We Are Still on the Sewol Ferry.

Hope shouldn’t wither along with the flowers.
People’s hope, which lingers like a breeze,
will blossom into hope for all of us.

We are sorry. We are truly sorry.
And I will take the actions I have promised to take.

We are all still on the Sewol Ferry.
And we call out to those who are still there with us.

Da-yun,
Eun-hwa,
Hyeon-cheol,
Yeong-in,
Teacher Yang Seung-jin,
Teacher Ko Chang-seok,
Mr. Kwon Jae-geun and Hyeok-gyu (father and son), and
Ms. Lee Young-suk,

#SewolFerry #Seoul #ParkWonSoon #WeWillNotForget #WeWillAct
#We_Are_Still_On_the_Sewol_Ferry




The 96th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Provisional Government of the Republic of Korea

How was the beginning of your week?

Whether you’re thinking about what to do after work, or upset about having to work overtime, I hope that you have an umbrella, since there is a good chance that it’s going to rain today.

And along with your umbrella, I also hope that you remember what I am about to tell you below:

Exactly 96 years ago today, patriotic martyrs of our country gathered together in Shanghai, China, to secure the independence of our country. They established the Provisional Government of the Republic of Korea.

In the preamble of the Constitution of the Republic of Korea, it states, “We, the people of Korea, proud of a resplendent history and traditions dating from time immemorial, upholding the cause of the Provisional Government of the Republic of Korea, born of the March 1st Independence Movement of 1919…”

Thanks to their sacrifice and devotion, we were able to establish the government of the Republic of Korea after the liberation of our country.

When I visited China in November last year, the very first thing on my schedule was a meeting with the descendants of national independence workers residing in China. Following that, I visited the site of the Provisional Government in Shanghai and wrote in the guestbook: “A nation that forgets its past has no future.”

The words of “Baekbeom” Kim Koo, who served as the first premier of the Provisional Government of the Republic of Korea, still echo in our hearts, presenting us with questions and making us feel ashamed for how we lead our lives today.

“I want to be the gatekeeper of the Provisional Government. I want to do whatever I can to make my only dream, our national independence, come true.”

“Watching the Japanese working day and night to swallow someone else’s nation, I asked myself, ‘Have I ever worked as hard as those Japanese?’ And tears of shame filled my eyes.”

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#Seoul #ProvisionalGovernmentoftheRepublicofKorea #ParkWonSoon #Nation #BaekbeomKimKoo #Gatekeeper




Sewol Ferry, We Will Never Forget.

I would like to bring up a topic for us all to talk about and think over throughout the week, and I hope that everyone keeps it in mind when on their way to work in the morning.

The Sewol Ferry tragedy has left us with many questions, and I hope that we can find answers to these questions this week.

I hope that this will be a time for us to resolve to act without forgetting.

I also make a resolution to act, once again, through my choice of background image and profile picture on my social networking website, as well as by making the first post after the tragedy on April 16.

We are sorry. We are truly sorry…

About the fact that the Sewol Ferry tragedy, which should not have occurred, actually happened, leaving us with 295 victims, 9 missing, and 172 survivors;

About the fact that it made the families of the missing make the saddest wish in the world—to wish that they were one of the families of the deceased;

About the fact that the truth of this horrible tragedy, which will be remembered forever, still has not been ascertained.

We will remember…

The broken hearts of the families of the missing who wish to be one of the families of the deceased;

The voices of the people of our nation, requesting that the truth be revealed to give the families of the victims some closure;

The reason for the existence of a political system that declares, “A nation must cherish the lives of its people;”

The righteous actions of the late crew member Park Ji-yeong, teacher Choi Hye-jung, and other passengers who did what they could until the very end;

The devotion and sacrifice of volunteers all across the nation who were united by their sadness, anger, and shame.

We pledge and resolve to act…

To do my best as the Mayor of Seoul to console the families of the victims and do what I can for the survivors;

To do my best as the head of a family and a father of a son and a daughter to find those who are still missing;

To always consider the role and the reason for the existence of a nation, and act on it as an administrator and a politician.

It’s not over until it’s over.

And we will keep hoping for the nine people who have yet to return to us.

Da-yun
Eun-hwa
Hyeon-cheol
Yeong-in
Teacher Yang Seung-jin
Teacher Ko Chang-seok
Kwon Jae-geun and Kwon Hyeok-gu (father and son)
Ms. Lee Yeong-suk

#SewolFerry #WeWillNeverForget #What_is_the_role_and_the_reason_for_the_existence_of_a_nation? #ParkWonSoon #Seoul




The Four Days and Three Nights of the ICLEI World Congress Are Over.

Time seemed to fly by in Seoul during the ICLEI World Congress. After today’s closing ceremony, the four days and three nights of the ICLEI World Congress finally came to an end.

As the city that chaired the World Congress, we will be the first to implement the measures and act on the proposals announced in the Seoul Declaration.

On my blog, I summarized the busy four-day, three-night World Congress, including the election of the president of the ICLEI, the adoption of the Seoul Declaration, and the introduction of the UN.

Please spread the news about the great things that happened in Seoul these past several days.

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#SeoulDeclaration #ICLEI #ParkWonSoon #SustainableCity #Seoul




World’s Cities Adopt the Seoul Declaration to “Reduce Greenhouse Gas”

We declare that, in the name of Seoul, we will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and lead sustainable development. This “Seoul Declaration” was my first act as the president of the ICLEI.

And Seoul will be the first to act.

As the president of the ICLEI and the mayor of the city that hosted the ICLEI World Congress 2015, I would like to extend my gratitude once again regarding the adoption of the Seoul Declaration, which will serve as a touchstone for all cities around the world.

Here, today, we agreed on our responsibilities regarding climate change and came to a consensus on the greater importance of the roles of cities over those of nations. Furthermore, we announced the Seoul Declaration, which contains greenhouse gas reduction goals for the world and specific action plans for achieving sustainable development.

If all cities eagerly take part in reducing greenhouse gas emissions in accordance with the Seoul Declaration and the Seoul Action Plan, which will be discussed tomorrow, I believe that we can play a huge role in drawing up an agreement among nations at the UNFCCC’s COP in Paris this December.

In the first half of 2015, the parties to the UNFCCC are expected to propose greenhouse gas reduction targets that take into account the unique conditions and capabilities of each country.

And I urge all parties to uphold their commitments.

Moreover, I believe that cities need to establish long-term reduction goals so that their nations may reach their targets as well.

With our effort and participation, the principle of sustainable development written in the Seoul Declaration will act as a compass for sustainable cities in the future.
In addition, continuing the in-depth discussion presented at the UN Climate Summit held in September last year, we will discuss the role of cities more specifically at the Mayors Forum, which will be attended by citizens of nations around the world.

At the Mayors Forum, I hope that we can discuss specific means of realizing the Seoul Declaration and announce the Seoul Action Plan.

In an effort to aid the realization of the Seoul Declaration, we will present the “Seoul Pledge,” which is the commitment of the ten million citizens of Seoul to address climate change.

Gathering together the will of the mayors of cities around the world, I once again would like to call upon the nations at UNFCCC COP 21 to agree on the New Climate Regime.

I am certain that the desires, expectations, and passionate efforts of all of us gathered here today will result in substantial achievements.

Also, I hope that the results of the ICLEI World Congress in Seoul will spread throughout the world, so that when we meet again in three years, people all around the world will be able to agree that the cities that we live in are no longer the cause of global warming but “rescue teams” working to save the Earth.

Once again, I hope that mayors of cities around the world will actively implement the measures proposed by the Seoul Declaration, and I pray that they report the results of those measures to the Congress.

Thank you.

YTN Live Video Clip of the Announcement of the Seoul Declaration

https://youtu.be/zofrp89PKwk

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#Seoul #Environment #ParkWonSoon




I was elected as the president of the ICLEI.

I was given the honor of being elected as the new president of ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability, the world’s largest, leading international cooperative network in the climate and environmental sector, with a membership of over 1,200 cities and local governments from 87 nations.

Thanks to the help of Seoul citizens, Seoul’s environmental policies have been recognized by the international community, which helped me become the president of the ICLEI.

Now, I would like to share this honor with all the citizens of Seoul.

And Seoul’s standards will now be adopted by the rest of the world.

For the next three years (2015-2018), I will preside over the ICLEI Board of Directors meetings and Global Executive Committee meetings as the president of the ICLEI, and will attend high-level international events in major intergovernmental conferences, such as the UN General Assembly and UNFCCC’s COP. As such, I will help coordinate environmental policies and lead Seoul’s urban diplomacy, telling the world about Seoul’s environmental policies.

As the president of the ICLEI, I will share with the world the achievements of the ICLEI World Congress, which began in Seoul today, at UNFCCC’s COP in Paris in December, when the New Climate Regime (Post-2020) is expected to be launched.

As I mentioned in my inaugural speech, I will:
▴ strengthen sharing, cooperation, and connection among the world’s cities and local governments;
▴ present the greenhouse gas reduction goals and specific action plans of various cities to the international community; and
▴ share Seoul’s brand image and expertise with sustainable development.

Read Mayor Park Won Soon’s Inaugural Speech:

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#ParkWonSoon #ICLEI #Seoul #Environment




Is There Anything You Wish Were a Lie?

Is there anything you wish were a lie?
For me, it is the fact that Subway Line No. 9 is still very crowded.
I mention lies because tomorrow is April Fool’s Day.

Today, Subway Line No. 9 is still very crowded.
So, if possible, please take the free buses offered by Seoul City or go to work 10 minutes earlier than usual.
Taking the regular train instead of the express train would also be helpful.

The city government’s safety guards have already been placed at each station to protect the safety of Seoul citizens.

I will always endeavor to be a mayor who closely watches over you and protects you.




Seoul Metropolitan Government’s Public Sector Innovation Measures

– The number of crimes committed by public officials has dropped by about 86 percent, while the number of cases of corruption and irregularities committed by public officials reported through hotlines has increased more than ten-fold.

– Approximately 73 percent of citizens responded that “It will have a positive impact on raising the citizens’ trust in the public sector,” and nearly 82 percent of Seoul City officials responded that “It has improved the level of integrity in the public sector.”

This positive change is being driven by the “Park Won Soon Act.” In August 2014, the Seoul Metropolitan Government Public Sector Innovation Measures were announced, and the Seoul City Public Officials Code of Conduct and Disciplinary Rules were revised the following October. In March 2015, the city government set up a specific action plan to replace the Kim Young-ran Act with the Park Won Soon Act.

The Seoul Metropolitan Government Public Sector Innovation Measures (a.k.a. the Park Won Soon Act) are as follows: ① establish a new system that mitigates the conflicts of interest between the public and private sector; ② set up a system to eradicate fraud and illicit solicitation; ③ strengthen the “one-strike” system for public officials receiving bribes; ④ reinforce the safety management system and the responsibility of high-level public officials; and ⑤ establish measures to root out corrupt officials (e.g. re-employment of retired public officials, etc.)

On March 31, six months after the launch of the Park Won Soon Act, the city government will carefully examine the performance, limitations, and future direction of these innovative changes in the public sector, taking the leading role in setting standards of ethical conduct that meet the expectations of Seoul citizens.




Seoul Metropolitan Government’s Public Sector Innovation Measures

– The number of crimes committed by public officials has dropped by about 86 percent, while the number of cases of corruption and irregularities committed by public officials reported through hotlines has increased more than ten-fold.

– Approximately 73 percent of citizens responded that “It will have a positive impact on raising the citizens’ trust in the public sector,” and nearly 82 percent of Seoul City officials responded that “It has improved the level of integrity in the public sector.”

This positive change is being driven by the “Park Won Soon Act.” In August 2014, the Seoul Metropolitan Government Public Sector Innovation Measures were announced, and the Seoul City Public Officials Code of Conduct and Disciplinary Rules were revised the following October. In March 2015, the city government set up a specific action plan to replace the Kim Young-ran Act with the Park Won Soon Act.

The Seoul Metropolitan Government Public Sector Innovation Measures (a.k.a. the Park Won Soon Act) are as follows: ① establish a new system that mitigates the conflicts of interest between the public and private sector; ② set up a system to eradicate fraud and illicit solicitation; ③ strengthen the “one-strike” system for public officials receiving bribes; ④ reinforce the safety management system and the responsibility of high-level public officials; and ⑤ establish measures to root out corrupt officials (e.g. re-employment of retired public officials, etc.)

On March 31, six months after the launch of the Park Won Soon Act, the city government will carefully examine the performance, limitations, and future direction of these innovative changes in the public sector, taking the leading role in setting standards of ethical conduct that meet the expectations of Seoul citizens.




This is the Operations Control Center at Gaehwa Station on Subway Line No. 9.

This is the operations control center at Gaehwa Station on Subway Line No. 9.
For the safety and convenience of Seoul citizens, safety guards will be placed at major transfer stations and alternative buses will be operated along the subway route and inspected one-by-one. Also, the operations control center at Gaehwa Station will ensure that all passengers are kept safe during the rush hours.

#Subway Line No. 9 #Seoul City #Park Won Soon




Seoul Citizens, Please Share the News through Your Social Networking Sites (Kakao Story, Facebook, and Twitter).

Seoul citizens, please share the news through your social networking sites (Kakao Story, Facebook, and Twitter).

There is an old saying in India that goes, “Friends are those who always help in your time of need.” Will you be such a friend to Seoul City?

I would like to ask you to share the following article on your social networking sites, such as Kakao Story, Facebook, and Twitter.

This act of sharing will help make Seoul a safer city.

After your acts of sharing through social media (such as “Retweeting” on Twitter, “Liking” on Facebook, and “Emotion” on Kakao Story), Seoul City’s debt to you will be repaid by making Seoul a safer city to live.

I promise to be a mayor who is closely connected with all of you—the citizens of this city.

The new extension of Subway Line No. 9 entered operation yesterday, and the relevant officials spent the whole day checking its operational status and held an in-depth discussion with the authorities concerned to mitigate the issue of over-crowding. After the meeting, I took both the regular and express trains from Gaehwa Station to Jamsil Sports Complex Station.

However, there is still much room for improvement, and additional measures are needed to increase the number of subway cars, but I and the Seoul Metropolitan Government strongly believe that the inconvenience of over-crowding can be reduced if we bring our wisdom together. I promise to stand with you throughout our efforts to normalize the operations of Line 9.

An on-site mayor’s office will be set up at the operations control center at Gaehwa Station on Subway Line No. 9. Here, I will hold meetings, inspect the operational status of Line 9, and sleep on a makeshift bed. From early morning every day, I will verify whether the measures to address rush-hour over-crowding are being carried out properly and in a timely manner.

I will keep the citizens’ mornings—the start of their days—as safe as I can.

Now, I would like to ask you all for one more favor.

There is so much to explain, but now is not the time to place blame for this state of affairs. Regardless, as mayor, I am the one who should be held accountable. Thus, in order to stabilize the operations of the second section of Line 9, the Seoul Metropolitan Government and I firmly decided to make all possible efforts to reduce over-crowding. As such, we have declared a “period of emergency.”

During this period, the number of safety guards has been increased five-fold to 460 people, from the previous 91, across 30 stations. Among the stations, the most crowded—Gimpo Airport Station, Gayang Station, Yeomchang Station, and Dangsan Station—will have a total of 200 safety guards (50 in each station) and will be carefully monitored and managed by the relevant offices.

The city safety guards in each station will guide passengers to use other forms of public transportation depending on the severity of over-crowding and manage the flow of commuters at the ticket gates and subway exits in order to secure the safety of subway users.

We ask for your understanding during our efforts to increase the safety of citizens during the rush hours on Subway Line No. 9. The guidance provided by the safety guards in each station is for the safety of all subway users, so please follow their instructions.

In addition, please join us in the implementation of the measures to disperse the crowds.

Furthermore, nearly 100 buses will be provided free of charge as alternative means of transportation to alleviate over-crowding.

– Commuter express bus (Bus No. 8663): The number of buses will be increased from 15 to 19, and the interval between buses will be reduced to 2 to 3 minutes from 3 to 4 minutes. The buses will operate at five stations: Gayang Station, Yeomchang Station, Dangsan Station, National Assembly Station, and Yeouido Station.

– Commuter direct bus: About 30 new buses will go into operation. The buses will directly connect Gimpo Airport Station (Exit #4), Gayang Station (Exit #10), and Yeomchang Station (Exit #4) with National Assembly Station or Yeouido Station. Also, some 28 city and district buses will be allocated in case of emergency.

– Chartered commuter bus: If more than 20 passengers apply, a charter bus will be operated free of charge from Gimpo Airport Station, Gayang Station, and Yeomchang Station. The charter bus application will be made available through social networking sites from April 3.

We understand that we should have taken steps to avoid this situation in the first place; therefore, all Seoul City officials will dedicate themselves to ensuring the safety of all Seoul citizens under any circumstances during this time. And I will strive to be a mayor who shares in the joy, anger, sorrow, and pleasure of you, the citizens, at all times.

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This is the Operations Control Center at Gaehwa Station on Subway Line No. 9

This is the operations control center at Gaehwa Station on Subway Line No. 9.

For the safety and convenience of Seoul citizens, safety guards will be placed at major transfer stations and alternative buses will be operated along the subway route and inspected one-by-one. Also, the operations control center at Gaehwa Station will ensure that all passengers are kept safe during the rush hours.

#Subway Line No. 9 #Seoul City #Park Won Soon