By Kim Hyelin and Kim Minji
Video = Cheong Wa Dae's YouTube channel
President Moon Jae-in on Jan. 25 said, "Our people and the government put our heads together to produce the 3rd National Climate Change Adaptation Plan for a Climate-Safe Nation and from this year, we will develop and execute detailed implementation plans."
He was delivering a speech at the online Climate Adaption Summit 2021 hosted by the Netherlands to raise global interest in adaptation to climate change and the pursuit of policy solutions.
Climate adaptation refers to taking appropriate action to respond to current or expected climate change, mitigating or avoiding damage and taking advantage of opportunities to induce positive results.
The president said, "Korea will be unwavering in moving toward carbon neutrality by 2050 as pledged last year," adding, "We will present simplified codes of conduct that can be put into practice in our daily lives, and will move forward with the Green New Deal combined with digital innovation in all aspects of society."
He also pledged to share Korea's experience and achievements with all countries.
"We will contribute to climate adaptation efforts of developing countries," he said. "This year, we will launch an Adaptation Academy program in collaboration with the Secretariat of the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change)."
"Climate adaptation is a wisdom cultivated by humankind to live in harmony with nature, and an effort made by humanity to strive to live in safety, free from climate risks."
"In 2009, prior to the adoption of the Paris Agreement, we designated Korea Adaptation Center for Climate Change, and since 2010, have established and implemented a five-year rolling National Climate Change Adaptation Plan," he added.
The chief executive requested global interest in the Partnering for Green Growth and the Global Goals (P4G) 2030 Summit to be hosted by Seoul in May, saying, "As host country, Korea will spare no effort to ensure substantial discussions take place on how to overcome the climate crisis and build back greener including adaptation to climate change."