Knowledge Update
Issue 2013-6                                                                                                              June 5, 2013
Global Green Growth Summit 2013 - An overview of GGKP events
The GGKP is organizing a number of events at this year's Global Green Growth Summit in South Korea, including a session on measuring progress on green growth and a side event, in collaboration with the Green Growth Best Practices Initiative, Climate Smart Planning Initiative (CSPI) and Reegle, on green growth knowledge management. In addition, summit participants can pass by the GGKP exhibition booth at any time during the summit to learn more about the GGKP and its activities. The Global Green Growth Summit will take place 10-11 June, 2013 at the Songdo Convensia in South Korea.
Introducing the GGKP's new "Insights" feature 
The GGKP has launched a new blog-type feature on its website. The GGKP "Insights" space will feature posts from experts working in the field of green growth, giving them a platform to share insights into their recent research, events and activities. Recent posts have covered Green Growth Measurement (Ziga Zarnic, OECD), Trade and Green Economy (Anja von Moltke, UNEP), and Green Growth in the Nordic Countries (Dagfinn Hoybraten, Nordic Council of Ministers). If you are interested in writing about your recent green growth research or activities for the GGKP "Insights" blog, please contact us at:  
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.

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10-11 June 2013
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Workshop on Tools and Measures to Inform Inclusive Green Economy Approaches
2-4 July, 2013
Nairobi, Kenya

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22 July - 15 August 2013
Rehovot, Israel

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Latest Research
Report highlights trade opportunities in the transition to a green economy
UNEP has released a new report, "Green Economy and Trade - Trends, Challenges and Opportunities," analyzing six economic sectors where new trade opportunities exist in the transition to a green economy. The report outlines the key opportunities for developing countries to diversify their economies and position themselves to benefit from the growing demand for green goods and services. The report identifies areas where public and private actions, e.g. investment, market-based instruments and regulatory frameworks, can help developing countries benefit from these markets.
What have we learned from attempts to introduce green growth policies 
The OECD has published a new synthesis paper, drawing lessons applicable to green growth policies from experience in OECD countries and elsewhere. "What have we learned from attempts to introduce green-growth policies", highlights the need for both developed and developing countries to move to a new growth path that is consistent with the protection of the environment and sustainable use of scarce natural resources, while still achieving gains in living standards and reducing poverty. The report was published as a special edition of the OECD Green Growth Paper Series.
The Global Subsidies Initiative (GSI) of the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) has published a guidebook on how governments can formulate an effective reform strategy that will fit their individual objectives and circumstances. The guidebook is aimed at policy-makers in Southeast Asia, but with guidance that can be applied globally. Drawing together lessons from countries around the world, the publication provides guidance on the pace of reform and identifies good practices across three core elements: how to change pricing systems for fossil fuels, estimating the effects of reform and mitigating unwanted impacts and building support.

Ensuring robust flood risk management in Ho Chi Minh city 
A new World Bank working paper has been published as part of the GGKP's affiliated program on Data + Decision Making. The study demonstrates how robust decision making can help Ho Chi Minh City develop integrated flood risk management strategies in the face of deep uncertainty. The study finds that planning efforts in developing countries should at minimum use models and data to evaluate their decisions under a wide range of conditions. Full robust decision making analyses can also augment existing planning efforts in numerous ways.
Opportunities and policies for green growth in cities

The report "Green Growth in Cities" presents the OECD Green Cities Programme's main findings and policy recommendations, and provides a preliminary approach to measuring green growth in cities. The report synthesizes the findings from six case studies of urban green growth policies, four at the city level (Paris, Chicago, Stockholm, Kitakyushu) and two at the national level (China, Korea) and offers a definition of urban green growth and a framework for analyzing how it might pay out. 


International trade and global greenhouse gas emissions

 A new report from the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) explores whether trade could play a role in reducing GHG emissions, by shifting production to places with lower GHG intensity of production. The report finds that the average GHG intensity of producing traded goods varies by a factor of two to five, across countries, suggesting potential for reducing GHG emissions by shifting production locations. The report also assesses the potential benefits of shifting production and key policy considerations. The location of steel production is used as a case study.
Report highlights economic and social benefits of green growth for Africa
 A new report released by the African Development Bank (AfDB) highlights how investments in green growth can be advantageous to economic growth in Africa. The report, issued as part of the eleventh volume of "Gender, Poverty, and Environmental Indicators on African Countries," shows how green growth in Africa will provide a higher return on investment and result in better management of natural resources, less dependence on imports, more food security, better resilience to natural disasters and reduced energy and infrastructure costs. The report follows the recent release of the AfDB's Strategy for 2013-2022 which identifies Africa's transition to green growth as one of its main objectives.
Study shows less than 1 % of clean energy technology patents filed in Africa
UNEP and the European Patent Office have released a study which aims at providing facts and evidence to evaluate the actual situation concerning patenting of clean energy technology in Africa. The study "Patents and Clean Energy Technologies in Africa" provides a mapping of Africa's clean energy potential, outlines policies and legal frameworks for patent protection in Africa, provides a statistical analysis of patenting patterns in Africa, and findings and recommendations on how to leverage the patent system to promote access to clean energy technologies in Africa. 
The social dimension of green growth in the Republic of Macedonia
LEI Wageningen has released a report on "The social dimensions of green growth in the Republic of Macedonia", analyzing the social dimensions of the country's green growth strategy using a Participatory Scenario Development (PSD) methodology. The report provides a summary of the major challenges faced by the Republic of Macedonia in terms of social-economic development, demographic development and climate change, future development scenarios, with breakdowns by sector, and recommendations with respect to green growth strategy development. The report is part of the World Bank's support to the Macedonian government through the "FYR Macedonia Green Growth and Climate Change Analytic and Advisory Support Program". 
Tools and Initiatives
Sustainable consumption and production clearinghouse launched
UNEP has launched the full version of their Global SCP Clearinghouse, a platform dedicated to advancing Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) worldwide. The Global SCP Clearinghouse offers stakeholders tools to: browse regional or thematic communities dedicated to SCP; share and find information and initiatives on SCP; build networks and identify partners through an interactive marketplace, working groups and forums; and strengthen capacities with an experts/resource persons directory, e-library and other tools.

Building pathways to greener growth - GGKP's first Practitioners' Workshop
This week, the GGKP held its first Practitioners' Workshop on the topic of building pathways to greener growth. The workshop was organized by the World Bank, in collaboration with GIZ, under the auspices of the Green Growth Knowledge Platform. Over two days of seminars, exchange and networking, technical experts from developing country governments in Asia learnt about various green growth policy tools and shared their experiences on green growth planning and implementation. All presentations from the workshop are available on the GGKP website.
Green growth policy measures as a tool for local and regional sustainable development
The Weitz Center for Development Studies is organizing a 4-week training event on green growth. The course will cover an introduction to the concept of green growth, strategy policies and frameworks, and implementation. Interested participants are requested to apply by June 7, 2013, at