Welcoming Remarks at the Ceremony for the Green City Declaration
Date: April 1, 2013
Venue: Conference Room, Seoul City Hall
Hello! I am Park Won Soon, the mayor of Seoul.
Thank you so much for taking time to participate in this meaningful event.
I am pleased to see so many citizens gathered here today, as it confirms your interest in making Seoul a “green city”.
Much as Seoul has focused on growth, our park policy has also been concerned mainly with expanding the size of parks. However, we are alive, we can feel, we take action, and we live together.
Particularly, parks are places where many people experience some of the most beautiful moments of their lives. But now, we are at a critical juncture where we are creating our parks— public spaces where, until now, humans have been largely disregarded—with careful consideration for the lives of Seoul citizens.
In order to establish a new blueprint that reflects recent social changes, the opinions of 1,000 public landscape architects and citizens will be gathered together to create the “Green City Declaration”. I feel very excited, like many people usually do just before spring.
The Green City Declaration has incorporated the power of Seoul, a city with 2,000 years of history and culture stretching back to the Baekje Kingdom, and the livelihoods of the citizens, which have long been protected by the surrounding mountains and rivers. The Declaration ensures that wherever our citizens live, they will be surrounded by nature and enjoy “green welfare”.
The concept of the city was originally that of a platform for sharing. Now, Seoul will strive to make itself into a city where everyone enjoys equal benefits and shares in the city’s nature, history, and culture.
After declaring our new vision of a “Green City,” we will set up a project plan to begin making this vision a reality.
The project plan will be formulated by the Public Landscape Architects Committee, but the opinions of Seoul’s citizens will be reflected as well.
Today, I want to express my deepest gratitude to the members of the Public Landscape Architects Committee, who made the formulation of the Declaration possible, and all of the citizens who are here today to partake in this new movement. I will always be with you and shall do my best to support you.