Seoul, Republic of Korea – October 1, 2019 – The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) held a Media Briefing Session for the Global Green Growth Week (GGGW2019) at its headquarters in Seoul today. Director-General, Frank Rijsberman, Deputy Director-General, Hyeoun Jenny Kim, and Assistant Director-General, Susanne Pedersen, presented at the event to offer highlights from this year’s UNGA, an overview of GGGW2019, and information on GGGI’s new Green Growth Index.
More than 20 journalists and foreign correspondents from AFP, Reuters, Arirang TV, the Korea Herald, the Korea JoongAng Daily, Chosun Biz, Energy News, Hwankyung Ilbo, The Kyunghyang Shinmun and Yonhap News Agency gathered to get a first look into GGGW2019’s featured speakers, events, and sessions, including the Global Policy Dialogue, the 7th Green Growth Knowledge Platform, the (GGKP) Annual Conference, and the AMCHAM Energy and Environment Committee Seminar on Air Pollution and Health.
Dr. Rijsberman started off the session by elaborating on the work of GGGI and his reflections from the recent UNGA and Climate Week in New York City. He shared that there now are a lot of opportunities for both the public and private sectors from the current green transition, and GGGI works to support governments with this initiative, including through the mobilization of investment from the private sector.
Afterwards, Deputy Director-General, Hyeoun Jenny Kim presented the overview for GGGW2019. She detailed how this year’s GGGW focuses on “Unlocking Renewable Energy Potential,” with events including Renewable Energy Transition and Generation of Jobs to feature how renewable energy can assist countries to boost their economy through job creation. Moreover, the week will feature the Green Growth Knowledge Partnership (GGKP) Annual Conference on “Achieving Global Green Energy Transformation” by showcasing the latest research on scaling up sustainable energy.
At the end of the briefing session, Assistant Director-General Susanne Pedersen announced the upcoming launch of GGGI’s new Green Growth Index and offered additional details on this initiative. Journalists in attendance were provided with information on the four dimensions of Green Growth that are considered under the new Green Growth Index, which are (i) using resources efficiently and sustainably; (ii) protecting natural capital; (iii) creating green economic opportunities; and (iv) ensuring inclusive growth.