Seoul has been selected as the host city for the ICLEI (International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives) World Congress 2015.
Founded in 1990, the ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability is an international association composed of local governments and national and regional local government organizations that have made a commitment to sustainable development. It is the world’s largest environmental organization, with more than 1,000 local governments from 84 countries currently figuring among its membership. Last July, the ICLEI established its East Asia Headquarters in Seoul (Seoul Global Center).
Many major cities, including Kyoto (Japan), Stockholm (Sweden), Bristol (UK), Adelaide (Australia), and Auckland (New Zealand), competed to host the event, but Seoul was selected with the overwhelming support of executive members, apparently in consideration of the efforts made by Seoul to secure more Chinese cities as members and expand exchanges between cities in East Asia.
The ICLEI World Congress is held every three years. The 2015 World Congress in Seoul will be the 8th event held since its foundation and the second event held in Asia.
[Former host cities of the ICLEI World Congress]
New York (1990), Toronto (1992), Saitama (1995), Dessau (2000), Athens (2003), Cape Town (2006), Edmonton (2009), Belo Horizonte (2012)
Seoul Metropolitan Government will adopt Local Action for SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) as the main theme of the 2015 event with a view to discussing local governments’ role in promoting sustainable development in step with the UN’s objectives, which will be implemented in 2015.
The ICLEI World Congress 2015 will include a program on the introduction of Seoul Metropolitan Government’s climate environment policies with the aim of raising developing countries’ awareness of the importance of matters concerning climate environment and assisting their acquisition of advanced environmental technologies.