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With a deal ratified from the recent Paris Climate Conference, attention now turns to the difficult task of actually achieving national emissions reduction targets.

Joy Kim, UNEP, discuses some of the findings from UNEP's synthesis report “Building Inclusive Green Economies in Africa: Experience and Lessons Learned 2010-2015” and subsequent discussions at a regional workshop “Inclusive Green Economies for poverty reduction and sustainable development in Africa,” in Cairo, Egypt in March 2015.
Najib Saab, Secretary-General of the Arab Forum for Environment and Development reflects on recent investment trends in renewable energy and its growing importance in the energy balance.

Scaled-up green investment is critical to pursuing and maintaining a green growth path. The International Energy Agency estimates 48 trillion  US dollars of cumulative investment in energy supply and efficiency will be required by 2035 to enable growth in access while financing the clean energy technology investment needed to meet the 2℃ climate change target (IEA, 2015).

Green growth will necessitate a shift in both public and private investments, with the limited public funds accessible prudently targeted and accompanied by appropriate policy frameworks in order to leverage private financing. Mobilizing the required scale of green investment enables new and innovative approaches to generate action for global economic and climate challenges. Shifting to a greener growth trajectory requires a specific focus on communications, energy, transport, buildings and water networks.

The LEDS Expert Assistance on Finance (LEAF) program is developed to assist on designing finance, investment or funding strategy for a low emission project and provides no-cost assistance to representatives of government agencies and to technical institutes supporting them.

Relevance to the SDGs

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) call for increasing green investment across sectors including energy (target 7.a), ecosystems (target 15.a) and infrastructure (target 9.4) as well as climate change mitigation actions (target 13.a).

Explore green growth resources related to SDGs:

SDG 9.4
Green Infrastructure
   SDG 13.a
  Carbon mitigation  


Jordanian Ministry of Environment, Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI)
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Best Practices

International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)
Center for Study of Science, Technology & Policy (CSTEP), Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI)

Learning Products

Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment (SSEE), University of Oxford
Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM), International Center for Climate Governance (ICCG)
Sustainable Development Solution Network (SDSN)


Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI)
Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI)
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH