On World Environment Day on June 5th, 2019, BKMC Co-Chair Ban Ki-moon travelled to China and Singapore to address the issues of air pollution and climate change. Both keynotes, at the 2019 Annual General Meeting of the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED) in Hangzhou and at the Ecosperity presented by Temasek in Singapore, highlight the need for global solutions and cooperation in the fight against global issues such as climate change. According to the World Health Organization, 97% of cities in low- and middle-income countries with more than 100,000 inhabitants do not meet air quality guidelines, whereas in high-income countries the percentage drops to 49. This shows that air pollution is strongly interlinked with social inequalities. Ban Ki-moon is fighting against climate change as chair of the Global Green Growth Institute, the Global Center on Adaptation, and the National Council on Climate and Air Quality of South Korea. Read more: https://www.worldenvironmentday.global/
On Arpul 29th, 2019, the South Korean government launched the presidential committee on national climate on fine dust pollution. Chairing the committee, BKMC Co-chair Ban Ki-moon delivered a keynote at the launch, stressing the importance of the national efforts to tackle the issues as well as to cooperate with other states such as China.South Korea designated fine dust as a social disaster in March as the intensity and frequency of the air pollution has increased in recent months. A large portion of the fine dust is believed to blow in from China.
“As the fine dust issue is tangled with shared interests, it is not easy to resolve it. For fundamental solutions, I will make efforts to communicate with the people and accommodate their opinions beyond some sectors’ vested interests,” Ban said at the opening.Korean President Moon Jae-in earlier asked Ban, who played a key role in producing the Paris Agreement in 2015, to help the government address the issue and appointed him the head of the agency. The council consists of Ban and 42 members selected from various sectors including political parties, the business circle, the government, expert groups and civil society.
“The people deserve to enjoy clean air. Let’s make a country safe from fine dust air pollution together,” Moon said in a message to celebrate the launch read by his chief of staff Noh Young-min.
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