CIFAL Jeju (South Korea) was established in 2010, to build regional and local governments capacities for green growth and human security through an annual series of specialised workshops. Based in South Korea’s southern most territory, Jeju Special Self-Governing Province, which has been designated as the “Island of World Peace” by the Korean government in 2005, CIFAL Jeju shares South Korea’s expertise in green growth and human security, to exchange knowledge and good practices and to strengthen City-to-City Cooperation (C2C) in the region.

Scope: Asia-Pacific

Thematic Areas:

  • Urban Governance and Planning
  • Economic Development
  • Social Inclusion
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Capacity for Agenda 2030


  • Sustainable Waste Management
  • Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Migration/Human Trafficking 
  • Youth Leadership
  • Sustainable Tourism 
  • Green City Planning
  • Green Technology Transfer

CIFAL Jeju Director


Ambassador Hong-ghi Choi

Ambassador Hong-ghi Choi received a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Seoul National University, Seoul, Republic of Korea (1984), and studied at Davidson College, North Carolina, U.S.A. (1990).

He joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea in 1984. For the period between 1991 and 1999, he was appointed to serve at the Korean Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York, U.S.A., and Korean Embassy in Ethiopia and then in Austria.

At the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), he served as the Director for Planning and Budget in 2002, and as the Director for the Disarmament and Nonproliferation Division in 2003.

Then, in 2004, he served as Counsellor to the Korean Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York, U.S.A.

Later on, in 2007, he worked as Deputy Director-General for Foreign Affairs at the Office for Government Policy Coordination at the Prime Minister’s Office. He also served as the Principal Secretary to the National Assembly Speaker in 2008, and as Director-General of the International Policy Bureau at the Ministry of National Defense in 2011.

In 2013 he was appointed as the Ambassador to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. He also served as the Ambassador for International Security Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2017, and the Ambassador to Turkey in 2018.

Ambassador Hong-ghi Choi currently serves as the fifth director of UNITAR CIFAL Jeju / Jeju International Training Center (JITC).

Contact information

Tel: +82 64 735 6585
Address: 227-24 Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do,
697-858 Republic of Korea

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