Sustainable Development Requires an Evolving Agenda

Dean Linda Livingstone welcomes Korean Ambassador to the United Nations Oh Joon. (Logan Werlinger/GW Today)
Dean Linda Livingstone welcomes Korean Ambassador to the United Nations Oh Joon. (Logan Werlinger/GW Today)
Korean ambassador to the UN says climate change, other issues now are important parts of the institution’s development platform.
March 21, 2016
The United Nations’ approach to development continues to shift away from purely economic advances to encompass more social and justice issues, Korea’s ambassador to the UN told an audience at the George Washington University on Thursday.
 
During his lecture titled “Sustainable Development Goals: What does it mean to the world?” Ambassador Oh Joon said the UN was more single-minded when it launched 70 years ago amid the poverty and starvation that followed two world wars.
 
“The emphasis was, naturally, on economic growth. You need economic growth to feed people,” Mr. Oh told an audience of students, faculty, international development experts and members of the community.
 
The event was hosted by the GW School of Business and the International Council for Business (ICSB) at the Elliott School of International Affairs.