▷ After the July 12 summit meeting, the two ministers agreed to explore and cooperate bilateral cooperation projects such as joint projects on water industry and technology, countermeasures against climate change and air pollution, and waste disposal
▷ The two ministers have high expectations for having genuine progress in actively implementing the New Southern Policy in environment, such as the two countries’ water industry entering into developing countries including, Singapore and Southeast Asian countries
July, 12th, 2018- The Ministry of Environment (Minister Kim Eunkyung) announced that Minister Kim Eunkyung and Masagos Zulkifli, Singapore’s Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, signed a Memorandum of Understanding on water industry and countermeasures against climate change in the presence of the two heads of state at the Korea-Singapore summit meeting on July 12th in Singapore.
Discussions between the two nations began in August 2015, and they eventually led to the signing of an MOU by the two ministers. The MOU contains the implementation process of cooperation projects of each area such as joint projects on water industry and technology cooperation, countermeasures against air pollution and climate change, waste management and implementation of SDGs.
Based on the MOU, the environmental ministries of both countries will support bilateral cooperation towards people-to-people exchange, and cooperative activities between public institutions and businesses. Also, both parties will designate a communication channel to explore and implement follow-up cooperation projects.
Prior to the signing, Minister Kim Eunkyung and Minister Masagos Zulkifli had a discussion over how to implement the MOU including water industry and technology, and countermeasures against climate change.
In particular, Minister Kim emphasized the need for coordination to address various environmental issues such as both countries' joint advancement into the water industries of developing countries, including ASEAN member countries, countermeasures against air pollution and climate change, and waste management.
Both ministers understood the importance of international coordination, and agreed that both environmental ministries would closely cooperate. After introducing Singapore’s national efforts to fight against climate change, Minister Masagos Zulkifli said Singapore would do its best to cooperate with Korea in terms of people-to-people exchange and joint environmental research.
On the other hand, Minister Kim attended the Special ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Climate Action (SAMCA) and Water Industry Forum, which took place in conjunction with Singapore International Water Week 2018.
At the Special ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Climate Action (SAMCA), Minister Kim introduced Korea’s efforts to fight against climate change such as the establishment of the Road Map to Achieve National Greenhouse Gas Reduction goals and Korea Emissions Trading Scheme (KETS), and also discussed international cooperation with member countries including ASEAN to fight against climate change and follow-up measures of the Paris Agreement.
Minister Kim also introduced Korea’s best practices such as water purification and water management based on ICT at the Water Industry Forum with the presence of UN (UNOSD, UNESCAP, and UNESCO), International Water Association and 15 participating governments in International Water Week 2018.
Also, Minister Kim held a meeting with organizers of the Korea Water Forum and private companies who participated in International Water Week 2018, to discuss future directions of the Korean water industry and ways to support businesses advancing into overseas markets.
Minister Kim said, "With the signing of the MOU, we will push forward New Southern policy in environment with Singapore, such as joint advancement into the water markets of developing countries and measures to address transboundary air pollution and climate change."