GGGWeek 2021 – NDCs, Green Growth Strategy Index

Low Emissions Climate Resilient Development in the Pacific

– Date/Time: October 25, 2021, 09:30-10:30 KST (GMT+9)

– Session lead:

  • Mr. Miguel Londono, Snr Low Emissions Climate Resilient Development (LECRD) Program Management Officer, GGGI

The LECRD program is a three-year endeavour supports regional resilience, adaptation and emissions reduction by working with Pacific Islands Countries to transition to inclusive, low emissions and climate resilient development. To this end, it encompasses a virtuous combination of key topics green investments, adaptation/ resilience building, climate smart agriculture, LEDS work, green cities/mobility, and waste management, all of which have entered its sixth month of implementation in five countries with progress and lessons learned worthwhile sharing.

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Key resource: 

– Government of Tonga:

  • Tonga LEDS Low Emission Development Strategy 2021-2050 (link)

Green Growth Measurement and Innovative Tools to Assess Performance in Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

– Date/Time: October 25, 2021, 09:00-11:00 CLT (GMT-4)

– Session lead:

  • Ms. Lilibeth Acosta-Michlik, Principal, Climate Action and Inclusive Development, GGGI

Co-organized by GGGI and the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission, this session aims to showcase innovative tools for assessing performance in green growth and SDGs, and discuss the significance of these tools for policy making and how to enhance uptake of their results in policy decisions.

Presenters with expertise on both green growth and SDGs introduced and discussed various methods and approaches that they have developed to assess performance in transitioning to green growth and achieving SDG targets. The first round of presentations illustrated how frameworks for global green growth indices can be applied to develop scenarios for different sectors (Presentation I) and assess green economy performance at the subnational level (Presentation II) using innovative tools. The application of green growth frameworks in models and scenarios is often constrained by the availability of data. The second round of presentations illustrated approaches to improve environment databases, including those for the SDGs (Presentation III) and use other forms of databases (i.e., input-output) to support innovative models and scenario analysis.

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Key resources: 


  • Green Growth Index 2020 (link)


  • Environment Statistics Self-Assessment Tool (ESSAT) (link)

– Other researches:

  • Making progress towards an inclusive green economy in China (link)
  • Measuring Morocco’s green growth performance (link)

Inclusive Green Growth: Partnership for Climate Resilient Urban Development

– Date/Time: October 25, 2021, 16:00 – 18:00 KST (GMT+9)

– Session lead:

  • Ms. Ingvild Solvang, Deputy Director, Head Of Climate Action And Inclusive Development Global Practice, GGGI

“Cities are civilization’s main stage. More than half the world’s people now live in urban areas, and, like never before, cities are the arenas for addressing the most pressing environmental problems and tackling challenges of sustainable development.”[1]

In this session we explored the concept of climate action and green growth from the perspectives of gender and social inclusion, urban development, and governance solutions and knowledge management towards achieving the 1.5 degree target of the Paris Agreement. We started by conceptualizing inclusion and identify the barriers and opportunities to ensure inclusive outcomes in the transformational shifts towards low-carbon development strategies. Specifically we looked at how Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), UNICEF and Mott MacDonalds promote approaches to achieve inclusive and pro-poor outcomes.

The urban landscapes illustrate like no other the need for a metric for sustainable development that help align Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement. The central importance of cities in the achievement of the global development agenda has gained momentum. Combining environmental sustainability, climate resilience, and social equality within urban systems and design requires policy, technological innovations, and finance. We looked at examples of urban resilience and governance from the work of Except Integrated Sustainability and City Net.

Furthermore, we addressed the crucial importance and innovations required for global climate governance structures with insights from the Climate Governance Commission (CGC) and knowledge partnerships to achieve sustainable development, and in the context of COVID-19, Build Back Better with the Green Growth Knowledge Partnership (GGKP).

[1] Hsu, A., N. Alexandre, J. Brandt, T. Chakraborty, S. Comess, A. Feierman, T. Huang, S. Janaskie, D. Manya, M. Moroney, N. Moyo, R. Rauber, G. Sherriff, R. Thomas, J. Tong, Y. Xie, A. Weinfurter, Z. Yeo (in alpha order). The Urban Environment and Social Inclusion Index. New Haven, CT: Yale University. Available:

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Key resources: 


  •  GGGI Gender Equality and Social Inclusion Strategy 2021-2025 (link)


  • Children’s Rights to a Safe, Clean, Healthy and Sustainable Environment in the ASEAN Region – Principles and Policy Guidance (link)

– Mott MacDonald:

  • Article: Bringing structure to Nepal’s climate change response (link)

– CityNet’s initiative:

  • Urban SDG Knowledge Platform (link)


  • Introduction of Orchid City (link)

– Global Challenges Foundation:

  • Interim Report of The Climate Governance Commission 2021 (link)

Long-term strategies, NDCs, and BTRs: Tools and Lessons for 2050 net-zero

– Date/Time: October 26, 2021, 17:00 – 19:00 KST (GMT+9)

– Session lead:

  • Mr. Siddhartha Nauduri, Global Lead, Climate Change MRV Systems, GGGI

The session aims at brining awareness regarding the long-term strategies needed to mitigation global emissions, their translations to nationally determined contributions, how the reporting systems under the enhanced transparency framework (ETF) will support these and will look at the tools available to countries in setting them.

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Key resources: 


  • Moving Towards the Enhanced Transparency Framework (link)
  • Technical handbook for developing country Parties on Preparing for implementation of the enhanced transparency framework under the Paris Agreement (link)
  • Toolkit for non-Annex I Parties on establishing and maintaining institutional arrangements for preparing national communications and biennial update reports (link)

– UK government:

  • 2050 Energy Calculator(link)
  •  The Carbon Plan: Delivering our low carbon future (link)

Implementing NDCs in the Pacific

– Date/Time: October 27, 2021, 12:00 – 13:00 KST (GMT+9)

– Session leads:

  • Ms. Daniel Munoz-Smith, Country Representative, Fiji, Kiribati, Tonga and Vanuatu, GGGI
  • Mr. Sk Noim Uddin, Senior Officer, MRV & NDC Enhancement, GGGI
  • Ms. Shenila Saniyog, Communications Assistant, GGGI Pacific

The Regional Pacific NDC Hub (NDC Hub) supports 14 Pacific Islands Countries (PICs) to enhance and implement their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement. For more information on the NDC Hub, please visit: https://

At the GGGWeek2021, the NDC Hub presented a session on Implementing NDCs in the Pacific. The presentation discussed the Hub’s progress through the range of projects currently under implementation by the Hub’s partners, highlighting its key achievements and lessons learnt, and present its Long-term Strategy 2030.

The NDC Hub is administered by GIZ, and implemented in partnership with the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), the Pacific Community – SPC, and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), with financial support of the Germany, Australia, and New Zealand Governments.

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Key resources: 

  • Introduction of NDC Hub (link)
  • Introduction of Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) (link)
  • Introduction of Secretariat of Pacific Regional Environment Programme (link)
  • Introduction of the Pacific Community (SPC)(link)
  • Strategy 2030 – A Blueprint for NDC Implementation in Pacific Island Countries by NDC Hub (link)


  • Tonga’s Second Nationally Determined Contribution (link)
  •  Samoa’s Second Nationally Determined Contribution (link)

The Road to COP26: what does success look like for developed and developing countries?

– Date/Time: October 27, 2021, 16:00 – 18:00 KST (GMT+9)

– Session leads:

  • Ms. Ingvild Solvang, Deputy Director, Head Of Climate Action And Inclusive Development Global Practice, GGGI
  • Ms. Hee Kyung Son, Lead, Communications, GGGI

Co-organized by the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) and the British Embassy in Seoul, the virtual event served as an opportunity for experts and decision makers from developing and developed nations to address their expectations for COP26 and to understand how international organizations like GGGI has provided a range of services for its Members and partners, which have directly and indirectly supported the NDC revision process.

Of the total of 75 Parties to the Paris Agreement that met the 2020 deadline for revised NDC submission, 20 were among GGGI’s 39 Members. Additionally, five GGGI partners submitted their revised NDCs in 2020, and more have committed to submit in 2021. There are positive trends in that climate change has like never before entered the agenda in many developed countries. Nevertheless, the UNFCCC Synthesis reports show that with the combined levels of ambition, the world is on catastrophic path to a 2.7 degree warming.

The developing world is the least responsible for climate change but most vulnerable to the impacts. Amid concerns of the pandemic, there is a clear call for the COP26 to be inclusive to ensure strong voices of least developed countries (LDCs) in decision making and in benefitting from the shift towards low emission development pathways.

Discussions revolved around the importance of a) securing global net zero emissions by 2050; b) deploying adaptation measures to protect those who are the most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change; c) mobilizing financial resources for developing countries; and d) stepping up efforts to engage with government representatives, business leaders, and civil society groups

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