October 20, 2021

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Uganda assumes roles of Vice-President of Assembly and Vice-Chair of Council of GGGI

Finance minister Matia Kasaija at GGGI forum

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Following a rigorous process, Uganda, represented by the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development (MoFPED), was unanimously elected as Vice-President of the Assembly and Vice-Chair of the Council of the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) for the period 2021-2022, a key position in the GGGI Governance Structure.

 Uganda will be Vice-president of the Assembly and Vice-Chair of the Council in partnership with the Republic of Korea, and under the leadership of President and Chair Mr. Ban Ki-moon.

GGGI and the Government of Uganda started cooperation in 2016, after several years of successful partnership Uganda decided to join the GGGI family and was welcomed by GGGI as its 33rd member in 2019.

GGGI is committed to support the Country in implementing their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement as well as their obligations under the 2030 Development Agenda’s SDGs.

GGGI has been supporting the Government of Uganda to transition to a green economic paradigm of development. To further strengthen the partnership, and to be able to influence the direction, strategy and priorities of GGGI, the Government of Uganda raised its hand to take on a bigger role in the organization as part of the GGGI Council, as VicePresident of the Assembly and Vice-Chair of the Council.

Only last year GGGI welcomed Hon. Maria Kiwanuka, a Ugandan economist and businesswoman who served as the Minister of Finance, Planning and Economic Development in the Cabinet of Uganda from 27 May 2011 to 1 March 2015 and is since then a Senior Advisor to the President of Uganda on financial matters, as an Expert and Non-State Actor Member of the Council for the period 2020-2021 (extendable). GGGI is therefore extremely content with this strong representation from Uganda, and the East African region in general.

All parties are now preparing for the Tenth Session of the Assembly and Fourteenth

Session of the Council (Joint Session) that is taking place as a hybrid meeting in October 2021, the first time the Government of Uganda will participate formally in the role of Vicepresident of the Assembly and Vice-Chair of the Council.

The Assembly is the supreme organ of GGGI and is composed of all Members.

 The Council is the executive organ of GGGI responsible for directing the organization’s programs and activities and comprises of no more than seventeen members – five of which (Denmark, Paraguay, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom) are contributing members, five are participating members (Cote d’Ivoire, Fiji, Paraguay, Peru and Uganda), five are experts or non-state actors (Mr. Ban Ki-moon, Mr. Ariyaratne Hewage, Ms. Maria Kiwanuka, Dr. Pepukaye Bardouillle, Mr. Boonam Shin), the host country (Republic of Korea) which holds a permanent seat, and the Director-General (Dr. Frank Rijsberman) without voting right. 

You can find more information about the GGGI Assembly and Council and their roles here:  https://gggi.org/about/the-assembly/ https://gggi.org/about/the-council/

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