[Virtual Event] Transformative Green Growth Knowledge Sharing (Oct 26 – 27 & 29, 2020)

Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) has organized a series of virtual events, titled “Transformative Green Growth Knowledge Sharing”, in the margin of the ninth session of the Assembly and thirteenth session of the Council of GGGI, 2020.

The events provided a platform to communicate on our results, share knowledge and lessons learned, and discuss ways to set-up our results to scale up and scale out. The events brought together representatives from governments and donors, partner organizations as well as GGGI country/thematic teams to provide a forum for participants.


1. Green Deal & Green COVID Recovery (October 26, 2020, 15:00 KST)

This session on Green Deal & Green COVID Recovery discussed GGGI’s Green New Deal recommendations for developing and emerging economies, as an approach to build back better after the COVID-19 pandemic. It built on GGGI’s experience working with its Members to develop more ambitious NDCs for the Paris Agreement and show case examples from GGGI Members.

Featured speakers: * Click here to see biographies of speakers

  • H.E. Dr. Alue Dohong, Vice Minister, Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Indonesia
  • Ms. Yvon Slingenberg, Director International, Mainstreaming & Policy Coordination, DG-CLIMA, European Commission
  • Dr. Didacus Jules, Director-General OECS
  • Ms. Makereta Konrote, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of the Economy, Fiji
  • Ms. Rokiatou Traore, Director of Irrigation and development, Ministry of Agriculture and Hydro-agricultural Development, Burkina Faso

Links to event documents:  Program  –  Presentation Slides   –  Summary Report   –  Recording

*Due to the technical issues, the recording was interrupted with simultaneous interpretation. We apologize for any inconvenience.


2. Financing Global Forest Restoration Goals – Meeting the Bonn Challenge Targets in decade of Forest Restoration (October 26, 2020, 21:00 KST)

Global commitments have been made to reduce global deforestation and restore ecosystems. The Bonn Challenge aims to restore 150 million hectares of land by 2020 and 350 million hectares by 2030. Lack of financing is one of the major limitation factors preventing countries to meet global forest restoration and conservation targets. An estimated 300 to 400 billion USD is needed annually for forest conservation and restoration alone. The session on meeting the Global Forest Restoration Targets discussed approaches undertaken by GGGI member countries and partners and examine challenges towards meeting these. The session presented emerging issues from GGGI projects and a discussion forum which constituted government representatives from donor and recipient countries.

Featured speakers: *Click here to see biographies of speakers

  • Dr. Ruandha Agung, Director General of Climate Change of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Indonesia
  • Dr. Tefera Mengistu, Environment Forest and Climate Change Commission, Ethiopia
  • Dr. Thomas Hofer, Senior Forestry Officer, FAO Regional Office for Asia and Pacific
  • Mr. Ken O’Flaherty, UK’s COP26 Regional Ambassador to Asia-Pacific and South Asia
  • Mr. Kiyeon Ko, Director General of International Affairs Bureau, Korea Forest Service, Republic of Korea

Links to event documents: Program  –  Presentation Slides  –  Summary Report  –  Recording


3. Greenpreneurs – Innovation and Entrepreneurship (October 27, 2020, 14:00 KST)

This event provided an overview of GGGI’s work within green innovation, including Greenpreneurs, country programs, and Green Innovation Fund, and discussed current gaps and challenges for green startups in developing countries, highlighting the support needed to help startups get off the ground and scale up. This event served as an opportunity to award the winners of Greenpreneurs competition program as well as generate interest and funding opportunities for GGGI to support the entrepreneur ecosystem in its Members. 

Featured speakers: * Click here to see biographies of speakers

  • Ms. Helen Watts, Director of Innovation and Partnerships, Student Energy (SE) 
  • Ms. Ana Gonzalez Guerrero, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Youth Climate Lab (YCL) 
  • Ms. Raissa Espiritu, Chair, Board of Directors, Youth Climate Lab (YCL) 

Links to event documents:  Program – Presentation SlidesSummary Report – Recording


4. From Transition to Transformation: Towards Transformative Planning and Implementation of Climate and Green Growth Actions (October 27, 2020, 16:00 KST)

The development of green growth, low carbon and climate-resilient plans and strategies – which can identify green growth and transformative actions – is a critical step in advancing sustainable development while achieving climate mitigation objectives. This session introduced some leading experiences and lessons learned of recent green growth, low carbon and climate-resilient planning processes and actions supported by GGGI. These experiences were shared side by side with government counterparts who have led the planning exercises, and funding partners with the vital role supporting their implementation. GGGI also introduced its work on carbon finance as a tool for achieving green growth implementation. 

Featured speakers: * Click here to see biographies of speakers

  • Dr. Jihad Alsawair, Director, Green Economy Unit and Technical Advisor to the Minister, Ministry of Environment, Jordan 
  • Dr. Barbara Botos, Deputy Secretary of State for Climate Policy, Ministry of Innovation and Technology, Hungary 
  • Madam Phonevanh Outhavong, Director General, Department of Planning, Ministry of Planning and Investment, Government of Lao PDR
  • Dr. Serge Perrin, Senior Climate Expert, The Agence Française de Développement (AFD)
  • Mr. Omar Abu-Eid, Energy, Environment and Climate Change Programme Manager, EU Delegation to Jordan 
  • Mr. Vijay Waghmare, Joint Managing Director, MSRDC and Mr Shantanu Gotmare, India Country Representative, GGGI
  • Mr. Vineil Narayan, Acting manager of Climate Change Division, Fiji

Links to event documents:  Program  –  Presentation Slides  –  Summary Report  –  Recording


5. Circular Economy and Waste in Secondary Cities/Green Cities (October 29, 2020, 15:00 KST)

This event served as a forum to present GGGI’s approach and impact on circular economy for green growth with a specific focus on waste management and sanitation and explore with participants the ideas on how to accelerate the adoption and scaling of solutions. In particular, the session highlighted waste projects and approaches in Lao PDR, Cambodia, Nepal and Senegal, identifying how integrated solutions can be found to support green growth through circular economies, and new initiatives in Peru and Uganda. The session additionally highlighted innovation in approaches linking sanitation to climate change addressing adaptation and mitigation in national policy through the NDC as well as municipal planning and building a pipeline of sustainable and inclusive investments for sanitation.

Featured speakers: * Click here to see biographies of speakers

  • Dr. André Weidenhaupt, Premier Conseiller de Gouvernement, Ministère de l’Environnement, du Climat et du Développement durable, Luxembourg
  • Mr. Mouhamadou Gueye, Director, Non-sewered Sanitation Direction, National Office of Sanitation of Senegal (ONAS)
  • Dr. Roshan Shrestha, Deputy Director, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Mr. Bounchanh Keosithamma, Director General of Vientiane City Office for Management and Service (VCOMS), Lao PDR
  • Ms. Pod Estelle Ndour, Head, Waste Economy Department, Solid Waste Management Unit (UCG), Senegal
  • Mr. Chek Noy, Municipal Technical Coordinator, Waste Management, Battambang city, Cambodia on “Waste management in Battambang city, Cambodia
  • Mr. Ramakantha Duwadi, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Water Supply for Nepal

Links to event documents: Program  –  Presentation Slides  –  Summary Report

6. Green Buildings – Reducing Impact, Enhancing Wellbeing (October 29, 2020, 17:00 KST)

6. Green Buildings – Reducing Impact, Enhancing Wellbeing (October 29, 2020, 17:00 KST)

Buildings account for a substantial proportion of global GHG emissions which is expected to increase with growing demand for buildings, particularly from rapidly urbanizing developing countries. GGGI works across the building life cycle to leverage strategic entry points to reduce resource intensity of buildings while enhancing the wellbeing of occupants. This event served as a forum to generate momentum in the building sectors among GGGI Members towards Greener Buildings through showcasing results from GGGI green building projects.

Featured speakers: * Click here to see biographies of speakers

  • Mr. Harouna Nshimiyimana, Division Manager, Building Regulations Inspections and Audits, Rwanda Housing Authority (RHA) 
  • Dr. Hariyanto, Director of Energy Conservation of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources of the Republic of Indonesia 
  • Ms. Aye Aye Myint, Deputy Director General of the Department of Urban and Housing Development, Ministry of Construction, Myanmar
  • Mr. Munkhbayar Buyan, Director of Building Energy Efficiency Centre, National University of Science and Technology, Mongolia 
  • Prof. Usha Iyer-Raniga, School of Property, Construction and Project Management at RMIT University, Australia / Co-Lead of the United Nations One Planet Network’s (OPN) Sustainable Buildings and Construction Program (SBC) 
  • Dr. Swe Swe Aye, Retired Pro rector-Yangon Technological University / Chair of the Myanmar Green Building Society

Links to event documents: Program  –  Presentation Slides  –  Summary Report  –  Recording

*Due to the technical issues, the recording was interrupted with simultaneous interpretation. We apologize for any inconvenience.