I just come back from KEI Inte'l Conference 2014. Now I want to make a summary for the conference.
The topic of today's conference is "Responding to Global Environmental Challenges for Sustainable Development". One focus of the conference is "Sustainable Development and Post-2015 Development Agenda". I attended the parallel session on "Green Detente and Environment Cooperation in the Korean Peninsula" in the afternoon.
Firstly, I want to write something about the parallel session, then I will briefly introduce the presentation by one World Bank officer.
Today is my first time to know the term of "Green Detente", which means try to achieve the peace through Green programs. There are two different concepts in this term, namely "Green Area" and "Greening Area", the former one means the traditional environmental and Climate Change Area including Environmental Infrastructure, Energy, Reforestation, Climate Change Adaptation, Water resources etc., while the latter one means the related areas of industry and development including manufacturing business, Urbanization and Land Development, Agriculture, Marine Fishery etc. Speakers mainly talked the Green Detente between ROK and DPRK. There is no actual cooperation between the two Koreas, still the senior research fellow at KEI has positive attitude toward this part. On the other part, some speakers hold the opposite view of points.
For my personal opinion, I think there are both opportunities and challenges in "Green Detente". I am working at ICLEI EAS (HOME &#124; ICLEI East Asia ), we are trying to organize International Environmental event among East Asia Countries. However, we found the cooperation between Mainland China and Taiwan is very difficult. Still, in one trilateral cooperation forum (China, Korea, and Japan), experts suggested the national level cooperation is very difficult because the politicians only think about the home situation. But the local level and various cooperation will be the future cooperation direction.
Ms. Jae Hyang So, the Director of Trust Funds and Partnerships at World Bank gave a wonderful presentation on "The role of water and sanitation in ending poverty". I really love her speech and she is one expert in the area related to our community - Community of Practice for Municipal Finance Practitioners. I wished to have more discussion with her, unfortunately, she was so popular so I only had a chance to have a picture with her.
Hope to learn more about the trust capacity building here.