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.
The GGKP was established in January 2012. The initiative is led by the Global Green Growth Institute, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the United Nations Environment Programme, United Nations Industrial Development Organization, and the World Bank.
This group has since expanded to include a large, diverse group of knowledge partners, comprising leading institutions and organizations active in areas related to green growth and green economy at the local, national, regional, and international levels.
The GGKP benefits from strategic funding from Switzerland, as well as programmatic funding from the Netherlands, Germany, and the MAVA Foundation.
What is green growth?
Green growth means fostering economic growth and development while ensuring that natural assets continue to provide the resources and environmental services on which our well-being relies. It focuses on the synergies and trade-offs between the environmental and economic pillars of sustainable development.
In other words, green growth discards the traditional convention of "grow first, clean up later" and discourages investment decisions that entrench communities and countries in environmentally damaging, carbon-intensive systems. Rather, it seeks to spur investment and innovation in ways that give rise to new, more sustainable sources of growth and development.
Importantly, green growth does not neglect the social pillar; on the contrary, without good governance, transparency, and equity, no transformative growth strategy can succeed. Moreover, there is no one-size-fits-all strategy for implementing green growth; rather, specific policies and actions need to respond to national priorities and circumstances.
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