Vice FM discusses climate change, sustainable growth with UNESCAP head

SEOUL, – Second Vice Foreign Minister Oh Young-ju met with the head of a United Nations commission for the Asia Pacific region Wednesday and discussed ways for cooperation in climate change, sustainable growth and other issues, the foreign ministry said.

In the meeting with Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, secretary general of the U.N. Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), Oh stressed South Korea’s commitment to working with UNESCAP to address major challenges in the region, such as dealing with climate change and building sustainable cities.

Oh also explained to Alisjahbana South Korea’s push for the launch of the “Carbon Free Alliance,” a global initiative proposed by President Yoon Suk Yeol at the U.N. General Assembly in New York in September, and expressed hope to work with UNESCAP in light of the initiative.

The initiative calls for an active adoption of nuclear power and green hydrogen as future energy sources to achieve carbon emission goals.

UNESCAP, one of the branches under the U.N. Economic and Social Council, is tasked with promoting cooperation among countries for inclusive and sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific.

Source: Yonhap News Agency