Plenary 2: Trends, Targets and Solutions for a Sustainable Urban Future

Languages: EN, KO, CH, ES, JA

This Plenary will address global trends and developments affecting the urban world of tomorrow as well as the responsibilities local and regional leaders have in meeting these challenges today, and will feature a video message to the ICLEI Congress 2015 participants from H.E Mr. Ban Ki Moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations.

In the spirit of meeting the challenges of today, and with the assistance of local and regional leaders, the Seoul Declaration will be presented as a pivotal complement to ICLEI’s Strategic Plan 2015-2021.

The Seoul Declaration, a common effort of mayors throughout the world, will be a legacy of the ICLEI World Congress 2015. It shall be taken home by participants as a strong signal of commitment to citizens, civil society actors, and NGOs, and will be sent to and inform global processes such as the UNFCCC climate negotiations, the Sustainable Development Goal negotiations, and Habitat III, the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development.

Welcome address

  • Won Soon Park, Mayor, Seoul Metropolitan Government, Republic of Korea

Keynote speech

  • 2052 – A global forecast for the next forty years
    Jørgen Randers, Member of the Club of Rome; Professor of Climate Strategy, BI Norwegian Business School, Olso, Norway

10:00 – 10:30 Coffee Break

Address from H.E Mr. Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of the United Nations (Video message) 

Honorable Mayors’ Panel on the Seoul Declaration


  • James Nxumalo, Mayor, Ethekwini Metropolitan Municipality (Durban), South Africa; Member of the ICLEI Global Executive Committee


  • Gino Van Begin, ICLEI Secretary General
  • Monika Zimmermann, ICLEI Deputy Secretary General
  • Jussara de Lima Carvalho, Executive Secretary, ICLEI South America Secretariat, São Paulo, Brazil
  • Michael Schmitz, Executive Director, ICLEI USA Office, Oakland, USA

Mayors address the Seoul Declaration and present related local actions
Invited mayors will make brief statements which highlight key elements of the Seoul Declaration and ICLEI’s Strategic Plan 2015-2012, including brief references to innovative actions underway in their cities.

Adoption of the Seoul Declaration and acknowledgement by Mayor Won Soon Park

Commemorative photo of all dignitaries on stage

Location: DDP, Arthall 1 Date: 9 April 2015 Time: 09:00 - 12:00 Mayor Park Wonsoon Park Jorgen Randers, photo credit: Jørgen Randers Gino Van Begin Gino Van Begin