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S Korea hosts P4G Seoul Summit to tackle climate change

Jennifer Chang
Press TV, Seoul

The two-day Partnering for Green Growth and the Global Goals 2030, or P4G, summit on climate change wrapped up late at night Monday in the South Korean capital, Seoul. Around 50 heads and high ranking officials of states as well as international organization leaders participated in the event.

South Korea hosted as virtual events the P4G Seoul Summit on climate change for two days through Monday and 10 pre-summit sessions at Dongdaemun Design Plaza.

Just one pre-summit session Wednesday was open to the press. Its highlight was a memorandum of understanding and ceremony launching - with zero ocean plastic by 2030 as East Asia’s goal - the “East Asian Seas Initiative on Clean Oceans” of the South’s Oceans Ministry; PEMSEA or Partnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia, a program with the Korea, most of ASEAN, China and Japan as partners; and PEMSEA state civic groups.

Effective measures for coping with ocean plastic – which many experts say is the worst climate change problem – were also presented.

Following pre-summit sessions last week covering 10 climate change topics, the summit kicked off Sunday with South Korea’s president’s opening speech.

After five thematic sessions and a global leader’s dialogue, the summit adopted the Seoul Declaration reflecting its will to deal with all climate change issues and achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

During the summit, President Moon also made public South Korea’s bid to host COP28 - the 28th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties - in 2023.

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