Research visit to Korea – some reflections

During July and August I had the privilege of undertaking a research visit in the Republic of Korea. The visit was an opportunity to give presentations on work-in-progress, participate in a number of roundtable discussions and to meet with and consult a wide range of colleagues in research institutions, government and international organizations. I am grateful to South Korea’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and to Ajou University for their hospitality in hosting the research visit and facilitating some very productive exchanges.

The research focused on a number of elements of sustainable development, namely climate change technology, finance and dispute resolution, marine protection and disaster risk reduction. Interesting work is being done on each of these areas in Korea, including through the cluster of UN offices in Songdo, Incheon. Of course, the visit was also an opportunity to see some sights of Korean history and culture. Highlights I recommend include the Hwaseong Fortress in Suwon, the National Maritime Museum in Busan, the Gyeongbokgung Palace in Seoul and the contemporary art galleries nearby.

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