H.E. Ambassador Filimone Kau delivered welcome remarks during the “Friends of GGGI” luncheon on Tuesday 5 September 2017, at 12:00 at the Plaza Hotel in Seoul. The event was attended by fourteen (14) Ambassadors of accredited countries to the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) along with invited guests and members of the GGGI Secretariat.
The event was organised to discuss GGGI’s key achievements and milestones and also provided insight on future strategy, goals and events of GGGI, including GGG Week 2017.
Ambassador Kau thanked GGGI for their work in assisting developing countries in their implementation of green growth strategies and embedding of green growth principles into their development plan.
“We in developing countries also continue to rely on the GGGI to advocate and support our implementation process particularly in securing development financing” he said.
GGGI is a treaty-based international, inter-governmental organization dedicated to supporting and promoting strong, inclusive and sustainable economic growth in developing countries and emerging economies. Established in 2012, at the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, GGGI assists countries to adopt sustainable practices and align with sustainable development policies to transition toward a new model of economic growth to achieve economic growth.
On 23 August 2017, H.E. Ambassador Filimone Kau attended the awards ceremony of the 2017 2nd Semester Scholarship Award Presentation of the Woojung Education and Culture Foundation” held at the Korea Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) in Seoul.
The ceremony was attended by more than one hundred seventy (170) people including Dr. Lee Joong-Keun, Chairman of the Woojung Education and Culture Foundation and also the Booyoung Group, Hon. Han Seung-soo, former Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea and President of the 56th session of the General Assembly of the United Nations (UNGA) and members of the diplomatic corps in Seoul.
The Ambassador Kau delivered congratulatory remarks at the ceremony extending his warm congratulations to the awardees selected from a pool of competitive applicants in a competitive process. He also extended his gratitude to the Chairman and staff of the Booyoung Group for their leadership and vision in the establishment of a scholarship that assisted foreign students studying in Korea universities with a partial monthly stipend.
“Woojung Foundation actively puts into practice Korea’s vision of ‘giving back’ as the country continues its upward growth from the ruins of war and poverty. At country to country level, we hope that all the recipients today will be bearer of the torch of peace and friendship between the Republic of Korea and their individual countries,” he said.
The Foundation presented a total of four hundred (400) million won in scholarships to one hundred four (104) international students from twenty two (22) countries. Four (4) Fijian students namely, Ratu Jone Parkes Savou, Sunia Loga, Frederick Hiroshi Kado and Mesake Navunawa were extended scholarships. The latter two awardees are new recipients pursuing mechanical engineering at Mokpo National University and Korea Maritime and Ocean University respectively.
On July 13, H.E. Ambassador Filimone Kau, attended the inaugural Heads of Missions reception hosted by the new Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea Honorable Kyung-hwa Kang, held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government Complex in Seoul.
The reception was attended by the Heads of Missions and members of the diplomatic corps of some one hundred and twenty (120) Missions and around twenty (20) senior officials from the Ministry, including H.E Chan-woo Kim, the Ambassador for Climate Change of the Republic of Korea.
During the reception, Ambassador Kau had an opportunity to congratulate the Hon. Minister on her new appointment in Office as well as inform her of Fiji’s imminent role as President of the 23rd Session of the Conference of Parties (COP 23) to the United Nations Framework on the Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to be held in November 2017.
Hon. Minister Kang was appointed to office on 18 June 2017 by President Moon Jae In is South Korea’s first Foreign Minister and has served in various capacities as Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights and Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs before becoming a senior policy adviser to Secretary General of the United Nations, Mr. Antonio Guterres this year.
Hon. Minister Kang served at Korea’s foreign ministry for years before joining the UN.