At the P4G Global Hub Launch on April 20, World Economic Forumand the Government of Colombia announced their official engagement with P4G. The Forum joins the Initiative as its newest organizational partner, positioning itself alongside C40 Cities, Global Green Growth Institute and World Resources Institute. Colombia joins seven other countries as P4G’s newest country partner, extending the breadth of P4G’s network to new economies and opportunities to scale.
World Economic Forum is the international organization for public-private cooperation, engaging foremost political, business and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas. The Forum holds a range of high-level events to share knowledge and foster discussion, including their annual meeting held annually in Davos, Switzerland.
Terri Toyota, The Forum's Deputy Head of International Institutional Agenda and Member of the Executive Committee commented, “The Forum looks forward to working with P4G to sow the seeds for more empowered green growth partnerships. That P4G shares World Economic Forum's core concept of bringing people together to drive positive change makes our involvement with the Initiative a special opportunity to build diverse networks and identify truly innovative solutions for an inclusive, sustainable future.”
Colombia is currently working to establish green growth as a key framework for the country’s national development plan. As a P4G country partner, Colombia will gain access to both the resources and solutions that the P4G network generates, thus supporting their national initiative towards inclusive, environmentally sustainable progress.
The Colombian Embassy in Washington, DC, remarked that as part of its national development plan, the country has been looking to build capacity to support greening initiatives, support implementation projects for green solutions and champion a long-term vision of commitment to green growth. The embassy added that the Government of Colombia sees this partnership with P4G as an opportunity to make progress in each of these three areas.
P4G team leaders Leila Yim Surratt, Head of Engagement, and Hans Alarcon, Head of Operations, met with government and business leaders in Bogotá, Colombia in April early Maye groundwork for P4G’s national platform in the country.
Ian de Cruz, P4G Global Director, emphasized how both partners will be significant players in helping P4G reach its goal of becoming the world’s leading forum for public-private partnerships, “World Economic Forum, with its well-aligned goals, strong network of thought leaders and world-class events, provides P4G an expanded platform to advance its mission. At the same time, the Government of Colombia brings to P4G a whole new set of changemakers looking to lead sustainable and inclusive global development in Latin America.”