June 3, 2015
Goldman Prize Executive and Deputy Directors, David Gordon and Lorrae Rominger, recently attended the 4th Annual Green Asia Forum in Seoul, South Korea as part of the Goldman Prize’s pilot networking program.
The annual Forum is organized by 1995 Goldman Prize winner Yul Choi and his organization the Korea Green Foundation (KGF). KGF has been organizing the Green Asia Forum since 2012, and since its inception a handful of Goldman Prize winners have been able to attend each year. This year, the Goldman Prize partnered with KGF to provide funding for Prize winner travel to the Forum, resulting in 10 Prize winners being able to participate in the event.
In addition to Yul Choi, Prize winners in attendance included: Azzam Alwash, Iraq, 2013; Von Hernandez, Philippines, 2003; Michal Kravcik, Slovakia, 1999; Dmitry Lisitsyn, Russia, 2011; Rudi Putra, Indonesia, 2014; Tuy Sereivathana, Cambodia, 2010; Andrew Simmons, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, 1994; Craig Williams, USA, 2006; Myint Zaw, Myanmar, 2015.
While in Korea, Prize winners had the opportunity to participate in discussions with university students and Korean NGOs, presented talks as part of the official Green Asia Forum, and visited the National Institute of Ecology. The Forum also highlighted the urgent issues of climate change and transitioning to renewable energy, though a formal declaration/resolution was not released.
Additionally, the Goldman Prize sponsored a Prize Winner networking dinner, which allowed for in-depth discussions among Prize winners and facilitated connections among them. Prize winners welcomed the Prize’s initiatives to support former Prize winners and confirmed their significant interest in networking together. Through our pilot networking program, we are working to identify more opportunities for collaboration in the future. Stay tuned!
See more photos from the event below: