In this iteration of the ESG Speaker Series, hosted virtually and on location in the Marinus Ruppertgebouw room Purple at Utrecht University on 23rd June 16:00 – 17:30 (CEST), distinguished Professor Sun-Jin Yun will provide a lecture on the governance of climate change and sustainable development in South Korea.

Professor Sun-Jin Yun is a notable scholar that has been part of national and international research projects, and has been involved in several South Korean high-level commissions and councils, including serving as Chairperson of both the Commission on 2050 Carbon Neutrality and the Sustainable Development Committee. The lecture will introduce how Sustainable Development and climate change have been approached in governance, law and politics, before looking at future challenges and issues.

Following the remarks of Prof. Yun, there will be a reflection on the session by Dr. Annisa Triyanti, a postdoctoral researcher at the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, that will act as a discussant and an open audience Q&A. For on-site attendees, we offer drinks and finger food afterward until 18:00.

We warmly invite the Earth System Governance Network, as well as students and staff at Utrecht University to attend. Registration to the event is free of charge, but registration is required.

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Dr. Sun-Jin Yun is Professor of Environmental Studies at the Graduate School of Environmental Studies at Seoul National University. Prof. Yun graduated from Seoul National University, major in Sociology. She earned her MA and Ph.D. at University of Delaware, major in Environmental and Energy Policy, and has dedicated most of her career to promoting sustainable development and addressing environmental issues through vigorous research, lecturing, and social activities. In May 2021, Prof. YUN Sun-Jin was appointed as the Co-Chairperson of 2050 Carbon Neutrality Commission of Republic of Korea and deeply participated in the development of the 2050 carbon neutrality scenarios and establishment of the enhanced 2030 Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC). 2050 Carbon Neutrality Commission of Republic of Korea was established in May 2021, as Republic of Korea announced 2050 Carbon Neutrality goal on Octoer 2020, to propose Korea’s ‘2050 Carbon Neutrality Scenario’ and 2030 NDC and to collect opinions from diverse parties of interest (e.g. – industries, civil societies, labor, etc.) by providing forum for discussions periodically. The Commission’s name was changed to 2050 Carbon Neutrality and Green Growth Commission as the Framework Act on Carbon Neutrality and Green Growth took effect on March 25, 2022. Before assuming the role of Co-Chairperson of 2050 Carbon Neutrality Commission, Prof. Yun previously served in various positions at Government’s Committees, including Ex-Chairperson of Sustainable Development Committee, Ex-Chairperson of Korea Energy Information Culture Agency, Ex-Chairperson of Implementation Council for One Less Nuclear Power Plant Initiative and Energy Policy Committee of Seoul, etc