SEOUL, Apr. 8, 2015 – The ICLEI (International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives) World Congress 2015 which is the world’s largest network to respond to the climate change will start its 5 days conference from its opening on 8(Wed) and will be closed on 12(Sun).
Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon declares the opening of the Congress with its largest scale in history by sending a welcome message to about thousand people coming from 204 cities of 87 countries around the world (76 Mayors, 26 Deputy Mayors and 102 city delegations) at the opening ceremony at 4 pm on 8th April at Art Hall 1, Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP).
The Seoul Metropolitan Government has announced that it will sign MOUs on environmental policy and technology exchange with 8 cities who want to learn Seoul’s excellent eco-friendly policy and technologies on 8th and 9th April.
Seoul is regarded as a role model for cities of developing countries because it has transformed itself into an international city with compact development in a short period. In this sense, Seoul is not only sharing its know-hows and best practices in solving environmental issues with cities which lack environmental infrastructure but also signing MOUs to give actual help to them. This ICLEI World Congress 2015 will serve as an opportunity for Seoul to expand its environmental business to the world.
The Seoul Metropolitan Government has announced that it will sign MOUs on environmental policy and technology exchange with 8 cities who want to learn Seoul’s excellent eco-friendly policy and technologies on 8th and 9th April. The 8 cities will be determined after the consultation with cities of developing countries over environmental issues they have such as waste treatment and sewage treatment.
Furthermore, Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon will be elected as the new president of the ICLEI (International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives) which is the world’s largest international cooperation unit of cities and local governments.
For the next 3 years (2015~2018), as the President of the ICLEI, Mayor Park will preside the ICLEI Global Council and the ICLEI Global Executive Committee and participate international conferences like UN General Assembly, UNFCCC COP(Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) and other high-level intergovernmental meetings. He will also serve his role to seek a sustainable development plan and model for urban cities and local governments and coordination for joint action.
In his acceptance speech, Mayor Park said “In order to correct the misdeeds of excessive industrialization and move in the right direction amid ever-changing environment of the earth, the regional municipalities, cities and local governments should cooperate and participate more actively in responding to climate change.” He added “For the next 3 years, I’ll do my best to lead international cities and local governments to participate in achieving goals of the Post-2020 framework.”
While Seoul is grabbing attention from the world during the ICLEI World Congress 2015, the Environmental Project Meetings on responding to the climate change will be held on 9th April (Thu), the 2nd day of the conference. This Project Meeting will provide the opportunity for eco-friendly and green Korean companies to expand its market to abroad.
Under the theme of the Environmental Project Meetings on Responding to the Climate Change, the Seoul Metropolitan Government and KOTRA will co-host the meeting of eco-friendly and green companies where 120 Korean companies and 70 buyer companies of the world will participate in the project related to environment, energy and climate businesses.
As 50% of the buyer companies are from emerging countries with high demand for environmental infrastructure improvement such as China and Vietnam, we expect that there will be tangible results during the meeting.
More than 100 Korean companies participating in the meeting will have an opportunity for one-on-one meetings with foreign companies they are interested in according to their specialties such as energy efficiency, waste treatment, air quality control and water treatment. To help participants to concentrate, Seoul and KOTRA offers individual booth for each companies and mobilizes professional interpreters of various languages for better communication.
Furthermore, the Seoul Declaration will be announced on 9th with the international ICLEI partners from local governments and cities who gathered for the ICLEI World Congress 2015 in Seoul, the capital city of Korea.
The Declaration includes initiatives that local governments, cities and Mayors of the world should implement for sustainable development for urban cities. It also shows the aspiration for the new climate regime, expansion and implementation plan of the Compact of Mayors for voluntary emission cut in cities and implementation plan of Seoul Declaration.
As we are expecting the new climate regime after 2020, this Declaration is more meaningful because it can remind us about the importance of the roles of local governments and cities while helping cities to strengthen their commitment in responding to climate change.
About ICLEI (International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives)
ICLEI was founded in 1990 at the ICLEI World Congress which was held at the UN Headquarters. Since its foundation, ICLEI has represented the voice of cities and local government in international society as an official observer of the UN.
ICLEI is one of the world’s largest international cooperation unit with the participation of 1,200 cities and local governments from 87 countries around the world. In Korea, 51 cities and local governments including 11 upper-level local governments such as Seoul, Busan, Incheon and Gyeonggi, 40 lower-level local governments like Ansan and Suwon are the members.