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Seoul – August 16, 2017 – The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) was granted observer-status membership to the United Nations Evaluation Group (UNEG) on July 16, 2017.
The UNEG is an inter-agency network of over 45 members that brings together evaluation professionals from across UN and affiliated organizations. Its mission is to promote the independence, credibility and use of evaluations for learning, decision making and accountability within and beyond the UN system.
Joining the UNEG forms a part of GGGI’s efforts to strengthen its results-based approach to realizing green growth. This was highlighted by the establishment of a new Impact & Evaluation Unit in late 2016, to help harness evidence inside and outside the Institute to further enhance the green growth impact of GGGI’s services to member countries.
“We are pleased and grateful to UNEG for accepting GGGI into this important community of practice” said GGGI Deputy Director-General, Mr. Robert Dawson. He added, “Many UNEG members share a mutual interest in the green growth agenda. Joining this network provides rich opportunities for GGGI to learn from evaluation work of others, as well as for GGGI to contribute and share its own lessons.”
About the Global Green Growth Institute (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.
The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) is working to help the Government of Indonesia to achieve its renewable energy targets. GGGI recently entered the second phase of the GOI-GGGI Green Growth Program (GGP) for 2016-2019 in close cooperation with the Ministry of Planning (Bappenas). The GGP includes renewable energy (RE) project development as a key component. As a part of the program, GGGI is committed to deliver at least 2 bankable green projects in the field of solar PV, Biomass and through increased energy efficiency projects.
For that reason, GGP is now issuing a Call for Expression of Interest (EOI) to identify professional developers who are interested in developing renewable energy projects or energy efficiency projects in Indonesia. GGP shall consider engaging with the projects submitted based on the risks associated and the impact these projects/program seek to make at the national or sub – national level. GGP may also look to aggregate from the pool of projects to develop an investment program that is of national significance. Details on the project specifications that are eligible for consideration under this Call for EOI are provided in this ANNOUNCEMENT PDF.
Interested parties should submit an EOI in accordance with the detailed instructions as set forth in the Annexes. Only those that respond to this EOI and whose submissions which satisfy the minimum requirements shall be considered as GGGI’s project partners. The potential partners
submitting an EOI shall bear the full costs and expenses for the preparation and submission of its EOI whether or not they are ultimately selected as project partners.
In August, 2017, the Royal Government of Cambodia has recently endorsed GGGI’s Green City Strategic Planning Methodology. The Methodology was one of the outputs of the Cambodia Green Urban Development Program (GUDP) Phase I, managed jointly by the National Council for Sustainable Development (NCSD) and the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI). It has been conceived as a guide to provide Cambodian policy makers, at national and sub-national levels, with a road map to introduce and implement principles of sustainable and inclusive green growth in their urban development strategies.
Dr. Say Samal, Minister of Environment and Chair of the NCSD, said that the Methodology is a useful document and he encouraged government policy makers to make the best use of the methodology to develop a green city strategic plan for their respective cities, with support from the development partners, the private sector, and the academic community.
The Methodology is a step by step guide for Cambodia’s municipalities, district and commune officials, as well as national line ministries, seeking to embark on the process of transforming Cambodia’s cities towards greater sustainability and green growth. The Methodology is organized around ten key steps:
The Methodology was piloted successfully in Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia, which resulted in the draft the Phnom Penh Green City Strategic Plan 2017-2026. The Strategic Plan for Phnom Penh will support the implementation of the Phnom Penh’s Master Plan for Land Use 2035, Urban Transport Master Plan 2035, and Master Plan on Drainage and Sewerage Improvement in 2035.
Currently, the Methodology is being introduced to Cambodia’s secondary cities as part of the implementation of GUDP Phase II.
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The Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE) kicked off the process of establishing a national air emissions inventory in Dubai, holding the first stakeholder consultation for participants from both federal and emirate-level entities.
The event was attended by representatives from the Ministry of Energy, the Federal Authority for Competitiveness and Statistics, the Federal Authority for Land and Marine Transport, the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi, Sharjah City Municipality, Bee’ah Company-Sharjah, The Environment Protection and Development Authority-Ras Al Khaimah, Waste Management Authority-Ras Al Khaimah, Ajman Municipality, Umm Al Quwain Municipality, Public Works and Services Department-Umm Al Quwain, Fujairah Municipality and Civil Aviation Authority.
By Ingvild Solvang, GGGI Senior Gender and Social Development Specialist
As I am preparing to represent GGGI at a panel discussion during ADB’s Regional Seminar “Gender Equality in Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management: Weathering an Uncertain Future” in Seoul, Republic of Korea, July 26-28, 2017, I am reminded once again how important it is that the shift towards a green economy doesn’t center its focus on economic and technological innovations alone. Social and political innovations are – I would argue – equally important. Why? Because our future depends on it! A growth model, which fails at “leaving no one behind”, and which continues to widen the gap between rich and poor, women and men, cannot ensure sustainable growth. Not only is increasing inequality a threat to political and social stability, it also undermines the future of markets upon which economic growth depends. Furthermore, facing more intense climate related disasters, the cost of vulnerability is high, and climate resilient economies include resilient communities and households.
When we talk about “inclusion”, we don’t talk about increased opportunities for “a few” marginalized groups. The poor – people failed by the economic system – in middle- and low-income countries makes up a large part of the population, often nearly half. And, when women lack representation in government and community decision-making, 50% of the population lacks direct influence on the political agenda.
This means that achieving inclusive green growth requires leadership and transformational policies. Stand-alone green programs and projects will not be enough. In collaboration with the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), GGGI launched the Pro-poor, Inclusive Green Growth. Experience and a New Agenda in 2016. The publication outlines how the inclusive green growth agenda needs to address underlying structural barriers to inclusion, as outlined in the following outcomes:
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) platform is an important metrics for inclusive green growth. The SDGs support decision-making, which align multiple priorities, and provide confidence for decision makers in creating change.
In short, bringing this wider perspective into the green growth agenda is necessary for us to succeed. It will be challenging because it requires collaboration and coordination across sectors and harmonization between policies.
I am an optimist, nevertheless. GGGI’s rapidly increasing membership is indicative of a growing commitment to the Green Growth agenda. In 2016, all Green Growth policies supported by GGGI included references to poverty reduction and 89% to social inclusion. Positive impacts on people are at the center of the green growth agenda of our members. If Green Growth fails to deliver social co-benefits, it will rapidly loose political support. This is why ADB’s seminar on Gender in Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management is so important, and why we need to continue striving towards diversity in decision-making, inclusive climate finance and promotion of economic empowerment for women, men and the poor.
In July 2017, GGGI and the Royal Thai Government (RTG) jointly committed to Thailand’s Country Planning Framework (CPF), a five-year cooperation framework between the two parties during the 2017-2021 period.
To assist the country in achieving its development objectives laid out Thailand 4.0–which relies on a value-based economy, innovation and technology, and a low carbon society–the overall objective of the CPF is to support the country in delivering its 12th National Economic and Social Development Plan (NESDP), greenhouse gas reduction targets under the Paris Agreement, and renewable energy and energy efficiency targets. Two potential areas of work were also identified, including: a) energy in industry; and b) green cities development.
In terms of energy in industry, GGGI aims to work with the country to increase investment in renewable energy (RE) and energy efficiency (EE) in the industrial sector. Potential activities include, strengthening government capacity on NDC implementation, developing an NDC action plan, developing a pipeline of bankable green projects for both renewable energy and energy efficiency, increasing awareness on NDC implementation, and working on policies and regulations to improve the enabling conditions for effective NDC implementation. These activities will support the country in achieving its targets on reduced national energy intensity, renewable energy in final energy consumption, and GHG emissions reduction.
In the area of green cities development, GGGI aims to work with the country to develop low-carbon, climate-resilient and livable cities that contribute to sustainable economic development and fair regional income distribution. Examples of potential activities include, mainstreaming green growth and climate resilience into urban development, supporting green city development, and strengthening local capacity on green city development. These activities will support the country’s goals of GDP growth, GHG emissions reduction, and reduced air pollution emissions.
The CPF builds on GGGI’s strong engagement in the country since 2014. GGGI worked together with the government to develop the Industry GHG Reduction Roadmap for the Industrial Sector which was completed in 2016. Currently, GGGI is working to accelerate NDC implementation especially in the industrial sector.