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‘The Promise of Green Growth: A Pathway to Prosperity while Achieving National and Global Ambitions'

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March 25, 2021
Queen's University Belfast
10:30 - 11:45

The Centre for Sustainability, Equality and Climate Action and the School of Social Sciences, Education and Social work at Queen’s University Belfast invites you to a forthcoming lecture on

‘The Promise of Green Growth: A Pathway to Prosperity while Achieving National and Global Ambitions’

Dr Stelios Grafakos, Global Green Growth Institute

Thursday 25th March 8, 10.30am – 11.45am (GMT)

This century will bear witness to a profound global transformation—and there are critical choices to make in determining what direction that transformation will take. Across the world, countries are starting to rethink their options for long-term development strategies, given rising concerns about the global environment, the need to sustain and protect their environment and natural capital, and the desire to promote robust, inclusive social development. Recognizing that conventional, resource-intensive economic growth can undermine their resource base and social progress, countries are increasingly turning to green and low-carbon growth as their best option for long-term sustainability, social well-being, and economic prosperity. This lecture will talk about the main global environmental challenges, with main focus on the climate crisis and discuss how governments can address these challenges by following green and low carbon growth pathways. 

About the speaker

Dr Stelios Grafakos is a Principal Economist in the Global Green Growth Institute’s Climate Action and Inclusive Development Unit, based in Seoul, South Korea. In his current role, he is responsible for GGGI’s work on (macro)economic aspects of green growth, particularly those related to countries’ investment needs to implement their green and low carbon growth strategies and policies. He is also leading GGGI’s technical work on supporting member and partner countries to develop their Long-Term Low Emissions Development Strategies.

Prior to GGGI, Stelios was the Head of Environment and Climate Change group at the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS) in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. He led a number of research, advisory and capacity building projects on climate change economics and policy issues, supporting local and national governments in low- and middle-income countries, to develop their low carbon and climate-resilient strategies.


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