Knowledge Update
Issue 2014-2                                                                                      February 19, 2014
High-level panel marks launch of GGKP office in Geneva
On 22 January, to mark the official launch of the Green Growth Knowledge Platform's office, the GGKP, Swiss Government and Geneva Environment Network hosted a high-level panel debate on the topic of "Green Economy and Green Growth: Passing Fad or Future Paradigm?". The debate, moderated by Mark Halle (IISD), featured a number of key thought leaders from across the GGKP's four founding organizations, including Achim Steiner (UNEP), Howard Bamsey (GGGI), Marianne Fay (World Bank) and Dale Andrew (OECD). The event, where it was also announced that the GGKP would benefit from a CHF1.6 million (US$1.7 million), three-year commitment from the Swiss government, was opened by Bruno Oberle (FOEN), and closed by Guillaume Barazzone (City of Geneva) and Antonio Hodgers (Canton of Geneva). More information on the event, including photo coverage can be found on the GGKP web platform.
About GGKP
The Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP) is a global network of international organizations and experts that identifies and addresses major knowledge gaps in green growth theory and practice. By encouraging widespread collaboration and world-class research, the GGKP offers practitioners and policymakers the policy guidance, good practices, tools, and data necessary to support the transition to a green economy.
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4-5 March 2014

United Arab Emirates



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12-13 March 2014
Bonn, Germany



Pathways to Green Growth in Africa: A GGKP Practitioners' Workshop

World Bank, LEDS GP, BMZ

1-3 April 2014

Kinshasa, DRC



Introduction to a Green Economy: Concepts and Applications

13 April - 6 June
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Latest Research

AfDB research to help Sierra Leone fill green investment funding gap

A new booklet by the African Development Bank summarizes the green investment opportunities identified in Sierra Leone's recently launched 2013-2018 Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper, the Agenda for Prosperity.  With an overall cost of implementing the plan estimated at US $5.75 billion and a funding gap of US $2.1 billion, a number of the Agenda's planned green interventions are currently unfunded. In light of this, the AfDB has created this booklet to help the government attract investment for green growth activities.
The costs and benefits of Germany's green industrial policy
The International Institute for Sustainable Development and the German Development Institute have published a new report on renewable energy policy in Germany and the contribution it has made to green growth. "Germany's Green Industrial Policy: Stable Policies - Turbulent Markets" focuses on the wind and solar energy sectors in Germany, and policies that have been implemented to support growth in these sectors. While performance against environmental goals is widely held to have been successful, the report considers the extent to which policies have also supported economic, social and technological objectives. It aims to provide policy makers with the research necessary for the development of cost effective, well targeted policies for the development of green industries.
Green growth in Korea, option or necessity?
With the aim of sharing examples and lessons learnt on green growth, the World Bank and the Korea Green Growth Partnership have launched the new "Green Growth in Action" Knowledge Note Series. The first issue, "The Green Growth Movement in the Republic of Korea: Option or Necessity", explains why the country adopted green growth as a new national development strategy and details how it has been implemented by the government. The paper also draws together key outcomes to date from Korea's green growth policy, and suggests lessons learnt which could be applied to other countries.
Ensuring coherence between green growth strategies and poverty reduction

"Green Growth and Poverty Reduction," a new paper by the OECD, explores how OECD green growth policies can be designed in order to maximise the positive synergies and minimise the negatives effects on pro-poor growth in developing countries. The paper looks across three themes: climate change, biodiversity and innovation policy, and a number of specific issues, including agricultural livelihoods, fisheries livelihoods and the energy and mining sectors. Three case studies, Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), the reform of EU biofuels policy, and EU fisheries access, are presented and lessons for the green growth agenda are derived.

Nordic countries explore opportunities for fossil fuel subsidy reform in developing countries

In light of the impact fossil fuel subsidies have on sustainable development, government budgets, poverty, gender and the environment, the Nordic Council of Ministers has issued a new working paper exploring opportunities for Nordic countries to increase cooperation with developing countries on subsidy reform. The paper discusses how reforming and redirecting subsidies will be important for addressing climate change, managing government deficits, building up energy networks and improving targeted social spending. The paper is part of the Nordic Prime Ministers' overall green growth initiative. 

Assessing Kazakhstan's policy and institutional framework for a green economy

Kazakhstan has taken a lead among Central Asian countries in mapping a path towards a green economy. While environmental degradation has often been discussed, only recently have environmental concerns begun to be addressed within the mainstream economy. A new report developed by IIED, "Assessing Kazakhstan's Policy and Institutional Framework for a Green Economy," analyses progress in 'greening' the economy and makes recommendations on the enabling conditions needed for Kazakhstan to achieve a transition to a green economy. 


New environmental indicators endorsed

The new OECD book "Environment at a Glance - OECD Indicators" includes key environmental indicators endorsed by OECD Environment Ministers and major environmental indicators from the OECD Core Set of Environmental Indicators. These indicators, categorized by issues such as climate change, air pollution, biodiversity, waste and water, reflect environmental progress made since the early 1990s and thus contribute to measuring environmental performance.

Integrating sustainable development into infrastructure procurement in India

A new report from IISD debates the extent to which public-private partnerships (PPPs) are delivering value for money (VfM) in India. While VfM is traditionally interpreted to mean the lowest-priced alternative at the time of commissioning, in the context of sustainable development it is understood as VfM across the asset life cycle. The report's findings indicate that despite the best-in-class laws, policies, formal processes and institutional frameworks, PPPs in India might not be delivering VfM in the context of sustainable development. The report makes policy recommendations on how to improve and move beyond existing safeguards, and on leveraging existing infrastructure development funds so as to lower the cost of capital for sustainable infrastructure.

Inaugural PAGE conference and GGKP side event

The inaugural Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) Global Conference will be held in the United Arab Emirates from 4-5 March 2014. More than 300 participants representing governments, the private sector, civil society and development agencies are expected to attend. The conference will be an opportunity to review international experience and progress related to green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication. It will also consider how greener economies can contribute to the emerging post-2015 development agenda. During the conference, on 5 March, the GGKP will host a lunchtime side event on the topic of "What we Don't Know - Expanding the Frontiers of Green Growth Knowledge".

E-learning course on green economy

As part of the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE), UNITAR in cooperation with UNEP, ILO and UNIDO is delivering the e-learning course "Introduction to a Green Economy: Concepts and Applications", from 13 April - 6 June 2014. This e-course has been designed for a wide audience of civil servants, diplomats, environmental managers, academics, private sector representatives and interested citizens. It aims at enhancing participants' knowledge of different concepts and facets of the green economy, as well as global, national and sector-specific challenges and opportunities to advance low-carbon, resource efficient and socially inclusive development. Registration is open until 6 April 2014. To facilitate the participation of individuals from least developed countries and non-profit organizations, a number of fellowships will be awarded.


Vacancy Announcement: Counsultant on trade and competitiveness
The GGKP's Trade and Competitiveness Research Committee is one of four pilot research committees that have been formed by the GGKP to collaboratively identify knowledge gaps in green growth theory and practice. As one of its first outputs, the Trade and Competitiveness Research Committee has identified the need for a data collection effort on environmental policies and regulations in developing countries. A consultant is needed to draft a background note and an associated call for proposals to support this effort. A description of the duties and responsibilities, qualifications, timeline and detailed instructions for applying can be found in the Vacancy Announcement here. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply by 21 February 2014.