SEOUL – September 18, 2015 – The Global Green Growth Institute’s (GGGI) annual retreat concluded today in Songdo, Republic of Korea, with a commitment to redouble efforts to support transitions toward green growth, increase green investment flows for bankable projects and enhance knowledge sharing and South-South cooperation.
The week-long “One GGGI” retreat gathered staff from all parts of the organization and throughout the world to take stock of progress made in 2015; year one of the comprehensive GGGI Strategic Plan adopted in November 2014.
“GGGI is moving in the right direction and will continue to do so in large part due to the enthusiastic and collaborative discussions driven by our committed colleagues this week,” said Yvo de Boer, Director-General of GGGI.
“The work delivered here has strengthened GGGI’s strategic vision and the green growth service offerings we will deliver as one.”
The full spectrum of GGGI’s work was covered during the five-day retreat, including implementation of in-country green growth projects, development of research-based tools to support implementation, advancement of investment services to deliver bankable projects, and the enhancement of outreach and communications to engage key audiences and stakeholders.
A reoccurring theme throughout One GGGI was the understanding that effective integration across GGGI departments and work programs is critical for the successful delivery of green growth initiatives on the ground.
“It has been exciting to see the great work that colleagues are delivering around the world, but it is more encouraging to note the shared belief that by working together closely we can achieve even greater results,” said Anna van Paddenburg, Country Representative of GGGI’s Indonesia program.
The One GGGI retreat served as an interactive platform to share success stories and lessons learned, and enhance the productive relationships between GGGI staff collaborating on over 30 green growth projects in 22 countries around the world.
Based in Seoul, GGGI is an intergovernmental 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.