On November 12, 2017, Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon attended the Climate Summit of Local and Regional Leaders in Bonn, Germany, and introduced Seoul’s successful climate change response policies which led to the implementation of similar policies nationwide.
The Climate Summit of Local and Regional Leaders is an official accompanied event of the Conference of Parties 23 held between November 6 and 17, 2017, hosted by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). It was a great opportunity for cities to share their experience on climate change response through case presentations and discussions carried on by and between world cities, local governments and international organizations.
Seoul Mayor Park participated as the Chairman of the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI), an international cooperation organization in the climate and environment sector participated by 1,174 cities and local governments worldwide and presented the theme for the fourth session (Theme: Raising the climate change response goal through joint action by all government organizations).
At the fourth session conducted under the theme of Raising the Climate Change Response Goal through Joint Action by All Government Organizations, Seoul Mayor Park emphasized “Citizen participation in order for policies to succeed,” and introduced the One Less Nuclear Power Plant Initiative and Seoul’s Promise to introduce successful climate change response policies of Seoul.
In his congratulatory speech, Mayor Park said, “In order to faithfully carry out the Paris Agreement, we must concentrate our efforts in the energy sector, which accounts for roughly two-thirds of our greenhouse gas emissions,” and added, “The Seoul Metropolitan Government plans to transition from an energy-consuming city into an energy-producing city and expand and develop its energy policies by shifting its focus from the efficient use of energy and energy saving to renewable energy production.”