UNDP Chief to visit the Republic of Korea

Oct 1, 2014

UNDP Administrator Helen Clark. PHOTO: UNDP Tokyo

UNDP Administrator Helen Clark will visit the Republic of Korea on 14th - 15th of October.

The former New Zealand Prime Minister will meet with the country’s leaders in Seoul on 14thof October to discuss long-standing UNDP-Korea collaboration on big global development issues and joint action in the developing world. 

She will then travel to Pyeongchang to open the 12th Convention of Parties (COP-12) to the Convention on Biological Diversity on October 15th.

COP-12 brings ministers, leaders and thousands of delegates together to review progress on conserving, sustaining and fairly sharing the benefits of biodiversity under the Convention. With the theme of ‘Biodiversity for Sustainable Development’ the event also aims to:

  • raise international awareness about the essential role of biodiversity in ensuring a sustainable form of development; and,
  • put a strong emphasis on biodiversity in the ongoing deliberations on a global development agenda to follow the Millennium Development Goals after 2015.

In 2010 the parties agreed that a number of biodiversity targets – the Aichi Targets – should be achieved by 2020. These targets aim, among other things, to address the causes of biodiversity loss.

UNDP is a key partner for developing countries in the implementation of the Convention. Our work on biodiversity and ecosystems is the biggest in the UN system. We’ve helped manage over 500 projects in 146 countries, including strengthening over 2000 protected areas for the benefit of people and nature.

The UNDP Administrator last visited the Republic of Korea in November 2011.