WCE 2023
Opening Ceremony Overview
Date & Time May 25 (Thu.), 2023 10:30 - 11:40
Place BEXCO Auditorium
Participation Scale More than 2,000 people for major international cities, international organizations, and business organizations in climate technology.
Main Program Opening performance, Welcome speech, Congratulatory speech, Keynote speech
Opening Speech/Welcome Speech
[Opening Speech]
Han Duk-soo
Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea
“As a responsible member of the international community, Korea must move forward together to respond to the climate crisis and achieve carbon neutrality. We hope that the launch of the Climate Industry International Expo will serve as another momentum in attracting the 2030 Busan World Expo. “
[Welcome Speech]
Park Heong-joon
Mayor of Busan Metropolitan City
“Carbon neutrality is becoming a reality in all areas of society, and disruptive innovation is needed to achieve actual carbon neutrality. We hope that this WCE will become a platform that creates innovative solutions and new business opportunities in the climate industry.”
[Welcome Speech]
Chey Tae-won
Chairman of the Korea Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI)
“As the 2030 Busan World Expo focuses on presenting a vision for a better future for all mankind, this expo is an opportunity for Korea to actively participate in responding to the climate crisis and to develop win-win measures through solidarity with the world. “It will be an opportunity to confirm that we are working hard to find a solution.”
[Congratulatory Speech]
Stephen Dunbar-Johnson
President of The New York Times Company International
“It is a great honor for The New York Times to participate in a timely manner at an event held in Busan, South Korea, regarding the climate crisis. “
Keynote Speaker Lineup
[Keynote Speaker]
The State of the Energy Transition: Implications for Energy Security and Geopolitics
Dr. Fatih Birol (Online)
Executive Director of International Energy Agency (IEA)
Dr. Fatih Birol has served as Executive Director of the International Energy Agency since 2015. Under his leadership, the IEA has moved to the forefront of global efforts to reach international climate goals, while maintaining energy security and ensuring that the social and economic impacts of clean energy transitions are at the heart of policy-making. Dr Birol took up his current position after rising through the ranks of the IEA over two decades. He has been named in the TIME100, TIME's annual list of the world's most influential people. He has also been named by Forbes as one of the most influential people in the world of energy and by the Financial Times as the Energy Personality of the Year.
[Keynote Speaker]
Low Carbon Power: Indispensable for clean and sustainable energy
Prof. Richard A. Muller
Emeritus Professor of UC Berkeley and Physicist
Richard A. Muller is the Professor of Physics Emeritus (U. California Berkeley) and the best-selling author of Physics for Future Presidents, Energy for Future Presidents, Now—the Physics of Time, and 7 other books including graduate-level text on climate. Muller is the Co-founder of Berkeley Earth, a non-profit that studies global warming and air pollution, and of Deep Isolation, a company that offers safe disposal of nuclear waste. He has published over 120 peer-reviewed articles in physic, astrophysics, geophysics, and climate. He has many awards including The Breakthrough Prize, The MacArthur Prize, National Science Foundation Waterman Award, and Atlantic’s Brave Thinker Award and Poder’s Courage Award.
(1) Opening Event
(Opening Remarks) Prime Minister Han Deok-soo (Welcome Speech) Choi Tae-won, Chairman of the Korea Chamber of Commerce and Industry
(Welcome Remarks) Park Hyeong-jun, Mayor of Busan Metropolitan City (Congratulatory Address) Stephen Dunbar-Johnson, President of International Division, NYT
(Keynote Speech) IEA Secretary General Fatih Birol (Keynote Speech) Richard Muller, Professor Emeritus at UC Berkeley
(Opening Performance) Busan City Dance Company
View of main guests and audience seats
Commemorative photo with major guests
Opening Ceremony VOD