Director Park Jong-ho of the Korea Forest Service signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the U.N. Habitat Korea Committee* (Chairman Park Soo-Hyun) at the Forest Vision Center in Seoul on July 24 to create jobs for young people in the forest sector and develop youth policies.
Through this agreement, the Korea Forest Service and the U.N. Habitat Commission will support a cooperative system for young people to enter overseas markets, such as exchange of international cooperation in the forest sector and sharing of best practices in foreign and domestic areas, and provide cooperation for creating jobs for young people and revitalizing mountain villages, as well as developing youth policies in the forest sector and providing various opportunities for young people such as youth forestry workers and college students.
The Korea Forest Service has prepared a department dedicated to youth policy jobs (forest job start-up team of the Forest Industry Policy Bureau) to provide youth employment and start-ups, support jobs, establish cooperative systems in the fields of mountain villages and forest welfare, and support them continuously.
The Korean Committee of the United Nations Habitat has presented the direction of urban and regional development for 'sustainable cities and communities', recognizing the potential of young people, and promoting inclusive development centered on young people, and has signed business agreements with various agencies since the approval of the National Committee on June 7, 2019 to carry out cooperation projects on urban, youth and job issues.
Park Soo-Hyun, chairman of the U.N. Habitat's Korean Committee, said, "We need to expand the recognition framework that only looked at forests as objects of protection and management and co-exist with forests and humans, especially the youth of our time. We will actively cooperate with the Korea Forest Service for sustainable green growth."
Park Jong-ho, head of the Korea Forest Service, said, "We will make efforts with the Korean Committee of the United Nations Habitat to help young people in the future for workplaces, living places, and shelters," adding, "We will make efforts to realize various values sought by young people in the forest sector."
* U.N. Habitat Korean Committee
The Korean Committee of the United Nations Habitat is the world's first and only national committee of the United Nations Habitat, an international organization under the United Nations established for sustainable urban development, officially registered with the National Assembly Secretariat on September 27, 2019, and officially launched on November 13, 2019