By Kim Se-jeong
Jeju Island will be the venue for the Global Green Growth Week this September, according to former Indonesian president and current chair of the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) council Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, who encouraged more public and private companies in Korea to join the event.
"2016 is a crucial year to translate global commitments into concrete actions and plans," said Yudhoyono during a press conference in Seoul, Thursday. "I am confident that the Global Green Growth Week will serve as a platform to mainstream green growth throughout all segments of the world economy,"
The GGGI, founded in 2010, is committed to transferring knowledge on sustainable growth from the developed world to the developing world.
A variety of discussions will be held during the five-day event on Jeju between Sept. 5 and 9.
At the Global Green Growth Summit, speakers will discuss green financing and renewable energy. Participants of the Green Growth Knowledge Platform Annual Conference will touch on how green growth policies can improve the lives of the underprivileged. More specifically, participants will see how sustainable water management, renewable energy use and female empowerment can help developing countries grow.
The Asia Regional Policy Dialogue will examine green growth policies in Asia, with representatives of nine developing countries that have adopted green growth strategies with help from the GGGI sharing their experiences. The GGGI is currently helping 24 countries draft green growth policy strategies.
The Global Green Growth Week is an annual GGGI event, with a lineup of high-profile speakers from international organizations, individual countries and the private sector.
Almost 1,200 participants are expected this year. Key participants will be United Nations Environment Program Executive Director Eric Solheim, former Irish President Mary Robinson and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Chairman Lee Hoe-sung.
Visit gggweek2016.org for more information on the event.