Uganda’s Former Finance Minister, Hon. Maria Kiwanuka appointed as a Member of the GGGI Council

The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) held its Eighth Session of the Assembly and Twelfth Session of the Council (Joint Session) on October 24, 2019; Seoul, Republic of Korea. During this event, Hon. Maria Kiwanuka from Uganda was elected as an expert and non-state actor Member of the GGGI Council for the period 2020-2021. The Council is the executive organ of GGGI and consists of no more than seventeen members, of which five are contributing members, five are participating members, five are experts or non-state actors appointed by the Council, the host country which holds a permanent seat, and the Director-General without voting right. The Council Bureau consists of one Chair (Mr. Ban Ki-moon) and two Vice-Chairs (Republic of Korea and Senegal) with terms of two years. The Members of the Council in 2020 are Australia, Fiji, Indonesia, Jordan, Paraguay, Qatar, Rwanda, Senegal, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Republic of Korea, Ban Ki-moon, Ariyaratne Hewage, Maria Kiwanuka, Pepukaye Bardouille, and the Director-General of GGGI.

This election was around the same time that Mr. Ban Ki-moon was re-elected as GGGI’s Assembly President and Council Chair and extended his commitment to GGGI until February 19, 2022. A two-year appointment was unanimously approved by the 33 Members of GGGI.

Hon. Maria Kiwanuka is a Ugandan economist, businesswoman and served as the Minister of Finance, Planning and Economic Development in the Cabinet of Uganda from 27 May 2011 to 1 March 2015, furthermore, she is a Senior Advisor to the President of Uganda on financial matters since 2015.

Based on her enthusiasm to contribute to the championing of Green Growth, especially the mobilization of green climate finance that can stimulate and accelerate environmentally sustainable and inclusive growth in Uganda, Hon. Maria Kiwanuka was nominated by the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development as the best candidate to serve in this role after the GGGI welcomed the Government of Uganda (GoU) as its Thirty-Third Member on the 28th of August 2019, committing to support the country in achieving its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) and in its effort to transition to a green economy as the vehicle for sustainable development.

Through this appointment Hon. Maria Kiwanuka has the opportunity to set the direction and strategy of GGGI globally, to contribute and share her valuable experiences to mainstream Green Growth into planning and project implementation and to be a Green Ambassador in Uganda and beyond to ensure wider understanding of the need for a more sustainable and inclusive growth path.

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For further inquiries, you can contact Dagmar Zwebe, +256 781 140 818, the GGGI Uganda Country Director