Governments and international organizations pledge stronger partnerships for green economy

Jeju Island, Republic of Korea, 8 September 2016 – Environment and finance ministers and government representatives from Colombia, Mongolia, Peru and Senegal andinternational organization representatives today pledged to strengthen partnerships for an inclusive green economy during a high-level event at the Global Green Growth Week 2016 in Jeju, Republic of Korea.

Stronger, innovative partnerships are key to mobilizing and sharing knowledge, expertise, technology and financial resources at the national level. In Colombia, Mongolia, Peru and Senegal, the Partnership for Action on Green Economy, through UN Environment and the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), is supporting governments in transitioning to a green economy by providing technical support, capacity building, knowledge and forging long-term partnerships.

“Environmental degradation threatens people’s well-being in countless ways. Their health, their physical security and their economic security are all jeopardized by the deterioration of the environmental foundation of our societies. A sustainable approach to development acknowledges our environment underpins our long-term well-being. That's why UN Environment continues to support the Partnership for Action on Green Economy, which works closely with governments and the private sector in 11 countries to make their development plans inclusive and sustainable,” said head of UN Environment, Erik Solheim.

Erik Solheim, Head of UN Environment, discussing partnerships for achieving national goals

The high-level event took place at the Global Green Growth Week 2016, which brought together high-level government officials from over 50 countries, multi-lateral development banks, international development agencies and private-sector leaders, with the aim of identifying innovative solutions to sustainability challenges and strengthening partnerships that deliver pro-poor, inclusive and environmentally sustainable growth.

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The event's participants analysed how various expressions of inclusive green economy have been incorporated into national and economic planning and policy processes  and how this collaboration can be improved and scaled up.

In Mongolia, the Partnership for Action on Green Economy and the Global Green Growth Institute collaborate on measuring and financing green growth with a focus on indicators and greening public education buildings, as the country plans to reduce heat loss through buildings by 20 percent by 2020 and by 40 percent by 2030. Through the project, a green school building design has been developed which can be applied to the 1,200 schools that need to be built over the next 5-7 years.

The partners are also working to support the development of Peru's National Green Growth Strategy for 2014 to 2018 and Colombia's Long Term Green Growth Policy. This policy will support the country's commitment to green growth and support the consolidation of peace processes through the identification of economic opportunities in conflict areas. 

Mr. Erik Solheim
Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme

Dr. Oyun Sanjaasuren
Chair, Global Water Partnership
Ms. Silvia Calderon
Deputy Director for Sustainable Environmental Management, National Planning Department, Colombia
Mr. Ernesto Fabio Bazán Alguiar
Environmental Specialist - Public Investment, Ministry of Finance and Economics, Peru
Dr. Balázs Horváth
Director, United Nations Development Programme, Seoul Policy Centre
Dr. Mamadou Konate
Deputy Director Green Funds and Partnerships, Ministry of Environment, Senegal

H.E. Dr. Thani Al-Zeyoudi
Minister for Climate Change and Environment, UAE
Mr. Yvo de Boer
Director General of the Global Green Growth Institute

Mr. Kees van der Ree
Coordinator, Green Jobs Programme, International Labour Organization


GGGWeek 2016

The Global Green Growth Week (September 5-9, 2016, Jeju Island, Republic of Korea) is organized by the Global Green Growth Institute with the aim of identifying practical, innovative solutions to sustainability challenges and strengthen partnerships that deliver growth that is pro-poor, inclusive, and environmentally sustainable. The Global Green Growth Week highlights four thematic priorities of energy, water, land-use and green cities that are central to achieving strong, inclusive, and sustainable economic growth.