Green Growth Knowledge Platform Launched in Mexico

11 January 2012: The Global Green Growth Institute, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), and the World Bank will work together to create the Green Growth Knowledge Platform, according to a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed at the Platform's inaugural conference. The Platform is a global network of researchers and development experts that identifies and addresses major knowledge gaps in green growth theory and practice.

The MoU was signed on 11 January 2012, in Mexico City, Mexico, ahead of the inaugural Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP) conference, taking place from 12-13 January.

The GGKP aims to improve local, national, and global economic policy making around the world by providing "rigorous and relevant analysis of the various synergies and tradeoffs between the economy and the environment." It will provide a "compelling set of incentives for governments" by emphasizing policy instruments that yield local environmental co-benefits while stimulating growth.

The Platform's inaugural conference seeks to take stock of the current understanding of the economics of green growth; engage researchers and practitioners in an ongoing dialogue to increase understanding of how green growth approaches can be applied in the field; and identify knowledge gaps and establish priorities for knowledge-building work and implementation.

The conference is supported by Mexico's National Institute of Ecology (INE) and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Key documents, presentations, and outcomes from the conference will be available on the Platform's website. [Green Growth Knowledge Platform] [OECD Press Release]