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SEOUL, December 12, 2017 – Mayor Park Won-Soon has set off on a visit to Paris to attend the One Planet Summit that will be held on December 12 (local time) in France.
The Summit is organized by the French Government, the United Nations, and the World Bank to celebrate the second anniversary of the Paris Climate Change Agreement. It will also examine implementations of the Agreement and come up with follow-up measures.
The Paris Agreement is a global agreement on the reduction of climate change that was adopted by a consensus of the representatives of the 195 countries gathered in Paris on December 12, 2015. The agreement set a goal of limiting global warming to “well below 2 °C” Celsius compared to pre-industrial levels.
French President Emmanuel Macron and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo officially invited Mayor Park to attend the event as the President of ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, founded in 1990 as the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives. It is an international organization of 1,174 cities and local governments around the world that have made a commitment to tackle the climate change.
At the roundtable panel discussion III session to be held at 11:20 a.m. on December 12 (local time), Mayor Park will attend as a speaker to stress out the importance of the local governments’ role and citizen’s engagement in fighting climate change, and also introduce efforts and achievements Seoul has made so far – “One Less Nuclear Power Plant” initiative, the flagship citizen-participation energy policy of Seoul; Seoul’s climate strategy “Promise of Seoul”; and “Ambitious City Promises,” an initiative that enables and supports cities in Southeast Asian countries to develop their own City Promise plans.
In addition, the Mayor will explain about the city’s recently announced “Solar City Seoul” plan during the session. According to the plan, solar panels will be installed at more than one million households by 2022 to produce one gigawatt worth of solar energy. He will also introduce new investment models, such as a citizen fund for solar energy that allows citizens to invest and share in profits.
Participants for the session include Hollywood actor Leonardo Dicarprio who founded the Leonardo DiCarprio Foundation (LDF) and is actively taking the initiative in protecting the world’s environment; Ph.D. Mohammad Yunus who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006 for founding the Grameen Bank for the poor; Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, California Governor Jerry Brown; Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, the Head of Government of the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires; Célestine Ketcha Courtès, the Mayor of Bangangté, Cameroon; Mauricio Rodas, the Mayor of Quito, Ecuador; and CEOs and representatives of international organizations, such as the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF).
The Mayor said, “The key players who take actions to curb climate change are cities and local governments because they have diverse implementation methods. Seoul will make greater cooperation with the world’s cities to fight climate change, and also continues its efforts to accomplish the goal set by the Paris Agreement.”
Meanwhile, Mayor Park will meet Mayor Anne Hidalgo at the Paris City Hall before the summit on December 12 to be presented with the Grand Vermeil Medal of the City of Paris (La Médaille Grand Vermeil de la Ville de Paris). The medal rewards people who have made a remarkable achievement for Paris.
During his stay in Paris, the Mayor is scheduled to meet with Jean-Louis Missika, the Deputy Mayor of Paris, who is in charge of the “Réinventer Paris,” or “Reinventing Paris,” the urban architectural program, to discuss ways to utilize underused urban spaces.