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Green Growth - are we there yet?


Showcasing Nordic and international green growth results. Hosted by the Nordic Council of Ministers, in co-operation with OECD (tbc), CICERO, GGGF and the African Development Bank. The event takes place at the New Nordic Climate Solutions Pavilion - Section DEL2, Blue Zone, COP22.

Green growth has been a political buzz word throughout the past decade. It encompasses two basic elements, which are challenging to combine: going green, and ensuring growth. Yet, in order to achieve a truly sustainable development, green growth is a necessity. The Nordic Countries have jointly explored different pathways of ensuring green growth, through a Nordic Prime Minister’s initiative launched in 2011. The ambition of the initiative was no less than making the Nordic Countries leading in green growth. Now it is time to look more closely at the results. In this side-event during COP22 in Marrakech, we will present the main results from the initiative, focusing on those findings, which have direct relevance to combating climate change.

We have also invited leading experts from other international organisations, to present the latest updates on their work on green growth, in order to get a truly global perspective, and to jointly discuss parallels to the results achieved in the Nordic context.

The event will close with a panel discussion, where the audience, together with the panellists, will discuss what it takes to truly achieve green growth on a global level.

Please join us during COP22 in answering the question “Green growth - Are we there yet?” – and if not, how do we get there?

The event is followed by a cocktail reception and a short preview of a new Nordic Prime Minister’s initiative, “Nordic Solutions to Global Challenges”, to be launched in 2017.


15:30–15:40 Welcome and introduction: Green growth – Are we there yet? Steffen Kallbekken, Research Director for the Climate Economics Unit at CICERO and Director of CICEP Center for International Climate and Energy Policy

15:40-15:55 OECD – Towards Green Growth. Status of Green Growth in the world. Simon Upton, Environment Director, OECD (tbc)

15:55-16:10 Global Green Growth Forum: What does it take to achieve Green Growth? Lisbeth D. Jespersen, Head of Secretariat, Global Green Growth Forum

16:10-16:25 Green Growth Initiative Africa – Green Growth from a developing perspective. Gareth Phillips, Chief Climate Change and Green Officer, African Development Bank.

16:25-16:40 Main results from the Nordic Prime Ministers’ Green Growth initiative. Annika Rosing, Head of the Department of Growth and Climate, the Nordic Council of Ministers.

16:40-16:50 Example from the initiative: Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform. How reforming fossil fuel subsidies will combat climate change. Laura Merrill, Senior Researcher and GSI Operations Manager, International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)

16:50-17:00 Example from the initiative: Green growth and Public Procurement. How public procurement can be used as a tool for making green growth happen. Elvar Knútur Valsson, Senior Adviser, Business, Energy & Regional Development, Nordic Council of Ministers (tbc)

17:00-17:25 Panel discussion and questions from the audience:

Are the Nordic results relevant from a global perspective? What does it take to achieve green growth on a global scale? Are we there yet – and what does it take going forward?

Moderator: Steffen Kallbekken, CICERO


   - Gareth Phillips, ADB

   - Annika Rosing, NCM

   - Simon Upton, OECD (tbc)

   - Lisbeth D. Jespersen, GGGF

17:25-17:30 Closing remarks. Steffen Kallbekken

17:30 Preview of the new Nordic Prime Minister’s Initiative: “Nordic Solutions to Global Challenges”

Reception: Dagfinn Høybråten, Secretary General, Nordic Council of Ministers

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