Young-Woo Park, a national of the Republic of Korea, joined UNEP as the Regional Director of the Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific in October 2008. Young-Woo brings with him his long and vast experience working in environmental management and international cooperation both with governments and the private sector.
Before joining UNEP's Asia Pacific office, Young-Woo was the President of the Business Institute of Sustainable Development of the Korean Chamber of Commerce and Industry where he actively promoted sustainable development concepts and practices to businesses in South Korea.
He was Director General of International Cooperation in the Ministry of Environment of Korea. During his time there, Young-Woo played an active role in global environmental issues such as climate change and led the Korean delegation during bilateral and multilateral negotiations.
Young-Woo was also a member of a number of environmental committees related to environment including the Presidential Commission on Sustainable Development, the Green Citizens Committee of Seoul City and the Nuclear Power Evaluation Committee. In addition, he headed the Department of Cleaner Production Technology Development and Dissemination at the Korean National Cleaner Production Center and the Industrial Environment Department at Hyundai Institute of Eco-Management.
Young-Woo has PhD in Natural Resource and Environmental Economics from Iowa State University and a Master's Degree in Economics from Southern Illinois University.