Press Release

Norway Ratifies GGGI Establishment Agreement

GGGI Deputy Director-General Robert Dawson and Sigbjørn Tenfjord, Chargé d’affaires and Deputy Head of Mission at the Royal Norwegian Embassy Seoul at a ceremony at GGGI headquarters.

SEOUL – August 26 – The Kingdom of Norway deposited its official Instrument of Ratification to the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) today, making Norway the thirteenth of 20 member countries to have ratified GGGI’s Establishment Agreement.

The Royal Norwegian Embassy in Seoul presented the official Instrument of Ratification signed by Harald V, the King of Norway to the GGGI on August 26, 2013.   The Instrument was presented to Mr. Robert Dawson, GGGI Deputy Director-General, Management and Administration by Mr. Sigbjørn Tenfjord, Chargé d’affaires and Deputy Head of Mission at the Royal Norwegian Embassy Seoul.

“Norway closely followed the GGGI from its creation. We early saw great potential and thus quickly started co-operation with GGGI for their country programmes. While we have been a full member for a year already, having held a place in the Council of GGGI, today’s event further underlines Norway’s commitment to the organisation,” said Mr. Tenfjord at the ceremony held at the GGGI Seoul headquarters.

DDG Dawson added, “We are very pleased that Norway has completed the ratification of the GGGI Establishment Agreement. This will allow us to continue to build on our shared vision and mission to make changes to global climate and the environment.”

Norway has been a founding member of GGGI since the Signing Ceremony of the Agreement on the Establishment of GGGI in June 20, 2012 held on the occasion of Rio+20, United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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. In June 2012, 18 nations signed the GGGI Establishment Agreement, which formally defines and establishes the organization as international intergovernmental organization with an independent legal personality. Mongolia and the Republic of Rwanda became the 19th and 20th signatories of the Establishment Agreement of GGGI at a signing ceremony in Songdo City, Incheon, Republic of Korea in June 2013.

With the addition of Norway, 13 countries have ratified the GGGI Establishment Agreement, including Denmark, Guyana, Kiribati, the Philippines, Republic of Korea, Vietnam, Cambodia, Qatar, Papua New Guinea, the United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom.