The conversion of the economy started a long time ago. Numerous initiatives undertaken throughout the world are aiming to make consumption and production more sustainable. These efforts were initiated by a large number of both state and non-state actors. Knowledge and experience are gained in the course of these processes which can also be of use in other regions and contexts. If this knowledge and experience is shared throughout the world, the conversion of the economy can be accelerated at global level.
The Green Growth Knowledge Platform, which is based in Geneva, coordinates this kind of exchange of knowledge and experience. The platform was established in January 2012 by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the World Bank, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI). Switzerland funds the platform jointly with the Netherlands and Germany.
The platform collaborates with a large number of different partners. They range from the African Centre for Technology Studies to the Center for Development and Environment (CDE) at the University of Bern and the Green Technology Center Korea to the Organization of American States and the WWF. This enables the platform to facilitate the exchange of knowledge and experience at local, national, regional and international levels.
The Green Growth Knowledge Platform makes information accessible to its partners throughout the world. It provides the information in the form of databases, studies, courses and webinars. The topics dealt with range from biodiversity and climate change to investments and supply change, eradicating poverty and the labour market. The platform incorporates the three dimensions of sustainability, i.e. ecological, social and economic, into its activities. It works on the assumption that there is no single solution to all the problems. The conversion of the economy always takes place in the context of national issues and conditions.