A city where vinyl bags are banned by law, a city where residents transform garbage dumps into gardens, a city where air is cleaned by collecting fine dust….
This is the profile of cities that are taking part in the final round of the International Awards for Liveable Communities, which will kick off in the Songpa district on October 27, 2011. The secrets of success of the world’s best eco-friendly cities, which have worked to protect the earth and create a habitable urban environment, will be introduced at the Jamsil Lotte Hotel during the five-day conference.
The LivCom Awards, which were launched in 1997 and are thus marking their 15th edition this year, constitute a prestigious international contest in which exemplary cases of innovation and leadership by cities that have strived to create environmentally energetic and sustainable local communities are evaluated and honored with prizes. The awards are the only event open to all cities worldwide among the 11 partnership awards recognized by the United Nations Environment Program.
At this year’s LivCom Awards, 338 cities in 37 countries, the largest number ever, competed in the preliminary round of competition, with 77 cities in 26 countries making it to the final round. The list of finalists includes Dubai (United Arab Emirates), Albuquerque (U.S.A.), Johannesburg (South Africa), Bilbao (Spain), Bordeaux (France), and Helsinki (Finland).
With a view to holding the Songpa event as a practical green convention, Songpa ward office has completed all the practical preparations accordingly. The ward boldly cancelled less important or unnecessary events, and successfully cut the required budget by nearly 40 percent from the original projection. Living up to the conceptual goal of the event, the ward office is proactively utilizing IT technologies, and plans to host the event by consuming a minimum amount of disposable materials and paper documents.
The award ceremony will be held along with a celebratory dinner at Lotte Hotel’s Crystal Ballroom at 7 pm on October 31, the final day of the event. The Songpa ward office has opened all the presentation sessions of this contest to the public in order to allow citizens to take part. (Inquiries: http://livcom.songpa.go.kr/eng/index.asp / +82-2-2147-2100).
In addition, the 2011 Hanseong Baekje Culture Festival will take place at major historical sites in the Songpa district, including Olympic Park and Seokchon Gobun (ancient tombs) from October 28 to 30. Scheduled in time with this year’s LivCom Awards in Songpa, the three-day festival is expected to become a tradition and a cultural extravaganza that will attract numerous international visitors, including mayors from 77 cities around the world.