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[Conference] Global Green Growth Summit 2012

Type Conference
Venue Lotte hotel, Seoul Date 2012-05-10 ~ 2012-05-11
Host The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), Government of the Republic of Korea Organizer
URL http://www.gggi.org/event/2011/00/00/global-green-growth-summit-2012


Day 1: 10th of May (Thursday)




Opening Ceremony
Welcome Remarks

  • Dr. Young Soo-gil, Chairman, Presidential Committee on Green Growth (PCGG), Republic of Korea
  • Mr. Achim Steiner, Executive Director, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
  • Dr. Simon Upton, Director of Environment, Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
  • Mr. Richard Samans, Executive Director, Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI)

Congratulatory Remark

  • H.E. Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Attiya, Chairman of the Administrative Control and Transparency Authority of Qatar and the President of the COP18/CMP8 to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), State of Qatar

- Special Address


Opening Plenary

  • Prof. John Mathews, Eni Chair of Competitive Dynamics and Global Strategy at LUISS Guido Carli University - Opening Plenary

Lead Speech:

  • Mr. Masayoshi Son, CEO, Softbank Corp.
  • Mr. Jeremy Rifkin, Senior Lecturer, Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania

Discussion Leaders:

  • Mr. Bayanjargal Byambasaikhan, CEO, NEWCOM Group
  • Prof. Thomas Kaberger, Executive Board of Chair, Japan Renewable Energy Foundation (JREF)
  • Dr. Lee Suk-chae, CEO, KT Corporation, Republic of Korea
  • Mr. Kim Joong-kyum, President & CEO, Korea Electronic Power Corporation (KEPCO)


Coffee Break


Water and Green Growth

Sustained economic development, population growth, and the changing climate are increasing the stress on freshwater resources in many regions.  This session explores promising national and international models of cooperation to improve water security.


  • The Four River Restoration Project (6'09")


  • Dr. Anders Berntell, Executive Director, Water Resources Group (WRG)

Discussion Leaders:

  • Ms. Rachel Kyte, Vice President of Sustainable Development, World Bank (WB)
  • Dr. Loïc Fauchon, President, World Water Council (WWC)
  • Dr. Woo Hyo-Seop, President of Korea Institute of Construction Technology

Agriculture and Land Use

Agriculture accounts for 30% of greenhouse gas emissions and about 70% of freshwater consumption.  At the same time, rising incomes and populations in developing countries are presenting challenges to food security.  How can the international community effectively work together to strengthen the productivity of agriculture while decreasing its environmental impact in terms of carbon, water and biodiversity?


  • Dr. Brian Keating, Director of Sustainable Agriculture Flagship, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Commonwealth of Australia

Discussion Leaders:

  • Mr. Fahad bin Mohammed Al-Attiya, Chairman of Qatar National Food Security Programme (QNFSP), State of Qatar
  • H.E. Lee Sang-kil, Vice Minister, Ministry of Food, Agriculture, Forest and Fisheries, Republic of Korea
  • Dr. Germelino M. Bautista, Board Chairperson, Resources, Environment and Economics Center for Studies Inc. (REECS), Republic of the Philippines
  • Dr. Aly Abou-Sabaa, Director/Chair, Climate Change Coordination Committee (CCCC), African Development Bank (AFDB)
  • Ms. Xiangjun Yao, Deputy General Director, Ministry of Agriculture, People’s Republic of China
  • Dr. Monty Patrick Jones, Executive Director of the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa
  • Mr. Peter Ervin Kenmore, FAO Representative in India, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Financing Sustainable Energy

Next month, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will launch the Sustainable Energy for All initiative during the Rio+20 Conference.  His plan will include ambitious targets for increasing access by developing countries to renewable energy.  What innovative cooperative approaches could help to generate the financing necessary to attain these goals?


Discussion Leaders:

  • Dr. Pradeep Monga, Director, Energy and Climate Change Branch, Program Development and Technical Cooperation (PTC) Division, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
  • Mr. Gavin Wilson, CEO, International Finance Cooperation (IFC) Asset Management Company
  • Mr. Andrew Mitchell, Secretary of State for International Development, the United Kingdom
  • Mr. Hans Olav Ibrekk, Climate Coordinator, Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD), the Kingdom of Norway
  • Mr. Duarte Henriques da Silva, Investment Specialist, Capital Markets and Financial Sectors Division, Asian Development Bank (ADB)


Hosted by the Minister of Strategy and Finance, Republic of Korea

Special Speech
By Dr. Jeffrey Sachs, Director, The Earth Institute, Columbia University


Journalism and Green Growth

Environmental issues, including water and climate change, are one of the most pressing societal concerns that pose a grave threat to global security and prosperity. Given the severity of environmental challenges, it is imperative that we raise public awareness of the importance of green growth.  This is where journalists play an important role.  This session considers the actions and steps to be taken by journalists to not only build future global governance but to also combat the environmental crisis. Furthermore, speakers and panelists will have an opportunity to share their thoughts and views on green growth.


  • Ms. Lucy Hockings, Presenter, BBC World News

Lead Speakers

  • Mr. Alexis Madrigal, Senior Editor, The Atlantic
  • Mr. Andrew Revkin, Dot Earth blogger, The New York Times

Discussion Leaders:

  • Ms. Imelda Abano, President, Philippine Network of Environment Journalists
  • Mr. Mark Lynas, British author, Journalist and Environmental Activist
  • Mr. Nick Nuttall, Acting Communications Director and Spokesperson for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
  • Mr. Lee Do Woon, Editorial Writer, The Seoul Shinmum

Green Growth Knowledge Platform

Earlier this year, the World Bank, UNEP, OECD and GGGI formed a partnership to expand the frontiers of academic and policy research on green growth.  In this session, researchers and policymakers from around the world discuss potential research agendas to narrow key knowledge gaps on green growth.


  • Dr. Marianne Fay, Chief Economist, Sustainable Development Network, World Bank (WB)

Discussion Leaders:

  • OECD:
  • Dr. Fulai Sheng, Economist at Economics and Trade Branch, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
  • Dr. Simon Zadek, Independent Advisor and Author on Sustainability
  • Dr. Lee Jisoon, Professor of the Seoul National University and Advisor of the National Research Council for Economics, Humanities and Social Sciences, Republic of Korea
  • Dr. Jiang Kejun, Head of Energy and Environmental Policy Analysis, Energy Research Institute (ERI) of National Development and Reform Commission, People’s Republic of China

International Architecture for Green Technology and Innovation

Technological innovation is central to transforming our approach to economic development and pursuing green growth strategies.  While substantial capacity, expertise and research exist on innovation for green growth, the urgency of climate change means that the speed and scope of innovation, adaption and diffusion needs to be significantly increased to meet the needs.  How can we enhance international cooperation to spur this technological transformation and ensure that developing countries add momentum to their own development through technological innovation?  How can we best draw together the existing bilateral and multilateral technology initiatives already underway and systemize them to meet the needs of the least developed countries?


  • Ms. Katherine Sierra, Senior Fellow in the Global Economy and Development Program, Brookings Institution

Discussion Leaders:

  • Mr. Jacques Rogozinski, General Manager, Inter-American Investment Cooperation (IIC)
  • Dr. Sung Chang Mo, Executive Director, Green Technology Center Korea, Republic of Korea
  • Dr. Rick Duke, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Climate Policy, Office of Policy and International Affairs, U.S. Department of Energy, the United States of America
  • Dr. Romain Murenzi, Executive Director, The Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS)
  • Dr. Ajay Mathur, Director General, the Bureau of Energy Efficiency, Republic of India


Coffee Break


Plenary I
Global Governance for Green Growth and the Green Economy

A growing number of countries are seeking to integrate resource efficiency and environmental protection with their core economic development strategies.  How should international economic and environmental cooperation and governance be improved to support the design and implementation of these efforts?  What does this imply for the future agendas of multilateral and plurilateral institutions and processes such as the UNFCCC and G20?


  • Mr. Achim Steiner, Executive Director, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

Discussion Leaders:

  • Hon. Bharrat Jagdeo, Former President, the Co-operative Republic of Guyana
  • H.E. Kim Sung-han, 2nd Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Republic of Korea
  • Republic of Kazakhstan
  • H.E. Izabella Teixeira, Minister of the Environment, Federative Republic of Brazil
  • Australian Minister (TBD)
  • Dr. Jeffrey Sachs, Director, The Earth Institute, Columbia University


Hosted by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Republic of Korea

  • Introduction to Green Technology Center by Senior Secretary Mr. Kim Sang-hyup, Senior Secretary to the President for Green Growth and Dr. Sung Chang Mo, Executive Director of Green Technology Center Korea (GTCK), Republic of Korea

Day 2: 11th of May (Friday)




Plenary II
Of First and Fast Movers:
Strengthening the Global Governance of Green Growth through Country Leadership

National leadership lies at the core of strong international cooperation for green growth. Several governments have already taken initial steps to work together in this regard.  In this session, senior officials from various countries explore their plans in 2012 as well as their longer term vision for green growth cooperation.


  • Dr. Kandeh K. Yumkella, Director-General of the United National Industrials Development Organization (UNIDO)

Discussion Leaders:

  • H.E. Christian Friis Bach, Minister for Development Cooperation, Kingdom of Denmark
  • H.E. Juan Rafael Elvira Quesada, Secretary of the Environment, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, United Mexican States
  • H.E. Trevor Manuel, Minister in the Presidency, National Planning Commission, Republic of South Africa
  • H.E. Motohisa Furukawa, Minister for National Policy, Japan
  • Mr. Abdoulie Janneh, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN) and Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)
  • Hu Angang, Director of Center for China Studies, Chinese Academy of Science, Tsinghua University
  • Dr. Kim Yong-hwan, CEO, Export-Import Bank of Korea


Special Speech

  • H.R.H. Crown Prince Frederik, Kingdom of Denmark


Coffee Break


Policy and Capacity Building Support for Developing Countries

History teaches that economic development is largely determined by sound policy instruments and institutions.  However, many developing countries do not have ready access to adequate analytical expertise and institutional capacity to effectively plan and implement green growth strategies.  This session examines how the international community could provide its policy guidance and capacity building support to the developing counties that aspire to initiate a rigorous green economic development strategy.


  • Dr. Simon Upton, Director of Environment, Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Discussion Leaders:

  • H.E. Khong Sam Nuon, Vice Minister of Environment, Kingdom of Cambodia
  • Dr. Douglas Arent, Executive Director, Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis, National Renewable Energy Laboratory(NREL), the United States of America
  • Mr. Chung Rae Kwon, Director of Environment and Development Division, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP)
  • Mr. Ruslan Bultrikov, Advisor to the Minister of Environmental Protection, Republic of Kazakhstan
  • H.E. Nguyen The Phuong, Vice Minister of Planning and Investment, Socialist Republic of Vietnam

Ocean and Fisheries Cooperation

An estimated two-thirds of marine fish stocks are fully exploited, overexploited or depleted even as one fourth of the world’s rapidly growing population relies on seafood as a primary source of protein.  Moreover, roughly 40% of coral reefs are lost or degraded, and ocean acidification related to climate change threatens to worsen this and other important facets of marine ecosystems.  What specific steps can be taken to strengthen international management of deep water and coastal ocean resources, and how should global and regional economic and environmental institutions support this agenda?


  • Dr. Greg Stone, Chief Ocean Scientist, Conservation International

Discussion Leaders:

  • Dr. Chua Thia-Eng, Council Chair, Partnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia (PEMSEA)
  • Mr. Paul Holthus, Executive Director, World Ocean Council (WOC)
  • Dr. Kim Hak-so, President, Korea Maritime Institute (KMI), Republic of Korea
  • H.E. Anote Tong, the President of the Republic of Kiribati
  • Mr. Tuiloma Neroni Slade, Secretary General, Pacific Islands Forum (PIF)

Sustainable Energy Trade

G20 countries have pledged to eliminate fossil fuel subsidies, and negotiations are ongoing in the WTO, APEC and elsewhere to reduce barriers to trade in environmentally friendly goods and services.  However, progress on each of these efforts is halting due to many challenges and obstacles. Could a like-minded group of countries breathe life into green growth cooperation by agreeing on the Sustainable Energy Trade Agreement?  What is such an agreement most likely to include?


  • Mr. Ricardo Melendez-Ortiz, International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD), Swiss Confederation

Discussion Leaders:

  • H.E. Bark Tae-ho, Minister for Trade, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Republic of Korea
  • Dr. Peter Brun, Senior Vice President, Vestas


Coffee Break


Closing Plenary
An Action Agenda for 2012


  • Mr. Richard Samans, Executive Director, Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI)

Discussion Leaders:

  • Mr. Achim Steiner, Executive Director, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
  • Dr. Simon Upton, Director of Environment, Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
  • Mr. Kim Sang-hyup, Senior Secretary to the President for Green Growth, Republic of Korea
  • H.E. Izabella Teixeira, Minister of the Environment, Federative Republic of Brazil
  • H.E. Trevor Manuel, Minister in the Presidency, National Planning Commission, Republic of South Africa

Closing Remarks

  • Dr. Han Seung-soo, Chairman, Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI)