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U.N. likely to designate Blue Sky Day at S. Korea's proposal

Diplomacy 07:05 October 30, 2019

NEW YORK, Oct. 29 (Yonhap) -- The United Nations is likely to accept South Korea's proposal to designate Nov. 15 as Blue Sky Day to highlight the importance of responding to climate change, Seoul's mission to the U.N. said Tuesday.

The designation will likely take effect next year following consultations among U.N. member states, and would mark the first time the U.N. has established an international day at South Korea's proposal.

Cho Hyun, Seoul's new ambassador to the U.N., hailed the significance of the move.

"It will heighten world awareness (of climate change) and create a platform to support it," he told reporters at the mission in New York.

South Korea has submitted a document outlining the purposes of Blue Sky Day, and all member states have so far expressed their approval.

The decision is expected to be finalized at the U.N. General Assembly this year.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in suggested the creation of Blue Sky Day in his keynote speech to the U.N. Climate Action Summit in September, emphasizing the need for international cooperation to improve air quality.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in addresses the U.N. General Assembly in New York on Sept. 24, 2019. (Yonhap)

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