U.S.-South Korea Bilateral Climate Change Cooperation
The South Korea and the United States exchanged views on their policies on global climate change and agreed to enhance their bilateral cooperation, following meetings on July 22 between officials of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Energy led by U.S. Senior Climate Negotiator Harlan Watson and their counterparts in the South Korean Ministries of: Commerce, Industry and Energy; Environment; and Foreign Affairs and Trade led by Son Sung-hwan, MOFAT Deputy Director General for Environment and Science Affairs.
The United States explained the policy announced by President Bush on February 14, 2002, under which the United States is taking action to address climate change to achieve a new and ambitious national goal for reducing projected emissions growth in the next decade. South Korea reiterated its commitment to the Kyoto Protocol to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and stated that it is pursuing the relevant domestic procedures to ratify the Kyoto Protocol. Communication and cooperation between the two countries will help to advance both the U.S. and Korean efforts.
The two sides expressed their intention to establish a bilateral dialogue on policy issues and to collaborate in greenhouse gas emissions reduction through research in climate change science and technology, and institution building. South Korea also suggested areas where cooperation may be enhanced, such as: clean and renewable sources of energy, energy efficiency and conservation, fuel cells, wind, and photovoltaic technologies; carbon sequestration; climate change in the Pacific Rim area; landfill methane utilization; and waste heat utilization. Specific areas of cooperation will be further considered and refined by a working group led by the U.S. Department of State on the U.S. side, and by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade on the Korean side.
South Korea and the United States also agreed that they would continue to work together in the spirit of cooperation and partnership under the UNFCCC.
08/14/02 --U.S.-Republic of Korea Joint Statement on Enhanced Bilateral Climate