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 Young-sam Ma

Ambassador Young-sam Ma

Ambassador Young-sam Ma was born and educated in Korea. He majored in International Relations at Korea University and obtained his master’s degree at Georgetown University. He joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1981 and served in Washington, D.C., Bangladesh and at the Mission to the UN. He worked as the Ambassador to Israel and also as the Head Representative to Palestine. His last foreign service was the Ambassador to Denmark.

At the headquarters of the Foreign Ministry, he served as the Director of UN Human Rights and Social Affairs Division and the Director-General of Middle Eastern and African Affairs Bureau. He was also appointed as the first Ambassador for Public Diplomacy.

He has experience in working in the field of sports. He is an international umpire as well as international referee of the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF).

He was elected as a Co-Chair of International Working Group on Sport and Persons with Disabilities affiliated to the United Nations Office on Sport for Development and Peace in 2014.

He retired from the Korean government in 2016 and has been serving as the third Director of the CIFAL Jeju / JITC since February 1, 2017.

Contact us

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