The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) co-hosted the International Workshop on Capacity Building for Developing Countries to Address Climate Change, at Korea University on October 28, 2019. The conference is organized by the Center for Global Climate and Marine Governance of Korea University, and co-hosted by GGGI, Graduate School of International Studies of Korea University, the UNDP Seoul Policy Center, the Green Asia Organization, and the Center for Climate and Sustainable Development Law and Policy (CSDLAP), with support from Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA). Among the distinguished guests will be Young Sook Yoo, Co-President of Climate Change Center & former Environment Minister of the Republic of Korea; Kak-Soo Shin, Senior Advisor of CSDLAP and Former Vice Minister of Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Ambassador Frode Solberg, Embassy of the Norway; as well as Erdenetuya Namsrai, Head of Mission, Embassy of the Mongolia.
The Roundtable discussion titled ‘High-level roundtable on addressing climate change by developing countries’, aimed at sharing perspectives of leaders of international organizations and governments regarding the importance of capacity building of developing countries. Session 1, ‘Cooperation between Korea and Ethiopia to enhance capacity of Ethiopia to better address climate change’ focused on experiences of capacity building activities in Ethiopia in the context of enhancing capacity to address climate change. This demonstrated how international development cooperation can be effectively implemented among the government, international organizations, universities, NGOs and others. Session 2, ‘Role of Article 6 as a window of climate finance for developing countries’ focused on understanding roles of Article 6 (International Market Mechanism) of the Paris Agreement. After reviewing the current status of negotiations on Article 6 within UNFCCC process, two presentations on Article 6 as a way of securing climate finance for developing countries and introduction of Article 6 programs of the GGGI were introduced. Lastly, session 3, ‘Searching for cooperation with developing countries’ discussed possibilities of sharing experiences of cooperation between Korean and Ethiopia for other developing countries.
GGGI and the Center for Global Climate and Marine Governance of Korea University are organizing a series of the international workshops on capacity building for developing countries. Attended by high-level discussants and more than 120 participants, the joint workshop previously held on May 17, 2019 is evaluated as an successful case which facilitated sharing experiences among the related experts, organizations and the governments from different countries thereby searching for how to enhance capacities of developing countries to address climate change.