The Seoul Policy Centre Highlights UNDP’s Inclusive Green Economy Work in Jeju, Korea

Sep 8, 2016

UNDP Seoul Policy Centre (USPC) participates in various activities during the Global Green Growth Week

UNDP Seoul Policy Centre (USPC) participated at the recently concluded Global Green Growth Week – from 5 to 8 September, 2016 - in Jeju, Korea, and demonstrated UNDP’s ongoing focus on inclusive green economy work through the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) and other activities. USPC’s participation was centered in three main areas:

1. Presentation/discussant roles at the main conference:

GGKP Knowledge Partners (GGKP) Meeting - As one of the GGKP partners, UNDP participated in the knowledge partners meeting on 5 September. Contributions included Sarwat Chowdhury’s facilitation of the day’s discussions as one of the six facilitators on the overall theme of Leveraging Green Growth for Delivery of the SDGs and Climate Change Commitments. In plenary, UNDP also presented ideas on how to promote ‘green growth champions’ not only for internationally recognized green growth champions but those that promote green growth practices at the level of individuals and communities—by promoting and nurturing responsible business practices, through inclusion, recognition and capacity building of local champions in leadership and innovation skills. The Equator prize was cited as an example by UNDP.

UNDP’s Gender Empowerment work – Ms Chowdhury also served as Green Growth Knowledge Platform Conference Discussant and Session Coordinator at the Parallel Session on Ensuring Gender Balanced Participation & Empowerment on 6 September. UNDP noted that to ensure gender balanced participation and empowerment, gender-disaggregated data are very important. Equity and access policies do not necessarily take gender into account. Gender empowerment should be ensured by proactively taking into consideration historical and economic injustices. By noting that neither climate adaptation or mitigation are gender neutral on their own, UNDP illustrated a win-win story - the GEF-funded energy efficient Green Brick project in Bangladesh, which focused on gender mainstreaming. It also highlighted UNDP’s gender marker policy, and the gender parity achievement at UNDP as an organization

2.              Presentation at side events:

USPC Presents on SDGs at Asia Pacific Carbon Forum

The UNDP Seoul Policy Centre also presented at the Asia Pacific Carbon Forum on Post-Paris High Level Panel Plenary 1 (6 September) on behalf of UNDP. Other presenters included the UNFCCC, Asia Development Bank and Korea Energy Management Corporation. The UNDP presentation focused on its ongoing role in SDG implementation and linkage with the Post Paris Commitments (the latter with kind contribution from Steve Gold and colleagues copied). This presentation was appreciated, as the Carbon Forum participants were interested in UNDP’s broader SDG related work with multiple requests for sharing UNDP’s presentation.

Also at the PAGE side event on 8 September, UNDP provided the role of resource person and USPC Director, Dr. Balazs Horvath, gave panel remarks on behalf of PAGE at the side event. His interventions focused on SDG 17 (Partnership for Goals) and its high potential for impact. Specifically, he focused on three areas: i) UNDP’s global presence and SDG mandate; ii) global partnership & cooperation of donors, UN agencies, governments, and partners at community and global levels as a prerequisite for attaining the SDGs; and iii) the binding global constraint on all countries attempting to pursue a pollution-heavy development pathway. USPC Director also highlighted that UNDP, as PAGE partner with world-wide network and presence, can advocate with other PAGE partners for inclusive Green Economy agenda as part of the SDGs; and seek strengthened partnerships for implementation. Other presenters included Erik Solheim, Executive Director, UNEP; Oyun Sanjaasuren, former Environment and Foreign Minister of Mongolia; Yvo de Boer, Director General of GGGI; and Thani El Zeyoudi, Minister for Environment & Climate Change, UAE.

3.              Organization, communication and networking (including at UNDP booth during the Knowledge Fair):

The UNDP booth displayed USPC’s ongoing SDG-related Roundtable Series in Seoul, including the June Roundtable on Resilience and the upcoming one on Sustainable Urban Development; shared the

USPC Director Spoke at the Partnership for Action on Green Economy Side Event

UNDP-managed PAGE Synthesis Report; BPPS produced booklets on individual SDGs, and brochures published by USPC on environment and SDG themes. This booth was frequented throughout the week by various development partners, CSOs, Government representatives from within Korea and outside, including the Korean Ministry of Environment; KOICA, Ministers from Ethiopia, Mongolia, Myanmar and others. UNDP also supported the PAGE booth which was placed along-side as an active PAGE member.

USPC Director meets with Mongolian Vice Minister of Environment and Tourism Mr. Ts. Batbayar,

During the week, UNDP Seoul Policy Director met with various high level delegates including Vice Minister Nguyen the Phuong, Ministry of Planning & Investment Viet Nam; Minister Shiferaw Teklemariam, Ministry of Environment, Forest & CC, Ethiopia; and the Vice Minister of Environment and Tourism Mr. Ts. Batbayar, Mongolia, as well as development partners including Marianne Fay, Chief Economist, World Bank; Rintaro Tamaki, DSG, OECD; Kaveh Zahedi, Dep. Exec. Secretary, UNESCAP (pic with Mongolian Minister attached).