SDSN South Korea

Hosted by:
  • OJEong Resilience Institute (OJERI) at Korea University
    Seoul, Republic of Korea

Despite SDSN Korea’s persistent effort since 2015 to persuade the government to launch a high-level pan-governmental committee on sustainable development to direct and coordinate national efforts to implement the SDGs, the 20th national parliament, ended its term in May 2020 without establishing such a body. Better late than never, the 21st parliament will hopefully pass such laws early next year.

SDSN-KDI Sustainable Development Solutions Forum Series

The KDI Center for International Development will be launching this forum with three international webinars on “Exploring South Korea’s Experience with COVID-19 for Pandemics Preparedness: Pillars and Issues” to identify critical elements and pitfalls in reining the current and potential future pandemics. Also the Solutions Forum will go beyond pandemics preparedness to cover other critical contributors to SDGs for developing countries such as: poverty reduction, rural development, public health and universal health care, women’s development, clean water, industrial development and other important topics. The forum will launch in Summer 2020 and continue through the fall.

A Study of How to Launch ‘Six Transformations’ for South Korea’s SDGs Implementation

The Sustainable Development Report 2019 mapped six transformations to implement the SDGs. Undertaken by the KDI Office of Global Economy, this study will examine a number of South Korea’s existing long-term policies and plans to see how they may be modified and coordinated to affect the proposed six transformations for South Korea, underpinned by the principles of leaving no one behind and circularity. The study will include an assessment of South Korea’s current implementation of the SDGs based on the Sustainable Development Report 2020.

Developing Nexus Indices, SDG Indictors, and the Earth Observation Data-Sharing System for The Mid-Latitude Regional Network (MLRN)

The Mid-Latitude Region is broadly defined as a horizontal belt of temperate climate in the northern hemisphere between 30°-60° latitude encompassing 36 countries from Europe, Asia and North America. It is vulnerable to changing environmental conditions and extreme climate challenges such as drought and desertification. As part of the MLRN, OJERI, host of SDSN Korea, will launch a report, “Application of the UN-SDGs Indicators for SDG 2, 6, 7, 12, 13 & 15, to South Korea: Spatial Analysis”.

Looking Ahead

In order to help ensure sustainability and impact from these various efforts, this year SDSN Korea will prioritize outreach activities to inform politicians and the public about the significance and importance of launching the implementation of the K-SDGs or Korean SDGs.

The proposed green new deal should be approached as a part of the transformative efforts for effective implementation of the SDGs and be guided by the SDGs. But we still have failed to launch a high-level pan-governmental body to oversee the implementation of the SDGs. We urgently need to legislate such body in order to mainstream the SDGs in the national agenda and ensure the efficacy of the green new deal as a means of the SDGs implementation.
Dr.Soogil Young, Chairman, SDSN Korea, at the KEI Environment Forum on “The Direction of Korea’s Green New Deal”, organized by the Korea Environment Institute on May 28, 2019 in Seoul.

Understanding ecosystem resilience is a central concept of Korea University’s founding philosophy and corresponds with humanity’s ideal of improving the quality of life and using a limited amount of natural resources. The university’s OJEong Resilience Institute through its fundamental and applied research on ecosystem resilience is prepared to contribute to the attainment of a sustainable society.