GGKP Welcomes UNIDO to the Steering Committee

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GGKP News
29 November 2018

The Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP) is pleased to welcome the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) as a new member of the GGKP Steering Committee, alongside the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) and the World Bank.

“These are especially exciting times for the GGKP, already the world’s largest dedicated repository of green growth resources, case studies, and national documents," said Ban Ki-moon, former Secretary-General of the United Nations and current President and Chair of the GGGI.

“GGGI welcomes the opportunity to renew its support for the GGKP through the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the four founding organizations and UNIDO. I am very pleased to see international organizations work together to build a future of green growth and sustainable development.”

Stephan Sicars, Director of UNIDO’s Environment Branch, said that, “UNIDO looks forward to working with the GGKP to broaden the network of partners in green growth by facilitating the connection with our industry and private sector partners. Together, we can bridge the gap between the research, policy, and industry communities, and provide guidance and incentives for greener industrial practices.”

Green Industry is at the core of UNIDO’s mandate. The Organization adds value to the partnership by bringing in its services and expertise to promote circular production patterns, the adoption of clean technologies and practical ways to transition to a green economy.

“Greener industrial practices are key to future economic competitiveness and sustainable growth for both countries and businesses,” said Ben Simmons, Head of the GGKP Secretariat. “The GGKP looks forward to UNIDO’s leadership and to increased private sector engagement.”

Frank Rijsberman, Director General of the GGGI, said that, "For developing countries in particular, green industry can play a major role in poverty alleviation, the delivery of goods and services, job creation and improved standards of living, as well as increased productivity and improved access to premium markets.”

“We welcome the expertise that UNIDO will bring to the partnership on greening industry," Rijsberman added.

Under this enhanced partnership, the GGKP will relaunch the Green Industry Platform, which will provide leading innovative, practical and pragmatic insights and knowledge to help green existing businesses and sectors, and to develop and grow new green sectors and enterprises.

The new partnership was celebrated today at the Sixth Annual GGKP Conference, held in conjunction with the OECD Green Growth and Sustainable Development Forum (GGSD) on the theme of “Inclusive Solutions for the Green Transition”.

To stay up-to-date about the new Green Industry Platform, sign up at: ggkp.org/gip.

For more information, please contact:
Stephan Sicars, Director
UNIDO Department of Environment