9 January 2019
Over the past few decades, the international community has made significant progress in helping hundreds of thousands of people escape poverty and providing socio-economic opportunities for underprivileged people and social groups around the world. People in extreme poverty fell from 47 percent in 1990 to 14 percent in 2015, and the undernourished population in developing regions halved from 23.3 percent in 1990 to 12.9 percent in 2016.
While the global poverty rate has dropped considerably, inequalities between regions and within many countries have increased. Sub-Saharan Africa has the largest number of poor in the world, and indigenous peoples still fight poverty due to limited land and cultural rights. Further, gender inequality remains common worldwide, holding back the growth of individuals and the development of countries.
To address this, a shift towards green growth models that are not only environmentally sustainable, but also socially inclusive are essential. Green growth that is climate resilient and embraces traditionally marginalized populations will ultimately create greater and equal economic opportunities. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization, roughly 100 million people could climb out of poverty if women had the same access to productive resources as men. Another study states that around USD 12 trillion could be added to the global economy if the gender gap is bridged.
The economic potential and development benefits of inclusion and environmental sustainability are enormous. To realize further achievements, economic growth must be environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive. By realizing this potential in a sustainable manner, future generations will also have these benefits and economic opportunities.
Against this backdrop, GGGI will hold a workshop at the 3rd UN PAGE Ministerial Conference (Conference Hall 2 at 13:15 - 14:00) to exchange ideas on how to effectively leverage social inclusion in green growth planning, policy and investments. The event will also serve to premiere GGGI’s latest film, Green Growth for Gender Equality: Promoting Poverty Reduction and Social Inclusion.
Mr. Atle Hamar, Vice Minister Ministry of Climate and Environment, Norway @kldep
Mr. Oliver Greenfield, Convenor, Green Economy Coalition @GECoalition
Ms. Isabell Kempf, UNDP-UN Environment Poverty-Environment Initiative @PEIGlobal
Ms. Gabriele Wagner, GIZ @giz_gmbh
Ms. Inhee Chung, Sustainability & Safeguards Manager, Global Green Growth Institute @GGGI_HQ
Ms. Ingvild Solvang Global Lead, Gender and Social Development Global Green Growth Institute @GGGI_HQ
About the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI)
Based in Seoul, GGGI is an intergovernmental organization that supports developing country governments transition to a model of economic growth that is environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive. GGGI delivers programs in 30 partner countries with technical support, capacity building, policy planning & implementation, and by helping to build a pipeline of bankable green investment projects. More on GGGI’s events, projects and publications can be found on www.gggi.org. You can also follow GGGI on Twitter and join us on Facebook, YouTube and LinkedIn.
Local GGGI communications contact:
Ingvild Solvang, Global Lead, Gender and Social Development
(GGGI Seoul HQ)
HeeKyung Son, Communications Specialist
(GGGI Seoul HQ)
Daniel Muñoz-Smith, Communications Specialist