This past June, South Korea hosted the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) conference on Seogwipo, Jeju island in recognition of the country's 20th year as a member of the economic group.
Green growth was high on the organization's agenda, and President Lee presented his "Low Carbon, Green Growth" plans (see previous post). As reported in the Korea Times, Lee stated, "Twenty years have passed since Korea established diplomatic relations with ASEAN. Today's summit between entrepreneurs from Korea and ASEAN provides us with an important opportunity to chart out new plans for common growth...We need to increase cooperation in three areas ― investment and trade, culture and tourism and green growth ― to brace for the changing global economic paradigm.''
At the close of the summit, the attendees issued a joint statement proclaiming they agreed "to promote close cooperation by introducing environment-friendly technology and undertaking cooperative projects and studies to deal with climate change. We agreed to promote cooperation in exchange programs related to reducing green house gas emissions on the basis of training, education, and public awareness on climate change mitigation. We agreed to endeavor to strengthen our cooperation in the context of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), especially on the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (REDD) initiative, enhancement of sustainable forest management, wasteland restoration, and promotion of industrial forestation."Read the full summit statement here. Photo gallery is here.