Knowledge Update
Issue 2013-4                                                                                                              April 4, 2013
GGKP's Annual Conference begins today!
The second GGKP Annual Conference begins today, focusing on greening global value chains and measurement and reporting for green growth. Over two days (April 4-5), the conference will bring together a dynamic mix of private sector representatives, policymakers and academics from around the world, with participation from OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría, UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner and GGGI Director-General Richard Samans. The conference is being hosted at the OECD in Paris, France.
A range of research, produced and commissioned by the GGKP, will be presented and discussed during the conference. GGGI, OECD, UNEP and the World Bank will launch a new joint report "Moving Towards a Common Approach on Green Growth Indicators". This report marks the first collaborative research effort to be undertaken by the GGKP. Furthermore, four issue notes commissioned by the GGKP for this conference will be presented and discussed by the authors. Summaries as well as links to the full papers can be found below.
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About GGKP
The Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP) is a global network of researchers and development experts that identifies and addresses major knowledge gaps in green growth theory and practice. Through widespread consultation and world-class research, GGKP provides practitioners and policymakers with better tools to foster economic growth and implement sustainable development.

Upcoming Events

4-5 April 2013
Paris, France


Promoting Green Jobs Policies


21 April - 31 May 2013

Turin, Italy


10-11 June 2013
Seoul, Republic of Korea

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New GGKP Scoping Paper
Moving towards a Common Approach on Green Growth Indicators
GGGI, OECD, UNEP and the World Bank launched today a joint report "Moving towards a Common Approach on Green Growth Indicators", under the auspices of the GGKP. The report marks a major effort by these organizations to ramp up efforts to establish a common basis for measuring green growth progress. The report outlines how strong international cooperation on testing, exploring, and refining measurement tools on green growth and green economy is essential for supporting practical implementation and assessing progress of policies in both developed and developing countries. The report and a short summary can be accessed on the GGKP website.
Conference Issue Notes
Greening Global Value Chains: Implementation Challenges

Four issue notes were commissioned for the GGKP Annual Conference. In this first issue note, the author, Bernard Sinclair-Desgagné, highlights a number of implementation challenges associated with the greening of global value chains (GVCs). Special attention is given to how public policies and business strategies can support each other in the greening of GVCs, particularly in developing countries. The paper proposes a systemic view of GVCs; outlines incentives to set within member firms and throughout the supply chain; and considers the global coordination of business and public policies.


Greening Global Value Chains: Innovation and the International Diffusion of Technologies and Knowledge

The second issue note, written by Matthieu Glachant, lays out the state of knowledge on the role of innovation and the diffusion of technologies in the greening of global value chains as well as some of the main policy issues and key research gaps. A special emphasis is placed on developing countries in which innovation, skills and technological absorptive capacities tend to be lower while green technologies are urgently needed. The paper provides concepts and definitions on technology, innovation, and the channels of technology diffusion; uses various statistics and illustrative examples to describe how technology and knowledge is created today and disseminated across countries; lists and discusses key policy challenges; and summarizes the main lessons learnt.
Building Green Global Value Chains: Committed Public-Private Coalitions in Agro-Commodity Markets
In the third issue note commissioned for the GGKP Annual Conference, the authors, IDH The Sustainable Trade Initiative, the Dutch Sustainable Growth Coalition and Ernst & Young explore why and how the private sector is working in partnership with the public sector on building green global value chains. The findings and insights are based on the experiences of the companies associated with the Dutch Sustainable Growth Coalition and IDH The Sustainable Trade Initiative's experience in promoting green growth in supply chains.

Private Sector Initiatives on Measuring and Reporting Green Growth
The fourth issue note, written by Dr. Nancy Kamp-Roelands, concludes that high quality information is necessary to support decisions that drive green growth. Accordingly, this paper aims to: survey the landscape of corporate reporting relevant to green growth, including the key user groups, the business rationale for reporting and examples of corporate reporting; discuss the existing guidance that supports business in corporate reporting relevant to green growth; identify the key barriers to corporate reporting relevant to green growth; and identify research gaps.

Call for Case Studies 
Call for Case Studies on Successful Green Growth Policies and Programs

The GGKP is collaborating with the World Bank Institute (WBI) to identify case studies and examples of successful policies and programs to promote green growth in developing and emerging economies. Your help is requested in identifying potential case study ideas. In particular, the WBI is interested in finding case studies that cover policy design; planning, coordination and implementation processes; and monitoring and evaluation. The WBI will package the identified case studies into self-paced learning modules and provide access to them through the GGKP website. Ideas for case studies can be emailed to