The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea, in collaboration with the Stimson Center and the Global Challenges Foundation, would like to warmly invite you to take part in the webcast Round Table on Governance for Climate Action on the 11th December.

As global efforts are focused on recovering from the fallout of COVID-19, of equal concern has been how to make the recovery process greener in line with the Paris Agreement and the 2030 SDGs. A number of governments have begun to put in place such efforts and more have made ambitious pledges toward net-zero goals. There are also prospects of new leadership and novel leadership coalitions in different parts of our world. However, the fact remains that we are very behind in our schedule to achieve Paris Agreement goals—much more needs to be done.

This Roundtable will focus on the governance gap we face and will explore possibilities for the scaling of climate action towards COP26 and beyond. The role of Korea as the host of the next P4G Summit will be highlighted, reflecting on how to gather yet more political will over the coming year. Financing for innovative climate action will be another important agenda item to explore, as we seek to close the already wide gap between our goals and the current reality.

The event will be webcast between 15.00 pm – 18.10 pm (KST)

To register for the event, click on the registration link.

The confirmed speakers are:

  • Ban Ki-moon, Chair of the National Council on Climate and Air Quality of Korea, president of the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), former UN Secretary General
  • Lee Tae-ho, Vice Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Korea
  • Yoo Yeon-chul, Ambassador and Deputy Minister for Climate Change, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Korea
  • Chung Keeyong, Director-General, Climate Change, Energy, Environment and Scientific Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Korea
  • María Fernanda Espinosa, former President of the United Nations General Assembly
  • Magnus Jiborn, Head of Research, Global Challenges Foundation
  • Maja Groff, convenor of the Climate Governance Commission CGC)
  • Richard Ponzio, Senior Fellow Stimson Center
  • Siila Watt- Cloutier, former International Chair for the Inuit Circumpolar Council, and winner of The Right Livelihood Award 2015
  • Oyun Sanjaasuren, Director of External Affairs, Green Climate Fund
  • Kim Joo-Hong, Principal Research Scientist, Korea Polar Research Institute
  • Ian de Cruz, Global Director of P4G
  • Kim Sung- woo, Head of Environment & Energy Research Institute, Kim & Chang
  • Frank Rijsberman, Director-General, Global Green Growth Institute
  • Shiva Dustdar, Head of Division, Innovation Finance Advisory, European Investment Bank
  • Wanjira Mathai, Vice-President & Regional Director for Africa, World Resources Institute
  • Arunabha Ghosh, Chief Executive Officer, Council on Energy, Environment and Water
  • Ahn Wook Sang, Head of Climate Finance Team of KDB Bank


  • December 11, 15:00 Opening remarks

  • December 11, 15:10 Keynote speech: global state of climate governance

    • What the arctic tells us
    • Perspectives on tackling the global governance gap

  • December 11, 15:20 Session 1: Building on the P4G summit

    “Towards a successful COP26 with mission-driven exponential climate action”

  • December 11, 16:30 Break

  • 16:50 Session 2: International financing for innovation and exponential climate action

    “The role of finance governance and best practices for green innovation”

  • December 11, 18:00 Concluding remarks

  • 18:10 End of conference