PM urges more action on air pollution, climate change

PM urges more action on air pollution, climate change


Nov. 8, 2019

Global Korean Post


By Kim Hwaya


Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon on Nov. 4 said at the 2019 International Forum on Air Pollution and Climate Change at Seoul’s Lotte Hotel, “I hope that global society including East Asia strengthens cooperation in science and technology to cope with air pollution and climate change.”


At the forum co-hosted by the National Council on Climate and Air Quality (NCCA) under Cheong Wa Dae and the United Nations (U.N.) Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, Lee said, “International cooperation is essential to cope with air pollution and climate change,” adding, “Because air flow has no borders, the responses (to problems) should also go beyond borders.”

“Like the North-East Asia Clean Air Partnership, the basis for dialogue and cooperation has been provided,” he said, adding, “Now action must follow.”


Chinese Minister of Ecology and Environment Li Ganjie said “Solving air pollution and coping with climate change are important not only for people’s welfare but also for protecting the earth, which is everyone’s home,” adding, “As a big developing country, China will make the resolution of air pollution and responding to climate change its first priority, focus domestic efforts to both ends and expand related cooperation with other countries.”


In addition, Lee, Li, Ban Ki-moon, former U.N. secretary general and now chairman of the council, and student representative Choi Jung-won digitally signed the “Partnership for the Future.”


Yannick Glemarec, executive director of the Green Climate Fund, was among the some 350 environmental experts who attended the forum.