Contribution to the achievement of the Global Agenda
At present, for international cooperation and contribution on the global Agenda, 15 international organizations are based in Incheon, including the UNDRR ONEA-GETI, the GCF Secretariat, and the UNOSD. The city provides eight million dollars annually for those partnerships.
We, Incheon city, are very pleased that our support has contributed to providing a platform to share the knowledge, information and experiences of Disaster Risk Reduction, Climate Change adaptation, and Sustainable Development and would like to continue our support to establish standards and share experiences and knowledge products globally.
In addition, Incheon city is striving to localize the global agenda and introduces its cases to the world whenever there is opportunity.
- Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction
A decade ago, in 2009, the Incheon Declaration was proclaimed at a conference hosted by the UN Secretary General, urging for active participation and cooperation of local governments as key players in disaster risk reduction and climate change response. This served as an opportunity to launch the Making Cities Resilient Campaign a year later in 2010.
Since then, Incheon city has maintained a good partnership with the UNDRR ONEA-GETI and contributed to disaster risk reduction globally by providing financial and administrative support and participating in activities which UNDRR encourages towards implementing the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.
2. New Urban Agenda
Incheon city is aware of the importance of NUA and that how it links to SDGs, the Paris Agreement and the Sendai Framework.
In the NUA, countries commit to developing and implementing National Urban Polices and building integrated national systems of cities and human settlements. The International Conference on NUP (ICNUP) co-organized by the OECD and UN-Habitat aims to bring together high-level officials, policy-makers, academics and many other urban stakeholders, to discuss how NUPs can contribute to sustainable urban development. The first conference was held in Incheon, Korea in 2015, co-hosted by UN-Habitat, the Korean Research Institute for Human Settlements, the Korea Institute of Civil Engineering and Building Technology, and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport. Starting with the conference, Incheon city has made efforts in adopting NUA to its urban development.
- Paris Climate Agreement, and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).령
To fulfill the Paris Agreements, partnerships among local governments, cities, business, NGOs and civil society, as well as their active engagement becomes all the more critical.
Since the launch of Green Climate Fund (GCF) in Incheon, Incheon city has annually held ‘International Conference on Climate Finance and Industry’, to enhance the understanding of all major stakeholders of Korea reinforcing effort to implement the commitments made in Paris.
As a partner of GCF, the United National Office for Sustainable Development (UNOSD) actively participated in the conferences in Incheon.
Incheon was awarded 1st place for Public Sector GHG & Energy Goal Management Excellence Award Ceremony in Korea. The city reduced GHG to 42.6% (reduction of 12,959 tons of CO2-eq) compared to the standard emission of 33,422 tons of CO2-eq. It was recognized the highest reduction rate among 243 local governments of Korea (17wide-area and 226 basic).
Incheon city is committed to making best practices in Climate Change Adaptation for its citizens and sharing with other cities.
The city has worked hard to take responsibility for creating “sustainable development.” Incheon sustainability report has been published to extrapolate on Incheon city’s sustainability polices, from economic, social, and environmental and policy and administrative perspectives in 2017. Currently, the SDGs of Incheon city are used for indicators to improve the living standard of its citizens in line with the global SDGs.