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The Global Energy Prize annually honors outstanding achievements in energy research and technology from around the world that are helping address the world’s various and pressing energy challenges.

Rae Kwon Chung to take part in the Gaidar Forum

Rae Kwon Chung, 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, will take part in the Gaidar forum, where he will consider the best practices for achieving the UN sustainable development goals. The 11th Gaidar Forum, Russia and the World: Challenges of the New Decade, to be held from January 15 to 16, 2020 at the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA).

Professor Chung is an active supporter of the low-carbon ‘green growth’ concept as a new paradigm, which implies the achievement of economic development of countries and the creation of new jobs while combating climate change.

He 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.

The Gaidar Forum is the largest international expert conference held at RANEPA since 2010 and bringing together leading world academics and politicians, representatives of global financial and business elites. The Forum serves as a permanent venue for events of different levels and scales: plenary sessions and expert round tables, panel discussions and debates.

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