Rae Kwon Chung (South Korea)

The Global Energy Prize International Award Committee
Chairman; Member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), awarded with the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007, Professor Emeritus at Institute of Convergence, Science and Technology of Incheon National University.

Professor Emeritus at Institute of Convergence Science and
Technology of Incheon National University, Korea.

Mr. Chung advocated Low Carbon Green Growth as a new
paradigm to sustain economic growth and job creation while
coping with the risk of climate change since 2005. He proposed
and incorporated innovative ideas on technology transfer such as
compulsory licensing and transfer of publicly-owned
technologies into the Agenda 21 adopted in 1992 at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro

Rae Kwon Chung proposed the idea of unilateral CDM (Clean Development Mechanism) to
enable developing countries to initiate green-house gas mitigation projects on their own initiative.
For his contribution to the report of IPCC on technology transfer as lead author, he received a
personal copy of Nobel Peace Prize awarded to IPCC in 2007. He holds the position of Advisor to
the Chair of High-Level Expert and Leaders Panel (HELP) on Water and Disasters under the UN
Secretary-General. Previously he served as Climate Change Ambassador of the Republic of Korea,
Principal Advisor on Climate Change to the Secretary-General of the UN and as Director for
Environment and Development of the UN ESCAP (Economic and Social Commission for Asia
and the Pacific). Under his leadership, ESCAP has launched in 2012 a special report titled “The
Low Carbon Green Growth Roadmap” which could serve as blueprint for policy makers on Green
Growth strategies. This Roadmap lays out specific policy options and compiled best practices and
success stories of harnessing green policies as driver of economic growth.


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