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Environmental sustainability is defined as a responsible interaction with the environment to avoid depletion or degradation of natural resources and allow for long-term environmental quality. It is inevitably associated with the perspectives on human needs and well-being. In this sense, environmental sustainability is mutually reinforcing economic and societal sustainability. In other words, it is essential to live within the earth’s planetary boundary so as not to jeopardize the ability for future generations to meet their needs.

As part of the global and local efforts to meet the human-ecosystem equilibrium, CIFAL Jeju/JITC organizes environmental workshops on a variety of relevant topics like climate change and green growth, carbon-free development, waste management, e-mobility, and environmentally sound technologies. Serving as a venue to share policy experiences and action plans, the Center joins the effort of the global community in moving towards a more sustainable future.

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Current Affairs Webinar Series on Green New Deal (1) - Climate Policy

2020 September 18

Centre International de Formation des Autorités et Leaders Jeju (CIFAL Jeju) organized Current Affairs Webinar Series on Green New Deal (1) – Climate Policy on 18 September 2020. UNITAR CIFAL Jeju invited 23 participants working or studying on policies and projects related to Green New Deal (green transition) in governmental sector, academia, NGOs and International Organizations. They came from 9 countries in the Asia-Pacific region including Cambodia, India, Nepal, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Malaysia, Tanzania and the Republic of Korea.


The online workshop aimed to help countries and cities in transition to make their society and industry greener, and to give guidance to policy makers on their policy attempts on introducing Green New Deal policies. In this context, sharing diverse perspectives and interpretations on the Green New Deal policy package would allow participants to take stock of new development model and engage in future policy learning.


As the first of the series, the Green New Deal webinar – Climate Policy served as a platform to provide participants with opportunity to obtain a better understanding of what could constitute Green New Deal, depending on different national settings through the first presentation session of the webinar. Climate experts on Green New Deal were invited to share how European Green Deal was introduced, what Green New Deal ultimately envisions, how developing countries can adapt the Green New Deal policies and realise green transition, and the Korean Green New Deal case study. Three resource persons invited include Dr. Tom Mitchell from EIT Climate-KIC, Dr. Sarwat Chowdhury from UNDP Seoul Policy Center, and Dr. Tae Yong Jung from Yonsei University. During the second discussion part this webinar, the participants were able to engage with each other and with the resource persons to share their thoughts on the question of “what are the key priorities in implementing strategies and policies on green new deal in different national setting?”. Pre-collected questions were also shared and discussed to address the issue of enforcement, securing long-term vision, and promoting private sector engagement.


This virtual online event was evaluated as “made it possible to benchmark advanced Green New Deal policies in developing countries.” Participants commented that the webinar helped them to consider conducting pilot projects prior to implementing Green New Deal as there are differences to take into account in each country.


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