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9th Danish-Korean Green Growth Alliance meeting held in Copenhagen

18.12.2019  11:28

The annual bilateral Green Growth Alliance (GGA) meeting was held on December 13th, 2019 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Copenhagen headed by H.E. Lea Wermelin, the Danish Minister of Environment, and H.E. Cho Myung Rae, the Korean Minister of Environment.


Key participants from the Danish side included Einar Jensen, Danish Ambassador to Korea; Jakob Møller Nielsen, Deputy permanent secretary of the Danish Ministry of Environment and Food; Jacob Bundsgaard, Lord Mayor of the city of Aarhus; Rikke Dreyer, chair of the Sustainable Procurement Forum; Finn Mortensen, CEO of State of Green; and Karin Klitgaard, Vice President of the Confederation of Danish Industry.


Key participants from the Korean side included Park Sang-jin, Korean Ambassador to Denmark; Yeom Tae-young, Mayor of the city of Suwon; and Nam Kwang Hee, President of the Korean Environmental and Technology Institute. Also joining the session were numerous representatives from both countries’ government bodies, green organisations, companies, and press.


This year’s meeting had a strong focus on circular economy. The meeting took place in 5 sessions, each looking at circularity across a variety of standpoints (sustainable cities; public procurement and consumption; product circularity; and circular business model through partnership) and ending with a panel discussion. During the meeting, Minister Wermelin said she looked forward to discussing how to “do more and better with less,” introducing the new Danish Government (elected in June 2019) has set an ambitious goal to reduce the emission of greenhouse gasses by 70% in 2030. The minister highlighted that doing so will require working together – across the private and public, across borders, oceans and cultures, and shared her hopes that the GGA will further strengthen the good cooperation between Denmark and Korea. The meeting ended on a positive note that emphasised the opportunity presented by the next Partnering for Green Growth and the Global Goals 2030 (P4G) summit hosted in Seoul in 2020, where Korea and Denmark can learn more from each other.


Furthermore, a bilateral meeting took place in conjunction with the GGA between the cities of Aarhus and Suwon. Together the two mayors agreed on the existence of common issues such as aging population where both cities could mutually benefit from knowledge sharing and learning from each other.


The cooperation in the Green Growth Alliance, which was formalized in 2011, is a central part of the Strategic Partnership between the two countries. During the past decade, the bilateral collaboration on sustainability, climate, and environmental issues has increased based on the alliance.


From the left: Einar Jensen, Danish Ambassador to Korea; Yeom Tae-young, Mayor of Suwon; Lea Wermelin, Danish Minister for Environment; Cho Myung-Rae, Korean Minister of Environment; Jacob B. Johansen, Mayor of Aarhus; Park Sang-jin, Korean Ambassador to Denmark; and Nam Kwang Hee, President of the Korean Environmental and Technology Institute.