fellow citizens, friends of the environment, and
on the 10th Environment Day. It gives me great
pleasure to present the National Vision for Sustainable
Development of the Republic of Korea.
Government has set as one of its key national
priorities the simultaneous accomplishment of
sustainable development and a pleasant environment
and made every effort to realize that goal.
has reinforced precautionary environmental policies
while newly establishing environmental health
policies and programs to protect public health.
Several achievements have been made, including
legislation of the Act Governing Protection of
the Baekdudaegan, expansion of the environmental
impact assessment, and the establishment of indoor
air quality control measures, amongst others.
The public consensus
on sustainable development appears widespread.
Public awareness of the importance of the environment
is being heightened rapidly in proportion to Korea's
economic growth during the past half century.
The "develop first, clean up later"
approach is now clearly a thing of the past.
I am confident
that all such changes were achieved by virtue
of your passionate and dedicated endeavors. In
this regard, I am sincerely grateful.
ladies and gentlemen,
community has already outlined the task of achieving
sustainable development through the 2002 Johannesburg
Declaration on Sustainable Development. The Kyoto
Protocol to curb greenhouse gas emissions entered
into force last February.
Now it is time
for Korea to bolster its competitiveness by more
actively enhancing the concept of sustainable
development one dimension higher. To that end,
I would like to present the National Vision for
Our goal is to
continue Korea's growth into an advanced country
while maintaining balance between the economy,
society and the environment. Healthy development
should be achieved through progress in the three
pillar areaseconomic growth, environmental conservation
and social integration.
First of all,
the Government will devise a land management system
by integrating development and conservation strategies.
A Comprehensive National Plan for the Environment
will be devised by the end of this year, and at
the same time a comprehensive, integrated information
system will be established as a reference map
for carrying out various development projects.
Through strengthened assessment of environmental
impacts and intense consultations with various
stakeholders, areas that need to be protected
will be fully preserved while areas that allow
development will be exploited.
Next, the Government
will improve the living environment to the level
of advanced countries in ten years. Above all,
we will focus on the reliable provision of clean
and safe water. The existing Total Water Pollution
Load policy will be carried out more efficiently.
The Government also plans to shift its water management
policy from the current supply-oriented approach
to demand-side management, which focuses more
on the recycling of wastewater and conservation
of water resources.
The Special Measures
on Metropolitan Air Quality Improvement will be
implemented as scheduled. At the same time, the
Government will expand investment in the construction
of low-pollution mass transit systems, including
railroads, enabling citizens to live in a more
The next priority
task is to establish an environment-friendly economic
structure. New environmental technologies and
industries are being fostered to serve as a viable
growth engine of the national economy. Substantive
endeavors are being made to build a resource-circulating
society wherein resources are recycled routinely
and waste generation is minimized. Taxes will
likewise be designed to limit energy overuse and
The next area
of emphasis is active participation in international
efforts to preserve the global environment. As
part of efforts to observe the Kyoto Protocol
faithfully, various measures are being put in
place.They include an increase of energy efficiency
and expansion of the supply of new and renewable
energy. Cooperation among countries in the region
will also be strengthened to cope with environmental
problems such as yellow dust and acid rain.
Government will establish a policy framework for
the resolution of conflicts, thereby promoting
social consensus. Our capacity to balance the
various needs of different stakeholders does not
yet seem commensurate with our increased awareness
of our own rights. As a means of building an efficient
conflict resolution system, the role and function
of the Presidential Commission on Sustainable
Development has been strengthened. In addition,
institutional frameworks will be continuously
expanded to prevent conflicts as they relate to
energy and other public policies.
efforts alone are not enough. Through participation
and dialogue among business, civic society and
the mass media, the social consensus should be
enhanced. Conflicts and differences can be put
aside if we bear in mind our responsibility to
My fellow citizens,
The action we
take now will determine the future of the next
generation. Let us come together to build a better,
advanced Korea that achieves sustainable development
and provides our children with a healthy and prosperous
I hope today's
event will serve as an opportunity for us to renew
our resolve to that end. I wish every one of you
good health and happiness.