Mayor Park Won-soon is visiting New York, Montreal, and San Francisco from Sept. 4 until Sept. 12 to attend the second meeting of the Global Social Economy Forum (GSEF) held from Sept. 7 to 9 in Montreal, Canada (The forum was launched in Seoul in 2014); also, he is going to attend a special event held to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the sisterly ties formed between Seoul and San Francisco. During the visit, he will discuss with officials of the three cities matters concerning how to expand social economy, urban regeneration, and how to increase jobs for young people.
As the chairman of the GSEF, Mr. Park Won-soon will propose the use of an increased social economy to overcome the current global economic crisis, and will strive to have the GSEF, which is the only international networking platform in the social economy sector, recognized as an international body with practical influence. During the visit to North America, he will also visit places where jobs for young people are being created.
In San Francisco, he and San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee will attend a special event associated with Seoul Day in San Francisco, designed to build stronger friendships between the people of the two cities.
Commenting on his visit to North America, the Seoul Mayor said, “I will avail myself of this visit as a new momentum for jointly striving towards collaboration, and to brace for the “new normal” era, when factors like low growth, high unemployment rate, and high risks become commonplace.”