Knowledge Update
Issue 2013-10                                                                                                            October 16, 2013

Global Green Growth Forum 2013

The 3rd Global Green Growth Forum (3GF) will take place on 21-22 October 2013 in Copenhagen, Denmark. The forum will be hosted by the Danish Government in partnership with the governments of China, Kenya, Korea, Mexico and Qatar. This year's 3GF will focus on improving resource efficiencies in the value chain with an emphasis on developing, launching and scaling up public-private partnerships that effectively implement green growth. For more information, be sure to read the new GGKP Insights blog post by Eva Grambye, Special Envoy for 3GF, outlining the importance of the forum and this year's theme.
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

Regional Exchange and Practitioners Workshop: Towards an Inclusive Green Economy in Latin America and the Caribbean
Uruguayan government, BMU, UNEP, GIZ, ECLAC, IDB, ILO
17-18 October 2013
Montevideo, Uruguay
21-22 October 2013
Copenhagen, Denmark 
21 October - 13 December 2013
Web-based course
Sharing Lessons on National Low Carbon Action
23 October 2013
London, UK
Seminar on Innovation and Climate Financing Mechanisms
4-5 November 2013
Helsinki, Finland
LEDS LAC Regional Platform Workshop
4-6 December 2013
Lima, Peru

5-6 December 2013
Paris, France

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Latest Research

Can inclusive green growth be a way forward in Cambodia?

"Making Growth Green and Inclusive: The Case of Cambodia", a new report by the OECD, presents a case study on Cambodia designed to answer key development planning questions, including whether inclusive, green growth presents a viable way forward. The case study draws on several sources of information to compile a snapshot of the situation today. It presents qualitative information gathered through a multi-stakeholder workshop and bilateral interviews with public and private sector actors and draws on relevant literature to present the state of play on green growth in Cambodia. 

Green economy success stories in Egypt

The Centre for Environment and Development for the Arab Region and Europe (CEDARE), in collaboration with the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency (EEAA) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) have released a publication on Egypt's green economy experience.  The selected case studies demonstrate opportunities and challenges facing green initiatives. The publication also aims to highlight the importance of business ventures and investments to support green policies, technologies and environmental infrastructure. These case studies have been prepared as a complementary publication to the "Green Economy Scoping Study for Egypt" due to be released later this year.   

Challenges and opportunities for green growth in a fragile state

The African Development Bank has released a new report, "Sierra Leone: Transitioning Towards Green Growth, Stocktaking and the Way Forward," outlining the key principles for green growth and exploring the main development opportunities and challenges for engaging in green growth in Sierra Leone. The report finds that there are three main opportunities for Sierra Leone as it moves towards an inclusive green growth path: ensuring quality growth; an improved international reputation; and an economy that is more efficient and competitive, generating employment while attracting additional development financing, including from the private sector.   

Greening India's growth - an economic perspective

A new book, "Greening India's Growth: Costs, Valuations and Trade-offs", addresses the trade-offs between India's sustained and rapid economic growth and the protection of its environment and natural resources. The book analyses India's growth from an economic perspective and assesses whether India can grow in a "green" and sustainable manner. It examines the physical and monetary costs environmental health and natural resources driven by economic growth; estimates the value of key ecosystem services in India and provides a menu of policy instruments to address trade-offs between economic growth and environmental sustainability.


Water and climate change report - navigating adaptation decisions

 "Water and Climate Change Adaptation", a new report from the OECD, highlights the range of expected changes in the water cycle and the challenge of making practical, on-site adaptation decisions for water. It offers policymakers a risk-based approach to better "know", "target" and "manage" water risks and proposes policy guidelines to prioritize action and improve the efficiency, timeliness and equity of adaptation responses.


New opportunities for natural wealth management in the Greater Mekong Subregion
A new report focusing on a recent public-private dialogue in the Greater Mekong Subregion, (GMS) "New Opportunities for Natural Wealth Management", has been released. The report outlines the key findings and recommendations from the event held in Bangkok, Thailand, in June 2013, and provides insights into the key opportunities emerging from the transition to a green economy in the region. Initiated by the OSLO Consortium, the public-private dialogue was co-organized by the Global Mechanism, the Asian Development Bank, UNEP, UNDP, FAO and WWF.
Assessing the drivers of regional trends in solar photovoltaic manufacturing

A new study, published in the Royal Society of Chemistry journal Energy & Environmental Science, identifies which conditions are most important to China's price advantage in silicon solar panels and assesses whether they can be reproduced
replicated elsewhere. The study finds that manufacturing scale and supply-chain advantages are the main driving forces behind China's 23% price advantage over US competitors. Both these drivers are found to be more important than low-cost labor, whose advantage is offset by higher inflation and country-specific risk adjustments. The study concludes that these main advantages are not unique to China and can be replicated by manufacturers based in other countries if comparable scale can be achieved. 


UN CEO Study assesses corporate priorities for sustainability

The UN Global Compact has released their CEO Study on Sustainability for 2013. Over 1,000 chief executives across 27 industries and 103 countries participated in the survey, giving their insights on priorities for action in fostering corporate sustainability. The study found that while over 90 % of respondents felt environmental, social and governance issues are "important to the future of their businesses" half of respondents cited a "lack of financial resources" as the leading barrier to advancing sustainability in their businesses. A further 85% of respondents stated the desire to see clearer policies from governments to support green growth.


Reports outline solutions for sustainable agriculture and natural resources

The Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) has released a number of new publications related to green growth. Prepared by their various thematic groups, the reports are submissions to the UN Secretary-General and the Open Working Group on the Sustainable Development Goals. The reports include "Harnessing natural resources for sustainable development: challenges and solutions" which examines the economic decision chain for turning natural resources into sustained prosperity; and "Solutions for sustainable agriculture and food systems" which details the links between the global food system and sustainable development and outlines principles for the development of specific solutions adaptable to local realities. 


Tools and Initiatives
A toolbox to help transition to a green economy

The UN ECE has created a new Green Economy Toolbox, enabling users to easily identify the tools needed to make a transition to a green economy. The online tool allows users to search for relevant resources according to the recipient (e.g. authorities, public, business), purpose (e.g. environmental protection and resource efficiency, social inclusiveness, economic development), sector (e.g. Agriculture, Energy, Forestry) or category (e.g. legislation, training, measurement and evaluation). 

New issue of Green Growth the Nordic Way
The September issue of the "Green Growth the Nordic Way" has been released. This issue explores two projects from the Nordic Prime Ministers' green growth initiative that try to expand and explore Nordic markets on sustainable building and ecodesign, respectively. "Green Growth the Nordic Way" is published by the Nordic Council of Ministers and explores how regional cooperation stimulates a greener economic growth.