By Na Jeong-ju
Korea will create an annual forum on climate change that will draw environment and energy ministers from 20 to 30 countries next year, the Ministry of Environment said Thursday.
It plans to submit such a proposal at the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) meeting, which is being held in Doha, Qatar, the ministry said.
"The envisioned ministerial meeting will focus on spurring exchanges of ideas and policies on how to fight climate change between developed and developing countries," the ministry said in a press release. "The meeting, if created, will play an important role in narrowing differences among countries and setting the agenda for crucial meetings hosted by the United Nations."
Last week, Korea hosted a high-level international conference on climate change, called the Pre-Conference of the Parties Meeting, to push for negotiations ahead of the UNFCCC meeting.
"Prior consultations among countries are necessary to create tangible results at international meetings. The ministerial forum will be able to lay the groundwork for such meetings," a spokesman said.
"The plan demonstrates our efforts to play a bridging role between developed and developing countries in fighting climate change."
Last month, the UNFCCC selected Songdo, an international business district in Incheon, as the host city of the Green Climate Fund, a U.N.-operated fund designed to spur exchange of related technologies among countries and reduce dependence on fossil fuels.
The Korean government also officially launched the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), the first international organization initiated by Korea. The GGGI will invite renowned scholars, scientists and civil society leaders from around the world to find viable solutions to global warming and provide a technological roadmap on green growth.
Korea is determined to play a central role in supporting projects, programs, policies and other activities in developing countries to fight global warming. It plans to bridge between emerging and developing countries in their efforts to create and implement national and local-level strategies, policies and institutional mechanisms for green growth.
"The envisioned ministerial meeting represents our beliefs that both developed and emerging economies should work under a shared goal to address climate change, which is one of the greatest challenges the world faces today," the ministry official said.