11.03.2011 -

Korean president to receive award for ‘green growth’ strategy

Crowded street in Seoul, Photo: Getty Images

The President of the Republic of Korea, Lee Myung-Bak, is to be awarded the prestigious Zayed Prize for Global leadership in Environment in Dubai (United Arab Emirates) on Monday 14 March 2011. In August 2008, President Lee Myung-Bak ‘declared a Low Carbon, Green Growth policy as a key national agenda’, states the UNESCO Science Report 2010. ‘Both the Science and Technology Basic Plan and the Low Carbon, Green Growth policy constitute the basic framework for the science and technology policy of the Lee government’. Green growth is a new paradigm for economic development that binds together environmental protection and economic prosperity, creating new growth engines and jobs through green technology and clean energy.

President Lee shares the award with Dr Mathis Wackernagel, president of the Global Footprint Network and co-founder of the Ecological Footprint concept and methodology; Indian economist Sir Partha Dasgupta, who coined the term ‘inclusive wealth’ to spotlight the way conventional measures of wealth - primarily GDP - fail to capture natural capital or environmental assets; and Professor Najib Saab from Lebanon, founder of the groundbreaking Al-Bia Wal-Tanmia (Environment and Development) magazine in 1996.

Every five years, the UNESCO Science Report analyses the status of science around the world. The 2010 edition reveals a growing emphasis in science, technology and innovation policy on sustainability and green technologies.

Read the chapter on the Republic of Korea in the report.

Contact the editor of the UNESCO Science Report 2010

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