1462439810green-kigaliBy Minnie Karanja. This article originally appeared online in The NewTimes: Rwanda’s Leading English Daily.

According to the United Nations, the proportion of the world’s population living in urban areas is expected to reach 66 per cent by 2050. Best Practices have shown that the global “urbanization”, when properly managed, may drive the economic growth of a country. It is in this regard that the Government of Rwanda has decided to include measures related to urbanization as part of its policies and strategies.

As one of the most densely populated countries in Africa, Rwanda has taken measures to proactively address issues that could arise from accelerated urbanization as a result of its fast growing population as well as limited land and other natural resources. As cities grow and economic activities increase, there may be negative side effects; especially to the environment and the general wellbeing of citizens.

Rwanda is experiencing unevenly distributed urban growth which is outpacing economic development and straining its already stressed infrastructure, as well as straining electric-grid capacity, and causing housing shortages. A consequence of this uneven distribution of urban growth is an increase in the number of informal settlements (otherwise known as ‘slums’), which contribute to environmental stress and health hazards to Rwanda’s citizens.

The Ministry of Infrastructure is however optimistic and says that by 2050, following the targets on Green Growth development, Rwanda will have the robust local and regional knowledge to be able to respond and adapt to changes in the climate and the resulting impacts. The Government of Rwanda embarks on proactively supporting the positive side of urbanization correlated to economic growth and has an ambitious objective targeting a percentage of urban population; 35% by 2020, in parallel to emphasizing well planned and efficiently laid out and serviced rural settlement. It is with this concept that different strategies and measures have been put in place.

The GGCRS outlines the strategy taken to address the negative impacts of climate change, resource efficiency, low carbon and climate resilient development for sustainable economic growth and poverty reduction. This Strategy also recommends actions that Rwanda can take in the short to medium term to ensure its future stability and prosperity in a changing climate and uncertain energy future.

In support of successful GGCRS implementation, the government has put in place a special delivery mechanism, Rwanda’s National Fund for Environment and Climate Change (FONERWA). This groundbreaking environment and climate change investment fund is the largest of its kind in Africa. The Fund is geared towards ensuring sustainable and inclusive growth in Rwanda by investing in green sectors of the economy through public institutions, Non-Governmental Organizations, academic institutions and private sector businesses. The Fund’s resources will be used to finance green growth projects supporting strategic national development plans such as the Ministry of infrastructure (MININFRA) led Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy (EDPRS2).

This work is being supported by the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), an International Organization based in Seoul, Republic of Korea, which signed an MoU with MININFRA in 2012 to collaborate on Rwanda’s green growth and climate resilient green cities; a key economic transformation pillar of EDPRS2.

So far, GGGI’s work in Rwanda demonstrates that it has the comparative advantage and technical resources to support the government in achieving national objectives in the Economic Development Poverty Reduction Strategy (EDPRS2) and the Green Growth and Climate Resilient Strategy (GGCRS). In particular, GGGI is supporting Rwanda’s implementation of the Second Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy II 2013-2018 (EDPRS2) in order to strengthen green urbanization, to enhance the quality of life for Rwandans growing urban population.

GGGI’s implementation support includes the development of a green growth framework and guideline for Rwanda’s six secondary cities, including Muhanga, Rubavu, Nyagatare, Huye, Rusizi and Musanze to turn them into poles of economic growth to address the imbalanced urban growth.

Per Bertilsson, Assistant Director General and Head of the Green Growth Planning and Implementation Division at the Global Green Growth Institute explains that “the green growth framework and guidelines aims to provide an overview of the economic strengths and weaknesses of each city, as well as understand the current developmental constraints in each city. There is a National Roadmap for Green Urbanization that has been developed, and which provides key actions and the fundamentals, pillars, and pull factors for green city development and urbanization in a Rwanda context. The Roadmap will be launched in May at the World Economic Forum in Kigali.”

Other legal frameworks relating to green growth environmental protection consists of the following:

The Organic Law No.04/2005 of April 8, 2005 Determining the Modalities of Protection, Conservation and Promotion of Environment in Rwanda was a milestone for the commitment to environmental protection. It protects wetlands, forests, water bodies and fragile ecosystems and requires environmental impact assessment before any major construction or industrial activity. Environmental Impact Assessments are mandatory for all projects, and environmental indicators are being mainstreamed into financial budgeting and planning.

A number of subsidiary legislations have been enacted for the above Organic Law, and different guidelines have been developed to guide sound environmental management. For example, 2,098 ha of lakeshores and river banks have been rehabilitated, along with 1,106 ha of related watersheds.

The Law Relating to the Planning of Land Use and Development in Rwanda, announced in 2012, regards land use plans and contains preparation and adoption processes for District land use plans in particular. The law enforces planning authority for the District Council.

In 2012, the Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugee Affairs (MIDIMAR) published a document on Disaster High Risk Zones and in 2013 the National Disaster Risk Management Plan with the objective to guide disaster risk management capacities. An early warning and monitoring system is under development and implementation will be based on recommendations drawn from the National Disaster Risk Management Plan.

Guided by the GGCRS, MINIFRA has developed policies and strategies relating to urban and rural human settlement, as well as housing and infrastructure updates and some policies to promote green development including:

The National Urbanization Policy (2015) supporting the vision of economic growth and sustainable urban settlement for urbanization based on green development principles (Policy Statement #4), including compact development and green transportation, and guided by green economic criteria (Policy Statement #8).

The National Housing Policy (2015) with the vision to facilitate access to adequate housing for all is in favor of housing development adopting green technology and building materials (Policy Statement #6), energy efficiency and proper water management principles (Policy Statement #7), and protecting the environment (Policy Statement #8). The policy proposes to incentivize green building and growth from the side of the government, as well as green production, use of renewable energies and reuse of waste. Principles to achieve resiliency of human settlements are addressed throughout the policy.

A Ministerial Order n° 04/Cab.M/015 of 18/05/2015 Determining Urban Planning and Building Regulations emphasizes the principles of urban planning, with a strong focus on sustainability and green building. The document also enacts the Urban Planning Code and Building Code in its annexes.

The Urban Planning Code (2015) and the Building Code (2015) which are both the annexes to the above stated ministerial order, and provide technical guidelines and requirements for sustainable development in urban areas and for the construction of buildings.

The National Roadmap for green urbanization of six secondary cities, developedin partnership with GGGI, supports the Sector Strategy in the objective to support economic growth in the six secondary cities (Muhanga, Rubavu, Nyagatare, Huye, Rusizi and Musanze) in addition to City of Kigali as a regional hub. The Road Map lays out the actions to be taken to achieve economic growth that is green and responsible, and mitigates the negative effects of economic growth by integrating requirements for green planning, technology, and production.

The Government of Rwanda in 2011 adopted the Green Growth and Climate Resilience National Strategy for Climate Change and Low Carbon Development (GGCRS). This was intended as a pathway to lead Rwanda towards a sustainable, secure future and prepare the country to address the risks associated with climate change, population growth and rising oil prices, while managing the environment in a sustainable manner.

Minnie Karanja is a writer for The NewTimes. The views expressed are her own.

Dear Members of the Global Green Growth Institute,

The months of February and March ended on high notes, offering exciting new opportunities for GGGI going forward, facilitating positive engagement and interaction with our Members and building strong partnerships with multilateral development banks and other international organizations. Now, I’d like to give you an update on some of GGGI’s recent news and activities and provide more information about the important work and key events GGGI has planned throughout the year. As always, if you have any suggestions, comments or questions, please email us at communications@gggi.org.

Bilateral Meetings in the UAE

During my visit to the UAE in late February, I met with high-level officials from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) and the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment and shared some of GGGI’s recent developments and achievements on the ground, including how the organization has been working with its partners to align their national policies with green growth objectives, mobilize investments and make finance flow through policy support. The representatives were particularly impressed to hear that in 15 of the 18 countries where we operated in 2015, GGGI’s work helped leaders to better advocate for green growth by providing examples and stories of success.

I had an interesting discussion with H.E. Mr. Saeed Al-Tayer, CEO and Managing Director of the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) on the current status of energy initiatives in the UAE and the country’s strong commitment to transition to a sustainable, renewable energy economy. Mr. Al-Tayer spoke about Dubai’s clean energy ambitions, progress on solar park projects and DEWA’s contribution to sustainable development by introducing electric vehicles to Dubai.

I visited the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park – one of the largest strategic renewable energy projects in the world – which will help achieve Dubai’s clean energy targets by reducing 6.5 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions on an annual basis.

 
I also met with H.E. Dr Thani Al-Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, who reiterated the UAE’s continued support to GGGI and emphasized that the implementation of the National Green Growth Strategy is one of the Ministry’s key priorities. The Ministry will establish a focal point to strengthen the programmatic cooperation between the UAE and GGGI in implementing the national strategy. Dr. Al-Zeyoudi, who has recently been appointed to the new Ministry, plans to integrate elements of climate change and green growth as he has been a key supporter of the green growth agenda in the UAE for several years. During the meeting, we also discussed ways in which GGGI could support the Ministry in areas, including private sector involvement and engagement in environmental initiatives.

I had a meeting with Mr. Adnan Z. Amin, Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) to discuss how GGGI and IRENA could complement each other with technical expertise and in-country experience. We agreed that achieving national green energy targets and regional energy integration could be more easily facilitated through leveraging existing knowledge and scaling up successful models.

Donor Consultative Group (DCG) Workshop in Abu Dhabi

GGGI organized a Donor Consultative Group (DCG) workshop on February 24-25 in Abu Dhabi to discuss with its donors and partners a range of issues, including the Work Program and Budget for 2017-18, directions for possible solutions to tackle implementation challenges and ways to strengthen strategic developments for ensuring sustainable funding. The DCG workshop served as a platform to exchange ideas and receive inputs from our Members on GGGI’s planning directions, delivery of thematic service offerings, reform areas as well as engagement and involvement of partners. The workshop was attended by representatives from Australia, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Norway, the Republic of Korea, the UAE, the UK and Management team members of GGGI.

During the workshop, we discussed the importance of supporting our Members to put in place the necessary policy measures, capacity-building efforts and financing means to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement. In fact, policy reforms and additional financing are key to realizing the 2030Development Agenda and the Paris Agreement. What GGGI can offer is technical expertise to assist Multilateral Development Banks to identify green growth opportunities and investments by working closely with emerging economies and Least Developed Countries (LDCs). GGGI can also support the implementation of the Paris commitments through bankable projects and by building domestic green finance institutions. We will continue to support governments to develop bankable projects that can help unlock vast global capital resources and channel them to better, greener investments.

Another topic for discussion was our thematic service offerings. GGGI will continue to focus on integrating its work streams to effectively deliver its service offerings in the countries where we operate and build a sense of ownership at the country level. Knowledge and green investment solutions are a critical value proposition of GGGI and we will ensure that these offerings are closely linked with projects and in-country services. I concluded the DCG workshop by highlighting the importance of staying relevant in the global context through a programmatic approach; ensuring strong country engagement with a balanced portfolio and programmatic depth; differentiating and improving operational modalities based on maturity levels of programs; institutionalizing results-based and integrated planning and budgeting; and demonstrating strong value for money.

 
Speech at Abu Dhabi’s Zayed University

I delivered a presentation on green growth and the UAE’s move towards a low-carbon, clean energy future in front of a group of students at Abu Dhabi’s Zayed University. I was impressed with the enormous energy and enthusiasm of young people over the concepts of the green economy and sustainable development. The UAE, a key and founding member of GGGI, will continue to work closely with our organization to implement its national green growth strategy.

 

Budapest

In Budapest, I had promising meetings with high-level representatives from the Ministry of National Development, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Office of the President of Hungary. We focused our discussions on possible collaboration opportunities between GGGI and Hungary in the areas of accelerating the implementation of the Paris Agreement through generating a pipeline of projects to achieve targets of Nationally Determined Contributions and establishing national financing vehicles.

Oslo

On March 1 and 2, I had productive meetings at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), the Ministry of Climate and Environment (MCE) and the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) in Oslo. I was delighted that Norway reconfirmed its strong commitment and support to GGGI’s innovative approach to green growth and work on the ground to help countries in the transition to low-carbon and sustainable economies.

I had a meeting with Tone Skogen, Norwegian State Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs to discuss GGGI’s in-country work to help governments develop green growth plans that meet investor criteria and will be implemented. She was pleased to learn about the concrete results achieved in countries where GGGI operates. During my visit to Norway, I also had opportunities to meet with Vidar Helgesen, Minister of Climate and Environment and Jon Lomøy, Director, Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD). They were especially impressed with the positive impacts GGGI has been making at the country level and the way it has been supporting its partner countries to adopt green growth policies. In addition, we agreed that the Inclusive Green Growth Partnership will serve as a platform to help GGGI build strong partnerships with multilateral development banks and the United Nations regional commissions.

Ottawa

I had positive meetings with Michael Martin, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Environment and Climate Change as well as senior government officials in Ottawa who have expressed interest in GGGI’s work in developing and emerging countries. Based on our optimistic discussions, I’m hopeful that Canada will soon join GGGI as a Member country!

Vancouver

I delivered a speech on GGGI’s innovative approach to green growth and work on the ground to achieve sustainability at the Globe Series 2016 in Vancouver on March 4. I also spoke about three key events that were on the environmental front in 2015. First, the Paris Climate Change Conference has set in place a clear agenda to increase the level of ambition overtime and this in itself was a breakthrough in the international climate process. Second, Paris wasn’t the only successful event last year. Fruitful outcomes were achieved at the International Conference on Financing for Development in Addis Ababa. The conference has put the debate on finance in a realistic context by recognizing that financing for development is not only about aid, but also about mobilizing domestic capital, which means better taxation and governance and catalyzing resources from the private sector. Last, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted in New York in September last year, have a broader sustainability agenda and a diverse set of objectives, helping to mobilize greater investment and resources.

Global Green Growth Week (GGGW2016)


GGGI and its partners will organize Global Green Growth Week 2016 from September 5 to 9, 2016 on Jeju Island, Republic of Korea. GGGW2016 aims to raise awareness on global green growth opportunities and generate innovative ideas to leverage them, while at the same time promoting GGGI and its vision to realize green growth through strategic programs and inclusive partnerships. A wide array of events that focus on research, partnerships, financing, and private sector green growth solutions will be lined up throughout the week.
I will continue to provide updates, but in the meantime please read the new GGGW2016 brochure to learn about other events in the pipeline. Also, find the latest on GGGW2016 events and news here at http://gggi.org/ggg_week_2016/

3rd International Electric Vehicle Expo in Jeju

I gave a keynote speech at the opening ceremony of the 3rdInternational Electric Vehicle Expo in Jeju. I spoke about how electric vehicles can serve as both an enabler and a driver of green growth and the creative economy. Electric vehicles can bring environmental benefits by helping to reduce greenhouse gas and air pollutant emissions. New technologies needed to mainstream electric vehicles can stimulate the economy, particularly sub-sectors like the rechargeable battery industry, charging station infrastructure, and smart-grid systems. In this regard, Korea can be an ideal place to scale-up deployment of electric vehicles as the country has internationally competitive car manufacturers, rechargeable battery manufacturers, advanced Information and Communication Technology (ICT), and most importantly the government has taken steps to promote the creative economy through integrating various technologies.

Electric vehicles are at the forefront of some of GGGI’s work in transport, a key part of one of its thematic priorities: green city development. For example in Himachal Pradesh of India, we are working with the local government to seek the viability of introducing electric buses as a solution to increasing transport needs and growing number of private vehicles. In Mexico, we are studying how to reform the fragmented bus industry through appropriate concession models to provide better mobility to users. In Mongolia, we examined the feasibility of replacing diesel buses with CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) buses. Sustainable transport should be approached through the lens of bringing positive change in areas such as health, education, food security and waste reduction – all of which will benefit the future of mankind.

WWF Seoul Conference: Innovation, Sustainable Cities and Green Growth in Asia

I gave a speech at a conference organized by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in Seoul. I emphasized that the targets committed at COP21 are not enough to reduce emissions and we need to take decisive action to achieve the Paris Agreement. The outcomes of Paris are almost the reverse of Neil Armstrong’s famous line when he landed on the Moon: “This is one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.” COP21 ended with an agreement and achieved a political breakthrough, but it was a small step for mankind because the commitments agreed in Paris are modest from the perspective of environmental challenges.

 

 

Green Growth Planning & Implementation (GGP&I) and Work Program and Budget (WPB) Workshops in Seoul

GGGI country team representatives gathered in Seoul in mid-March to attend the Green Growth Planning & Implementation (GGP&I) Workshop to share experiences and lessons learned from 2015. The GGP&I workshop was held back-to-back with the Work Program and Budget (WPB) 2017-2018 Workshop. Delivering on the 2030 Development Agenda and the Paris Agreement and enhancing the country’s relevance are a few of GGGI’s directions and priorities going forward.

First High-Level Follow-up Dialogue on Financing for Development in Asia and the Pacific 
I gave a speech on climate finance at the First High-Level Follow-up Dialogue on Financing for Development in Asia and the Pacific co-hosted by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairson March 30 in Incheon, Republic of Korea. During my speech, I emphasized that the availability of finance is not an issue. What’s important is to build innovative financial instruments, strong national financial institutions and a solid pipeline of bankable projects – all of which are what GGGI is currently working on with its partner countries.

 

Op-Eds and Media Interviews

Eco-Business
http://www.eco-business.com/opinion/mobilising-finance-for-a-renewable-and-sustainable-future/

The National
http://www.thenational.ae/uae/environment/making-green-projects-profitable-is-key-to-uaes-ambitions

Climate Home 
http://www.climatechangenews.com/2016/02/19/yvo-de-boer-paris-was-a-small-step-for-mankind-a-giant-leap-for-man/

That is all for this month. I look forward to working with all GGGI Members, partners, staff and stakeholders to achieve more results and make positive impacts on the ground.

Best regards,

Yvo de Boer

Director-General
Global Green Growth Institute

DSC_0751BANGKOK – April 22, 2016 – The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), in collaboration with the Government of Thailand, and with support from the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature, Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) today launched the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Reduction Roadmap to support Thai industry transition toward greener models of production.

GGGI and Thailand’s Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning (ONEP), organized a launch event welcoming more than 130 participants from relevant government agencies, private sector, and civil society, and presented the GHG Reduction Roadmap, which has been developed with particular focus on Thailand’s automotive, palm oil, and frozen seafood industries. Thailand’s industrial sector represents 38% of GDP and at least 23% of emissions.

“With Thailand strongly committed to reducing emissions to achieve its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC), the GHG Reduction Roadmap is a very timely and useful tool that will provide clear direction and steps for the country to reduce its emissions,” said Dr. Raweewan Bhuridej, Secretary-General of ONEP. “This project clearly contributes to the country’s development objective for a low-carbon society as declared in the Climate Change Master Plan and the national development plan.”

The Roadmap, the-first-of-its-kind in Thailand, found that the sector has significant potential for the green industry. With the effective implementation of the Roadmap through a Long Term Agreements (LTA), the target sub-sectors could reduce approximately 3-5 million tons of carbon dioxide, which translated to approximately THB 4.3 billion, or USD 123 million in savings.

“Not only will the measures found in the Roadmap help Thailand reduce its GHGs and address climate change, it could also contribute to reducing energy consumption, enhancing the industry’s competiveness, and creating green jobs,” said Mr. Khan Ram-Indra, GGGI Thailand Program Manager.

The implementation of similar Roadmap activities across the manufacturing sector could lead to the reduction of 23-37 MtCO2e, or 4-7% of the country’s emissions, potentially saving THB 32 billion for the Thai economy.

“We are very happy to support Thailand and to work with GGGI to help Thailand’s green industry transition take an important next step,” said Dr. Christine Falken-Grosser, Counsellor for Economic and Commercial Affairs of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany. “This GHG Reduction Roadmap project provides concrete information on what the private sector and the government can do and where to invest most effectively in the right policies and incentives.”

Thailand became the 26th member of GGGI in January 2016.

About GGGI

Based in Seoul, GGGI is an intergovernmental 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, see http://www.gggi.org and visit us on Facebook and Twitter.

Yvo_de_boer-256x300SEOUL – April 14, 2016 – The Director-General of the Global Green Growth Institute, Mr. Yvo de Boer today announced that he will be stepping down from his position at the end of September 2016, following the adoption of GGGI’s Work Program and Budget 2017-18.

Mr. de Boer joined GGGI on April 15, 2014 as the organization’s third Director-General. Over the past two years he has committed himself to strengthening GGGI’s mission to deliver sustainable growth through a transition toward a green model of development.

“I had the great pleasure of joining GGGI at a critical moment in the organization’s history, and am very proud of the collective progress we have managed to make over the past two years,” said Mr. de Boer. “GGGI has become an organization with a strong sense of purpose and clear direction, and is now well positioned to deliver on its goals and impact the global green growth agenda.”

Mr. de Boer led the development of GGGI’s Strategic Plan 2015-2020 to adoption by the organization’s governing body (the Council) in November 2014.  With this clear direction and with a strong mandate from GGGI Member Countries, donors and stakeholders, Mr. de Boer guided GGGI to deliver significant results in 2015 that have strengthened national green growth planning frameworks, increased the flow of green finance, and strengthened multi-directional green growth knowledge sharing.

Under Mr. de Boer’s leadership GGGI has expanded members, increased funding, expanded and enhanced services offerings, and strengthened and solidified the organization’s management team to ensure continuity in the delivery of strategic outcomes.

Today’s announcement will allow GGGI ample time to engage members, donors and stakeholders to implement an established transition plan that maintains the organization’s stability as the process to select new leadership takes its course.

In the intervening months, Mr. de Boer will continue working to strengthen GGGI efforts and relevance to the sustainable development agenda, and to ensure the timely delivery of GGGI’s next two-year work program and budget.

GGGI’s Work Program and Budget 2017-18, will be presented to the organization’s Council for approval during Global Green Growth Week scheduled for September 5-9, 2016 on Jeju Island, Republic of Korea.

About GGGI

Based in Seoul, GGGI is an intergovernmental 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, see http://www.gggi.org and visit us on Facebook and Twitter.

Contact:

Mr. Darren Karjama (English language)

T: +82 70 7117 9966

M: +82 10 9530 9995

E: darren.karjama@gggi.org

 

Ms. Hee Kyung Son (Korean language)

T: +82 70 7117 9957

M: +82 10 9530 9957

E: h.son@gggi.org

cropped-2SEOUL – March 23,  2016 – GGGI Director-General, Yvo de Boer, briefed Diplomatic Missions and Heads of International Organizations based in the Republic of Korea on the Institute’s achievements in 2015, including work in Rwanda and Korea. In addition, the briefing session provided an overview of plans for the Global Green Growth Week that will take place on September 5-9, 2016, on Jeju Island, Republic of Korea. The event was attended by officials from 40 diplomatic missions and international organizations based in Korea.

Looking at GGGI’s results for 2015, Mr. de Boer highlighted that “GGGI has been working closely with governments to develop policies that are relevant, implemented and resourced”. This has been done by supporting governments to align their national policies with the objectives of green growth.

Mr. de Boer also noted that “although GGGI is a small organization established in 2012, it is already beginning to see results in its efforts to support governments to mobilize green growth finance. In 2015, GGGI’s in-country work in Colombia, Ethiopia, India, and Indonesia catalyzed green growth investments worth $131 million.”

Rwanda’s Ambassador to Korea, Her Excellency Emma-Francois Isumbigabo, noted that “since 2012 GGGI has been a key partner to achieve [Rwanda’s] vision to become a middle-income country in a sustainable and green way”. GGGI has supported the Government of Rwanda to develop a roadmap for green urbanization in secondary cities and is currently supporting the operationalization of Rwanda’s Green Fund (FONERWA) that will enable Rwanda to move from green investment project planning to implementation.

GGGI’s Mr. Yong Sung Kim presented the main findings of the Institute’s assessment of Korea’s green growth experience that was launched in January 2015. Mr. Kim noted that since its First Five Year Plan for Green Growth in 2009, Korea has made significant progress to make “green” a new engine for growth, to invest in green infrastructure, and increase public awareness and institutional standing of green growth.

Finally, Mr. de Boer presented an overview of the high-level action-oriented discussions during the Global Green Growth Week. The Fourth Green Growth Knowledge Platform Annual Conference on September 6-7 will examine the extent to which green growth is delivering its promise of social inclusion. The Global Green Growth Summit on Thursday September 8 will address barriers to green growth investments in an effort to increase the flow of financing by examining international financing instruments and assess progress on national financing vehicles that catalyze green growth technology and infrastructure. An Asian Regional Policy Dialogue on Wednesday September 7 will discuss implementable policy options that address the challenge of transitioning away from inexpensive coal in many countries, in favor of green growth powered by clean renewables.

About GGGI

Based in Seoul, GGGI is an intergovernmental 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, see http://www.gggi.org and visit us on Facebook and Twitter.

addis ababa-croppedSEOUL – March 11, 2016 – Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) member-country, Ethiopia, today became an Accredited Entity to the Green Climate Fund (GCF); a status that grants access to the Fund’s resources for climate change mitigation and adaptation.

GGGI played a critical role in supporting the Government of Ethiopia to develop the strategic frameworks necessary to meet the GCF’s accreditation criteria, including a Private Sector Engagement Strategy, a National Capacity Development Program, and Environmental and Social Safeguards.

“Becoming an Accredited Entity to the GCF will considerably strengthen Ethiopia’s efforts to adapt to climate change and achieve its sustainable development goals. GGGI has been instrumental in building the systems required for the Climate Resilient Green Economy (CRGE) Facility which in-turn accelerated the process of accreditation of MOFEC to the Adaptation Fund and the GCF,” said H.E. Admasu Nebebe, Head of the CRGE Facility and Director of the UN Agencies & Regional Economic Cooperation Directorate of MOFEC. “We are very grateful to GGGI for its strong work in supporting our progress through the rigorous accreditation process.”

Ethiopia’s Ministry of Finance and Economic Cooperation (MOFEC) was one of thirteen national, regional and international entities accredited at GCF’s Board Meeting held in the Republic of Korea, on March 8 -10.  As an Accredited Entity to the GCF, MOFEC will be able to access up to USD 50 million in financing for adaptation and mitigation interventions under Ethiopia’s CRGE strategy.

Funds allocated for CRGE implementation will be disbursed through the CRGE Facility, which is managed by MOFEC in coordination with the Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Climate Change. GGGI will support the effective and efficient realization of the Facility’s mandate. The CRGE Facility was established in 2013 as a vehicle to manage and disburse financial contributions pledged at COP17 following Ethiopia’s adoption of the CRGE strategy.

GGGI played a key role in developing the CRGE Facility’s Operational Manual, Monitoring & Evaluation Systems, and Fast-Track Investment guidelines and priorities that led to the Facility’s mobilization of approximately USD 40 million and subsequent disbursement of USD 21 million as of 2015. GGGI’s Country Representative for Ethiopia serves on the Facility’s Advisory Board, while GGGI experts and staff continue to represent the bulk of Facility’s human resources.

“Today’s announcement validates the work that the CRGE Facility does to mobilize international financing for sustainability projects on the ground that support Ethiopia’s Growth and Transformation agenda for national development,” said Robert Mukiza, GGGI’s Country Representative for Ethiopia.

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.

“GCF accreditation is a wonderful milestone for the GGGI-Ethiopia partnership that has made great strides in planning to secure an inclusive, and environmentally sustainable future for Ethiopia,” said Yvo de Boer, Director-General of GGGI. “We look forward to continued collaboration as we begin the implementation phase of our work.”

GGGI and the Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Climate Change, recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding in support of a jointly developed Country Planning Framework that will implement climate adaptation interventions and green growth actions over the next 5 years.

GGGI and Ethiopia also collaborated in developing the country’s Intended Nationally Determined Contributions.   Continued collaboration intends to help realize these ambitions.

About GGGI

Based in Seoul, GGGI is an intergovernmental 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, see http://www.gggi.org and visit us on Facebook and Twitter.