UNDP Seoul Policy Centre will organize a series of environment-themed webinars focusing on 'Building Back Better'. The upcoming webinar on 28 May will focus on:

Building Back Better: Green New Deal in Korea and Elsewhere

The COVID-19 pandemic is a global challenge that has long-term implications beyond the public health sector with impacts on the global economy and overall sustainable development and attainment of the 2030 Agenda. The combination of COVID-19 and the dual Nature and Climate crises dramatically multiplies the risks to vulnerable communities. Environmental degradation and climate change could make these outbreaks more frequent.

UNDP’s COVID-19 response includes an integrated Nature, Climate and Energy Offer. UNDP is also playing an important role in the larger UN System response including by facilitating the socio-economic response at the country level in collaboration with UN Resident Coordinators and UN Country Teams. UNDP, sister UN agencies, and partners are helping to ensure that countries “build back better, greener, and equitably”. UNDP is working with the public and private sectors to understand the social, economic, environmental and political impacts of the pandemic, and to find ways to support countries get ready for, respond to and recover from these impacts.

In the Republic of Korea, since the breakout of COVID-19 on 22 January 2020, the Government and public institutions have responded with the introduction of various innovative measures. Notably, with the Government's newly adopted Green New Deal plan, South Korea has become the first country in East Asia to pledge to reach net-zero emissions by 2050.

This webinar organized by the UNDP Seoul Policy Centre will include senior Korean experts, policymakers, and global development practitioners. They will discuss: i) the proposed Green New Deal Plan and early Korean experience; ii) Global Perspectives in terms of trade-offs and synergies of a Green New Deal Plan in developing country contexts, their NDC implementation and overall SDGs attainment ambitions in the broader context of “Building Back Better.”

Please register & join via this zoom link.


Dr. Young Sook Yoo, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Climate Change Center, Korea, and former Minister, Korea Ministry of Environment

Prof. Suh-Yong Chung, Professor, Division of International Studies, Korea University, international expert on climate change and sustainable development

Prof. Saleemul Huq, Senior Fellow, International Institute for Environment & Development, and Director, International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD), Bangladesh

Ms. Adriana Dinu, Deputy Assistant Administrator and Deputy Director Bureau for Policy and Programme Support, UNDP, NY

Dr. Stephan Klingebiel, Director, USPC (introduction), Seoul, South Korea

Dr. Sarwat Chowdhury, Policy Specialist, USPC (moderator), Seoul, South Korea


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