cropped 3BEIJING, China – August 27, 2015 – The Global Green Growth Institute recently traveled to China to meet with high-level government officials and discuss new areas of potential green growth collaboration in the world’s second largest economy.

From August 19 to 21, GGGI’s Assistant Director General, Per Bertilsson, held a series of meetings with officials from China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Environmental Protection, the State Council Development Research Center, the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development, and the Policy Research Center for Economy and Environment.

“China has worked steadily through its recent strategic development plans to retool its economy to be more sustainable, and greener,” said Assistant Director General, Per Bertilsson. “GGGI shares these priorities, and will continue to support its green growth initiatives in China, while working to explore and leverage in partnership new innovative opportunities to deliver inclusive, sustainable growth”

Reiterated during the discussions was support for and promise of new modalities and new partnerships that a growing GGGI engagement in China offers. Chinese counterparts enthusiastically noted GGGI’s global platform to bring good practices in green growth to China on the one hand, and share China’s knowledge and experience to other developing countries on the other.

“The Government of China and GGGI are both dedicated to a greener path of development, which we can work to achieve through the collaborative sharing of lessons learned and good practices from China and the rest of the world,” said Ms. Xiaozhi Song, Deputy Director General of the International Cooperation Department, Ministry of Environmental Protection.

Chinese officials also highlighted their expectation of GGGI to play a role in South-South Cooperation in terms of environmental friendly growth as well as confirming that green growth should remain at the core for economic and social development policies in China. Strong appreciation was shared for GGGI’s efforts and interests working with the Chinese government to promote the green transition.

“Though China has made great achievements in economic development for the past three decades, it is now at an important stage with changes in the economic growth pattern,” said Mr. Zhang Junkuo, Vice Minister from the State Council Development Research Center. “Green growth should be the core of economic and social development in China to achieve sustainable development. DRC welcomes the cooperation with GGGI to support the efforts of green transition in China.”

The meetings served to build support for GGGI’s ongoing work in China and generated momentum for new green growth initiatives that are aligned with the Government of China’s commitment to its Ecological Civilization principle, which envisions a low carbon economy founded on sustainable growth, remediation of environmental damage, and greater attention to human health and dignity.


GGGI has been delivering green growth programs in China since 2012.

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.

  • Organization: Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI)
  • Post Date: 28 July 2015
  • Location: Seoul HQ
  • Assignment: Fulltime
  • Position Number: GGGI-HR_15-207
  • Closing Date: 4 September 2015
  • Details/To apply: Principal Economist, Green Growth Index

On March 24, 2015, GGGI’s Inhee Chung sat down with the Switch_Asia Network Facility – an EU funded program – to discuss the linkages between sustainable consumption and production, and green growth and poverty reduction.

SWITCH-Asia Network Facility: Could you please share with us what the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) is and what it does?

Inhee Chung (IC):The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) was established with the ambition to be a new type of international organisation dedicated to supporting and promoting inclusive and sustainable economic growth in developing countries and emerging economies. In operation since 2010, GGGI currently has more than 30 programmes in over 20 countries and has witnessed the green growth paradigm becoming an attractive opportunity for countries to achieve poverty reduction, environmental protection, resource efficiency and economic growth in an integrated manner. GGGI supports partner countries to develop green growth strategies, policies and plans, either at the national or local level, that deliver these goals simultaneously, while accelerating investment in resource efficient technologies and industries that support green growth ambitions.

Why green growth? What does the term mean and how does it differ from other terms such as sustainable development?

IC: Green growth, green economy and sustainable development essentially share the common vision of simultaneously achieving poverty reduction, social inclusion, environmental sustainability and economic growth. The subtle difference may lie in the operationalisation of this vision at the country level, as the main aim of a green growth strategy is to provide a clear framework for how countries can translate the global vision into their national development strategy and action plan. Sustainable development, the term which has been around the longest and is thus most familiar, represents a grand paradigm linking economy, society and environment, whereas a green growth strategy proposes a policy framework. In that sense, green growth is more concrete and results-oriented. In other words, green growth strategy contributes to a sustainable development by providing an actionable policy framework to generate conditions for promoting new, greener and more inclusive sources of growth.

Read the entire interview here.

Find the latest issue of SWITCH-Asia Magazine here.

  • Organization: Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI)
  • Post Date: 25 August 2015
  • Location: Seoul HQ
  • Assignment: Fulltime
  • Position Number: GGGI-HR_15-303
  • Closing Date: 15 September 2015
  • Details/To apply: Principal Investment Partnership Specialist

addis ababa-croppedADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia – August 20, 2015 – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) signed a Host Country Agreement (HCA) on August 18, 2015. The agreement will help strengthen collaboration between the Government of Ethiopia and GGGI, which is counted as a key partner in helping the Horn of Africa nation build a resilient economy through strong, inclusive and sustainable green growth.

At the signing ceremony, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs reiterated its support for GGGI as a strategic and valued partner committed to realizing Ethiopia’s Climate Resilient Green Economy strategy goals, and expressed confidence that the HCA would aid the operational and implementation effectiveness of GGGI’s work in Ethiopia.

GGGI Ethiopia Country Representative, Mr. Robert Mukiza, signing the HCA on behalf of GGGI, noted the Government of Ethiopia’s commendable work in Climate Resilience and Green Economy development, “The partnership between GGGI and the Government of Ethiopia has been ongoing since 2010, and has accomplished much in helping develop and implement strategies and actions that will help the country achieve its development goals through a sustainable and inclusive green growth model. This agreement will only strengthen our partnership and collaborative efforts.”

Ethiopia is currently developing the second phase of the national Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP-II), which GGGI is supporting through the development of a Country Planning Framework that will assist in the building of a climate resilient green economy will aims to elevate Ethiopia to middle-income country status by 2025.

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.

  • Organization: Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI)
  • Post Date: 18 August 2015
  • Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • Assignment: Individual Contractor
  • Position Number: GGGI-HR_15-111
  • Closing Date: 8 September 2015
  • Details/To apply: Green Growth Economist, Ethiopia

  • Organization: Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI)
  • Post Date: 18 August 2015
  • Location: Seoul HQ
  • Assignment: Fulltime
  • Position Number: GGGI-HR_15-140
  • Closing Date: 8 September 2015
  • Details/To apply: Expansion Officer

  • Organization: Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI)
  • Post Date: 18 August 2015
  • Location: Seoul HQ
  • Assignment: Fulltime
  • Position Number: GGGI-HR_15-139
  • Closing Date: 8 September 2015
  • Details/To apply: Expansion Manager

cropped 1ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia – August 13, 2015- The Government of Ethiopia (GoE) today launched climate resilience strategies for the agriculture, forestry, water, irrigation and energy sectors during a high-level event organized by the Ministry of Environment and Forest (MEF), the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) and the Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy (MoWIE) in collaboration with Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI). The strategic plans are a part of the GoE’s strategic vision to build a Climate Resilient Green Economy (CRGE) in response to the challenges of climate change and environmental degradation and to leverage the opportunities of green growth while reaching middle-income status by 2025.

The Addis Ababa launch-event was attended by H.E. Ato. Belete Tafere, Minister of Environment and Forest, H.E. Ato. Wondimu Tekle, State Minister of Water, Irrigation and Energy, H.E. Ato. Kebede Yimam, State Minister of Environment and Forest, H.E. Ato. Neway Gebreab, Chief Economic Advisor to the Prime Minister, and representatives from donors, development partners and senior executives from sector ministries of the GoE.

Opening the event, Mr. Robert Mukiza, GGGI’s Ethiopia program Country Representative, expressed GGGI’s pleasure in partnering with the GoE in the development of the climate resilience and green economy framework and sector guidance for the successful integration of CRGE into the second phase of Ethiopia’s Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP II). Mr. Mukiza also highlighted the importance of sector specific climate resilient strategies and integration of CRGE into the GTP II and commended the swift implementation of CRGE through fast track investment.

Launching the strategies, Minister Belete Tafere emphasized that sustained rapid economic growth and structural transformation should go hand in hand and reiterated that the GoE is committed to achieving both growth and overall economic development, whilst also tackling climate change and driving down poverty to improve the livelihoods of everyone. Minister Belete also stressed the importance of CRGE implementation, which is designed to unlock economic growth and community development in a wide array of interlinked opportunities by directly and indirectly addressing the development needs of the community and the country at large while contributing to the global effort to curb global warming. He also expressed his appreciation to the Embassy of Norway, the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development, and the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) for providing support to the Climate Resilience strategy development process.

While presenting a summary of the strategies for the Agriculture and Forestry sectors, Minister Kebede Yimam highlighted that the strategies fall under Land Use, land use change and forestry, which also captures co-benefits like livelihoods, ecosystem services and food security. Minister Kebede expressed his hope that the strategies will help to identify how climate change impacts smallholder farmers and what action can be taken in the short term to ensure that their vulnerability is minimized.

Presenting the key points of the climate resilience strategies for water, irrigation and energy, Minister Wondimu Tekle noted the importance of these resources to economic growth and transformation and that these sectoral strategies are expected to identify key strategic priorities to ensure that the MoWIE continues to contribute to climate resilient green growth and transformation.cropped 2

During the event, development partners and donors highlighted the importance of moving from strategies to actual implementation of strategies. During the interactions, Ato. Kare Chawicha, State Minister of Environment of Forest expressed his appreciations on the commendable achievements of CRGE implementation.

In his concluding remarks, His Excellency Ato. Neway Gebreab, suggested that linkages between a green economy and climate resilience is key for a holistic transformation of the Ethiopian economy, adding that both of these development paradigms – economic development and resilience – should go hand in hand to achieve an inclusive growth and help Ethiopia reach middle-income status by 2025.

Find the complete Agriculture and Forestry Climate Resilience Strategy here.

Find the complete Water and Energy Climate Resilience Strategy here.

Read more about GGGI’s work in Ethiopia here.

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.