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Trans-Pacific Sustainability Dialogue
  • Date2022-10-31 00:00
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The Trans-Pacific Sustainability Dialogue, a two-day event, was held in Seoul, South Korea, on October 27 and 28, 2022. 

The conference was hosted by KEI, with the Stanford's Asia-Pacific Research Center (APARC), Ban Ki-moon Foundation For a Better Future and Ewha Womans University. 

Policymakers, practitioners, student leaders alongside many renowned guests including Ban Ki-moon (the 8th Secretary-General of the United Nations), Han Duck-soo (prime Minister of the Republic of Korea), Kevin Rudd (former Prime Minister of Australia), Ivan Duque (former President of the Republic of Colombia), Nabeel Munir (Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan to the Republic of Korea and Chair of the G77 at the United Nations), and Hidehiko Yuzaki (Governor of Hiroshima Prefectural Government, Japan) were gathered at the conference, to accelerate progress on achieving the UN-adopted 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.


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Day 1 was organized by the KEI and the fourth plenary session was part of the annual event “Green Korea” 

which KEI has held annually since 2009. KEI president Chang-hoon Lee headed the session on SDGs in North Korea.

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The Keynote speech was given by Sung Jin Kang, a Professor at Korea University. Panels discussed on the current status of SDGs in North Korea, and panels suggested that producing, collecting, measuring the objective data alongside the capacity building is the key for North Korea to paint a positive trajectory in implementing SDGs. It is obvious that SDGs are a potential avenue of opportunity for the outside world to engage with North Korea and hold the country accountable.