Press Release

Cambodia, Qatar, Papua New Guinea Ratify GGGI Establishment Agreement

SEOUL –March 11, 2013 –Cambodia, Qatar, and Papua New Guinea deposited Instruments of Ratification to the Director-General of the Global Green Growth, Richard Samans, in the closing weeks of February and beginning of March. All three nations are founding members of GGGI and signed the organization’s Establishment Agreement in June 2012 at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro (Rio+20).  After signing the agreement member states of GGGI are then urged to ratify the agreement according to their own respective domestic legal procedures.  Both Cambodia and Qatar presented their ratifications on February 22, and Papua New Guinea submitted their ratification on March 11.

GGGI is currently assisting Cambodia with green growth planning, and on March 1, the country approved a national policy and strategic plan for green growth in the period between 2013 and 2020, with the aim of further developing the economy while at the same time stressing the importance of environment and natural resources sustainability.

The GGGI Establishment Agreement formally defines and establishes the organization as international intergovernmental organization with an independent legal personality headquartered in Seoul. Of the 18 founding members of GGGI, nine have since ratified the Agreement, including Denmark, Guyana, Kiribati, Philippines, and Korea, and Vietnam.