Norway freezes aid to South Korean climate group

Norway freezes aid to South Korea's Global Green Growth Institute awaiting audit report

Norway freezes aid to South Korean climate group

STOCKHOLM (AP) -- The Norwegian government has frozen its donations to a South Korea-based environmental organization after reports emerged its chairman spent huge sums on flights and food.

The Global Green Growth Institute, which advises developing nations on low carbon growth policies, came under fire in Denmark last week after it was revealed its Danish chairman, Lars Lokke Rasmussen, spent more than $180,000 on first class flights and food during 15 trips.

Norway's ministry of environment spokesman, Gard Nybro-Nielsen, said Tuesday that Norway will withhold donations of $10 million until it sees the results of an audit of the organization's finances.

GGGI spokesman Mike Sullivan said the organization has made significant progress in addressing issues raised in a Korean 2012 audit and will submit a progress report shortly.

Updated : 2021-04-19 04:41 GMT+08:00