Plenary 1: The ICLEI World Congress 2015 Opening Ceremony

Languages: EN, KO, CH, ES, JA

Master of Ceremony:  In Young Tae

Opening address

  • Won Soon Park, Mayor, Seoul Metropolitan Government
  • David Cadman, ICLEI President (2006-2015)

Inauguration of the ICLEI President, ICLEI Vice Presidents and Members of the Global Executive Committee 2015-2018

Congress welcome

  • Yeon-nam Jeong, Vice Minister, Ministry of Environment, Republic of Korea 
  • Gino Van Begin, ICLEI Secretary General
  • Rae Hak Park, Chairperson, Seoul Metropolitan Council, Republic of Korea
  • Tae-young Yeom, Secretary General of Korean National Association of Mayors; Mayor, City of Suwon, Republic of Korea
  • Yeonhee Park, Director, ICLEI Korea Office, Suwon, Republic of Korea

Greetings from previous host cities of the ICLEI World Congress

  • 2012:  Marcio Araujo de Lacerda, Mayor of Belo Horizonte, Brazil; represented by Délio Malheiros, Deputy Mayor and Secretary of Environment
  • 2009: Don Iveson, Mayor of Edmonton, Canada
  • 2006: Johannes van der Merwe, Mayoral Committee Member for Energy, Environmental and Spatial Planning, City of Cape Town, South Africa

A call for action

  • Mayor Sumptoh Ulrich, Mayor, Port Vila City Council, Vanuatu

Cultural performance by children’s art group “Little Angels”

High level addresses: Towards a sustainable urban future

  • Sustainable solutions for an urban future
    His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales (Video message)
  • Eco-Civilization as paradigm for urban development
    Xinsheng Zhang, President, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and Executive Chairman, Eco-Forum Global, Beijing, China
  • Perspectives for partnerships to ensure sustainability of the urban world in the post-2015 development agenda
    Ibrahim Thiaw, Deputy Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
  • Chinese cities on their way towards sustainability
    Tie Li, Director-General, China Center for Urban Development (CCUD), Beijing, China

Why we all act together

The ICLEI World Congress 2015: Aims and Aspirations

  • Monika Zimmermann, ICLEI Deputy Secretary General
  • Emani Kumar, ICLEI Deputy Secretary General; Regional Director South Asia

Cultural performances

19:30 – 21:00 Reception hosted by Seoul Metropolitan Government in DDP

All participants are kindly invited to use public transport (metro) for returning to their hotels.


Download information on the ICLEI Strategic Plan 2015-2021 (English)

Download information on the ICLEI Corporate Report (English)

Download information on the ICLEI Korea Initiative (English)

Location: DDP, Arthall 1 Date: 8 April 2015 Time: 16:00 - 19:00 Mayor Park Wonsoon Park Don Iveson Don Iveson Gino Van Begin Gino Van Begin Ibrahim_Thiaw Ibrahim Thiaw Tie Li Tie Li xincheng.zhang Xinsheng Zhang