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Enerzine No.3 (2010. 10. 15)
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Ⅰ. Issue
For whom is G20?

Now, Korea is excited for the upcoming G20 which is opening from Nov. 11th to 12th.

G20 is mainly formed by the G7 members such as U.S.A, U.K, France and other 12 emerging economic countries and it has an important mission in solving global economic crisis.
But conflicting with the G20’s first purpose, it has become the window for proliferating the market economy system and capital through lowering the interest rates and rejecting protectionism.

Although G20 has been titled as solving global problems and should play a leading role for that, they never took the responsibility seriously on global issues, such as climate change, and focused only on the development. Regarding to this reason, there are negative voices on the G20 concerning that it will only be a place where the two parties, developed countries and developing countries who are invited to show off their endless egoism, will conflict. Then, why do Koreans think G20 as a festival?

 Recently, Institution for International Trade under Korea International Trade Association stated through the result of their research work that Korea will profit at least 31 trillion won (31billion in US dollar) as an economical effect and 166,000 new jobs will be created. This result is based on more or less 20,000 visitors’ expenses plus added value and domestic business’ indirect advertising impact during the G20. These fantasies of G20 make Koreans support G20.

However, the problem is not limited to the broad interpretation of G20.
 In 2008, there was a huge-scaled candlelight anti-import protest on U.S beef which might contain a mad cow disease. At that time, Lee government was nearly impeached. After the incident, the government reacted very sensitively to rallies and protests. The government is now very nervous with anti-G20 groups’ movement.

 Yesterday, the police announced that any small rally and demo will be banned within a 2km radius of COEX which the G20 will be held at and also stated that they will prepare very aggressive police policy. People come and go through COEX should present their ID. The ruling party (Grand National Party) strenuously insisted the revisal of the Law on Assembly and Demonstration more strongly.

Thereupon, Korea Labour Unions and civil society made alternative place like “People’s conference” to reveal the truth of G20 and make better international networks.
We are now waiting for Koreans’ interest and any other organizations’ around the world

<People’s Conference Program Attached> 

Written by Boyoung, Cho (Research Staff; Non-permanent:

Ⅱ. Opinion
The 16th Conference of the Parties under the United Nations’ Climate Change Convention (COP16) is in only two months. But each country’s working group and government is too silent compared to NGO’s who are very busy to settle a successful negotiation.
 China, India, and the Republic of South Africa has already announced their opinions, “If we cannot make a deal, we should finished (or make agreement) the next year”. The US, whose domestic law could not pass the congress, is also very passive. There is no more urgent atmosphere as large as last year’s Copenhagen and the COP16 seems to be just as insipid as stale beer.

We clearly know why this situation has come and who has the responsibility. Each country’s attitude is very far from an awareness of climate emergency. Especially, developed counties seem to just follow prisoner’s dilemma which had put mother earth to crisis.

 Korea government is exactly the same. Even though Korea has been ranked 9th highest green house gas emission country and higher greenhouse gas emission per capita than developed counties, they never felt obligated to reduce GHG. For this reason, Korea NGOs have pointed out this problem for a long time but the government has not moved forward. Actually, Korea civil society feels ashamed and surprised at our government’s position which never takes responsibility but want to hold COP18 anyways in 2012.

 Developed counties and other high GHG emission counties, including the Korean government, must take cognizance of their ‘Climate debt’ for not making the COP16 a shameful historic page followed by COP15 and should enlarge the support scale to the most vulnerable counties from climate change. It is not an ethical problem such as ‘aid’ but it is a responsible right to take on the third world’s people.
ECPI is going to Cancun be a part in making this principle stand and we will actively work with CJN!
The only answer is ‘Climate Justice’. Let’s work together and win a victory!

Written by Jinwoo, Lee (Research Staff:
Ⅲ. Act on
1) Action for G20
 November, 2010: G20 is held in South Korea
 ECPI is preparing the People’s Conference with other NGOs against G20
2) <Searching for Good Energy> Published (Imagine,2010)
Oct 9Th: <Searching for Good Energy> (Imagine, 2010) published. It is an essay about travelling many countries from climate justice view
3) Report on <Assessment government’s green new deal and green growth policy>
Oct 4th: Make a report on <assessment government’s green new deal and green growth policy: as focus on green job> Request of Lee, Mikyung (member of National Assembly)

4) Collaboration with Union
ECPI and public service union collaborate on local government’s green growth policy and budget analysis
A provisional conclusion is local government’s green policy and projects are retrogressed for rely green new deal same as the central government has been doing

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