IGES participated in the Global Green Growth Week 2016 and the 4th Green Growth Knowledge Platform Annual Conference, 5-9 September 2016
IGES participated in the Global Green Growth Week 2016 and the 4th Green Growth Knowledge Platform Annual Conference in Jeju Island, Republic of Korea, 5-9 September 2016.
Following an official invitation from the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), IGES participated in the Global Green Growth Week 2016 (GGGWeek 2016) at the Jeju International Convention Centre, Jeju Island, Republic of Korea from 5 to 9 September 2016. The GGGWeek 2016 convened a number of dialogues, conferences and workshops, including the 4th Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP) Annual Conference, GGKP Knowledge Partners Workshop, and the Green Growth Fair & Technology Exhibit 2016. IGES joined the GGKP Annual Conference and hosted a booth at the Exhibit. Dr. Mustafa Moinuddin, senior policy researcher at IGES Green Economy Area, represented the Institute.
In July 2016, IGES became a GGKP Knowledge Partner after formally expressing its interest in joining the GGKP global network. Established in 2012, the GGKP is “a global network of international organizations and experts that identifies and addresses major knowledge gaps in green growth theory and practice” (Homepage of GGKP). The GGKP promotes a green economy transition by providing practitioners and experts with information, data, communication tools, policy guidance and examples of good practices. IGES interest in joining this global network was based on common goals and objectives that it shares with the GGKP activities. IGES Research Areas include Climate and Energy, Sustainable Consumption and Production, Natural Resources and Ecosystem Services, Green Economy, Business and Environment, Integrated Policies for Sustainable Societies, and Sustainable Cities. In particular, the research works of the Green Economy Area are directly in line with the mission and vision of the GGKP. The Green Economy Area underscores that transition to a green and inclusive economy requires taking up a green growth pathway. This, in turn, enables the creation of green jobs and the greening of public and private investments, and promotes resource efficiency while at the same time improves the quality of life and reduces poverty. The IGES Green Economy Area has actively provided research and technical expertise for quantitative green economy/green jobs assessment to support decision-making at the national level through policy processes of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) under the Partnership for Action on Green Economy and through International Labour Organization (ILO)’s Green Jobs project.
Joining the GGKP Annual Conference as well as a Knowledge Partners workshop was a great opportunity to share ideas and experiences as well as to promote IGES outreach and networking activities. The theme of the Annual Conference – transforming development through inclusive green growth – is very much in line with what IGES in general and Green Economy Area in particular intends to focus on. Researchers, practitioners and policymakers from around the world joined the Annual Conference, which was nicely organised around a mix of a number of plenary debates and parallel sessions addressing the Conference theme. IGES representative Dr. Moinuddin was a discussant at one of the parallel sessions focusing on the role of the informal economy and small-scale enterprises in promoting inclusive and green economic growth.
The IGES Booth at the Exhibit drew significant interest among the visitors, both experts and general public alike. People expressed their eagerness to learn more about IGES activities, shared information about their relevant works, and on several occasions identified common interests where IGES and their affiliated institutes may have potential for collaborative work. IGES disseminated information as well as the Institute’s latest research outputs to the visitors.
IGES hopes that its networking and collaboration with GGKP and its knowledge partners will further intensify in the future for working together towards their shared and common goal.