Last month, P4G partner countries Vietnam, Kenya, and the Republic of Korea launched their national platforms. Each event demonstrated distinct opportunities for P4G impact in diverse economies across the world.
National platforms are important parts of P4G’s architecture. Their roles are twofold: they act as P4G incubators and implementers of P4G partnerships for their respective countries and regions, and they also help expand the P4G network with leaders in business, government and civil society to develop and share best practice.
The Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) and the Vietnam Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) lead the P4G national platform in Vietnam. Their announcement on July 5 emphasized the country’s commitment to multi-stakeholder engagement in pursuit of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Vietnam launches its P4G national Platform on July 5, 2018.
“The final goal of the SDGs is to advance global partnerships for sustainable development,“ said Nguyen Quang Vinh, General Secretary of VCCI and Vice President and General Secretary of the Vietnam Business Council for Sustainable Development. The P4G Initiative fosters collaboration that will bring Vietnam to the international stage with ideas and success stories.”
Already, four of the 24 P4G Partnership finalists for 2018 are operating in Vietnam. These projects focus on policy improvements to support clean energy access and implementation, clean water infrastructure, and circular economy principles and practices in Vietnamese industry.
The P4G national platforms in Kenya and the Republic of Korea launched concurrently, on July 27.
P4G in Kenya at the country’s national platform launch on July 27, 2018.
In Kenya, the National Treasury, the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Kenya Vision 2030 Delivery Secretariat and Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) announced their joint leadership as national platform hosts. These ministries and organizations highlighted seven P4G Partnerships with projects in Kenya. These include projects to re-use and recycle industrial materials, reduce plastic waste, increase sustainable food and energy access, and attract private investment for sustainability projects.
“These P4G Partnerships support Kenya Vision 2030 Agenda,” said Secretary of the Treasury Henry Rotich. “They represent innovative solutions for green development. We look forward to using the P4G platform to incubate and scale these ideas for Kenya’s improvement and as examples for the rest of the world.”
KEPSA Chairman Nik Nesbitt added, “As green development is linked to Kenya’s overall development priorities, we must work together to accelerate economic growth at the least cost to the environment.”
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea launched their P4G national platform with an emphasis on the importance of public-private partnerships to achieve a more sustainable future. Korea, with its global sustainability expertise, offers valuable support to P4G’s global network.
The Republic of Korea launches their P4G National Platform
“To address climate change and promote green growth, we need to support partnerships between the public and private sectors and civil society,” said Yoo Yeon Chul, Ambassador for Climate Change, Ministry of Foreign Affairs. “Korea’s P4G national platform will facilitate partnerships and work to strengthen the global P4G network.”
P4G Global Director Ian de Cruz noted, “These launches reflect the energy and potential of the P4G network in contributing to sustainable growth. We look forward to these national platforms as drivers for the development and implementation of current and future P4G partnerships.”