International Organizations and Governmental Bodies
Department of Environmental Affairs, South Africa
The Department of Environmental Affairs aims to transform its approach to environmental protection, while also balancing it with socio- economic development. Following this objective, the Department provides leadership in environmental management, utilization, conservation and protection of ecological infrastructure.
Environmental Protection Agency, Ghana
The Environmental Protection Agency is the leading public body for protecting and improving the environment in Ghana. It was formally established in 1994 and given the responsibility of regulating the environment and ensuring the implementation of Government policies on the environment.
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) was established to help build a new, post-Cold War era in Central and Eastern Europe. It is currently active in nearly 40 countries from central Europe to central Asia and the southern and eastern Mediterranean, plus the West Bank and Gaza. The EBRD is committed to furthering progress towards market-oriented, green economies and the promotion of private and entrepreneurial initiative. The EBRD played a historic role in fostering change in the region - and beyond -, investing more than €140 billion in a total of over 5,600 projects.
Global Green Growth Institute
The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) is a treaty-based international organization headquartered in Seoul, South Korea. The organization aims to promote green growth. GGGI provides research and stakeholder engagement for green growth plans, especially in developing countries, aiming to replace the more typical paradigm based on industrial development.
United Nations Research Institute for Social Development
The United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) is an autonomous institution within the UN system dedicated to multidisciplinary research and policy analysis on the social dimensions of contemporary development challenges aimed at ensuring that social equity, inclusion and justice are central to development thinking, policy and practice. UNRISD engages researchers, policy makers and civil society actors from around the world in order to shape policy within and beyond the UN system. Also, it mobilizes and strengthens the research capacity of individuals and institutions in developing countries through collaborative inquiry and provides a space for the exchange of ideas, often challenging mainstream development thinking and offering alternative policy options.
United Nations University Institute for Natural Resources in Africa (UNU-INRA)
Established in 1986, the United Nations University Institute for Natural Resources in Africa (UNU-INRA) is one of the 15 Research and Training Centres / Programmes of the United Nations University. UNU-INRA’s goal is to be a catalyst for knowledge creation and delivery for efficient use of Africa’s natural resources in order to improve livelihoods and contribute to the sustainable development of Africa’s natural resources in a way that maintains the quality of the natural environment. Therefore, the institute’s programme areas focus on the development, management and governance of Africa’s renewable and non-renewable natural resources as well as green economy promotion.
United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
The secretariat today supports a complex architecture of bodies that serve to advance the implementation of the Convention, the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement. It provides technical expertise and assists in the analysis and review of climate change information reported by Parties and in the implementation of the Kyoto mechanisms. It also maintains the registry for Nationally Determined Contributions, a key aspect of implementation of the Paris Agreement. The secretariat organizes and supports the highly important Conference of the Parties, held annually and hosted in different locations around the globe. It is the largest annual United Nations conference, attended on average by around 25,000 participants.
The World Bank
The World Bank is an international organization founded in 1944 as the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD). Soon after, it expanded to a closely associated group of five development institutions dedicated to providing financing, advice, and research to developing nations with the purpose of fighting poverty and fostering economic development. Currently, the World Bank aims to achieve two main goals by 2030: ending extreme poverty by decreasing the percentage of people living on less than $1.90 a day to no more than 3%, and promoting shared prosperity by fostering the income growth of the bottom 40% for every country.