GGGI and MoFA explore cooperation on green growth

ABU DHABI: The Global Green Growth Institute’s Abu Dhabi regional office, headquartered in Masdar City, has held its first event aimed at exploring mutual cooperation opportunities in the field of green growth on the sidelines of the World Future Energy Summit.

Co-hosted by the directorate of energy and climate change of the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA), the GGGI’s side event included a series of lectures and discussions about the UAE’s action plan to develop its national strategy for green growth.

The event also highlighted the institute’s vision and the steps being taken to facilitate and enhance cooperation in the field of green growth as well as the lessons derived from the UAE and the Institute.

“The UAE action plan to develop its national strategy for green growth is based on four main pillars — policy development, data management, building local capacity and the development of leading pilot projects in the field of green growth,” said Dr Thani Al-Zeyoudi, director of the directorate of energy and climate change of the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“Achieving green growth requires developing new mechanisms and coordinating local efforts in addition to building national specialised capabilities and providing all the relevant information to help develop the integrated policies and legislation needed to achieve this purpose,” he added.

“The Global Green Growth Institute will boost the UAE’s efforts to develop its strategy for green growth by working with local stakeholders, aiming to identify the priorities and work progress and enhancing all models and policies required to achieve green growth in line with the UAE requirements and objectives”, explained Dr Chanho Park , director of GGGI’s Abu Dhabi Office.

The event was attended by representatives from relevant public and private entities in addition to a number of international and local experts in this area, including Dr Al-Zeyoudi, Dr Park and Richard Samans, the director-general of the Global Green Growth Institute.

Through its regional office in Abu Dhabi, GGGI provides the appropriate technical support needed to develop the UAE’s National Strategy For Green Growth in collaboration with different stakeholders, utilising the experience gained from developing and emerging economies in Cambodia, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Thailand, China, India , Mongolia, Peru, Philippines, Rwanda and Vietnam.

GGGI also represents a real success story in its transformation to an active international organisation that highlights the importance and feasibility of adopting policies to drive green economic growth and joins forces with governments to implement these policies.

Additionally, Korea’s continued support to the GGGI will help strengthen its position as an engine for green growth process.GGGI will continue to collaborate with partners in the public and private sectors across both developing and emerging countries in order to place green growth at the heart of the economic planning, along with promoting social development and ensuring energy security.


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