Today marks the 2nd International Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies.
It was first proposed by President Moon Jae-in in 2019 and was designated by the UN as an international day aimed at raising awareness and facilitating actions to improve air quality and thus, sustainable development as well as climate change.
The UN cites air pollution as the biggest environmental risk to global public health.
An estimated 92 percent of the global population is exposed to polluted air, causing some seven million premature deaths each year.
For our in-depth tonight, we'll talk about how South Korea is doing with Climate Change Ambassador KIM Hyo-eun of Seoul's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Great to have you on the show.
How are the proposals, set out by the South Korean government in 2019 upon designating this day, being met so far? Are there any challenges to meeting the goals?
The designation of the day came right before the pandemic. Has the pandemic had any impact on the climate, or on meeting the goals?
Globally, how are other countries doing toward resolving air pollution and, in some countries, fine dust problems? What kinds of efforts are underway and how are goals being met?
Korea's long-term vision and national strategy is to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. What are we doing currently to meet this goal? Will it be feasible? How can we successfully transform into a carbon-neutral society?
Korea's Nationally Determined Contribution or NDC includes a pledge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 by more than 24-percent from its emissions levels of 2017.
How realistic is it to meet the goal given that the private sector has traditionally been skeptical?
Alright. Ambassador KIM Hyo-eun thank you for sharing your insights tonight. We appreciate it.