SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, April 10, 2019 — The Seoul Metropolitan Government launches the Seoul-Pyeongyang Cooperation Project Advisory for the water quality improvement of the Daedongang River in North Korea. Participated by experts in various fields, the advisory plays a pivotal role in laying the foundation for the implementation of the cooperative projects to improve the water quality of the river run through the capital of the North. It is expected to substantially facilitate the cooperative work in accordance with the trend of international community. The advisory, together with the Seoul Metropolitan Government, will find related projects, supporting the implementation of the plan.
The advisory consists of a total of 12 experts, including eight civilian experts in water quality, environment, ecology and inter-Korean exchanges and cooperation, as well as four in charge of Seoul’s organizations dealing with inter-Korean cooperation and water supply and circulation. Mayor Park Won-Soon holds a ceremony at a conference room located on the 18th floor of the Seoul City Hall at 2:45 p.m. on April 10 to appoint the advisors from the private sector. During the ceremony, Mayor Park asks the advisors to take active so that the cooperation projects of the water quality improvement are successfully carried out.
The Daedonggang water quality improvement project is highly likely to be pushed forward since it was the one mentioned and discussed directly by North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un when Mayor Park visited Pyeongyang in September last year as a member of the South Korean delegation for the inter-Korean summit. The Seoul Metropolitan Government will continue to promote this cooperative project in order to make it a good example for the inter-Korean exchange projects carried out between local governments in the South and the North. Accordingly, such a scheme is expected to increase the trust between the two cities and lead diverse cooperative works in the future so that it will serve both interests of the two Koreas.
The advisory will actively join the international community’s efforts to expand the “right to enjoy the clean water,” while seeking for ways to cooperate with the international community to realize the supply of the clean water, which is the key agenda for the U.N. Sustainable Development. Mayor Park said, ” After the U.S. and North Korean Summit in Hanoi, the Korean government has been speeding up its feasible inter-Korean exchange and cooperation projects, while considering other many circumstances. In line with such an effort, Seoul will also implement the inter-city cooperative projects through proper consultation with the North.