South Korea is putting special emphasis on "inclusivity" for the upcoming 2021 P4G Seoul Summit, meaning cooperation between the public and private sectors in tackling climate change and working for sustainable development.
With that goal, also joining Tuesday's Policy Dialogue were private businesses: namely, Ingka Group, Samdasoo and Tree Planet.
"It is the government who provides the guidelines, through the policy and it is the business sector who provides, who takes action through investment. And it's the civil society who provides innovative ideas. No single actor can deliver in addressing climate change."
The panelists stressed that the Seoul summit takes on extra significance because this is the first year of implementing the Paris Agreement, and because it comes ahead of the UN climate change conference in Glasgow slated for November.
"I think another big take for this Seoul summit is that it comes at a very crucial time. We just had the leaders' forum with President Biden. We will have COP26 later of the year. So, P4G can actually be a stepping stone to achieve one more important step on the road of climate neutrality."
The P4G Seoul Summit will be held on May 30th and 31st.
Known officially as Partnering for Green Growth and the Global Goals 2030, it's a global initiative for sustainable development.
A wide range of discussions will be held in a mostly online format on themes including food and agriculture, water, energy, cities and building a circular economy.
Yoon Jung-min, Arirang News.