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  • Seoul Metropolitan Government actively supporting the Nuclear Security Summit Seoul 2012 “Alternate Driving during the Summit Period”

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    Seoul Metropolitan Government is actively supporting the Seoul Nuclear Security Summit to be held from Monday 26 March to Tuesday 27 March, 2012. Ten thousand people are expected to attend the summit including 53 heads of state and representatives of five international organizations including the United Nations.

    The city of Seoul is supporting the summit with its own budget of 166.2 million won and the ‘Seoul Nuclear Security Summit Support Center.’

    Thinking that the summit is also a good opportunity to advertise Seoul, the city government has installed ‘Seoul Publicity Booth’ at the International Media Center located on the 1st floor of COEX (the main venue of the summit) in an office space of 70㎡. The booth will distribute a press kit (77 pages in English) to domestic and overseas journalists and reporters. 6,500 copies of the press kit are prepared.

    In addition, the city of Seoul is taking the following measures to make the summit a success: (1) recruiting and assigning volunteers (2) doing a big cleanup across the city (3) providing medical care (4) improving the environment for summit venues and VIP hotels (5) monitoring food and public health related industries (6) operating foreigner support centers at five hotels where many foreign nationals are staying during the summit (7) cooperating with the central government including taking anti-terrorist measures in collaboration with Presidential Security Service.

    In the meantime, Seoul Metropolitan Government will implement ‘an alternate driving system’ during the summit period throughout the city. Only vehicles with license plates ending in even numbers can be driven on Monday, 26 March and those with odd numbers on Tuesday 27 March. These restrictions are applied to private cars and private non-commercial vans for fewer than 10 people. The measures are voluntary, though active cooperation is anticipated.

    The city government has designated the two days of the summit as ‘the days of public transportation’ and will increase the public transportation service dramatically.

    The city of Seoul has run ‘a public transportation day’ every month, on the fourth Wednesday. Only this month the day will be increased to two days and moved up to Monday and Tuesday of the fourth week.

    The city government will increase 100 subway services and add 412 buses mainly during the morning and afternoon rush hours. On these two days, the rush hour transportation arrangement, when more subways and buses run, will be expanded by one hour in the morning (until ten o’clock instead of nine) and in the evening (until nine o’clock instead of eight) respectively.

    Please note that the roads in the city of Seoul, particularly around COEX (the main venue), may be blocked off to vehicles at any time during the summit for the security of VIPs and delegates or as a smooth progress of the summit requires. In addition, at Samseong Station, the nearest subway station to COEX, trains will not stop from the first train on the 26th to trains at 18:00 on the 27th. In order to minimize the citizens’ inconvenience, free shuttle buses will run between Seolleung Station and Sports Complex Station a number of times a day.

    An Overview of 2012 Seoul Nuclear Security Summit

    – Period: Monday, 26 March ~ Tuesday, 27 March 2012
    – Venue: COEX
    – Participating Countries: 53 countries
    plus five international organization including the U.N. and INTERPOL (a total of 10,000 people are expected to participate)

    – Agenda
     * Cooperative measures to combat the threat of nuclear terrorism
     * Prevention of illicit trafficking of nuclear materials
     * Protection of nuclear materials and related facilities
     * Safety of nuclear energy provoked by nuclear meltdown at Fukushima plant 

    – Detailed Agenda Items related to Nuclear Security 
     * Enhanced management of highly enriched uranium uranium HEU and plutoniumPU & minimized use of these materials
     * Enhanced physical protection of nuclear facilities
     * Encouraging states to join and ratify ‘the International Convention on Suppression of Acts of Nuclear 
        Terrorism’ and ‘the Convention of the Physical Protection of Nuclear Materials’ among others
     * Enhanced international cooperation to prevent illicit trafficking of nuclear materials
     * Supporting the IAEA’s nuclear security activities