The Council

About the GGGI Council

The Council is the executive organ of the GGGI and consists of no more than seventeen members, of which five are from contributing members and elected by the Assembly, five are from participating members and elected by the Assembly, five are experts or non-state actors appointed by the Council, the host country which holds a permanent seat on the Council, and the Director-General without voting right. Members of the Council serve for two-year terms.

The Council Bureau consists of one Chair and two Vice-Chairs with terms of two years.

President & Chair Mr. Ban Ki-moon

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On February 20, 2018, Mr. Ban Ki-moon was unanimously elected as the President of the Assembly and Chair of the Council by the two respective governance organs of the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI). His leadership has been instrumental for the Institute to help its Members adopt a green growth model of development, that is environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive.

In addition to leading GGGI, Mr. Ban serves as the Chair of the Boao Forum for Asia since April 2018. Along with the former President of Austria Mr. Heinz Fischer, he serves as Co-Chair of the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens in Vienna, Austria since January 2018. Mr. Ban is the Chairman of the International Olympic Committee Ethics Commission since September 2017, and he is the Distinguished Chair Professor and Honorary Chairman at the Institute of Global Engagement and Empowerment at Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea. Mr. Ban also serves as Deputy Chair of The Elders since 2017, an independent group of global leaders established by President Nelson Mandela.

Prior to the current appointments above, Mr. Ban served two consecutive terms as the Eighth Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN) from 2007 to 2016, during which time he worked to build bridges, to give voice to the world’s most vulnerable and marginalized people, and to bring transparency and effectiveness to the UN. He successfully initiated global action to combat climate change that culminated in the adoption and rapid entry into force of the landmark Paris Climate Change Agreement in 2016. He worked closely with member states to shape the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and to establish UN Women, the latter of which advances global gender equality and women’s empowerment. He also led major efforts to strengthen UN peace operations, protect human rights, improve humanitarian assistance, prevent violent extremism, and revitalize disarmament activities.

Prior to leading the UN, Mr. Ban was Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Republic of Korea. His 37-year career as a diplomat included postings in New Delhi, Washington D.C., and Vienna, as well as key responsibilities for a variety of portfolios, including as the Foreign Policy Advisor to the President, the Chief National Security Advisor to the President, the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Deputy Minister for Policy Planning, and the Director-General for American Affairs. Mr. Ban contributed significantly to issues relating to inter-Korea relations and WMD proliferation by serving as Vice-Chair of the South-North Joint Nuclear Control Commission and Chairman of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization.

Mr. Ban holds a BA in International Relations from Seoul National University and an MA in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

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Functions of the Council

The Council is responsible for directing the activities of the GGGI, under guidance of the Assembly, which include

  1. Nominating a Director-General for appointment by the Assembly;
  2. Appointing five experts/non-state actors to the Council;
  3. Approving the GGGI’s strategy, and review the results, monitoring and evaluation framework;
  4. Approving the work program and budget;
  5. Approving audited financial statements;
  6. Approving the admission of new members to the Advisory Committee;
  7. Approving the criteria for country program selection;
  8. Approving the Council’s Sub-Committees’ membership;
  9. Approving staff regulations and other regulations of GGGI;
  10. Appointing an external auditor;
  11. Adopting its rules of procedures; and
  12. Performing other functions delegated by the Assembly or conferred in the Agreement.

Members of the Council


For the full list of Council Members since 2012, see LINK

Previous Sessions of the Council

Inaugural Council (Seoul, Oct 23-24, 2012) DOCS / SUMMARY

2nd Council (Abu Dhabi, Jan 17, 2013) DOCS / SUMMARY

3rd Council (Songdo, Jun 8-9, 2013) DOCS / SUMMARY

4th Council (Songdo, Dec 5-6, 2013) DOCS / SUMMARY

5th Council (Seoul, Jun 19-20, 2014) DOCS / SUMMARY

6th Council (Songdo, Nov 18, 2014) DOCS / SUMMARY

7th Council (Bali, Jul 23-24, 2015) DOCS / SUMMARY

4th Assembly & 8th Council (Seoul, Nov 18-19, 2015) DOCS / SUMMARY

5th Assembly & 9th Council (Jeju, Sep 9, 2016) DOCS /SUMMARY

6th Assembly & 10th Council (Addis Ababa, Oct 19, 2017) DOCS / SUMMARY

7th Assembly & 11th Council (Seoul, Oct 2018) DOCS / SUMMARY

8th Assembly & 12th Council (Seoul, Oct 24, 2019) DOCS / SUMMARY

9th Assembly & 13th Council (Seoul, Oct 12-23, 2020) DOCS / SUMMARY

10th Assembly & 14th Council (Seoul/hybrid Oct 11-22, 2021) DOCS / SUMMARY

11th Assembly & 15th Council (Seoul, Oct 27, 2022) DOCS / SUMMARY