With the advent of the recent intertwined global crises from the Arctic meltdown to increasing wildfires, and now COVID-19, an action for climate change and sustainable development no longer is perceived as an act for future consideration, but an imminent emergency to save our lives and the economy.
Among many causes that have precipitated global warming, material production accounts for more than fifth of global total emission which are mostly used in construction projects according to UNESCAP.
Against this backdrop, the 2020 Northeast Asia Policy Dialogue Forum will focus on sustainable infrastructure from the national and regional perspectives.
Organized jointly by KDI School of Public Policy and Management and The Asia Foundation, this forum aims to catalyze sustainable infrastructure initiatives as means to achieving regional cooperation by facilitating the exchange of ideas among key opinion leaders in China, Japan, Mongolia, and Korea.
Among the 5 sessions, we would like to invite you to the framing session titled “Opportunities and Challenges of Northeast Asia’s Sustainable Infrastructure Cooperation in the Post-Pandemic World.”
A consecutive 4 closed sessions will be followed for 3 days, for producing recommendations to be shared with the public.


Day : Dec 1, 2020 (Tue) 13:45 - 15:20(KST)

Framing Session: Opportunities and Challenges of Northeast Asia’s Sustainable Infrastructure Cooperation in the Post-Pandemic World

Moderated by Bold Magvan, CEO, Mongolia Green Finance Corporation
The Framing Session will explore the opportunities and challenges of regional sustainable infrastructure collaboration stemmed by the COVID-19 Pandemic. The speaker will introduce the general background of the topic as well the implications of the post pandemic world in terms of regional sustainable infrastructure cooperation. The panels will be composed of experts representing the perspectives of the four participating countries. According to CRC research, sustainable infrastructure refers to the designing, building, and operating the set of structural elements that supports the day-to-day function in ways that do not diminish the social, economic and ecological processes required to maintain human equity, diversity, and the functionality of natural systems.
13:30 – 13:55

Opening Ceremony

Moderated by Kyung-sook Lee, Director of Programs, The Asia Foundation Korea Office

  • Welcome Remarks

  • Kwang Kim, Country Representative, The Asia Foundation Korea Office / former Regional Lead for IFC, World Bank Group

  • Congratulatory Remarks

  • Jung Hun Cho, Member of the National Assembly, President of Transition Korea Party, Republic of Korea / former Member of the Presidential Committee on Northern Economic Cooperation

14:00 – 14:30

Framing Address

Tae Yong Jung, Professor of Sustainable Development, Yonsei University / former Principle Climate Change Specialist, ADB

14:30 – 15:20

Panel Discussion (NEA Perspectives)

  • Huaqing Tang, Deputy Section Chief, Foreign Environmental Cooperation Center, Ministry of Ecology and Environment of China
  • Junichi Fujino, Programme Director, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), Japan
  • Yongduk Pak, Senior Research Fellow, Center for International Energy Cooperation, Korea Energy Economics Institute
  • Suzanna Sumkhuu, Senior officer of Development Policy and Planning Department, National Development Agency, Mongolia
5 mins each for 4 panels, 20 min free discussion, 10 mins for Q&A for the audience
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