[2012] Mayor’s Speech

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  • Administration that Brings Happiness to the 10 Million Citizens of Seoul

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  • Presentation on cases of excellent administration by gu offices in 2012

    Date: May 10, 2012
    Venue: Seoul Human Resource Development Center

    Hello, everyone! I am Park Won Soon, the mayor of Seoul. I would like to congratulate the six gu offices that received awards and offer my gratitude for the efforts of the staff of the gu offices that did not win an award. Also, I extend my sincere appreciation to the Parents Chamsori Group (on-site school monitoring group), library-related organizations, students of the University of Seoul, municipal administration monitoring groups, volunteers, resident committee members, and professional assessment groups. I would also like to thank the heads and staff of the districts of Nowon, Eunpyeong, Yeongdeungpo, and Gwanak for taking time out of their busy schedules to come here today.

    Today, you are the leaders of Seoul City. The ten works you have presented here will bring greater happiness to the lives of Seoul’s 10 million citizens. Your sincere and interesting performances, which seemed like stage auditions by professional actors, were received with great excitement by the audience, making the festival a great success. You created such wonderful harmony. It is surprising to find that our administrative services provided by public institutions can be as interesting as popular television programs, such as I Am a Singer or Superstar K, and generate so much laughter and hope.

    In fact, as you well know, there was no winner and no team was eliminated. Your passion and deeply moving stories truly moved us and created happiness and hope for a brighter future. Rankings have no meaning at a time like this.

    Today’s theme was related to small libraries. As you are aware, I am particularly interested in this issue. Seeing how well you have done so far, I look forward to your continued interest and attention going forward.

    There is a saying, “If you want to see the past of a country, go to a museum, but if you wish to see the future of the nation, go to a library.”

    I hope that we can build many libraries that are convenient for all residents to use, where there is no discrimination or restrictions, and that inspire us with hope for the future. I also hope that we carefully cultivate and develop these libraries like a flower garden. They are the foundation for the future of our children and for Seoul. John Pulitzer was born in a poor family in Hungary, and never attended school . He immigrated to the United States, where he worked as a day laborer 16 hours a day. He often complained of having no money to buy books, until one day he discovered that libraries were free. For four hours a day, he read books voraciously at a local library. He eventually became a journalist, joined Congress as a lawmaker, and founded the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Now, he is famous for being the man who founded the Pulitzer Prize. These days, many youths have become pessimistic because of the bleak future they see before them. But please tell them that, like libraries, miracles are free.

    Today five gu offices gave presentations on freely chosen topics, and I was very impressed. As the rainy season is just around the corner, I hope the efforts of Guro-gu to reduce flood damage will yield tangible results. In addition, the after-school activity program of Eunpyeong-gu, the electronic administration of Yangcheon-gu, the suicide prevention project of Nowon-gu, and the measures for the homeless of Yeongdeungpo-gu appealed to me because I myself have thought of those ideas as well. I expect these undertakings to help ensure urban safety and promote welfare and culture, which are the basis of creating better lives for the citizens.

    Going forward, I hope this fantastic event will be increasingly more successful and bring more enthusiasm and passion each year it is held, thereby raising Seoul’s happiness index and allowing government employees to find more pleasure in their work. With summer very near, it is getting quite hot and humid. In just ten days, we will have Soman, meaning that all creatures grow and become full under sufficient sunlight. I hope each of you enjoy happiness and pleasure in your endeavors. Thank you.

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