[The Hwankyung Ilbo] The Ministry of Environment and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs held a 'Ministry of Environment-Foreign Policy Meeting’ on March 13.
The Policy Meeting was set up to enhance mutual understanding and cooperation between the two ministries on major diplomatic issues, such as climate change and response to the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), overseas expansion and bilateral cooperation in the environmental field.
The two ministries have agreed to cooperate with each other to implement various cooperation projects.
First, the ministries have agreed to actively promote the will of the new government to respond to climate change. They have also decided to cooperate for follow-up negotiations for drawing the execution guidelines of the Paris Agreement on climate change.
In addition, the ministries have agreed to continue active information sharing and collaboration to promote bilateral cooperation with China to reduce fine dust.
Kim Eun-kyung, Minister of Environment, said, "Organic cooperation between the two ministries is very important for responding to the rapidly changing international situation and negotiating over global climate change and sustainable development goals." And she added, “In particular, the two ministries should actively work to strengthen the cooperation with China in solving the fine dust problems that are directly linked to national health. "
Kang Kyung-hwa, Minister of Foreign Affairs, said, "Climate change and sustainable development are the priorities of the international community at the moment, and domestic and international cooperation is the most important for effective response.”
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