The meeting was headed by Lars Lokke Rasmussen, the former Prime Minister of Denmark, Chair of the GGGI Council; and Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Special Envoy for Energy ‘&’ Climate Change , CEO of Masdar.
“Supported by the vision of our wise leadership, the UAE has always been an instrumental in adopting and supporting different creative initiatives in all fields. We are honoured to be one of the founding members and financially supporting the GGGI and joining forces to develop its plans and programmes which contributed to convert the institute into a leading international organization”, Dr. Al Jaber said.
“Held for the first time outside its headquarters in Seoul, hosting the second council meeting of the GGGI in Abu Dhabi indicates our tireless efforts in this direction”, Al Jaber added.
The list of participants at the meeting featured a number of officials and representatives of the member countries, including Mr. Christian Friis Bach, Denmish Minister for Development Cooperation; Dr Rene Castro-Salazar, Costa Rica’s Minister for Environment, Energy and Telecommunications; H.E. Kim Sung-Hwan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Republic of Korea; Oystein Djupedal, Norwegian County Governor of Aust-Agder county; Sean Batten, Director of the Sustainable Development Fund in Australia; Mr. Kim Sang-hyup, Senior Secretary to the President for Green Growth, Republic of Korea, and Richard Samans, Director-General of GGGI The meeting’s agenda discussed wide range of crucial issues including questions related to the countries that have ratified the Establishment Agreement, as well as the latest developments related to signing the Headquarters Agreement between the GGGI and the Korean government. Other important items discussed included issues about the immunities, privileges and regulations on human resources and procurement rules and disclosure policies as well as discussions about the latest developments in member countries, identifying the projected budget for the fiscal year 2013 and taking effective and concrete measures for the development of the Council’s subsidiary and advisory committees.
GGGI is currently exploring the possibility of submitting proposal work on strengthening the principles of accountability, transparency and operational efficiency as well as enhancing the GGGI’s organizational structure.
GGGI also aims to strengthen the strategic partnership between its head office in Seoul and its branch offices in Abu Dhabi, Copenhagen and London, and prepare appropriate plans to attract professionals and experts and boost the relationships among the Institute’s eighteen member countries.
GGGI held its first session of the Council at the Inaugural Meetings of the Assembly and the Council on October 23, 2012 in Seoul, the Republic of Korea. As part of the organization’s new governance structure as a multi-stakeholder, hybrid international organization, representatives from all 18 founding member nations convened to adopt the rules and procedures of the Assembly and Council as well as nominated and appointed GGGI’s Director-General, Chairman of the Council, and President of the Assembly. The Institute’s Establishment Agreement, signed by all founding member nations, details GGGI’s new governance structure, which consists of an Assembly, Council, Advisory Committee and Secretariat.
GGGI is dedicated to pioneering and diffusing a new paradigm of economic growth: green growth. The Institute is a new kind of international organization driven by emerging and developing countries. Headquartered in Seoul, and with offices in Abu Dhabi, Copenhagen and London, GGGI has received financial support from Australia, Denmark, Germany, Japan, Korea, the UK and the UAE The Institute is also associated with a number of partnerships with Brazil, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Cambodia, Kazakhstan, UAE, and other countries with the purpose to develop green economic development plans.