The GGKP was founded by the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and the World Bank.
In addition, we have a number of Knowledge Partners: institutions and organizations active in areas related to green growth and green economy at the local, national, regional, and international levels.
GGKP's mission is to enhance and expand efforts to identify and address major knowledge gaps in green growth theory and practice, and to help countries design and implement policies to move towards a green economy.
GGKP identifies and encourages research on major knowledge gaps in green growth theory and practice. We emphasize a practical orientation for research and insist that the best policy can only emerge from close collaboration among scholars, practitioners, and policy makers.
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 tradeoffs between the environmental and economic pillars of sustainable 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.
The next five to 10 years will present major opportunities to further incorporate environmental and economic sustainability considerations in, for example, the huge investments in infrastructure that will be made across the developing world, and to further develop agriculture and other natural resources for improving livelihoods and reducing poverty. Green growth entails avoiding the 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 catalyze investment and innovation in ways that give rise to new, more sustainable sources of growth and development.
There is no one-size-fits-all strategy for implementing green growth, and policy needs to respond to national priorities and circumstances. Nonetheless, all countries stand to benefit from a green economic transformation.