Description/achievement of initiative
The GGKP is a global partnership of international organisations, research institutes, think tanks, and experts focused on promoting a green economy transition by:1. Identifying major knowledge gaps in green growth theory and practice and addressing these gaps by promoting collaboration and coordinated research; and 2. Using world-class knowledge management and communication tools to provide practitioners, policymakers, and other experts with opportunities to access, share and utilise green growth policy analysis, guidance, lessons learned and data.
In order to mobilise the transition to a green economy, it is crucial that policymakers and practitioners are equipped with the knowledge to empower action. The GGKP was established in 2012, in the months leading up to the Rio+20 Conference, on the basis that investing in knowledge generation and sharing leads to lasting impact.From its initial start as a partnership between 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, the GGKP has since expanded to a global partnership of over 40 international organisations, research institutes and think tanks. The GGKP works with these partners to initiate and coordinate green growth analysis and learning with the shared understanding that the partners are more impactful when they combine their efforts and expertise.The GGKP adopts the following strategy: Knowledge generation – Lead a comprehensive, collaborative process drawing together global experts to identify and address major gaps in green growth knowledge and data that directly contribute to policy change.Knowledge management – Translate green growth research and data into easily accessible, policy-relevant information, necessary in supporting a green economy transition.Knowledge sharing – Draw together the green growth community to exchange experiences, strengthen international cooperation and empower action.The day-to-day operations of the GGKP are carried out by its Secretariat, located in Geneva, Switzerland and jointly managed by GGGI and UNEP.
Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer
The GGKP supports green growth capacity development through a number of online activities and in-person events. In 2014, the GGKP launched its web platform www.greengrowthknowledge.org drawing together research, analysis, tools, data, news and events from across the growing group of GGKP Knowledge Partners and other leading organisations and experts.Through this web platform, the GGKP works to ensure that new learning and best practices can be easily exchanged across borders and disciplines. Improved accessibility to key green growth knowledge products also helps the GGKP partners to more effectively collaborate and coordinate in their green growth activities, increasing efficiencies and reducing redundancies.The GGKP manages a robust webinar series and blog providing opportunities for policymakers and practitioners to hear from leading green growth experts on their latest thinking, including around recent research, new projects and upcoming events.The GGKP Annual Conference serves as the initiative’s main, in-person, community building activity. The founding GGKP institutions have committed to rotating responsibility for hosting the conference. The World Bank held the GGKP’s inaugural conference in 2012, the OECD held the second annual conference in 2013, and UNEP hosted the third annual conference in January 2015. GGGI will host the fourth annual conference in 2016.
Coordination mechanisms/governance structure
The GGKP’s four founding organisations – GGGI, the OECD, UNEP and the World Bank – together form the GGKP Steering Committee. As the principal governing and decision-making body of the GGKP, the Steering Committee is responsible for approving the GGKP strategy and overall work programme. Decisions by the Steering Committee are taken by consensus with each of the four members sharing equal rights and obligations.The GGKP is also supported by an independent Advisory Committee made up of experts from around the world with deep technical knowledge or policy experience relevant to green growth research and practice. The Advisory Committee, tasked with offering strategic guidance on the design and implementation of GGKP activities, is currently made up of 14 experts and is co-chaired by Carlo Carraro (Professor, Universitá Ca' Foscari Venezia; Vice-Chair, IPCC WG III; and Director, International Center for Climate Governance) and Alice Kaudia (Environment Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Mineral Resources, Kenya).
• United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
• World Bank
• Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
• Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI)
A full list of Knowledge Partners can be accessed at: http://www.greengrowthknowledge.org/partners