Green growth meets creative economy

The Global Green Growth Institute is committed to crafting low-carbon development strategies for emerging countries by harnessing innovation and fostering public-private cooperation in line with Seoul’s drive for a creative economy, its new chief said.

Yvo de Boer, former executive secretary of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, also expressed his resolve to remake the Seoul-based international organization that has taken flak for its lax budget and personnel management in recent years.

In an interview with The Korea Herald, the director general pinned high hopes on President Park Geun-hye’s vision of a creative economy, which he said is “very close” to the GGGI’s objective of building on innovation and human intelligence.

The initiative calls for creating new business opportunities, industries and jobs through a convergence of information and technology, culture and other sectors to jump-start the economy.

“Now we basically live in a society or on a planet where we’re running out of resources, people are getting older and older, and we need to create jobs in new, more intelligent ways,” de Boer said.

Yvo de Boer, director general of the Global Green Growth Institute. (Kim Myung-sub/The Korea Herald)

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