2021 P4G Summit to be held in Seoul in May

Update: 17:26 | 07/05/2021
Resonating the success of the inaugural P4G Summit in Copenhagen, Denmark, the Republic of Korea will host the 2021 P4G Summit in Seoul on May 30-31, 2021 under the theme of “Inclusive Green Recovery towards Carbon Neutrality”.
2021 P4G Summit to be held in Seoul in May. (PRNewsfoto/Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Korea)
2021 P4G Summit to be held in Seoul in May. (Photo: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Korea)

The overarching aim is to bring the international community closer together and strengthen climate action for the post-COVID world. At the Summit, the Republic of Korea hopes to unite the global resolve to achieve carbon neutrality and become a stepping stone for the COP 26 in Glasgow, UK.

The Korean government prioritizes the participating countries’ safety above all else. Therefore, the 2021 P4G Seoul Summit will take an entirely virtual format. Moreover, different than physical Summits, a virtual Summit has a significant carbon-reducing effect. It is expected to become a model example of proactive climate response in action.

The 2021 P4G Seoul Summit will include 5 Thematic sessions on the 5 main P4G areas (food and agriculture, water, energy, city, and circular economy) and other various Green Future sessions on other pertinent issues such as ocean, forestry, green technology, green finance, etc.

All Thematic and Green Future sessions will be in a “hybrid” format, which means it is open for the possibility of on-site participation only for the panels and speakers while closely monitoring the quarantine measures. The Summit will close with the adoption of the Seoul Declaration, which will embody the discussion outcomes and reflect our collective will to deal with climate change and achieve the SDGs.

While COVID-19 sweeps the globe with an alarming speed and unforeseen impact, the international community continues to face mounting challenges of climate change. Adding on to the health crisis, the global economic downturn triggered by the pandemic is making the achievement of the 2030 Agenda ever more difficult.

P4G is a global initiative launched in 2017 to respond to climate change and achieve the SDGs. With a special emphasis on public-private partnership, P4G provides a truly multilateral venue for governments, businesses and civil society to offer innovative solutions. As a result, partnerships of large-scale impact are accelerated and showcased on a global level.

What is P4G?

P4G, ‘Partnering for Green Growth and the Global Goals 2030,’ is a global initiative launched in 2017 to address the most imminent challenges that our planet faces: responding to climate change and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

P4G explores, nurtures, and supports cooperation partnerships among the governments, private sector, and civil societies in five key areas with respective SDGs:

SDG 2. Food and Agriculture

SDG 6. Clean Water

SDG 7. Clean Energy

SDG 11. Sustainable Cities

SDG 12. Circular Economy

The strategic purpose of P4G is to support innovative public-private partnerships that address global sustainable development needs. In doing so, P4G will help promising partnerships to begin and scale up their efforts and inspire the world to replicate their success stories.

Who Are P4G Member Countries and Partners?

P4G works in partnership with countries, global organizations, and businesses targeting to achieve sustainability. P4G’s partner countries are Chile, Colombia, Denmark, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mexico, the Netherlands, Republic of Korea, Viet Nam, Bangladesh, Indonesia, and South Africa. All have committed to the Global Goals and the Paris Agreement and have enacted measures to promote sustainable and green growth.

P4G’s organizational partners include the Global Green Growth Institute, C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, International Finance Corporation, World Economic Forum, and hosting partner World Resources Institute. More than 140 business partners including Danfoss Heating, Giti Group, SK Telecom, Toyota Kenya, Meridiam participate.

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