Press Release

Yvo de Boer to step down as Director-General of the Global Green Growth Institute

Yvo_de_boer-256x300SEOUL – April 14, 2016 – The Director-General of the Global Green Growth Institute, Mr. Yvo de Boer today announced that he will be stepping down from his position at the end of September 2016, following the adoption of GGGI’s Work Program and Budget 2017-18.

Mr. de Boer joined GGGI on April 15, 2014 as the organization’s third Director-General. Over the past two years he has committed himself to strengthening GGGI’s mission to deliver sustainable growth through a transition toward a green model of development.

“I had the great pleasure of joining GGGI at a critical moment in the organization’s history, and am very proud of the collective progress we have managed to make over the past two years,” said Mr. de Boer. “GGGI has become an organization with a strong sense of purpose and clear direction, and is now well positioned to deliver on its goals and impact the global green growth agenda.”

Mr. de Boer led the development of GGGI’s Strategic Plan 2015-2020 to adoption by the organization’s governing body (the Council) in November 2014.  With this clear direction and with a strong mandate from GGGI Member Countries, donors and stakeholders, Mr. de Boer guided GGGI to deliver significant results in 2015 that have strengthened national green growth planning frameworks, increased the flow of green finance, and strengthened multi-directional green growth knowledge sharing.

Under Mr. de Boer’s leadership GGGI has expanded members, increased funding, expanded and enhanced services offerings, and strengthened and solidified the organization’s management team to ensure continuity in the delivery of strategic outcomes.

Today’s announcement will allow GGGI ample time to engage members, donors and stakeholders to implement an established transition plan that maintains the organization’s stability as the process to select new leadership takes its course.

In the intervening months, Mr. de Boer will continue working to strengthen GGGI efforts and relevance to the sustainable development agenda, and to ensure the timely delivery of GGGI’s next two-year work program and budget.

GGGI’s Work Program and Budget 2017-18, will be presented to the organization’s Council for approval during Global Green Growth Week scheduled for September 5-9, 2016 on Jeju Island, Republic of Korea.

About GGGI

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.  To learn more, see and visit us on Facebook and Twitter.


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