12 SepMechanical Engineering Graduate SeminarParadigm Shift in Global Climate Change Governance and Its Implications
Paradigm Shift in Global Climate Change Governance and Its Implications
  • Professor. Suh-Yong Chung
  • Thursday, September 12, 2019
  • 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
  • Building 9, Lecture Hall 2
2019-09-12T12:002019-09-12T13:00Asia/RiyadhParadigm Shift in Global Climate Change Governance and Its ImplicationsBuilding 9, Lecture Hall 2Emmanuelle Sougrat



The 2015 Paris Agreement has brought a paradigm shift in addressing climate change. Different from the Kyoto Protocol which relies on a top-down approach, the Paris Agreement introduces a bottom-up approach and promotes low carbon development by deploying various low carbon technologies including renewable energy, smart grid, and supergrid technologies. According to the Paris Agreement, under the different national circumstances, all the countries including developed and developing countries are required to develop their national low carbon development plans (Nationally Determined Contributions: NDCs). Successful development and implementation of NDCs will guarantee new job creation, technology development, and global leadership.

In order to effective implementation of the Paris Agreement, countries agreed on most of detailed rules and modalities in 2018 UN Climate Change meeting in Katowice, Poland. They include rules on so-called Means of Implementations (i.e. technology, finance, and capacity building). And in December 2019, next UN climate change meeting is scheduled to be held in Chile and is expected to agree on one final negotiation agenda, i.e. Article 6 on International Market Mechanism (the only article in the Paris Agreement which encourages cooperation between/among the countries and participation of private sector).

Under this circumstance, it is very important for all the stakeholders including universities to understand the new climate change regime under the Paris Agreement thereby developing adequate plans to seize the new opportunities ahead.


Professor. Suh-Yong Chung is Professor in the Division of International Studies and Director of Center for Global Climate and Marine Governance at Korea University. Professor Chung also directs off-campus Center for Climate and Sustainable Development Law and Policy (CSDLAP).

As an international expert on governance and institution building on climate change, environment and sustainable development both at global and regional levels, Professor Chung is now Chair of Advisory Expert Committee on climate change and environment of KOICA, a Korean ODA agency under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Chair of Regional Working Group on Governance of UNDP/GEF YSLME Project, and Member of Advisory Board of Korea Polar Research Institute. Previously Professor Chung was also a Member of Policy Advisory Board of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, an Expert Member of Presidential Advisory Council on Science and Technology, a Member of Presidential Committee of Green Growth, and a Member of Honorary Committee to Host GCF. At the international level, Professor Chung was a member of the Council of the Global Green Growth Institute, Vice Chair of Compliance Committee of the UN Basel Convention and a Visiting Professor of SciencePo in Paris.

Professor Suh-Yong Chung holds degrees in law and international relations from Seoul National University (B.A., LL.M. finished doctorate course work), the London School of Economics (Diploma in World Politics) and Stanford Law School (JSM, JSD).


  • Emmanuelle Sougrat