With the Paris Agreement scheduled to be implemented after 2020 and the globally-spreading climate crisis, mayors, officials of international organizations, and citizens from 36 cities in 25 countries will gather in Seoul to discuss the matter of overcoming the climate crisis. Seoul will host the ｢Seoul Mayors Forum on Climate Change 2019｣ (hereinafter, “Mayors Forum”) at COEX from October 24 (Thurs.) – 25 (Fri.), 2019.
Recently, movements that demand urgent countermeasures against the global climate crisis have amplified, such as teenagers’ refusal to go to school in demand for political leaders to take action against climate change and the large-scale Global Climate Strike that was held both at home and abroad on September 21, 2019. In the midst of such growth, the Mayors Forum will prove to be a significant event through which participants share crisis awareness and listen to the voices of international cities in hopes that local governments will take initiative in responding to and taking action against climate change.
Following a session of the ICLEI World Congress 2015, the “Mayors Forum,” which is scheduled to be held for the third time this year, has been cooperating closely with ICLEI, the “Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy (GCoM),” and local government networks in efforts to fortify cooperation between local governments to face the climate crisis.
The ｢Seoul Mayors Forum on Climate Change 2019｣ will take place under the theme of “New Era of Climate Action – Leadership and Acceleration.” The Forum will be organized with an Opening Ceremony, Plenary Sessions I and II, five themed sessions, and a joint session with KIREC.
At this Mayors Forum, Mayor Park Won-soon will gather the voices of representatives from international cities partaking in this forum to present the “Seoul Statement.” The Statement will promise positive climate action by local governments as substantial bodies of action and adaptation to the seriousness of the climate crisis.
Detailed information about the ｢Seoul Mayors Forum on Climate Change 2019｣ can be found on the website (http://www.smfcc2019.kr/).
On the morning of the 25th, the Seoul International Energy Forum 2019 will open as an auxiliary event under the theme, “Achievements and Challenges of OLNPP (One Less Nuclear Power Plant),” where the Seoul International Energy Advisory Council and the Seoul Energy Policy Committee will present the results of the policy. The presentation will be followed by a panel discussion on the direction of Seoul’s energy policies.
Mayor Park Won-soon stated, “There is not a lot of time left to take action against the climate crisis. Now is the time for local governments to step up. This Mayors Forum will be significant as it will recognize climate crisis and decide on actions to take with mayors from around the world.” The Mayor also emphasized, “To accomplish this, Seoul will switch to an environment- and ecology-oriented paradigm through the municipal government.”