Since it was put forward more officially by Murgai (The green revolution and the productivity paradox: evidence from the Indian Punjab) in 2001, the concept of Green Growth has been widely spread around the world. In 2005 the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and Pacific (ESCAP) targets Green Growth as a key strategy for the fulfillment of sustainable development which would contribute to the overall sustainable economic process of low carbon development and benefit all human beings. The organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) soon launched proclamation of Green Growth Strategy, followed by Towards Green Growth, and conceptualized green growth as “fostering economic growth and development while ensuring that natural assets continue to provide the resources and environmental services on which our well-being relies…. Green growth has not been conceived as a replacementfor sustainable development, but rather should be considered a subset of it. It is narrower in scope, entailing an operational policy agenda that can help achieve measurable progress at the interface of the economy and the environment (2011a, pp. 4, 5).” In 2012, Rio + 20, the UN conference on sustainable development, focuses on the ideal of promoting green growth based on the reform of economic canonical form, which aroused another worldwide campaign of greening.

It has been an international agreement that without rational changes, the so-called growth would be at the cost of economy, human beings’ wellbeing and the environment. Under such a precaution, many international organizations and countries have taken the initiatives to undergo greening practices. In addition to the advocacies made by the UNEP and OECD, the European Union and Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation have also given priority to green growth in their agenda. Such countries as South Korea, the United Kingdom, Germany, Japan, Denmark and Australia have set up their goals, strategies and tactics respectively under the framework of green growth. It is obviously of critical significance to develop and improve the systems in theory and practice of green growth and summarize the best practices around the world.

In August 2013, the academic team from the Institute for Eco-Planning and Development Studies, Dalian University of Technology, gained the Key International Cooperation Research Project granted by National Natural Science Fund of China, namely, International Comparison on the Theories and Practices of Green Growth. The international cooperating partners include Imperial College of London (the UK), University of Waterloo (Canada) and International Academy of Ecology and Life Protection Science (Russia).

The INWOGG is the first international workshop of the Key International Cooperation Project. It is to be held between April 11 and 12, 2015 in Dalian China. All those experts and scholars at home and abroad with relevant expertise are warmly welcome to the meeting and exchange their research achievements.