Cape Town, South Africa – January 11, 2019 – The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) today launched its new film, Green Growth for Gender Equality: Promoting Poverty Reduction and Social Inclusion on the sidelines of the United Nations Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) Ministerial Conference in Cape Town, South Africa. The film advocates for greater social inclusion in sustainable development efforts and showcases green growth examples that have empowered women around the world.
“Economic growth has contributed to significant poverty reduction. Still, 14 percent of the population lives in extreme poverty and the people that currently live in poverty are the ones that have been harder to reach with targeted development programs. Women who constitute 50 percent of the population generate only 37 percent of the global GDP,” said Ms. Ingvild Solvang, Global Lead for Gender and Social Development at GGGI.
GGGI’s latest green growth film discusses development progress made in recent decades, identifies the still present challenges in securing socially inclusive development, and highlights the services GGGI delivers around the world to help bring gender inclusive green growth.
The film was premiered during GGGI’s Gender Equality, Social Inclusion, and the Shift to Green Growth – Making It Happen workshop, which engaged stakeholders from UN Environment’s Poverty-Environment Action and the Development Alternatives Group. Participants shared their visions and approaches to how a shift towards a green economy also requires policy innovations that deliver gender equality, women’s empowerment and poverty reduction. The panel concluded that inclusive engagements are required in order to deliver green growth, and that the quality of future growth should be measured against its ability to benefit all.
Earlier in the day, GGGI’s Director-General, Frank Rijsberman, participated in the 2019 Page Ministerial Conference’s High-level Panel, Unlocking Finance for Sustainability. The 2019 PAGE Ministerial Conference was hosted by the Department of Environmental Affairs of South Africa and organized by the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE).
Ahead of the Ministerial Conference, GGGI participated in the GEC Global Meeting 2019, also being held in Cape Town. GGGI shared its Member Countries’ experiences in focusing on helping to make the economies of the future equitable, inclusive, and people-focused.
About the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI)
Based in Seoul, GGGI is an intergovernmental organization that supports developing country governments transition to a model of economic growth that is environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive. GGGI delivers programs in 30 partner countries with technical support, capacity building, policy planning & implementation, and by helping to build a pipeline of bankable green investment projects. More on GGGI’s events, projects and publications can be found on www.gggi.org. You can also follow GGGI on Twitter and join us on Facebook, YouTube and LinkedIn.
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HeeKyung Son, Communications Specialist
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Daniel Muñoz-Smith, OIC Head of Communications