P4G Seoul Summit is held to tackle climate change
Leaders of more than 40 countries participated in Partnering for Green Growth and Global Goals 2030 (P4G) on May 30th and 31st. It was Korea’s first time hosting of a multilateral climate summit. Participants included Boris Johnson, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Angela Merkel, German Chancellor, Emmanuel Macron, President of France, and John Kerry, U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate. In addition, nine international organizations including IMF, IRENA and WEF participated.
P4G is a global initiative launched in 2017 to accelerate responses to climate change and implement the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The SDGs are also called the “2030 Agenda” which consists of 17 goals for the economic, environmental, and social sectors to be achieved by 2030 under the auspices of the UN General Assembly.
The real-time video summit shared the agenda which included achieving recovery from the novel coronavirus infection (COVID-19), aiming to contain the global temperature rise within 1.5 degrees Celsius, responding to marine plastics, and achieving national greenhouse gas reduction goals (NDCs) for each country.
“Climate issues have no borders. It is a significant issue for both developed and developing countries. Developed countries need to understand the difference and increase support to share the burden on developing countries.” President Moon Jae-in said in his remarks. Then he added, “Korea will serve as a bridge between developed and developing countries to cooperate in the international community.”
Following the summit discussion session, the Seoul Declaration was adopted as the summary document of the 2021 P4G Seoul Summit. The Seoul Declaration is a document that contained the international community’s actions to recognize the seriousness of the climate crisis and to overcome it.
“I hope the Seoul Declaration will serve as an important opportunity to broaden the global consensus for carbon-neutrality and expand green cooperation.” President Moon said in his closing remarks.
The Blue House stated that Korea has contributed as a stepping stone for the success of the UN’s General Assembly and to the unity of the international community’s will to realize a carbon-neutral vision through the P4G summit.
President Moon is invited to attend the G7 Summit, the first face-to-face multilateral summit since the COVID-19 pandemic, which will be held in the UK from June 11th to 13th.
[No.61, June 14, 2021]
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