Qatar Joins New International Organization to Promote Green Growth
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Qatar Joins New International Organization to Promote Green Growth PR Newswire RIO DE JANEIRO, June 21, 2012 RIO DE JANEIRO, June 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Qatar joined sixteen other industrialized, emerging economies and developing countries on Wednesday in signing the Agreement on the Establishment of the Global Green Growth Institute. This agreement will convert the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), a think tank founded in 2010 and based in Seoul, Korea, into an international organization. GGGI is dedicated to pioneering a new model of environmentally sustainable economic growth. Its conversion into an international organization is expected to facilitate GGGI's mission to develop and diffuse green growth as an economic model around the world. The main goal of GGGI is to promote a paradigm shift in economic development – an approach which targets both economic performance and environmental sustainability – to address climate change and serve as a pathway to sustainable development. GGGI partners with developing countries and emerging economies, including least developed countries, to develop green growth strategies and plans that deliver poverty reduction, job creation and social inclusion in an environmentally sustainable way. The initiative reflects much of the same vision the State of Qatar has for its own growth and development.

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Qatar Joins New International Organization to
Promote Green Growth
PR Newswire
RIO DE JANEIRO, June 21, 2012
RIO DE JANEIRO
,
June 21, 2012
/PRNewswire/ --
Qatar
joined sixteen other
industrialized, emerging economies and developing countries on Wednesday in
signing the Agreement on the Establishment of the Global Green Growth
Institute. This agreement will convert the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI),
a think tank founded in 2010 and based in
Seoul, Korea
, into an international
organization.
GGGI is dedicated to pioneering a new model of environmentally sustainable
economic growth. Its conversion into an international organization is expected
to facilitate GGGI's mission to develop and diffuse green growth as an economic
model around the world.
The main goal of GGGI is to promote a paradigm shift in economic
development – an approach which targets both economic performance and
environmental sustainability – to address climate change and serve as a
pathway to sustainable development. GGGI partners with developing countries
and emerging economies, including least developed countries, to develop
green growth strategies and plans that deliver poverty reduction, job creation
and social inclusion in an environmentally sustainable way.
The initiative reflects much of the same vision the
State of Qatar
has for its own
growth and development. Through the leadership of His Highness the Emir
Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, the nation continues to invest significantly in
research and development as a means for addressing the challenges of
sustainable growth. GGGI is one of several such multinational collaborations in
which
Qatar
has stepped up to lead.
Since its establishment, GGGI has maintained its founding vision of becoming a
multi-stakeholder, hybrid international organization based on partnership
between developed and developing countries as well as between the public and
private sectors. In a similar spirit, the
State of Qatar
is in the process of
establishing the Global Dry Land Alliance (GDLA), a partnership among arid and
semi-arid countries facing the threat of food and water insecurity.
Former Korean Prime Minister Han Seung-soo, who served as the Chair of the
GGGI Board of Directors, said, "Today's signing of the Agreement on the
Establishment of GGGI as an international organization marks a new chapter in
the institutional development of GGGI, more forcefully committing itself
hereinafter to the global promotion of green growth paradigm. I am sure that
this will help herald a new era of global sustainability as well as human welfare."
Former Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen will take over as Board
Chair from July.
"
Qatar
is proud to join the GGGI and add our voice and vision to the
development of this important work," said His Excellency Abdullah bin Hamad
Al-Attiyah, Chairman of Qatar Administrative Control and Transparency
Authority and head of the Qatari delegation to the Rio+20 UN Summit on
Sustainable Development. "As a nation we believe it is our responsibility to
invest today in the technologies and practices required to build a healthy and
prosperous future for the next generation." His Excellency Dr. Khalid bin
Mohammed Al-Attiya, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, signed the
agreement on behalf of the
State of Qatar
.
GGGI Executive Director Richard Samans thanked the signatory governments
for their leadership and said, "The agreement you have signed today creates a
new kind of international organization for the 21st century: interdisciplinary;
multistakeholder and driven by the practical priorities of emerging and
developing countries which are seeking to engineer a new model of growth and
development that achieves strong, broad-based progress in living standards
with greater resource security and environmental sustainability."
In addition to
Qatar
, 16 countries agreed to convert GGGI from a Korean
foundation to an international organization, including
Australia
,
Cambodia
,
Costa Rica
,
Denmark
,
Ethiopia
,
Guyana
,
Kiribati
,
Mexico
,
Norway
,
Papua New
Guinea
,
Paraguay
,
the Philippines
, Republic of Korea,
United Arab Emirates
, the
United Kingdom
, and
Vietnam
.
PR Contacts:
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