Korean Civil Society calls for global sustainable development action

Apr 16, 2012

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At an open policy forum on sustainable international development on April 13, Korean civil society made clear calls for more global action as the world gears up for the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development, or “Rio+20”.

In Rio, world leaders will discuss how to make sustainable development a reality for seven billion people today, and to define the future we want for nine billion by 2050.

Mr Sung-Hoon Lee of the Korea Human Rights Foundation briefed on the background and main issues on the table at Rio+20 and emphasized the critical role of Korean civil society in providing alternative views in international debates on Green Growth in particular. Environmental action must go hand in hand with development, he argued, and environmental movements must work together with organizations advocating for development for better results.

Ms Jang Jae-Hyun of the Re-shaping Development Institute (ReDI), argued that the rich world must tackle the linked environmental and development issues with an understanding that they shoulder an ‘ecological debt’. She also touched on the need for civil society to build greater partnerships for development.

A vibrant debate followed the presentations.

The Forum was hosted by the Korea Civil Society Forum on International Development Cooperation (KoFID) and was held at the Rachel Carson hall at the Korean Green Foundation in Jung-Dong, Seoul.

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