FIN_COP21_GGGI_Flyers01_WebBanner From September 5-9, 2016, on Jeju Island, Republic of Korea, the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) will convene a series of high level policy dialogues around Global Green Growth Week to support members and strategic partners to make measurable progress in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and materializing green growth and climate change financing.

The Green Growth Knowledge Platform Annual Conference 2016

The GGKP Annual Conference will advance efforts that deliver pro-poor inclusive green growth through expert discussions that:

  • • Deliver the latest findings on policies and practices that stimulate inclusive growth
  • • Identify priorities for action by stakeholders to pursue the most promising policies and practices
  • • Build practitioner skills and define future research, knowledge-sharing, and collaboration opportunities to promote pro-poor inclusive green growth


The Global Green Growth Summit 2016

GGGS 2016 will stimulate policy debate on much needed innovative financing and bankable green investment projects and engage public and private stakeholders to explore:

  • • Leveraging international green finance, including private capital,
  • • multilateral grants, equity, guarantees and climate finance investments
  • • Creating innovative national green finance options that collect, blend and
  • • coordinate programming for climate finance
  • • Supporting governments and private institutions to develop “bankable”
  • • projects that leverage multiple sources of finance to de-risk projects
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The Ninth Session of the Council and Fifth Session of the Assembly

The 9th Council and 5th Assembly sessions draw upon the conclusions of the GGKP Annual Conference and GGGS 2016,  to provide direction on how GGGI can effectively respond to country demands for innovative, objective and technically grounded service offerings across thematic priorities areas.  The sessions will serve to approve the GGGI Work Program and Budget for 2017-2018, and appoint new members to the Council to guide the Institute’s work over the period 2017-2018.

The Green Growth Fair

The Green Growth Fair will be held in parallel with GGGS and the GGKP Annual Conference, and will serve as a platform for sponsors and partners to visually demonstrate (stands/booths, print material, video) their green growth achievements, innovations and technologies. The Green Growth Fair will also include sessions to highlight and discuss particular technological solutions to green growth challenges and opportunities.

Thematic Side Events

Side events held ahead of Global Green Growth Week will provide a platform for customized sessions on specific aspects of green growth. GGGI partner institutions are encouraged to organize evens related to the week’s two main themes of social inclusion and finance for green growth. The week’s programmes will also be interspersed with a series of special lectures and presentations, including from GGGI Member countries eager to highlight their country initiatives and to discuss partnerships in support of delivery.


Jeju Special Self-Governing Province

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For more information, please contact:

Jovie Corazon Importante
Global Green Growth Week Coordinator
Global Green Growth Institute
T: +82-2-2096-9991

The GGGI Strategic Plan, Accelerating the Transition to a New Model of Growth, adopted in November 2014 by the GGGI Council, shifts GGGI’s focus to least developed countries (LDCs), to working increasingly in Member countries, and to developing bankable projects on the ground. The strategy also reorganizes GGGI’s priorities to focus primarily on issues related to green city development, energy, land-use, and water.

Read the GGGI Strategy here.

CaptureSEOUL – November 23, 2015 – The Royal Norwegian Government and the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) today signed an agreement to further support Indonesia efforts to achieve socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable development through green growth.

As part of the agreement Norway will contribute a USD 19 million grant to the GGGI-Indonesia Green Growth Program, which has been driven by GGGI and Indonesia’s Ministry of National Development Planning (BAPPENAS) since 2013.

“This new agreement is a testament to the green growth results that have been achieved in Indonesia, and is a strong reaffirmation of Norway’s commitment to partnering with GGGI and Indonesian stakeholders to secure an inclusive and sustainable future for all in Indonesia,” said Yvo de Boer, Director-General of GGGI.

Building on the results of Phase I of the Indonesia Green Growth Program, the agreement will fund Phase II efforts to foster suitable green investment conditions in Indonesia’s renewable energy sector, special economic zones, and forestry and other land-use sectors.

The agreement will further enable national level ministries, provincial and district-level governments to continue to demonstrate strong ownership in the development and implementation of green growth strategies that achieve identified targets.

“We are encouraged by the leadership shown by the government in choosing green growth to achieve economic growth and to solve environment and climate challenges affecting the Indonesian people. Recently a large number of people have suffered from forest and peat fires. Green growth offers good solutions to this problem. Together, GGGI and the government, through both BAPPENAS and the Ministry of Environment and Forest, can continue to build and strengthen green partnerships between communities, government, civil society and the business community,” said Stig Traavik, Norwegian Ambassador to Indonesia.

With strong commitment by Indonesia, GGGI will continue to support the Indonesian government at all levels to develop and implement cross-sectoral green growth plans related to energy, special economic zones, and forest and land-based mitigation, as well as providing support for relevant government authorities to take a systematic enabling approach to encourage green investment.

The agreement was signed by the Norwegian Ambassador to Jakarta on behalf of the Ministry of Climate and Environment and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Oslo.

Norway and Indonesia are both member countries of GGGI.

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 and visit us on Facebook and Twitter.

Are countries which have not been responsible over decades, perhaps even over centuries, for huge greenhouse gas emissions, promoting global warming now obliged to cut on their CO2 emissions in global interest? Even if they were, aren’t Western industralised countries morally and politically obliged to provide technology and funds to enable India and other industrialising countries to meet their goals — self-imposed or otherwise — of emission cuts? India’s recent promise, for example, to lower its emissions intensity of GDP by 33-35 per cent by 2030 from 2005 levels is expected to cost around $2.5 trillion. India about just cannot afford it.

In 2009, the United Progressive Alliance government made a bold policy statement, on cutting India’s CO2 emissions in response to continuing worldwide concern on global warming. Historically India was not responsible for carbon emissions and its per capita emissions was one of the lowest, not warranting any mitigation action.

Yet, the government declared its intention to reduce CO2 to GDP intensity by 15-20 per cent in 2020, with reference to 2005 levels. A “National Action Plan for Climate Change” was also brought into being along with eight major missions, including missions for energy efficiency, solar, agriculture, and sustainable habitat.

The present government’s equally bold, recent declaration of its “intended nationally determined contributions” towards climate change mitigation are both ambitious and realistic. It has now agreed to CO2 emission cuts by 33 per cent to 35 per cent in 2030, from 2005 levels, and aspires to achieve 40 per cent power generation from non-fossil fuel sources. The Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) also recognises the need for adaptation in agriculture, water resources, health and disaster management. It makes it clear that emission cuts will not affect government’s commitment to “sustainable development”.

India is at a crucial stage in its developmental trajectory. Its the world’s third-largest CO2 emitter after China and the US, although its per capita emissions (two tonnes per capita) are well below those of the US (20) and China (9).
For example, India’s per capita electricity consumption is a measly 800 kilowatt per hour as against that of China (3,500 kWh), the US (13,000 kWh) and Brazil (2,500 kWh). Nearly 50 per cent of our rural households lack access to electricity. Clearly we will take a long time catching up with Brazil, let alone the US and Europe.

So how does India achieve its twin objectives of sustainable development and lifting millions out of poverty, while at the same time not significantly adding to global carbon emissions?

Does development necessarily imply an energy infrastructure that is totally dependent on coal and oil? China paid a heavy price for such a growth model as several cities in China have disturbingly poor air quality escalating mortality and morbidity rates.

This is in addition to the thousands of deaths from coal mining disasters. We are already witnessing the rapid deterioration in air quality standards in Delhi and other metros here in India.

Can we explore an alternate development paradigm which decouples growth from carbon emissions? In a recent study, for the first time we explored such a paradigm in Karnataka by collaborating with leading national and international research institutions, including Global Green Growth Institute, South Korea.

Read the full article from The Asian Age here.


seoul c-e confOn November 20, 2015, GGGI Council Chair and President of the Assembly, Dr. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, delivered the Keynote Address to the Second Seoul Climate-Energy Conference in Seoul, Republic of Korea. Dr. Yudhoyono spoke of the importance of reducing dependence on fossil fuels in favor of renewable energy options.

Below is the full text of the speech.



Distinguished Guests,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Let me begin by expressing my thanks to Korea Advance Institute for Science and Technology and Coalition for Our Common Future for inviting me to address this important climate energy conference.

It is good to be here in Seoul. I have lost count how many times I have been to the Republic of Korea, the country where my father in law once served as Indonesia’s Ambassador, and where my wife Ani spent her life’s memorable years.

I stand on this rostrum today in my capacity as Chairman of GGGI. I am pleased to inform you that, since its founding in 2012, GGGI has rapidly progressed to be a reputable champion for green growth. Thus, the Korean people should be proud that their country is the initiator and host of such a wonderful and impactful organization as GGGI.

The theme of this climate – energy conference is actually part of the 4 thematic priorities of GGGI, namely : green city, energy, water and land use. And, the topic of this conference — “On the Road to Paris and the Green Big Bang” — is spot on.

I was born in 1949. At that time, global greenhouse gas emissions amounted to 6 billion tons. Today, that figure has sharply risen to around 35 billion tons — 6 times what it was over 6 decades ago ! I cannot imagine carbon emissions rising another 6 times in the next 6 decades. That is not the world I want my 3 grandchildren to live in.

But in reality, this is what continues to happen. The last 18 years have witnessed the hottest 15 years ever recorded in the world. And the first 10 months of 2014 were the warmest on Earth since modern record-keeping began in 1880.

A recent study by Professors in UC Berkeley shows that the unmitigated climate change will shrink global economy by 23% in 2100.

Climate change is indeed a security threat like no other. One indication that times are changing was reflected in one interesting poll by PEW, which found “China and India fear climate change more than each other”

Which leads to the central question relating to this climate – energy conference : how do we adjust our energy needs for future climate economics ?

Energy use is still a predominant source of global carbon emissions, more so than industry, agriculture, transport, and others.

Carbon emissions from fossil fuel use make up about two-thirds of global greenhouse gas emissions.

In the next 15 years, the world’s energy demand is projected to grow by some 25 – 35%, as up to 3 billion people enter the global middle class and world economic output doubles. We should not aim to meet this surge in energy demand by producing more fossil fuels.

I am aware that in the short term, this dependence on fossil fuel will continue. But clearly for the long-term, renewable energy is the way to go.

Here, developments around the world prove that we have some cause for optimism on the prospects of renewables.

For example, in 2013, for the first time, the world added more low-carbon electricity capacity than fossil fuel capacity.

Significantly also, global economic growth and CO2 emissions are beginning to decouple. The global economy grew by 3% last year, but CO2 emissions did not rise.

I also note that clean tech investment is surging in a promising way. Each dollar invested in renewables today buys more capacity than ever. For example, $ 270 billion invested in renewables in 2014 bought 36% more capacity than US$ 279 billion spent in 2011.

Which is perhaps why sustainable companies have outperformed their peers by 9 % over the past 4 years.

Renewable energy is therefore the game changer in the climate economics.

For example, Brazil, China, the European Union, India, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, and the United States — together represent 65 percent of global energy demand.

If these 8 economies follow through on their INDCs — or Intended Nationally Determined Contribution — the amount of clean energy on the grid will more than double by 2030.

All these efforts serve as critical building blocks in the climate agreement that we hope will be finalized at COP-21 this month.

Our strategic goal, as specified under the climate change convention (UNFCCC), is for all countries to work together to limit the rise of global temperature to 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

In order to do this, the human race can only spend 1 trillion tons of carbon budget. We have already spent two-thirds of this global carbon budget. We have only 3 decades left to spend the remaining one-third.

In the past 21 years, climate negotiations have been characterized by strong considerations of national interest.

But at the COP-21 in Paris, I hope all country delegates would go beyond national interests, and think and act as one big human family, with the much needed will and imagination to answer the call of history to save our planet.

The International Energy Agency (IEA) estimates that to achieve a 2°C pathway, annual investment in low-carbon power supply — solar, wind, hydropower, bioenergy and nuclear, as well as carbon capture and storage — will need to grow to an average of about US$ 520 billion per year between 2014 and 2035.

The developing countries, including the Least Developed Countries, do care and do have the will to act. At the GGGI Assembly and Council Meeting yesterday, we heard delegates from Colombia, Ethiopia, Mongolia, Philippines, Nepal, Senegal, Uganda and Indonesia, expressing strong interests and clear plan in a green future. But many of them lack resources, knowhow, technology, and finance. And they want to see COP-21 producing a clear global climate agreement so that they can pursue low carbon development future with adequate support and predictability.

Developed countries need to help the developing countries close this huge gap in finance so that all countries can follow carbon development path. I understand that this figure would amount to annual financing of around $ 100 billion a year. Yes, it is a staggering sum but it is a worthy investment in our common future.

But developing countries can also do their part. Innovation, research and development, investment is not the monopoly of developed countries — there is plenty of space for the developing world as well.

Here is where I commend Korea’s leadership and innovation. Korea has become a pioneer in energy innovation. For example, you have made amazing advances in tidal technology, which could well be one of the game changers — I am told your tidal wave power has been able to supply energy needs for small coastal towns. I hope you will be able to share this remarkable know-how with other nations. Archipelagic countries like Indonesia will have a lot of use for such tidal energy.

One last point: any ambitious plan to develop climate energy requires the expansion of Public Private Partnership – PPP. Many local governments with limited resources are looking for alternative source of capital, and many companies are interested to partner with Governments. Yet, often the price is not right, and the regulatory framework is unclear.

There is no single one size fits all model of PPP, which means they need to be creative in working out the right business models that suit their specific local conditions. If countries, and cities, can work out the right PPP, then I am sure that we will witness a rapid growth of renewable energy worldwide.

This will also impact on jobs – good jobs. Indeed, this is one area that GGGI has focused on. GGGI has done extensive studies in several developed and developing countries, and concluded that the shift to clean energy will not only contribute to greener economy, it can actually generate considerable employment. Brazil, for example, focusing on green technology especially the wind sector can add nearly half a million jobs. For Indonesia, clean energy investments could lead to more than 8 million jobs. In Germany, employment in green technologies is already 2 million and counting. The same is also true for South Korea and South Africa, to varying degrees. This, I believe, is only the tip of the iceberg given that the business potential for green energy is simply limitless.

Finally, let me say that green growth is both top bottom and bottom up process. We must see it at work globally and nationally and locally. But all these levels can only work if we can make it work at the most basic level, which is in the households, and the individual. If households around the world become climate conscious, and embrace low carbon lifestyle in their daily activities, then we shall finally be able to save humanity, and save our planet.

I thank you.

Senegal_Uganda_NepalSeoul, Republic of Korea – November 19, 2015 – The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) approved new projects for Uganda, Senegal and Nepal today as part of its effort to expand operations in Least Developed Countries and support them in the transition to green economies.

GGGI Director-General, Yvo de Boer, said “GGGI has made it a priority to balance core resources between Least Developed Countries and Middle Income Countries. I am confident that GGGI will achieve the target set in its Strategic Plan 2015-2020 with the share of the core budget allocated to LDCs in 2016 reaching 45 percent.”

The GGGI Strategic Plan 2015-2020 commits the Institute to allocate 50 percent of its core budget to Least Developed Countries by 2020.

At the session, Ugandan Minister of Finance, Planning and Economic Development, Hon. Matia Kasaija noted that “Ugandans desire a green economy and clean environment where the ecosystem is sustainably managed and the livability of the urban systems greatly improved.” The Minister reiterated the commitment of the Government of Uganda to become a member of the GGGI.

In Uganda, GGGI will provide technical support to the government to create an actionable Green Growth Strategy, which is considered as an important first step to making the transition to a green economy. GGGI will also assist Uganda with developing Green Secondary City Development Guidelines as well as supporting key policy makers and stakeholders to develop their capacity.

Mr. Souleymane Diallo, Director of Cabinet from the Senegalese Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development noted that “the government hopes that green growth will be mainstreamed into priority projects and sectors to reduce poverty, improve social inclusion, and avoid the depletion of already limited resources while addressing climate change.”

In Senegal, GGGI will work in consultation with Senegal’s Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development (MESD) to operationalize a National Climate Fund to prepare bankable projects for submission to national and international funds. In addition, GGGI will support the government to advance its green city and renewable energy use in rural areas.

In Nepal, GGGI will conduct the Green Growth Assessment to align the country’s existing ministerial/sectoral policies and strategies with green growth and support capacity building of government officials in line with Nepal’s Vision 2030 and Low Carbon Economic Development Strategy.

The sessions of the Council and the Assembly serve as a platform to facilitate south-south learning among GGGI member countries in relation to green growth and the impact of GGGI in-country programs.

The session was chaired by His Excellency Dr Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Former President of the Republic of Indonesia and attended by ministers and senior officials from GGGI’s 24 member countries as well as a number of observers (including Colombia, China, the European Union, Germany, Hungary, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Nepal, Peru and Uganda).

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 and visit us on Facebook and Twitter.

CS8-3_croppedSeoul, Republic of Korea – November 18, 2015The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) launched its Country Planning Frameworks for Colombia, Ethiopia, Mongolia and the Philippines for the first time today in an effort to support these countries in the transition to low-carbon green and sustainable economies and help them deliver on the UN Sustainable Development Goals launched in September 2015 and their national actions to address climate change. GGGI presented the Frameworks at the Eighth Session of its Council and Fourth Session of its Assembly.

GGGI Director-General, Yvo de Boer, noted “I am delighted to launch GGGI’s first four Country Planning Frameworks – which lay the foundation for our engagement with, and the design of GGGI’s projects in, Colombia, Ethiopia, Mongolia and the Philippines over the next five years. The Frameworks support the implementation of the GGGI Strategic Plan 2015-2020”.

More specifically, GGGI plans to support Colombia in its efforts to develop a national green growth vision by aligning long-term policies and financing. In addition, GGGI seeks to work closely with the government of Ethiopia to develop bankable investment projects in support of the country’s Climate Resilient Green Economy strategy. GGGI’s interventions in Mongolia include green energy and infrastructure and in the Philippines, GGGI will continue incorporating climate resilience in national and local planning and support the operations of the People’s Survival Fund.

The Frameworks were developed in consultation with the governments of Colombia, Ethiopia, Mongolia and the Philippines. This included government consultation, stakeholder meetings, technical and strategic planning workshops. These four governments have subsequently endorsed their respective frameworks.

The sessions of the Council and the Assembly serve as a platform to facilitate south-south learning among GGGI member countries in relation to green growth and the impact of GGGI in‑country programs. The Council and the Assembly is chaired by His Excellency Dr. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Former President of the Republic of Indonesia and attended by ministers and senior officials from GGGI’s 24 member countries as well as a number of observer countries (including Colombia, China, the European Union, Germany, Hungary, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Nepal, Peru and Uganda).

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 and visit us on Facebook and Twitter.

Nov 18_mapWashington, D.C./London, November 18, 2015: A new paper by the New Climate Economy identifies the lessons learned from past attempts to reform fossil fuel subsidies, explores why progress has been slow, and outlines the principles for successful reform.

After a slow start 6 years ago when the G20 and APEC made commitments to phase out inefficient fossil fuel subsidies, about 30 countries have launched or accelerated fossil fuel subsidy reforms. The paper, Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform: From Rhetoric to Reality, examines what worked and what didn’t, providing in-depth case studies of 15 countries.

“Phasing out fossil fuel subsidies offers both economic and climate gains”, said Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, former finance minister of Nigeria and a member of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, “Reform could allow for targeted spending on public services for those who need it most and boost economic efficiency. And on the climate front, it could deliver global greenhouse gas emissions reductions of as much as 13% by 2050. Undertaking subsidy reform – and getting it right – is critical for better growth and better climate.”

The report finds that the economic and environmental benefits of phasing out fossil fuel subsidies are clear. Even so, governments are forecasted to spend almost US$650 billion funding fossil fuel subsidies in 2015.

“Fossil fuel subsidies create significant burdens on government budgets, taking up as much as 5% of GDP in as many as 40 countries, often more than is spent on health or education”, said Helen Mountford, Program Director of the New Climate Economy. “Removing these subsidies can spur a virtuous circle, freeing up scarce government funds to be spent on other critical priorities, including better targeted support for the poor.”

The paper identifies the following principles for governments attempting reform:

  • Ensure reforms take a ‘whole-of-government’ approach. In Honduras and the Dominican Republic, joint action was taken across the government, creating broad political ownership.
  • Mobilise resources upfront. Indonesia prepared for reforms in the state budget ahead of time to support households through the transition.
  • Provide clear and transparent public information on the scale and impacts of reform. Iran and Ghana succeeded in reform through widespread public information campaigns, while Bolivia faced demonstrations and strikes in part due to limited information among citizens.
  • Reallocate the resources saved to those groups most affected by reform. In the Middle East and North Africa, 100% of the reforms that provided targeted support to households were successful, but only 17% of attempted reforms that did not provide support were successful.
  • Phase-out the subsidies according to a credible and pre-planned timeframe. Angola, India, and Peru succeeded by starting first with reforming gasoline subsidies before reforming those to diesel and kerosene.

The report finds that momentum has been building with new reform efforts in the last two years in a number of countries, spurred by low oil prices and tightening budgets. For example, Egypt raised fuel prices by 78% in 2014 and plans to double them over the next 5 years. In 2015 the Angolan government approved a 60% cut in support for fossil fuels. Together, these experiences offer a path from rhetoric to implementation.

Shelagh Whitely, lead author of the report and a Research Fellow at the Overseas Development Institute, added: “The G20 and APEC have committed to phasing out inefficient fossil fuel subsidies, but most haven’t yet delivered. They should follow the positive examples of change and scale reforms to eliminate fossil fuel subsidies by no later than 2025. In a time when low oil prices are expected to continue and many governments are looking to create fiscal space, there’s no excuse to delay phasing out fossil fuel subsidies any longer.”


Notes to Editors:

Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform: From Rhetoric to Reality is a background paper for Seizing the Global Opportunity: Partnerships for Better Growth and a Better Climate. A second paper also published today, Fossil fuel subsidy reform in sub-Saharan Africa: From Rhetoric to Reality was provided as input to the 2015 Africa Progress Panel Report. The in-depth country studies in the paper pertain to Angola, Argentina, Canada, Egypt, Germany, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Iran, Mexico, Peru, Tunisia, Turkey, and the UAE.

The New Climate Economy is the flagship project of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate. It was established by seven countries: Colombia, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Norway, South Korea, Sweden and the United Kingdom, as an independent initiative to examine how countries can achieve economic growth while dealing with the risks posed by climate change.

Chaired by former Mexican President Felipe Calderón, and co-chaired by renowned economist Lord Nicholas Stern, the Commission comprises 28 leaders from 20 countries, including former heads of government and finance ministers, leading business people, investors, city mayors and economists.

Research for the Commission has been carried out by a partnership of leading global economic and policy institutes, including the World Resources Institute (Managing Partner), the Climate Policy Initiative, the Ethiopian Development Research Institute, the Global Green Growth Institute, Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations, the Overseas Development Institute, the Stockholm Environment Institute and Tsinghua University.

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