The YouTube videos of CAC (Cities Against Covid-19) Global Summit 2020, an online global conference held by the Seoul Metropolitan Government from June 1-5 to overcome the crisis caused by COVID-19, have received 25 million views within only a month after its conclusion.
CAC Global Summit, as a video conference with no on-site audience, was comprised of a mayoral meeting, conversations with celebrities, and 15 sessions on different fields such as climate and environment, culture, and education, spanning over a total of 1,355 minutes (about 23 hours). A total of 156 speakers, 70 from Korea and 86 from abroad, participated in sessions. At the mayoral meeting, 42 mayors of different cities took part in the conference to come to a consensus over the necessity for international cooperation to fight COVID-19.
All sessions were broadcasted live with English interpretation for global citizens on the official YouTube channel of the SMG. The videos of experiences and wisdom of experts from around the world are being shared to for all viewers to be able to watch them in preparation for the post-COVID-19 era .
In a situation where movement between countries has been halted due to COVID-19, CAC Global Summit became a catalyst to suggest “untact” (non-face-to-face) ways for global exchange. As of July 1, more than 30 public and private companies and institutions have shown great interest in the new trials of the SMG, sending inquiries to learn about its experiences and know-hows gained from hosting the video conference.
Additionally, CAC (Cities Against COVID-19, http://english.seoul.go.kr/covid), the online platform established by Seoul to share its preemptive disinfection policies and know-hows with other cities around the globe, achieved over 10 million hits, playing the role of a venue to for cities to exchange information on the infectious disease.