[Korea Now Today's Headline] 10/08/FRI
1. South Korea on Friday drastically raised the level of its greenhouse gas reduction goal from 26.3 percent to 40 percent by 2030, as part of its broader aim to slowly phase out conventional resources and go carbon neutral by 2050.
2. South Korean National Assembly Speaker 박병석, who is on an official visit to Italy at the meeting of G20 parliamentary leaders, urged the international community to participate in South Korea's efforts to achieve '2050 carbon neutrality', including the Green New Deal.
3. According to Reuters on Thursday local time, the UN special rapporteur on North Korea said that sanctions imposed by the UN Security Council should be reviewed and eased on the North, citing worsening human rights conditions in the country amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
4. South Korea reported 2-thousand-176 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, while the confirmed cases remained in the 2-thousands for a third straight day, amid concerns over the spread of the pandemic ahead of another extended weekend.
5. According to health authorities Friday, with the country’s vaccinations gathering pace, the government is considering a gradual shift to a phase of "living with COVID-19" around November 9. The government will allow the home treatment program upon a patient’s consent when it is deemed unnecessary for them to be hospitalized.
6. During Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s first speech on Friday, it was difficult to find a clue to expect a change in South Korea-Japan relations. The speech itself mentioned the importance of Korea, but it was insufficient in both volume and expression to show the will to restore the two nations’ relations.