New York

27 October 2020

Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General - on ROK President Moon Jae-in’s net-zero announcement

The Secretary-General is very encouraged by President Moon Jae-in’s announcement of the Republic of Korea’s commitment to get to net zero emissions by 2050. This is a very positive step in the right direction after Korea’s exemplary Green New Deal which was announced in July.

With this announcement the Republic of Korea, the world's 11th largest economy and 6th largest exporter, joins a growing group of major economies committed to lead by example in building a sustainable, carbon neutral and climate resilient world by 2050.

The Secretary-General now looks forward to the concrete policy measures that will be proposed and implemented to reach this goal. This includes the Republic of Korea submitting in time for COP 26 a revised 2030 Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) which is more ambitious and consistent with its new commitment to carbon neutrality by 2050.

Stéphane Dujarric
Spokesman for the Secretary-General