- Mayor meets UN Assistant Secretary-General on November 20 to discuss cooperation and growth between Incheon and the UN -
On November 20, Incheon Metropolitan City Mayor Yoo Jeong-bok met with UN Assistant Secretary-General Chandramouli Ramanathan, who was on an official visit to Incheon, at the reception room inside the Incheon Free Economic Zone Authority to discuss mutual cooperation and development plans between the UN and Incheon.
<Mayor Yoo Jeong-bok meets UN Assistant Secretary-General Chandramouli Ramanathan>
The Assistant Secretary-General thanked Incheon for its continued interest and support for the UN. The City is now home to seven UN organizations, including the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific East and North-East Asia Office (UNESCAP ENEA), and the UN Asian and Pacific Training Centre for Information and Communication Technology for Development (UNAPCICT). He also emphasized the crucial role of local governments in achieving the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which is a worldwide issue, and that working toward the SDGs is an investment in our future and a driving force for social change.
* 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
: A total of 17 goals and 169 targets to achieve the goals, adopted by the United Nations in 2015 to solve global social, economic, and environmental problems, and to build a sustainable future globally by 2030.
<Commemorative photo taken after meeting with the UN Assistant Secretary-General>
Mayor Yoo Jeong-bok said, “I respect and thank the United Nations for its efforts to maintain world peace and international cooperation in the international community.” He asked for the UN and the Assistant Secretary-General’s attention going forward saying, “In particular, the Asian continent occupies one-third of our planet’s habitable land mass and 60% of the world’s population. As the only divided country in the world, and considering the spirit of the UN, which champions freedom, peace, and prosperity for humanity, I always believed it just made so much sense to have UN’s regional headquarters here in Incheon.”
Meanwhile, Incheon is home to a total of 15 international organizations, including the UNESCAP ENEA and the Green Climate Fund (GCF) Secretariat. Since opening the Overseas Koreans Agency in June, the City has been working relentlessly to bring more international organizations, global corporations, and research institutes, and turn Incheon into a world-class global metropolis.