This year's P4G Seoul Summit marked the first-ever multilateral climate summit to be hosted by South Korea, becoming the first Asian country to use this platform to raise awareness of climate issues since the summit first kicked off in Denmark in 2018.
" The leaders who took part from around the world highly appraised the P4G Seoul Summit. They said it came at a crucial time when global solidarity and cooperation is needed more than ever to tackle climate issues."
And due to the pandemic, the summit brought together people from around the world virtually, including figures from governments, international organizations and the private sector.
Though virtual meetings may not have been able to completely replace in-person forums, the P4G Seoul Summit highlighted new ways of hosting a global summit during a pandemic.
"More and more leaders can participate in the meeting without physical barriers. So, we can create various programs."
The summit takes on extra significance because this is the first year the Paris Agreement will be implemented, and because it was held ahead of the UN climate change conference, known as the COP26, slated for November in Glasgow.
It's also another high-level multilateral climate forum bringing nations together following on from the virtual Leaders Summit on Climate in April which was led by U.S. President Joe Biden.
"As P4G summit meeting is well situated to make some bridges, () and bringing more attention from other summit leaders who might not have attended the climate summit by the U.S. or we can also make sure that the COP26 meeting will reflect all this current concerns."
During the summit, South Korea displayed state-of-the-art technology through augmented reality and advanced media, using "video mapping technology" to produce hologram-like images of nature and endangered animals.
Yoon Jung-min, Arirang News.