The 18th SNU-HU Joint Symposium
Event: The 18th SNU-HU Joint Symposium
Date: November 26 (Thu), 2015
Venue: Hoam Faculty House
Dear SNU and HU colleagues,
It is a great privilege to welcome you to Seoul National University for the
18th SNU-HU Joint Symposium.
On behalf of Seoul National University, let me welcome you to this joint
symposium of the annual plenary meeting of SNU and Hokkaido University.
Needless to say, this endeavor is very important to us. I appreciate that
many of you have come a very long way to be here, and I trust you will
find the experience of these two days rewarding.
The theme of this year’s meeting is “The Impact of Climate Change on
Natural Disasters”. The term is used to refer specifically to climate change
caused by human activity, as opposed to changes in climate that may have
resulted as part of Earth's natural processes. There is one issue that will
define the contours of this century more dramatically than any other, and
that is the urgent and growing threat of a changing climate. Moreover, the
climate is changing faster than our efforts. We know what we have to do
to avoid irreparable harm. We have to cut carbon pollution in our own
countries to prevent the worst effects of climate change. We have to adapt
to the impacts that, unfortunately, we can no longer avoid. Most
importantly, we have to work together as a global community to tackle this
global threat before it is too late.
You are probably aware that The United Nations Climate Change
Conference in Paris
will be held on Nov. 30. A SNU alumnus of Ban
Ki-moon, Secretary General of the United Nation, acknowledged the carbon
emissions proposals submitted ahead of the international climate conference
will not be enough to effectively slow down the pace of global warming.
Ban also emphasized that a final climate deal should lead to a
“comprehensive, long-term vision” of creating a lower-emission economy
around the world. Developed countries should lead the way in reducing
emissions and providing funding for developing countries. Now is the time
for compromise and consensus. I urge you to look beyond the national
boundaries and work towards our interest.
Building momentum towards a new mission is never easy, but we can
make it happen by working together. Over the course of the coming day,
we will have the chance to share ideas, pursue common goals and renew
connections. It is our hope that you find the satellite sessions to be
productive and rewarding, and that you enjoy your time with us in Seoul.
Thank you very much.