ATPS participates at the 2nd Annual Conference of the Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP)
PARIS – 5 April 2013 - Africa's economic growth is under pressure due to the changing climate, but green growth presents a chance for the region to foster sustainable development.
“Developing countries ought to see green growth as a way to use their resources better, and in more efficient ways, ” said Prof. Kevin Urama, Executive Director of the Africa Technology Policy Studies (ATPS).
This was echoed during the just concluded second GGKP Annual Conference, which brought together a blend of researchers, practitioners, policymakers, and the private sector from across the globe.
The conference focused on the private sector implementation aspects of green growth strategies. The forum also identified policy measures and tools to ensure that the economic benefits of green growth are spread globally and contribute to countries' development objectives.
The conference thus sought to demystify looming doubts that have been expressed on its potential to deliver growth and poverty reduction benefits to developing countries.
The coming decade is believed to present major opportunities for synergy between environmental and economic sustainability and African countries stand to reap benefits in infrastructure and develop agriculture and other natural resources for improving livelihoods and reducing poverty.
ATPS continues to advocate for Africa to take bold strategic transformative reforms that enhance transitions towards wealth creation for inclusive green growth and development on the continent.
The GGKP was officially launched in Mexico City in January 2012 by the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and the World Bank. The GGKP has since expanded to include a number of Knowledge Partners: institutions and organizations active in areas related to green growth and green economy at the local, national, regional, and international levels.
The GGKP emphasizes a practical orientation for research grounded in the belief that good policy can only emerge from close collaboration among researchers, practitioners, policymakers, and the private sector.
Posted on Wednesday 17th April, 2013