Environment Minister Yoo Young-sook, left, chairs the opening session at the OECD Meeting of the Environment Policy Committee at Ministerial Levels in Paris, Thursday. On her left is OECD Secretary General Angel Gurria.
/ Courtesy of Ministry of Environment
By Kim Rahn
Environment Minister Yoo Young-sook acted as the chair of the 10th OECD Meeting of the Environment Policy Committee at Ministerial Levels in Paris on March 29 and 30, according to the ministry. She presided over conferences on how to attain sustainable growth with a green economy at the ministerial-level talks of OECD member nations.
International environmental issues were discussed under the theme “Making Green Growth Deliver.”
“The OECD asked Yoo to take the chair position for the meeting, highly evaluating Korea’s leadership in green growth,” a ministry official said. “It is the first time for a Korean environment minister to chair the OECD meeting.”
As the chair, she presided over the opening and closing sessions. As a representative of Korea, she also introduced the Korean government’s environment protection policy and the role of the Presidential Committee on Green Growth.
Yoo presented Korea’s environment-friendly policies, including “Green Card,” a program that provides cardholders who buy green products or use public transportation with points that can be used in lieu of cash at designated public facilities.
The minister signed a memorandum of understanding with Hungarian Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Sandor Fazekas for environmental cooperation, and held bilateral talks with her counterparts from the United States, European Union and United Kingdom.
The ministerial meeting holds top-level talks on environmental policy among OECD members. Held every three to five years since 1974, participants present policies for sustainable development as well as share their experiences and knowhow.
In the latest meeting, participants adopted the Message to the Council on the Implementation of the Environment Strategy for the First Decade of the 21st Century, pointing out that no action on major environmental issues will result in dire circumstances.
They also confirmed their support for the U.N. Conference on Sustainable Development to take place in Brazil in June.
Delegations from 34 member countries took part in the meeting, as well as non-members, social partners and observers including the Global Green Growth Institute, U.N. Department of Economic and Social Affairs, U.N. Environment Programme, World Bank and World Trade Organization.