08/07/2011 09:13AM Australia/Sydney
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (BUSINESS WIRE)
Following a memorandum of understanding signed with the UAE Ministry of
Foreign Affairs, the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), headquartered
in Seoul, Korea, inaugurated its Middle East and North Africa (MENA)
office in Abu Dhabi’s Masdar City on July 7, 2011.
Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Special Envoy for Energy and Climate Change and CEO of Masdar and Dr. Han Seung-soo, Former Prime Minister of Korea and Chairman of GGGI Board of Directors after unveiling the GGGI Abu Dhabi office plaque (Photo: Business Wire)
Attending the ceremony, held at the Shangri-La hotel in the capital was
Dr. Han Seung-soo, former Prime Minister of Korea and Chairman of GGGI
Board of Directors; and Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Special Envoy for
Energy and Climate Change and Chief Executive Officer of Masdar.
The ceremony also featured remarks by Dr. Cae One Kim, Chairman,
National Research Council for Economics, Humanities and Social Sciences,
and Kwon Tae-Kyun, Ambassador of Republic of Korea to the UAE.
Dr. Al Jaber said: “This partnership with the GGGI is a natural
progression for the UAE, which has placed a strategic focus on renewable
energy, energy efficiency and green growth.
“We look at this partnership as a way to further pool resources to find
solutions for the economic and environmental health of our collective
future. This partnership between GGGI and the UAE will be a reciprocal,
GGGI seeks to establish green growth plan (GGP) analysis for the UAE and
support the reduction of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions. It aims
to focus on developing and implementing specialized training programs to
educate workers on the issues surrounding green growth. GGGI will work
in close cooperation with the UAE to promote a green growth approach
towards sustainable development.
The GGGI Abu Dhabi Office will also work closely with the National
Climate Change Committee, the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology
and the International Renewable Energy Agency to strengthen existing
GGGI Board Chair Dr. Han Seung-soo said: "The GGGI Abu Dhabi Office will
serve as a platform for developing collaborative programs and activities
that will catalyze the dissemination of green growth within the UAE in
cooperation with relevant national agencies and stakeholders and across
the entire Middle East and North Africa region."
Dr. Han added: "GGGI seeks to develop synergistic partnerships between
UAE think tanks, businesses and Korean counterparts and other
world-leading experts in the areas of energy, green technology and
future growth engines."
Additionally, the GGGI Abu Dhabi Office is intended to serve as a
regional hub in tackling issues such as climate change and economic
development throughout the Middle East and North Africa.
GGGI will also take the initiative to develop tailor-made low carbon
green growth models for oil rich and non-Annex I countries with the aim
of meeting achievable greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets in the
It has been announced that GGGI Deputy Executive Director Jung Tae-yong
will act as Interim Director of the GGGI Abu Dhabi Office.
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, GGGI opened its first regional office in Copenhagen in May
2011. GGGI has also received financial support and encouragement from
increasing number of partner countries including Denmark, the UAE,
Australia and Japan.
To view the list of GGGI Board of Directors, please click here: http://www.gggi.org/board/member/all
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