Paris summit: North Korea pledges war on deforestation
North Korea made its greatest pledge to engage in fighting global climate change at the Paris climate summit today.
North Korean foreign minister Ri Su-yong told delegates that Kim Jong-un "has declared war on deforestation and has put forward a massive project to turn all the mountains of the country into mountains of gold, thickly wooded with trees.”
Ri told the conference that the country was planning a large-scale reforestation project to take place over the next ten years as part of North Korea's overall commitment to reducing green house gas emissions.
The declaration may seem unusual for the secretive state, but North Korea has been keen to maintain its commitment to the UNFCCC, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, established in 1992 as the international body for addressing climate change and environmental issues.
The foreign minister went on to say that North Korea had the goal “of reducing the country’s total amount of greenhouse gas emissions by 37.4% compared with the levels of the 1990s." Its carbon emissions decreased in the 1990s mainly because of its collapsed economy.
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