Ambassador Wylbur Chisiya Simuusa paid a courtesy call on Mr Ban Ki-Moon on Thursday 5th April 2018 at the Ban Ki-Moon Centre for Sustainable Development. The centre’s role is to further interdisciplinary cooperation in the exchange of sustainable development goals-related data, research and education, pertinent climate change research, and involvement in Official Development Assistance (ODA) projects. He was accompanied by First Secretary (Political) Abiudy Mbewe, First Secretary (Tourism) Nthemba Kamanga-Minja and Liaison Officer Youngeun Jeong.
During the courtesy call, Mr Moon said that it was an honour to meet with Ambassador Simuusa who he described as a distinguished Ambassador who had gained diplomatic mileage when he served as Minister of Foreign Affairs of Zambia. He said he welcomed the appointment of Ambassador Simuusa stating that his appointment shows the great importance attached to the Korea-Zambia bilateral relations.
Mr Moon also recalled his visit to Zambia in 2012, when he met with the Late President Sata. He remembered President Sata fondly saying he had a strong and magical power to bring people together. He went on to describe Zambia as a home to Southern Africa’s liberation movements.
Ambassador Simuusa thanked Mr Moon for making the time to meet him and his team and that he placed great importance to the meeting. He said that he hoped the meeting would build upon the existing relationship and he would better acquit himself with the activities that Mr Moon was currently perusing. He acknowledged that Mr Moon understood the relationship between Africa and Asia and called upon him to work together to help decrease the disparity that exists between Korea and Zambia. He further added that the Zambian Mission was making efforts to facilitate a State Visit for His Excellency Edgar Chagwa Lungu to which Mr.Moon mentioned his pleasure to be able to meet with President Lungu.
Ban Ki-moon was elected President and Chair of the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) which is dedicated to supporting and promoting strong, inclusive and sustainable economic growth in developing countries and emerging economies. Ban Ki-moon began his two-year term in office as GGGI’s President and Chair on 20th February 2018. The GGGI is a treaty-based international, inter‑governmental organization established in 2012, at the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development. Founded to support and promote the mainstreaming of green growth, GGGI programmes and projects target economic growth that is environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive.
GGGI supports its member governments to achieve the commitments expressed under the Paris Climate Agreement and their Sustainable Development Goal targets. The GGGI delivery model combines technical assistance to governments through embedded country teams and helps to mobilize finance into a climate-resilient project.
It has been strongly recommended that Zambia joins the GGGI to build upon its efforts on climate change adaptation.
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