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  • Seoul Selected as the Linking Cities by UNESCO due to the Excellent Solution to Digital Gap

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    • Seoul is selected as one of the Linking Cities in the education field at the 「UNESCO Netexplo Linking Cities Awards 2021」 held at UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France.
    • The humanoid robot “Riku” of Seoul is cited as as an excellent example of education for senior citizens and children using smart devices

    SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, APRIL, 14 , 2021 The Seoul Metropolitan Government has been named the world’s top 10 Linking Cities selected by UNESCO. The Seoul Metropolitan Government announced on the 15th (Thursday) that Seoul was selected as the Linking Cities in the education field at the 「UNESCO Netexplo Linking Cities Awards 2021」 held at UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France. It is the first time to be awarded in Korea.

    The 「UNESCO Netexplo Linking Cities Awards 2021 」 , which marks its second anniversary this year, is an award ceremony that selects the best cities in the world in 10 areas, including education, mobility and digital transformation. This year, along with Seoul, Berlin, Buenos Aires, Detroit, Kigali, Melbou rne, Mexico City, Rotterdam, and Vancouver were named as the winning cities.

    UNESCO and Netexplo said, “We selected Seoul as an excellent city in education in terms of responding to the alienation and isolation of the elderly in the COVID 19 era by educat ing smart devices using humanoid robot Riku.” The Seoul Metropolitan Government explained that the establishment of a digital education system to solve the digital gap problem, which emerged as a new social issue during the COVID 19 era, was highly evalu ated.

    The Seoul Metropolitan Government provides various education to resolve the digital gap so
    that the difference in digital technology utilization capability does not escalate beyond the
    inconvenience of daily life into economic and social inequality. The non face to face award ceremony will be broadcast live at the UNESCO headquarters studio in Paris (https://fr.unesco.org/netexplo).

    Lee Won mok, head of the Smart City Policy bureau at the city government, said “I am happy that Seoul has been recogn ized as a digital education city. We will strengthen the foundation of an inclusive smart city where no one is left out so that the digital gap does not lead to a quality of education.”