MARSEILLES –November 18, 2012 – The Global Green Growth Institute was elected to the Board of Governors of the World Water Council at the meeting of the General Assembly in Marseilles, France. The Board consists of 36 members and oversees and guides the Council’s overall strategy and work scope. Other board members elected at the General Assembly meeting include the African Development Bank, the International Water Resources Association, and the World Wildlife Fund. Board members are elected to three-year terms.
Founded in 1996, the World Water Council is a leading international think tank focused on global water-related issues. Its mission is “to promote awareness, build political commitment and trigger action critical water issues at all levels, including the highest decision-making level, to facilitate the efficient conservation, protection, development, planning, management, and use of water in all its dimensions on an environmentally sustainable basis for the benefit of all life on earth.” It provides a platform for various stakeholders in the water community to define and refine a common strategic vision on water resources management.
Members include governments, international organizations, academic institutions, and private sector actors. The Council organizes the World Water Forum every three years in different locations. This year’s Forum, titled “Solutions for Water,” was held in the host city of the Council, Marseilles, and its over-arching goal was to raise the profile of water on political agendas worldwide.
“We are very happy to be elected to the Board of Governors. Global sustainable water management and supply issues play a significant role in our work at GGGI, and we look forward to working in cooperation with other members of the WWC to address the water challenges and opportunities the world faces,” said Dr. Ilpyo Hong, Senior Program Manager of GGGI’s Water Resource Management Team.
GGGI undertakes diverse water-related activities in the form of regional and country level projects, research and advocacy, and in the realm of public-private cooperation. The Institute has been active in the Mekong River Basin and Aral Sea. GGGI is also currently analyzing the limitations of water targets identified in the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. Membership on the Board of Governors of the World Water Council signifies a reaffirmation of the Institute’s commitment to water-related issues in the context of green growth.
GGGI is an international organization dedicated to developing and diffusing a new paradigm of economic growth –green growth –which simultaneously balances economic performance and environmental sustainability. Headquartered in Seoul and founded in June 2010, GGGI works in long-term partnership with developing and emerging economies through rigorous green growth planning, research and public-private cooperation.