SEOUL – October 18, 2014 – The Global Green Growth was established as an international, inter-governmental organization two years ago today on October 18, 2012. On October 23 and 24, 2014, GGGI held inaugural meetings of the organization’s Assembly and Council, where representatives from all 18 founding member nations convened to adopt the rules and procedures of GGGI’s governance bodies as well as nominated and appointed leadership of the Secretariat. Since that time an additional four countries have joined GGGI.
The Secretariat celebrated the anniversary with a small ceremony on October 14 on the occasion of an all-staff workshop in Seoul.
“I’d like to thank everyone for all their hard work,” said Yvo de Boer, GGGI Director-General. “While still a young organization, we have accomplished much in a very short period of time, and I look forward to accomplishing much more with implementing a new strategy in 2015 and beyond.”
In the two years as an international organization, GGGI has grown to conducting 34 green growth projects in 20 countries, received observer status at the United Nations General Assembly, and played pivotal roles in some of the world’s most innovative and largest research projects in the field of green growth, including the Green Growth Best Practice and New Climate Economy initiatives.
GGGI will hold the second meeting of the Assembly in November as well as the sixth meeting of the Council where it is expected GGGI will adopt a new five-year strategy.
Based in Seoul, GGGI is an intergovernmental organization founded to support and promote a new model of economic growth known as “green growth.” The organization partners with countries to help them build economies that grow strongly and are more efficient and sustainable in the use of natural resources, less carbon intensive, and more resilient to climate change. GGGI’s experts are already working with governments around the world, building their capacity and working collaboratively on green growth policies that can impact the lives of millions.