GGKP Knowledge Update – UN green economy knowledge products, the New Climate Economy report, green industries and entrepreneurship and more…

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Issue 8 – October 9, 2014

The United Nations Environmental Management Group (EMG) in September released a new report that provides a comprehensive overview of the various green economy knowledge products developed and implemented by the UN system.  The report, “Green Economy Knowledge Products by UN Agencies and Partners”, analyses a total of 122 knowledge products, ranging from generic guidance for conceptualising policy frameworks, practical toolkits, case studies and best practices at national and local levels, to capacity building facilities and knowledge exchange platforms. In addition, 25 specific resources are highlighted through case studies, illustrating the wide range of products currently available. Through the stocktaking exercise, a number of knowledge gaps were identified, yielding insight into where efforts and further collaboration might be needed to advance green economy policy design and implementation.

The Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP) is a global network of international organisations and experts that identifies and addresses major knowledge gaps in green growth theory and practice. By encouraging widespread collaboration and world-class research, the GGKP offers practitioners and policymakers the policy guidance, good practices, tools, and data necessary to support the transition to a green economy.


Green Economy Academy


6-17 October 2014

Turin, Italy


Ministry of Environment of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

18-20 October
Dead Sea, Jordan


Global Green Growth Forum 

20-21 October 2014
Copenhagen, Denmark 


Asia LEDS Forum

11-13 November 2014

Yogyakarta, Indonesia


13-14 November

Paris, France


29-30 January 2015
Venice, Italy 

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Released in the days leading up to the UN Climate Summit, the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate published “Better Growth, Better Climate: The New Climate Economy Report”.  The report seeks to inform economic decision-makers on the need to tackle the more immediate impacts climate change will have on areas such as jobs, competitiveness and poverty.

The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) have released the publication “The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity Challenges and Responses”. It describes the history of TEEB to date, progress made towards the goal of mainstreaming the economics of nature and the main challenges as the initiative begins a phase of implementation.

The World Bank has released the report “Building Competitive Green Industries: The Climate and Clean Technology Opportunity for Developing Countries” which recommends actions by the public and private sectors to foster the growing market for SMEs in the clean technology sector. The recommendations are illustrated through case studies of national programs in South Korea, India, Thailand, and Ethiopia. 

The paper “Enhancing international technology cooperation for climate change mitigation: lessons from an electromobility case study” assesses whether the prospects for international technology cooperation in low-carbon sectors can be improved. Published by the German Development Institute (DIE), the report analyses the case of international cooperation on electric vehicle technologies, focusing on bilateral German-Chinese programs for electric vehicle development, as well as multilateral platforms on low-carbon technology cooperation related to electric vehicles.

The Center for American Progress and the Political Economy Research Institute – University of Massachusetts Amherst, have released the report “Green Growth: A U.S. Program for Controlling Climate Change and Expanding Job Opportunities”. The report quantifies the level of investment required for the United States to align emissions reductions with international goals in an economically beneficial and technically feasible manner.

The journal China & World Economy has released a special issue on the topic of climate change and green growth. Articles include the “Role of Green Governance in Achieving Sustainable Urbanization in China”, “Choice for China: What Role for Vocational Education in Green Growth?”, “Climate Change and Green Growth: A Perspective of the Division of Labor” and further relevant insights from various authors.

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has released the report “REthinking Energy: Towards a new power system”. This report, part of a new series by IRENA, explores how renewable energy is financed, produced, distributed and consumed, and will chart the changing relationships it is bringing about between states, corporations and individuals.

From 20-21 October 2014, in Copenhagen, Denmark, the Global Green Growth Forum (3GF) will convene governments, businesses, investors and international organisations to act together for inclusive green growth.  The 3GF team have released a video outlining the aim and ambitions of the conference, and the reasons why the world must act now for green growth.

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a new flyer illustrating its engagement with partners and countries in building greener and more inclusive economies. The flyer highlights UNEP’s activities in championing green economy, partnering with a number of other UN agencies and organisations, as well as other international organisations and civil society groups to respond to a growing demand for green growth information, tools and support.

GGGI has released its first of a monthly newsletter series from Director-General Yvo de Boer. The Director-General will be writing a monthly newsletter for GGGI members, staff, and the public for the purpose of keeping all of key GGGI stakeholders informed about the developments and events taking place within the organisation. The inaugural newsletter discusses: GGGI’s New Assembly President and Council Chair; the New Climate Economy Launch; Green Investment Services; a recent GGGI Leaders Gathering and more.