Localisation of SDGs and Sustainable Growth in the Post-COVID Era

Event: Munhwa Future Report Session 2. Climate Crisis and Green New Deal
Date: 3 September 2020

“Localisation of SDGs and Sustainable Growth in the Post-COVID Era”, a Presentation for the Munhwa Future Report on 3 September 2020

Munhwa Future Report 2020 is a forum for intellectual conversations with the purpose of looking ahead and highlighting the massive challenges facing human beings – such as poverty and starvation, economic polarization, and environmental issues like global warming – and to tackle these problems with innovative solutions, including the use of science and technology. Based on an academic framework that is revised annually, the Report seeks to collect and respond to the latest needs and questions from government administrations, industry and civil society, and to introduce pioneering answers for the entire globe.

The theme of this year’s Third Munhwa Future Report was “Climate and Post-Coronavirus”. The nightmare of climate change is becoming a reality, and the climate crisis is giving rise to greater frequency in pandemic diseases such as COVID-19, as well as triggering increased levels of air pollution, heat waves, droughts, forest fires, typhoons and other extreme weather events. These trends threaten to shake human lives, industries, and civilization to the core, not to mention the ecosystem itself. Ultimately, the very survival of humanity and the future of the Earth may come into question.

The forum, held at the Korea Chamber of Commerce & Industry on 3 September, explored new perspectives on the challenges of achieving a sustainable world and civilization. It included two sub-themes and related sessions, titled “Climate Crisis and Environment & Health Policies”, and “Climate Crisis and Green New Deal Growth”. Patrick Verkooijen, CEO of Global Center on Adaptation (GCA) and Thomas Heller, Professor of Stanford University spoke about the climate crisis and politics, while Frank Rijsberman, Director-General, Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) and Kazuhiko Takeuchi, President of Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) presented on the climate crisis and the economy.