During the meeting, Assistant Mayor Hwang appreciated ICLEI’s works on promoting air quality improvement and urban resilience development in East Asia through facilitating a variety of projects and programs, and encouraging Chinese cities’ participation. Shu Zhu, on the other hand, explained EAS’s committed efforts in sharing the best practices and policy designs of Seoul in the region.
Launched under the framework of the 2016 Northeast Asia Forum on Air Quality Improvement, the East Asia Clean Air Cities (EACAC) program was jointly initiated by ICLEI EAS and Seoul Metropolitan Government to accelerate local actions against air pollution through regional multilateral cooperation. The program will be one of ICLEI EAS’ areas of focus in 2017.
ICLEI EAS and Seoul Metropolitan Government have agreed to actively cooperate in tackling air quality issues in the region via EACAC and the Northeast Asia Air Quality Improvement Forum, which Seoul is planning to host in June. Shu Zhu particularly suggested the Forum to highlight technical solutions exchange, so that participants could gain practical insights on air quality improvements.