Excellency Dr. Gemedo Dalle, Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, and attended by ministers and senior officials from the Institute’s twenty-seven member Countries, as well as observer countries and regional and intergovernmental organizations (including China, the European Union, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Uganda, and the United Nations Environment Program).

The joint session of GGGI’s Assembly and the Council provides a platform to facilitate south-south-north learning and knowledge sharing among GGGI member countries in various areas related to green growth and the impact of GGGI in- country programs. Some of the key agenda items discussed at this year’s meeting included:

  • High-level discussions on strategies for making cities greener, more climate resilient and inclusive, led by the Director-General’s Progress Report. The Report included an overview of the Institute’s performance over the past biennium, the evolution of service offerings and efforts to deliver more for less.
  • A presentation on the Institute’s work on developing bankable projects, risk reduction instruments and national financing vehicles, focusing on results achieved to date, challenges faced, lessons learned and opportunities and risks going forward.
  • A final draft of GGGI’s Refreshed Strategic Plan 2015-2020, which follows deliberations of the Mid-Term Review of the Strategic Plan. This agenda item included a presentation and discussion of the draft Resource Mobilization Action Plan, which will support the Institute to achieve resource mobilization targets outlined in the Refreshed Strategic Plan 2015-2020.
  • A presentation of the changes in the Work Program and Budget and mechanism for considering projects. This agenda item invited Members of the Council to take note and provide comments on the alignment of new projects/activities being programmed with the Strategic Plan and Corporate Results Framework.
  • Contributing Members Norway and the United Kingdom were elected to the Council for the 2018-2019 term.

The Assembly and Council Joint Session convened during the Global Green Growth Week 2017: Unlocking Africa’s Green Growth Potential (GGGWeek2017), on October 17-20, 2017, at the United Nations Conference Centre (UNCC) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, which was co-hosted with the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. The annual GGGI organized event gathers Institute Members, public- and private-sector stakeholders, international organizations, and notable experts and non-state actors to strengthen and catalyze green growth in Africa and throughout the world.

The Fifth Session of the Assembly and Ninth Session of the Council was held in Jeju, Korea in October 2016.

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  • Procurement No: RFQ-LPL-2017-0074
  • Issue Date:  19 October 2017
  • RFQ Closing Date: 09 November 2017 – 16:00 KST (Seoul Time)
  1. RFQ-LPL-2017-0074
  2. RFQ-LPL-2017-0074 Annex A Quantities and Specifications

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The Global Green Growth Institute in partnership with the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia will hold Global Green Growth Week 2017 on October 17-20, 2017, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
#GGGWeek2017 will gather GGGI members, stakeholders from the public and private sectors, international organizations, and civil society to strengthen and catalyze green growth in Africa and globally in order to achieve Nationally Determined Contributions to the Paris Agreement and make progress on the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals.
#GGGWeek2017 will address a number of key topics, including: Mobilizing green/climate finance to bankable projects in developing countries; Sustainably managing resources to address water and food security challenges; and Developing and adopting policies that drive environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive economic growth.

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ADDIS ABABA, Oct 9 2017 (IPS) – The Global Green Growth Week 2017 (#GGGWeek2017), in its second year, will take place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from October 17 – 20 to discuss ways to scale up green growth in Africa and around the world.

Jointly organized by the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) and the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, the four-day event will serve as a platform bringing together over 300 high-level ministers, thought leaders, institutional investors and decision makers to catalyze creative solutions for transformational green growth in Africa and the world over. The discussions will revolve around achieving Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to the Paris Agreement and making progress on the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals.

Under the theme ‘Unlocking Africa’s Green Growth Potential’, #GGGWeek2017 will focus on addressing a number of green growth topics: mobilizing green/climate finance to bankable projects in developing countries; sustainably managing resources to address water and food security challenges; and developing and adopting policies that drive environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive economic growth. Sessions at #GGGWeek2017 will provide an opportunity for delegates to identify ways to secure financial resources and explore issues such as how to match climate finance with bankable projects and mobilize local capital markets for renewable energy investment.

Sessions like Africa’s Green Energy Challenges and Off-grid Renewable Energy Solutions, Green Strategies and Success Stories in Africa, Greening the Belt and Road Initiative, and Greening African Cities will shed light on transformational green growth initiatives and global knowledge of green growth implementation.

The private sector, which will have a strong presence at the event, has a critical role to play given that climate finance is at the forefront of NDC implementation. Among private sector partners attending GGGWeek is Elion Resources Group, a Beijing-based company committed to eco-friendly, green finance.

Together with partners such as the Green Climate Fund (GCF), the African Development Bank (AfDB), other multilateral development banks, UN regional, economic and social commissions, GGGI is working globally to leverage private as well as public sector investment in inclusive green growth. An example is the establishment of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia’s Climate Resilient Green Economy (CRGE) Facility, the financing channel for a USD50 million project to enhance critical irrigation systems in the country’s drought-prone regions. Established by the Ministry of Finance and Economic Cooperation (MOFEC) with the close support of GGGI, the Facility will receive and channel the recently approved USD 45 million from the GCF for the project, developed by MOFEC in cooperation with the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate (MEFCC). With co-financing from the Ethiopian government of USD 5 million, the project is set to directly benefit 330 000 people directly and nearly 1 million people indirectly.

Over 15 unique sessions will highlight examples and success stories, like the Ethiopia CRGE Facility case, of global and African green growth interventions, policies and strategies.

The African Union, the International Renewable Energy Agency, CGIAR, the New Climate Economy, and the World Resources Institute are among a few partners who will showcase best practices of global green growth policies and implementation.

As a host for the Week, Ethiopia will showcase its green growth initiatives, including site visits that will highlight some of the fast growing African nation’s renewable energy and other green growth projects.

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For more information on #GGGWeek2017, visit http://www.gggweek2017.org/
About GGGI

Based in Seoul, GGGI is a treaty-based international, inter-governmental organization founded to support and promote green growth. The organization partners with countries to help them build economies that grow strongly, are more efficient and sustainable in the use of natural resources, less carbon intensive, and more resilient to climate change. GGGI works with countries around the world, building their capacity and working collaboratively on green growth policies that can impact the lives of millions. To learn more about GGGI, see http://www.gggi.org and visit us on Facebook and Twitter.

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press releaseADDIS ABABA – October 02, 2017 – The Green Climate Fund (GCF) today approved a USD 50 million project proposal to enhance critical irrigation systems in Ethiopian regions regularly stricken by drought.  Approved during the 18th Board Meeting of the GCF in Cairo, Egypt, the project combines USD 45 million of GCF finance and USD 5 million from the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia (FDRE).

Ethiopia is a country among the most vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change.

Ethiopia’s Ministry of Finance and Economic Cooperation (MOFEC), with close support from the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate (MEFCC), developed the project proposal which aims to drill boreholes and install small scale irrigation schemes across nine regions identified by the government as drought hotspots.

MOFEC is Ethiopia’s Accredited Entity to the GCF, and has established the Climate Resilient Green Economy (CRGE) Facility to change channel climate finance to projects on the ground.  The USD 45 million approved by the GCF will be distributed through the CRGE Facility, to finance project work that will enhance access to water and rehabilitate approximately 7900 hectares of degraded land. The project will benefit 330,000 people directly and 990,000 people indirectly.

Mr Kare Chawicha, State Minister of Environment and Climate Change, MEFCC, stated “our contribution to the problem of climate change is negligible. Yet, in 2011, we have taken exemplary decision to build a climate-resilient green middle-income economy by 2025. Such a target requires more than 200 billion USD over a period of 15 years.  The country uses domestic resources to cover much of this financing need. However, it also expected to access climate finance and carbon market”.

Mr. Admasu Nebebe, State Minister of Economic Cooperation, remarked that “this is a huge boost to our efforts. Much remains to be done. Line ministries and regions should work closely with MOFEC in developing bankable projects and mobilizing resources from climate funds”. Mr. Nebebe thanked all individuals and organizations that supported the development of this project including the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), CDKN, UNDP and DFID.

GGGI played a key role in in establishing the CRGE Facility by developing its Operational Manual, Monitoring & Evaluation Systems, and Fast-Track Investment guidelines and priorities that have contributed to the mobilization of over USD 130 million, in addition to today’s approval of USD 45 million.

Mr. Robert Mukiza, Deputy Director & Ethiopia Country Representative for the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), applauding the GCF’s approval of the project, remarked that “this is a major milestone in our efforts to support the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia to achieve the bold ambitions set out in the Climate Resilient Green Economy strategy and the Second Growth and Transformation plan. GGGI will deepen its support in developing bankable projects to achieve the green transformation trajectory that Ethiopia is committed to. We thank the FDRE for the steadfast support provided to GGGI both in-country and globally”.

At the 18th Board Meeting of the Green Climate Fund, Ethiopia is represented by senior experts from MOFEC and the Office of the Prime Minister.

GGGI has been supporting Ethiopia’s green growth efforts since 2010, helping to develop the CRGE strategy and integrate it into the national Growth and Transformation Plan, which is designed to help Ethiopia achieve middle –income country status by 2025.

On October 17-20, GGGI and the MEFCC will co-host Global Green Growth Week 2017: Unlocking Africa’s Green Growth Potential. The 4-day conference will bring together public and private-sector stakeholders to drive forward innovative and inclusive solutions that tackle sustainability challenges in Africa and globally.

About GGGI

Based in Seoul, GGGI is a treaty-based international, inter-governmental organization founded to support and promote green growth. The organization partners with countries to help them build economies that grow strongly, are more efficient and sustainable in the use of natural resources, less carbon intensive, and more resilient to climate change. GGGI works with countries around the world, building their capacity and working collaboratively on green growth policies that can impact the lives of millions. To learn more about GGGI, see http://www.gggi.org and visit us on Facebook and Twitter.