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07 February 2023 | By invitation only

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the Trilateral Cooperation Secretariat (TCS) and the Climate Action Team of the Executive Office of the United Nations Secretary-General (EOSG/CAT) are jointly convening the Second Forum on Carbon Neutrality Goals of China, Japan, and the Republic of Korea on 7 February 2023. 

The high-level forum will invite government officials and experts from the three countries as well as international organizations to share strategies, policy practices and experiences of the three countries with stakeholders from and beyond the region. It will also facilitate in-depth discussions on possible joint actions on carbon neutrality.

CNF 2023 Poster 1

CNF 2023 Poster 2

07 Feb 2023
Opening session

Remarks by ESCAP/TCS/CAT

  • Ms. Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and the Executive Secretary of ESCAP
  • Ms. OU, Boqian, Secretary-General of Trilateral Cooperation Secretariat
  • Mr. Selwin Charles Hart, Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary-General on Climate Action and Assistant Secretary-General for the Climate Action Team

Keynote speech

  • Mr. Ban Ki-moon, the Eighth Secretary General of the United Nations and the Chairperson of the Ban Ki-moon Foundation For a Better Future
Session 1: High-level dialogue on updated pathways to the carbon neutrality goals of China, Japan and the Republic of Korea and regional cooperation

This high level session intends to present each country’s recent developments to achieve its carbon neutrality goals including through updated NDCs , credible implementation of policies and initiatives fostering regional cooperation for climate action

Moderator: Ms. Oyun Sanjaasuren, Director of External Affairs, Green Climate Fund


  • Mr. Kim, Sang Hyup, Co-Chairperson of the Presidential Commission on Carbon Neutrality and Green Growth, Republic of Korea
  • Mr. Zhao, Yingmin, Vice Minister, Ministry of Ecology and Environment of People’s Republic of China
  • Mr. Ono, Hiroshi, Vice-Minister for Global Environmental Affairs, Ministry of the Environment, Japan
Session 2: Efforts of local government to achieve the carbon neutrality goals

This session will present how local governments are contributing to the achievement of carbon neutrality goals in coordination with their national governments.

Moderator: Ms. Song, Jaemin, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Environmental Studies, Seoul National University



  • Mr. Abe Shuichi, Governor of Nagano Prefecture, Japan
  • Mr. Sun, Xiaofeng, Vice Chairman of China-Singapore Tianjin Eco-City Administrative Committee, China
  • Mr. An, Jaesu, Director-General of the Climate & Environment Bureau, Chungcheongnam-do, Republic of Korea
  • Mr. Zhu, Shu, Regional Director, ICLEI East Asia Secretariat
Lunch break
Session 3: Sectoral pathways to carbon neutrality – policy and technology options

This session seeks to identify key policy and technology options for achieving carbon neutrality and opportunities for pathways in the energy and transport sectors.

Moderator: Mr. Siddharth Chatterjee, UN Resident Coordinator, United Nations in China



  • Mr. Matt Watson, Vice President, Energy Transition, Environmental Defense Fund
  • Mr. Yeren-Ulzii Batmunkh, Acting State Secretary, Ministry of Energy, Mongolia (Director-General of Energy Policy Planning Department)
  • Mr. Ye, Choong Yeol, Senior Research Fellow, Korea Transport Institute
  • Mr. Camille Bourgeon, Technical Officer, Marine Environment Division, International Maritime Organization
Closing session

Closing remarks

  • Ms. OU, Boqian, Secretary-General of Trilateral Cooperation Secretariat
  • Mr. Ganbold Baasanjav, Head of East and North-East Asia Office, ESCAP

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Subregional Office for East and North-East Asia +82-32-458-6600 [email protected]
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