Press Release

GGGI granted IGO Observer Status at COP 19

WARSAW –November 18, 2013 –The Global Green Growth Institute was given observer status at sessions of the Conference of Parties (COP) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), held this year in Warsaw, Poland from November 11 to 22.

Observers consist of intergovernmental organizations and non-governmental organizations that are not part of the UN system.

“It’s great to know that GGGI is officially an observer at the UNFCCC. As we succeed, we will start to build stronger bottom-up support for the work that is at the core of what the UNFCCC was created to do. So this observer status will provide us with better opportunities to let the members of the UNFCCC know what we are doing and understand how it is contributing to their role,” said Director-General Howard Bamsey.

See a list of Observer organizations here.

About GGGI

GGGI was founded in 2010 and became a treaty-based international organization in 2012. Twenty countries have joined GGGI. GGGI is dedicated to developing and diffusing a new paradigm of economic growth – green growth – which simultaneously balances economic performance and environmental sustainability to help build strong and inclusive societies. Headquartered in Seoul, with offices in Abu Dhabi, Copenhagen, and London, GGGI works in long-term partnership with developing and emerging economies through rigorous green growth planning, research and public-private cooperation. To learn more, see

About the UNFCCC

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change is an UN-based international treaty focused on the “stabilization of greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system.”

Relevant documents

UNFCCF document (FCCC/CP/2013/2):

Status report on consideration of agenda items at COP19: