President Moon declared Carbon Neutrality 2050 on December 10. Carbon Neutrality goals to reduce the use of fossil fuel at the minimum and to achieve zero carbon dioxide emission by 2025. Following the UN policy and guidelines, many countries have already declared Carbon Neutrality plans, and joining the declaration, President Moon worn his necktie made of eco-friendly fabric on the day and the video was broadcast black and white which consumes the data by 1/4 only, and also a symbol of polluted gray sky.
In his speech, he said "For the last ten years, abnormal weather conditions have been reported around the world with the title 'in 100 years'... Like COVID-19, the climate change is happening on the planet earth and it will hit the underprivileged the hardest.... Like the yesterday us changed the today us, what action we take today will change our future... And South Korea's declaration of Carbon Neutrality 2050 will take a brave step today for the zero carbon future... The government will push forward Carbon Neutrality in all sectors of industry through transparent and fair procedures.... For this, technology advancement is very important as it will lead this global target and our economy... Yes it is not as easy as it sounds but we must all have to face it and get through. If we are difficult, so are other countries and if other countries can do, so can we... Let us take the first step together and be a role model before it is too late."
Moon briefed on economic policy direction 2021
President Moon presided over an online meeting of the National Economic Advisory Council on December 17 and was briefed on the economic policy direction 2021. Amid the pandemic, the meeting was attended by all responsible parties from Prime Minister to the heads of ministries, ruling party and economic organizations.
Moon said "How we do this year will change the map of our economy for many years after the pandemic. Despite most countries struggling to contain the virus and keeping the economy rolling, South Korea relatively has performed well in terms of quarantine, diplomacy and economy. With this confidence we has built, we must use the year 2021 as a big turning point for our economy. The economic policy direction 2021 is set at 'fast recovery' and 'leadership'. For this, we will make the most of our financial resources through whole level cooperation.... We should push the increased amount of liquid funds on the market to flow into investment, give incentives to boost consumption when we contain the virus to a stable level, and provide support for export.... We should strengthen our ongoing Korean New Deal, low carbon economy policy and digital competitiveness as well as job stability and fair trade.
In his briefing, Economy and Finance Minister Hong Nam-ki said "The year 2021 will see a gradual recovery of economy but with uncertainty. But we will work on 'fast recovery' and 'leadership' through its detailed core 6 policies as we are all determined to make it happen."
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