Seoul to host ICLEI World Congress 2015

Seoul Mayor Won-soon Park and ICLEI Secretary General Gino Van Begin signed an agreement today to host the ICLEI World Congress 2015 in Seoul, South Korea from 8 – 12 April 2015

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  • Seoul Mayor Won-soon Park and ICLEI Secretary General Gino Van Begin signed an agreement today to host the ICLEI World Congress 2015 in Seoul, South Korea from 8 – 12 April 2015
  • Gathering over 600 participants, the triennial membership summit sees mayors and local governments from all over the world stockpile and exchange practical sustainability solutions
  • Mayor Park invites his fellow ICLEI Mayors to the congress and to translate their sustainability targets into results through the collective strength and inspiration of the leading global cities network - ICLEI

28 February 2014, Seoul, South Korea – ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability announced that the ICLEI World Congress 2015 will take place 8 -12 April 2015 in Seoul, South Korea. Seoul Mayor Won-soon Park and ICLEI Secretary General Gino Van Begin signed the agreement today.

The triennial event is the flagship assembly for ICLEI Members and the extended ICLEI community worldwide, and will provide local governments with tried and tested solutions to accelerate their sustainability goals.

Coinciding with ICLEI’s 25th year anniversary and the historic shaping of a post-2015 development agenda, the ICLEI World Congress will offer an unparalleled opportunity to galvanize the role of local governments in multi-level governance, sustainable urban development goals, climate and disaster risk reduction.

Mayor Park: “I am confident that the congress will enable us to build closer partnerships within the global sustainability community, including with our neighboring countries and cities, and allow us to work together to advance sustainability”.

Highlighting the ICLEI World Congress 2015 as the meeting place for innovative and advanced cities spearheading local sustainable development, Gino Van Begin remarked, “Local governments have never before commanded such attention in international efforts to advance sustainability. The ICLEI World Congress 2015 will carry this momentum forward into the international negotiations and reaffirm that local governments are the strategic and indispensible actors in achieving global sustainability goals.”.

As the winner of the 2013 World Green Building Council Government Leadership Award, an active city reporting to the carbonn Cities Climate Registry and a committed city in the Earth Hour City Challenge, Seoul is well known for its ambitious agenda on climate change. The city is a long-term and active Member of ICLEI and hosts the ICLEI East Asia Secretariat. Since 2012, Mayor Park has been serving as the chair of the World Mayors Council on Climate Change (WMCCC) and in that capacity serves as a member of the ICLEI Global Executive Committee. In addition, Vice Mayor Sang-bum Kim serves as a member of ICLEI’s East Asia Regional Executive Committee.

Demonstrating strong international leadership in the fight against climate change, Seoul continues to prove it is tackling the challenges of building a sustainable mega-city head-on through initiatives such as ‘One Less Nuclear Power Plant’, ‘Eco-mileage’, ‘Sunlight City’, Cheonggye Stream Restoration, and its Resource Recycling Initiative. Mayor Park has long provided an example of the innovative, ambitious and participatory approach needed to drive forward local action on sustainability.

By pledging to host the ICLEI World Congress 2015, he has further strengthened his commitment with ICLEI, offering an ideal setting for the watershed event in a milestone year for climate negotiations at the international level.

The ICLEI World Congress 2015 will serve as a bridging event, reinforcing the strength in numbers of its more than 1000 Members amidst the global political weight of a rising Asian megacity. As the first ICLEI World Congress in 20 years to take place in Asia, following Saitama, Japan in 1995, Seoul offers a strategic gateway to enhance cooperation among East Asian cities.

The ICLEI World Congress 2015 will deliver a compelling message within the region and ICLEI’s 8 Agendas, which was successfully launched at the ICLEI World Congress 2012 in Belo Horizonte, will provide the ideal gateway for existing and prospective Members to navigate their route through the complex challenges of improving their sustainability performance.


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