The Ministry of Science and ICT announced on Dec. 8 that it participated in the 25th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP25), which takes place in Madrid, Spain from Dec. 2 to 13. The ministry is currently a national designated entity in the conference’s technology mechanism for greenhouse gas reduction based on climate technology development and transfer.
During the period of the conference, the ministry is going to have bilateral talks with Bangladesh, Cambodia and Sri Lanka, which are South Korea’s climate technology cooperation project partners. For example, South Korea and Bangladesh launched their coastal seawater desalination and climate-resilient housing technology projects in 2017 and the two governments will discuss the outcome of the projects and how to link the outcome to large-scale demonstration projects.
The cooperation projects with Cambodia and Sri Lanka are scheduled to be launched soon. During the talks, South Korea and the two countries will enhance their awareness of local conditions and discuss how to achieve more mutual cooperation in their projects.
The COP25 covers a total of 87 agendas, including guidelines related to the international carbon market, rules required for the implementation of the Paris Agreement yet not agreed at the previous conference, implementation period setting for national determined contributions (NDC), and opening of a Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) liaison office in South Korea. The CTCN, which is the international organization that is in charge of the implementation of the technology mechanism, recently requested the liaison office opening in South Korea.