[Fifteen Foreigners Awarded Certificate of Honorary Citizenship of Seoul at the Honorary Citizens of Seoul Day Celebrations on 28 September]
Mayor of Seoul Park Won Soon awarded Certificates of Honorary Citizenship of Seoul to fifteen foreigners from thirteen countries selected by the city as ‘2013 Honorary Citizens of Seoul’ at Sejong Hall, Sejong Arts Center, on Oct 28th (Mon).
Since 1958, Seoul, as a leading global city, has been awarding Certificates of Honorary Citizenship of Seoul to foreigners who have helped strengthened Seoul’s foundation for international exchange or contributed to the city’s development, as well as to foreign sovereigns, heads of state, and diplomatic delegations who have visited Seoul, to show its appreciation and build cooperative friendships. So far, 679 foreign nationals from 93 countries have received the Certificate of Honorary Citizen of Seoul.
[Consisted of persons in various areas including ’70s Cheonggyecheon creek poverty activist, safety guardian, leader of investment attraction, human rights activists, etc]
Among the prominent figures selected as an honorary citizen is former Japanese minister Nomura Motoyuki, who was hailed as the ‘Saint of Cheonggye Creek’ for his poverty relief activities around Cheonggye Creek in the 1970s and who still loves Korea dearly after more than four decades. In 2006, he donated around 800 historic artifacts to Seoul, including photos of Cheonggye Creek and a map of Seoul, items important in researching the 1970s history of Cheonggye Creek and the city. Seoul Metropolitan Government will exhibit around forty of the donated items under the theme of ‘Grandpa Nomura’s Love for Seoul’ in the 1st floor lobby of the City Hall Main Building from Oct. 28(Mon) to Nov. 10(Sun). The souvenir shed light the on the way of life and the difficulties facing people living around Cheonggye Creek in the 1970s and images of Seoul as it was then.
Bradley Kent Buckwalter, CEO of ADT Caps Korea, a security business, assisted services in low cost for low-income family females while also dispatching professional force as school security, another generous sharing. Richard Hill, CEO of SC Finance Group Korea, helped finance the production of audio books for the visually disabled, while, as the first foreign vice president of the Korea Football Association, he not only ardently supports volunteer work and cultural activities such as the youth football program, but is also an avid supporter of Seoul Metropolitan Government’s policies.
Amy Jean Jackson, the president of the American Chamber of Commerce in Korea, strived to enhance cooperation between foreign corporations and Korean corporations. Also, Anatoly V. Torkunov, Dean of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations, Russia’s best international relations expert and top authority on Korean peninsula issues, published numerous books on Korean studies including Korean History, The Post-War Transformation of the Korean Peninsula’, while Hosaniak Joanna Zenona, vice deputy director general of the Citizens’ Alliance for North Korean Human Rights, was selected as an honorary citizen for her support for the protection of North Korean citizens’ human rights and their settlement in South Korea.
Milkos Lengyel, a former Hungarian Ambassador to Korea, to promoted active exchange and cooperative relations between Seoul and Budapest, while the Spanish priest Jose Maria Blanco Arriba and the Mexican priest Ramiro Zuniga Garibay devoted their whole life to fulfilling the needs of others as Catholics. They were not only dedicated to helping minorities but also contributed to youth education and cultural interchange in their mother countries and Korea.
List of 2013 Honorary Citizens
(Year of Birth)
|○ Attained medals from domestic & abroad, contributed to development of Taekwondo, through PR in Nepal, etc|
|2||Osman Mohamed Adam|
|○ Introduced Korean culture such as art, as well as our society, economy, etc to the Middle East; translation & interpretation|
|3||Sull Madalena Maragni|
|○ Has been living in Seoul for more than 20 years, acting as a cultural ambassador between Korea-Brazil|
(Principal of German International School)
|○ Actively participated and showed great operational skills in events between Germany-Korea|
|5||Wang Chong Bing|
(CEO of a Travel Agency)
|○ Promoted the tourism product that fussed culture and art together, 「Tourism Hub Seoul」|
|6||Buckwalter Bradley Kent|
(CEO of ADT Caps)
|○ Acted out sharing and volunteering for safer Seoul|
○ Contributed to promoting Korea and the globalization
|7||Jackson, Amy Jean|
(President American Chamber of Commerce in Korea)of
|○Contributed to attracting foreign businesses in Seoul as well as Korean companies entering U.S. market|
(CEO of Korea Standard Chartered Finance Group)
|○ Contributed to Seoul’s economic development, improvement in quality of life, and international PR|
|9||Baye Boucar Diouf|
(Professor at Kyung Hee University)
|○ Contributed to the fortification of Seoul Citizen-Senegalese relations|
|○ Worked on Korea-related issues for around 20 years dedicated to the betterment of Korea-Hungary diplomacy and cooperative friendship|
|11||Ramiro Zuniga Garibay|
|○ Consulted students as a priest, advisor, and professor; acted as a bridge of Korea-Mexico cultural interchange|
|12||Hosaniak Joanna Zenona|
(NGO Vice Deputy Dirctor General)
|○ Strived to enhance the human rights of North Koreans and for their settlement in South Korea|
|13||Jose Maria Blanco Arriba|
|○ Have dedicated 22 years for the development of the minorities|
|14||Anatoly V. Torkunov|
(Dean of Moscow State Institute of International Relations)
|○ Contributed to the solid KOR-RUS political, social, scientific cooperation|
|○ Acted on poverty relief activities through fundraising activities in Germany, Australia, etc since the ‘70s. Achievements include provision of food for more than 2,000 children and establishment of self-support community day care center, etc○ Donated 826 important items for the research on history of ‘70s Cheonggye creek and Seoul Metropolitan Government|