AMMAN – May 24, 2017 – The Jordanian Ministry of Environment and the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), with support from the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature, Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), today published Jordan’s National Green Growth Plan (NGGP).
The NGGP has been under development since January, 2015, and was approved by Jordan’s Cabinet on February 12, 2017.
Aligned with Jordan’s Vision 2025, the NGGP outlines a set of recommendations that will help strengthen the enabling environment for investment and attract national and international finance for green growth over the next 15 years. The NGGP features 24 project concepts across six key green growth sectors, including two business case analyses that demonstrate the economic, social and environmental co-benefits of green growth.
The NGGP Report’s launch was convened under the patronage of H.E Dr.Hani Al-Mulki, Prime Minister of Jordan, with H.E. Dr. Yaseen Khayyat, Minister of Environment of Jordan, providing the opening remarks.
Dr. Khayyat reiterated the importance of collaboration and synergy for achieving impactful and sustainable results, noting that “in light of the economic and environmental challenges facing the Kingdom, the transition to a green economy is one of the most important actions” Jordan can take, and that he was “pleased to offer the NGGP as a set of tools” the entire government can use to implement green growth.
70 stakeholders from various governmental and non-government institutions attended the event.
During the opening ceremony Mr. Jaime Sperberg, from the German embassy on behalf BMUB expressed support for green growth in Jordan, noting that the NGGP is an important step to implementing sustainable growth and its Nationally Determined Contribution to the UNFCCC.
Mr. Per Bertilsson, Assistant Director-General and Head of GGGI’s Green Growth Planning & Implementation Division emphasized GGGI’s commitment to moving from planning to action, and “ensuring the NGGP is well-financed and effectively implemented.”
Following the opening ceremony, a panel discussion took place, facilitated by Mr. Ahmed Al Amra, GGGI Country Representative for Jordan. Several experts discussed next steps, and the roles of the various stakeholders in supporting NGGP implementation.
The closing address was given by H.E Eng. Ahmad Qatarneh, Secretary General of the Ministry of Environment, who summarized the day’s discussions and highlighted the importance of strengthening partnerships between the Ministry of Environment, other ministries, NGOs and international organizations. He also stressed the importance of moving ahead with implementing the recommendations of the National Green Growth Plan and the need for to design cross-sectoral solutions to ensure the desired results.
The evidence, analysis, and recommendations in the NGGP have been drawn from a wide range of sources, including ministries and governmental entities, international agencies, bilateral and multilateral donors, planning and finance experts, NGOs, academia, and private sector groups.
About the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI)
Based in Seoul, GGGI is a treaty-based international, inter-governmental organization founded to support and promote green growth. The organization partners with countries to help them build economies that grow strongly, are more efficient and sustainable in the use of natural resources, less carbon intensive, and more resilient to climate change. GGGI works with countries around the world, building their capacity and working collaboratively on green growth policies that can impact the lives of millions. To learn more about GGGI, see https://www.gggi.org and visit us on Facebook and Twitter.