Climate Talk and Net Zero 2050: New Zealand and Pacific Island Countries

Date: Tuesday August 4, 1000-1230 Seoul time / 1300-1530 Wellington time

Location: Virtual and GGGI Headquarters, 3rd floor, Jeongdong Bldg, 21-15 Jeongdong-gil, Junggu, Seoul

GGGI and the New Zealand Embassy in Seoul would like to cordially invite you to attend an event to raise awareness and understanding in Korea of climate action in New Zealand and the Pacific Island Countries to foster international collaboration and actions on climate change.

The event will share best practices from the Government of New Zealand and the Pacific Island Countries to prepare for, and adapt to, climate change.

Speakers will share information on New Zealand’s Zero Carbon Act which provides a framework for the country to develop and implement clear and stable climate change policies, and the progress the Pacific SIDS has made on their 2030 Agenda to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and drive the SIDS Accelerated Modalities of Action (SAMOA Pathway).

Session 1: How New Zealand achieved a Zero Carbon Law and how the country transition to implementation?

In November 2019, the Government of New Zealand passed the Zero Carbon Act, 119 votes to one in the Parliament. The Act provides a framework for the country to develop and implement clear and stable climate change policies that: contribute to the global effort under the Paris Agreement to limit the global average temperature increase to 1.5° Celsius above pre-industrial levels; and allow New Zealand to prepare for, and adapt to, the effects of climate change. Specifically, the Act (a) sets a new domestic greenhouse gas emissions reduction target for New Zealand to: (i) reduce net emissions of all greenhouse gases (except biogenic methane) to zero by 2050; (ii) reduce emissions of biogenic methane to 24–47 per cent below 2017 levels by 2050, including to 10 per cent below 2017 levels by 2030; (b) establishes a system of emissions budgets to act as stepping stones towards the long-term target: (c) requires the Government to develop and implement policies for climate change adaptation and mitigation: and (d) establishes a new, independent Climate Change Commission to provide expert advice and monitoring to help keep successive governments on track to meeting long-term goals.

Session 2: How are Pacific Island Countries transitioning to a model of low emissions climate resilient development

Although they emit a very small amount of greenhouse gases (GHGs), Pacific SIDS are some of the countries hardest hit by the impacts of climate change. They are not only losing biodiversity and ecosystem services, but rising sea levels and more frequent severe weather events threaten economic activities and communities’ survival. With communities, agricultural lands, and infrastructure concentrated in low-lying coastal areas, are understandably concerned about impacts on public health, food security, livelihoods, and cultural heritage. Despite these challenges, Pacific SIDS have shown leadership in combating climate change and encouraging world leaders to accelerate climate action and increase availability of technical and financial support for adaptation efforts. Since the Paris Agreement in 2015, Pacific SIDS have led by people example, with their 2030 Agenda to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and driving the SIDS Accelerated Modalities of Action (SAMOA Pathway). Fiji’s Presidency of the 23rd Conference of the Parties (COP) under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Bonn, Germany elevated the SIDS agenda even further by putting it on the international stage.

Opening remarks

H.E. Mr. Ban Ki-moon, President of the Assembly and Chair of the Council of GGGI, and Eighth Secretary General of the United Nations

On February 20, 2018, Mr. Ban Ki-moon was unanimously elected as the President of the Assembly and Chair of the Council by the two respective governance organs of the Global Green Growth Institute. His leadership has been instrumental for the Institute to help its Members adopt the green growth—environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive— model of development.

Previously, he served two terms as the Eighth Secretary-General of the United Nations from 2007 to 2016. He successfully initiated global action to combat climate change that culminated in the adoption and rapid entry into force the landmark Paris Climate Change Agreement in 2016. He worked closely with member states to shape the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and to establish UN Women, the latter of which advances global gender equality and women’s empowerment.

Prior to leading the UN, he was Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Republic of Korea. His 37-year career as a diplomat included, among others, postings in New Delhi, Washington D.C., and Vienna.

Mr. Ban holds a BA degree in International Relations from Seoul National University and MA degree in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Hon James Shaw

James Shaw joined New Zealand’s Green Party in 1990 and was appointed Green Party Co-leader on May 30, 2015, after being elected to Parliament as a list MP in 2014. Prior to becoming an MP, James had a successful career in management consulting, primarily in London, where he lived from 1998 to 2010. While there, he worked with large, multinational companies across Europe and around the world, developing their sustainable business practices. It was while James was in the UK, studying for a Master’s degree in sustainable development and business leadership, that he realised that the private sector alone wasn’t able to affect change at the speed and scale necessary to meet the great challenges of our time. With that realisation also came a call to action, and James moved back to Wellington, the city where he was born and raised, with the aim of being elected to Parliament.

Ms. Fekitamoeloa Katoa ‘Utoikamanu, Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States. She assumed her role in May 2017.

Ms. ‘Utoikamanu is responsible for monitoring and following up on the implementation of all three Programmes of Action under the purview of UN-OHRLLS. She is also called on to advocate for the issues and concerns of these vulnerable countries as well as to ensure their integration into and coherence with global processes, including those related to the 2030 Agenda and other global development frameworks. Ms. ‘Utoikamanu also coordinates advocacy work related to the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs) and Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in forums and platforms outside the United Nations.

Prior to joining the United Nations, Ms. ‘Utoikamanu was Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Tourism, Tonga; Acting Pro-Chancellor and Chair of the Council of the University of the South Pacific (2015); Deputy Pro-Chancellor and Deputy Chair of the Council of the University of the South Pacific (2009-2016); Deputy Director General and Director of Education, Training and Human Development of the Secretariat of Pacific Community (2009-2015); Permanent Representative and Ambassador of the Government of Tonga to the United Nations, United States of America, Cuba and Venezuela and High Commissioner to Canada (2005-2009); and Secretary for Foreign Affairs and European Commission’s National Authorizing Officer for Tonga (2002-2005).

A Tongan national, Ms. ‘Utoikamanu speaks Tongan and English. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Economics (1980) and a Masters in Commerce in Economics (1983) from the University of Auckland in New Zealand.

Speakers and Moderators

Ms. Lisa Tumahai, Kaiwhakahaere (Chair) Te Runga o Ngāi Tahu and Deputy Chair of the New Zealand Climate Change Commission

Lisa Tumahai is the Kaiwhakahaere (Chair) of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, a corporate tribal entity that represents the interests of Ngāi Tahu, the largest Māori tribe in the South Island of New Zealand. She has held governance roles in the not-for-profit sector and company directorships over the past 18 years, and is currently the deputy chair of the New Zealand Climate Change Committee.

Lisa is passionate about ensuring the sustainability of resources and the wellbeing of future generations of Ngāi Tahu, in keeping with the tribal whakataukī (proverb): mō tātou, ā, mō kā uri ā muri ake nei (for us and our children after us). She was a strong advocate for the passing of the Zero Carbon Act and is determined to see it implemented effectively to allow Aotearoa New Zealand to move towards a post-carbon economy. Lisa has a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Management from the University of Canterbury, and has also completed an Executive Program for Women Leaders at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.

Mr. Craig Weise, Chief Executive, New Zealand Green Investment Finance

Craig Weise has over 25 years of experience in private capital markets, both in the US and NZ, grounded in financial services, law, and investment banking. He most recently held multi-faceted executive roles for the Treasury, managing teams focused on investment stewardship, commercial and investment performance monitoring, and shareholder representation across the New Zealand government’s direct investment and managed portfolios, representing over $100b in assets. Immediately prior to his time at Treasury, Craig was a principal at Armillary Private Capital, ultimately active as its Managing Director, Investment Banking. Craig holds an Honours Degree in Economics from Randolph-Macon College, Virginia, and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Virginia, USA.  He is also a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst, a Certified Investment Fund Director and a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors.

His Excellency Yoo Yeon-chul, Ambassador for Climate Change, Republic of Korea

Ambassador Yeon-chul Yoo has served the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for more than 30 years. Prior to his appointment as Ambassador for Climate Change, he served as Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the State of Kuwait and as Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative at the Korean Permanent Mission in Geneva, Switzerland. Ambassador Yoo has consistently involved in the environmental issues.

Within the Republic of Korea’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, he served as Director of Environment and Science Division and the Energy and Climate Change Division, and he was the Director-General for International Cooperation within the Ministry of Environment. He became the Ambassador for Climate Change in 2018. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science & Diplomacy at Yonsei University, has completed the Foreign Service Programme at the University of Oxford in the UK, and received his Master’s Degree in International Relations at the University of Reading, UK.

His Excellency Philip Turner, New Zealand Ambassador to the Republic of Korea

Philip Turner was appointed New Zealand Ambassador to the Republic of Korea (South Korea) in March 2018. He is concurrently Ambassador to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea).

Philip has extensive experience as a diplomat and a business leader in North Asia, with a particular focus on North Asia. With the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, he served on postings to the New Zealand Embassies in Tokyo and Brussels. He then moved to Fonterra where he worked for 18 years in a variety of senior positions in Shanghai, Tokyo, Brussels and Auckland. He managed Fonterra’s business in China, and most recently was Director of Global Stakeholder Affairs at Fonterra in Auckland.

Philip attended the University of Auckland in New Zealand where he graduated with a First Class Master of Arts in History. He speaks fluent French and Japanese, conversational Chinese, and is enjoying becoming acquainted with the Korean language.

Philip is joined in Seoul by his partner Hiroshi Ikeda. Philip and Hiroshi are passionate about embracing diversity in our society.

Ruel Yamuna, LLB, Managing Director for Climate Change and Development Authority

Ruel Yamuna is the Managing Director of the Climate Change Development Authority (CCDA) in Papua New Guinea (PNG). Mr Yamuna has vast expertise on the legal aspects of international climate change negotiations, carbon markets and climate finance.

Mr. Yamuna is currently Technical Chair of the Coalition for Rainforest Nations (CfRN) within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and also a member of the National Climate Change Board of CCDA. Mr Yamuna was also one of the core legal team members who drafted the Climate Change (Management) Act 2015 and UN Paris Agreement (Implementation) Act 2016 giving mandate to the establishment of CCDA in PNG.

Prior to joining CCDA, Mr Yamuna worked in the Department of Justice and Attorney General (Office of the State Solicitor) and was part of the state negotiations team on climate change. In this role, he provided legal advice on the draft Paris Agreement text on forests, which led to the successful inclusion of article 5 that was adopted in the final text of the historic 2015 Paris Climate Agreement (COP 21).

Mr Yamuna graduated from University of Papua New Guinea and holds a Bachelors degree in both Law & Public Policy Management and is currently undertaking a Masters in Economics and Public Policy.

Ms. Christine Reddy, Regional Coordinator, Regional Pacific NDC Hub

Christine Deo-Reddy is the Regional Pacific Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) Hub Coordinator employed by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and is based at Pacific Community (SPC) Nabua Campus in Suva, Fiji. In this role she manages the overall coordination of the planning, day-to-day management, implementation, budgeting, monitoring and reporting of the Regional Pacific NDC Hub activities in 15 Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs). She coordinates a team of highly qualified professionals supporting PICTS towards achieving their ambition of limiting global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius through their ambitious NDCs.

Ms. Deo-Reddy was the Regional Cooperation Manager at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), regional delegation for the Pacific based in Suva, Fiji prior to taking up her current position mid-October 2019. She has over 22 years of leadership and 12 years of international operational experience. She joined ICRC in 2008 managing ICRC’s operation and partnerships with Pacific Island Red Cross Societies as well as with the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) in the region.

Prior to joining the ICRC, she worked with Private sector in managerial roles. She also actively voluntarily engages with some organisations for humanitarian aid support. Ms Deo-Reddy is a Fiji citizen with a firm background in Social Policy, Governance, Information System and Accounting. She is married and has one child.

It strongly resonates with Ms Deo-Reddy that as climate change is at the Pacific’s doorstep, and as a Pacific Islander herself – she intends to improve the capacity of each Pacific Island Country in order to manage climate risks, build resilience across the region and ultimately achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement.

Ms. Hyoeun Jenny Kim, Deputy Director-General, GGGI

Ms. Hyoeun Jenny Kim is Deputy Director-General of the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI). GGGI is a treaty-based inter-governmental organization supporting developing countries and emerging economies to achieve economic growth and environmental sustainability together through following new pathway of green growth. She is responsible of managing GGGI’s in-country relationship which includes projects and programs in more than 30 partner countries.

Before joining GGGI in May 2018, she was the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Senegal and five neighboring countries from May 2016. From August 2013 to April 2016, she was the Director for Strategy, Policy, and Communication at GGGI.

As a career diplomat in Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs, she has served as Director for Climate Change and Environment Affairs and Director for World Trade Organization (WTO). She led the national team in UN climate change negotiations and WTO DDA negotiations. She also worked for the OECD in Paris and the UN in NY.

She earned her Bachelor’s in political science and diplomacy from Yonsei University in Seoul in 1990 and her Master’s from the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington in Seattle in 1996.

Mr. Park Jaeshin, Vice President of Strategy and Asia Programs, Korea International Cooperation Agency