Adoption of Green Growth Strategic Report by OECD

Korea played the major role to adopt the Declaration on Green Growth as a chair country (Chairman: former Prime Minister, Han Seung-soo) in the OECD Council of Ministers in June 2009. The ‘Green Growth’ was put into the mainstream in the OECD discussion based on the first official report related to the green growth of the OECD in May 2011.

Adoption of RI0+20 Summit Declaration

The Future We Want was derived as a new blue print of international society at the Rio+20 Summit which was held in Brazil in June 2012. The “Green economy in terms of the sustainable development and poverty eradication” and the “institutional frame for sustainable development” had been handled as the main agenda and the international society approved the balanced development of economy, society, and environment to realize the sustainable development and acknowledged the green economy as an important tool. Korea played the leading role to expedite the conversion of the international society to the green economy in the course of providing the Rio+20 summit meeting by proposing the knowledge sharing platform and innovative partnership. Korea, which declared the low-carbon, green growth as the national vision in 2008, carried out the green growth policy later on by sharing the success case for green growth of Korea and establishing various partnerships through the in-depth discussion with the government of each country, industry and citizen society in the Rio+20 summit meeting.

Korea will make the common effort for successful transformation to the green economy and realization of the sustainable development by consistently implementing the green growth policy such as the official development assistance supporting the green economy conversion of developing countries externally and consistent implementation of green growth policy including the response to climate change, attraction of the green industry and green life internally as follow-up actions for Rio+20 summit meeting.

Instruction for treatment of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) & Restriction of Hazardous Substance (RoHS)

Korea has continuously showed environmental cooperation with developed countries in Europe to improve the domestic environment through the introduction of the advanced environmental policy, legislation, and technology. In particular, hosting of joint seminars, exchanging of experts and launching of joint cooperative projects have been conducted by signing the Memorandum of Understanding with the United Kingdom, France, Denmark, Netherlands, Germany and Norway. Korea has been consistently dispatching environmental officials to the delegation of the Republic of Korea to the EU since the effectuation of the Republic of Korea-EU Cooperation framework agreement (January 4, 2001). Korea identified the trends of environmental policy of the EU including new polices of End-of-Life Vehicle Directive(ELV), Restriction of Hazardous Substances(RoHS), Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment(WEEE), Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and  Restriction of Chemicals(REACH). In addition, Korea has discussed the method for cooperation in the environmental field by hosting Korea-EU joint committee in Belgium and Seoul in turn each year. 

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