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Introduction to 3GF2014

"Changing Production and Consumption Patterns through Transformative Action"


The fourth Global Green Growth Forum convening a select high-level group of 250-300 green growth leaders and decision-makers took place on 20-21 October 2014 in Copenhagen. Participation is by personal invitation by the Prime Minister of Denmark only.

See the list of featured participants for 3GF2014 here.

The high-level leaders attending 3GF2014 from governments, cities and regions, business, finance, civil society and international organizations increasingly recognize that in order to grow our economy and go green at the same time you have to address the fundamental questions of how we will live our lives, where we will live and what we will live from? 


Plenary Session at 3GF2013 on "The Business of Inclusive and Green Growth". Panellists from left to right: Mr. Antoine Frérot, CEO, Veolia Water; Ms. Hannah Jones, Vice President for Sustainability, Nice Inc.; Mr. Peter Agnefjäll, CEO, IKEA; Mr. Jean-Marc Ayrault, Prime Minister, France; Ms. Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Prime Minister, Denmark; Mr. Hailemariam Desalegn, Prime Minister, Ethiopia; Mr. Paul Polman, CEO, Unilever; Mr. Prasad R, Menon, Chairman of Quality Management Services, TATA; Mr. Stephen Schueler, CCO, Maersk Line; Mr. Niels B. Christiansen, President and CEO, Danfoss.

These leaders, who come to 3GF2014 from developing, emerging and developed economies, drove forward concrete solutions that can contribute to countering the current unsustainable pressure on our planet’s resources - and inspired each other to turn the huge challenges we face into opportunities for green growth.

The summit participants were introduced to the future middle class consumer. Leaders reflected on how to ensure that billions of middle class consumers in 2030 can live prosperous lives without compromising the opportunities for future generations, how they envisage the future consumers’ lifestyle aspirations and how the power of brands and governments can influence future consumer trends and societal norms in all regions of the world.

They shared promising and successful examples of creating demand for sustainable goods and services that can be up-scaled. And they zoomed in on the framework conditions that governments, business, finance, civil society organizations and international organizations will need to bring forward in partnerships to transform our consumption patterns.

In “plenary sessions” participants examined global trends and big picture issues within key areas such as the mind-set and lifestyle of the future middle class consumer, sustainable production, cities, food, energy and economic growth paths.

These overall themes were taken to the concrete level in the “partnership sessions” where a number of concrete partnerships between public and private actors were launched or leveraged – all with the aim to accelerate concrete scalable green growth solutions. A number of “pre-launch” sessions represent the “ideas laboratory” of the Forum where concepts and ideas were exchanged – perhaps laying the foundation for new partnerships. In the smaller, more intimate “In-Conversations” participants had a unique opportunity to engage directly in dialogue with a high-level business or political leader and in the “learning sessions” focus was on a select group of countries. All in all there were 34 different sessions taking place at 3GF2014.

Click here to see the full programme for 3GF2014


More Information

Click here to read the 3GF two-pager  

Click here to read about the 3GF Partnership Approach