With the holding of the ICLEI (International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives) World Congress 2015 just around the corner, mayors from all around the world are expected to visit Seoul.
ICLEI was first convened at the UN headquarters, in New York, in 1990 and has been held every three years, making visible achievements by protecting the environment and ensuring sustainable development through local activities. Also, it connects local governments with the international community, supports the actions taken at a local level, seeks creative measures, and submits action plans formulated by local environmental groups, in relation to environmental protection, to the UN. The ICLEI World Congress 2015, which will be held from April 8 to 12, will become the world’s largest congress for discussing matters related to climate change and sustainable development, in addition to holding the significance of inviting more than 1,000 ICLEI member cities to Seoul with 10 million people.
In order to cut carbon emissions, the main culprit of global warming, the “Global Environment Guard” will gather at Seoul Plaza. This campaign aims to herald the holding of the ICLEI World Congress 2015 while conducting an awareness campaign to reduce carbon emissions through daily practices – unplugging electrical cords, using recyclable cups, planting trees, and driving in an eco-friendly, efficient way.
Moreover, the campaign will be held near the ice skating rink at Seoul Plaza and a photo event for families and friends, who show their willingness to partake in the campaign, will be conducted.
For more information about the ICLEI: http://english.seoul.go.kr/policy-information/environment-energy/climate-environment/iclei/