By hosting the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, Seoul City is actively engaged in an urban diplomacy campaign with top foreign and urban figures.
First, top foreign public figures attending to the PyeongChang Winter Olympics will visit Seoul City Hall. Mayor Park Won-soon conferred an honorary citizenship to Poland’s President Andrzej Duda on February 8th, to Germany’s President Frank-Walter Steinmeier on February 9th, and will meet Finland’s Prime Minister Juha Sipilä on February 19th to discuss ways to expand urban exchanges and promote friendship with Seoul City.
On February 9th, Mayor Park Won-soon met Cai Qi, Beijing’s Communist Party Secretary and President of the Organizing Committee of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, to discuss a plan of future cooperation using a Seoul-Beijing Joint Commission, and reinforce cooperative exchange in relation with the 25th Anniversary of the establishment of the Seoul-Beijing Sisterhood in 2018.
Also, delegates of foreign sister cities invited by Seoul City to attend the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics will be visiting Seoul. Mayor Park Won-soon met Ulaanbaatar’s Mayor Batbold Sundui and Istanbul’s Mayor Merlut Uysal on February 9th, and Toshkent’s Mayor Rakhmonbek Usmanov on February 10th to discuss the interests of each city and a future plan of cooperation.
Besides, a total of 61 delegates from 16 cities around the world, including Paris, Amsterdam, Los Angeles, Budapest, Tokyo, Shandong, and Taipei, visited Seoul.
Each delegate visited Seoul City Hall on February 9th not only to inspect the TOPIS, but also to participate along with Mayor Park Won-soon and Deputy Mayor Kim Jong-wook in the Opening Ceremony of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics and support their teams. On February 10th, a night event of sister countries was held, including friendship and goodwill events between the participating cities.
Mayor Park Won-soon said that “Seoul, as a city that has successfully solved urban problems, is being demanded to carry out an active role in the international community”, and promised to “share Seoul’s outstanding policies with sister countries and with other foreign countries to solve the common problems of cities around the world.”