Today, Mr Baek Gyuseok, Deputy Minister of Environment of the Republic of Korea and Julia Marton-Lefèvre, Director General of, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), signed a four-year Framework Partnership at IUCN Headquarters in Switzerland.
“IUCN is delighted to welcome the Republic of Korea, represented by the Ministry of Environment, as its newest and first Framework Partner from East Asia. We hope that other countries will join this important group. We are grateful for the Republic of Korea’s continued commitment to conservation and we look forward to strengthening our collaboration over the next four years” said Julia Marton-Lefèvre.
The Republic of Korea joins IUCN’s current Framework Partners of IUCN, namely: Denmark, Finland, France, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates and the MAVA Foundation.
As a Framework Partner, the Ministry of Environment will provide core funds to support IUCN’s Programme 2013-2016. The Programme, approved by IUCN Members at the World Conservation Congress, aims to mobilize communities working for biodiversity conservation, sustainable development and poverty reduction in common efforts to halt biodiversity loss and apply nature-based solutions to conserve biodiversity, enhance resilience, strengthen equity, reduce poverty and so improve the wellbeing of people on this planet.
IUCN’s collaboration with the Republic of Korea has gone from strength to strength following the very successful 2012 IUCN World Conservation Congress which was held from 6 to 15 September 2012 on the South Korean island of Jeju, where leaders from government, the public sector, non-governmental organizations, business, UN agencies and academia came together to discuss, debate and decide solutions for the world’s most pressing environment and development issues.
The 2012 IUCN Congress was able to leave a legacy both at the local level in Jeju and the wider Republic of Korea, as well as driving forward global conservation. The Jeju Declaration, signed at the closing of the Congress, recognises that nature offers important solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges in climate change, sustainable energy, food security, and economic and social development. Through this Declaration, the Republic of Korea and the Jeju Special Self-Governing Province committed to set up the “Jeju World Leaders’ Conservation Forum”, with support from IUCN.
“We are delighted to join the Framework Partnership following the 2012 IUCN Congress held in Jeju, Korea. By joining the Partnership, Korea hopes to make contribution to the world’s nature conservation and sustainable development, and that the Partnership serves as an opportunity to strengthen cooperation between the ROK and IUCN.” said Mr Baek.
The Republic of Korea joined IUCN as a State Member in 2006. Today, its membership in IUCN includes 27 non-governmental organisations and five government agencies.