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New web platform launched to accelerate green economy transition

A new, state-of-the-art, knowledge-sharing platform was launched in January by the Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP), a diverse consortium of 29 leading institutions and organizations working in areas related to green growth and green economy.


The new platform was unveiled at a high-level dialogue and luncheon hosted by the Geneva Environment Network. Speakers included UN Under-Secretary General and UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner, Swiss Federal Office for the Environment Director Bruno Oberle, Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) Director-General Howard Bamsey, the World Bank Sustainable Development Network’s Chief Economist Marianne Fay and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Trade and Agriculture Directorate’s Environment Division Head Dale Andrew. It was moderated by the International Institute for Sustainable Development’s Vice President Mark Halle.


The new GGKP platform features a searchable e-library with over 600 technical and policy resources, as well as dashboards with data and policies for 193 countries. It mobilises knowledge, experience and support from disparate partners in both the global economic and environmental arenas with the aim of accelerating green growth.“ Through world-class knowledge management, the GGKP is able to provide decision makers with the policy analysis, guidance, information and tools necessary to support a green economy transition,” said Mr Bamsey of GGGI.


The event also celebrated the GGKP’s new home in Geneva, and confirmed a CHF 1.6 million (US $1.7 million), three-year commitment from the Swiss government. Mr Oberle said: “Geneva is already host to a number of different international organizations, NGOs, think tanks, and academic institutions working on green growth, building a green economy cluster. We are very excited to have the GGKP establish its roots here.


“ Moving forward, the GGKP will work with its partners to coordinate research on a number of priority themes, including green growth indicators and measurement, trade and competitiveness, green technology and innovation and fiscal instruments.


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