Closing Plenary(Eng) 2020-11-27조회수:223
- Yeo, Hoon Koo (Chairperson of Coalition for Our Common Future, Attorney at Kim & Chang)- Eom, Jiyong (Head of KAIST Graduate School of Green Growth)
◎ Yeo Hoon Koo
Mr. Yeo began his speech by thanking all participants and prominent speakers who joined this year’s conference. He then mentioned that climate change is going to be one of top priority agendas for all countries for the next numerous decades. In this light, he expressed his enthusiasm for next year’s COP 26 conference to become an important milestone in reaching a global consensus on the importance of fostering climate adaptation and climate finance field as major tools to enhance climate resilience of the global community and to reduce GHG emissions.
He then moved on to introduce the efforts on a paradigm shift towards a society where environmental values are given higher priority. In England, a new fiduciary clause on climate change responsibility has been added to the occupational pension regulations for institutional investors. In Korea, teenagers directly filed a constitutional complaint to the Constitutional Court this March about their infringement of basic rights due to the government’s nonaction against climate change, as a party to the climate change crisis. He also emphasized the importance of engraving the commitment to resolve the climate change issue into a legally binding framework.
In making such legal paradigm shift, Mr. Yeo emphasized the importance of hearing out the voices of the young. In order to do so, Mr. Yeo mentioned that the Coalition for Our Common Future has worked to provide a platform for communication with the youth, including running the Climate Scouts program. Mr. Yeo finished his speech by reemphasizing the stringent efforts and wise decision of the current generation in order to incorporate the younger generation’s voices into the climate change related decision-making process.
◎ Eom, Jiyong
Professor Eom started his speech by emphasizing the importance of putting into action and the measures discussed in the conference to combat climate change, reestablish international climate change leadership, green the financial system, create innovative green businesses and have the younger generation’s voice heard.
He then moved on to thank the speakers and participants of this year’s conference in sharing their insightful thoughts and opinions with passion. He also thanked the organizers from the KAIST Graduate School of Green Growth and Coalition for Our Common Future for making this year’s conference fruitful and successful. He concluded his speech by expressing his high expectation for the progress to be made in the climate change field before next year’s conference takes place.