- [IGEE] ‘GEFF for ALL Series III: World Peace & Climate Action’ held successfully at Yonsei University
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Institute for Global Engagement and Empowerment at Yonsei University annually holds GEEF, which stands for Global Engagement and Empowerment Forum aiming for all global stakeholders to convene to collaborate towards accomplishing Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). GEEF for ALL series, as a special seminar, is also being proceeded with diverse topics and experts all around the world. The third series ‘World Peace & Climate Action’ was held on 26th August 2021, having a conversation between Iván Duque Márquez (the President of Colombia) and Ban Ki-moon (the 8th Secretary-General of the UN and Honorary Chair of IGEE).
The event started with a forum and panel introduction by the presider Song In-han (Professor and Director of Ban Ki-moon Center for International Cooperation, IGEE). Two excellencies thereafter exchanged their greeting and special remarks on the issues.
In a special talk, both agreed on the importance of peace, especially the one achieved from a peace agreement with Colombia's past revolutionary armed forces FARC (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia). Ban also mentioned that he was greatly impressed by Duque’s visit to the DMZ (Demilitarized Zone) during his visit to Korea, and added he would not forget Colombia's efforts to protect the peace as the only Latin American participant during the Korean War.
Referring to the climate change report by IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), Ban emphasized that the initial target of keeping global temperature rise below 1.5℃ by 2052 is no longer applicable now as we already consumed 1.1℃. Thus, he highlighted the altogether effort with all 195 state parties to Paris Climate Change Agreement should be accompanied. Duque also consented to the issue and said that even though the agreement was signed, Implementation should come along to accelerate investment.
Special conversation clip available on: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9X-jP1M61CU