Secretary General Emilia Saiz and six representatives of UCLG World attended the technical meeting taking place in one of the Congress venues, Daejeon Convention Centre (DCC) 1, where bilateral sides discussed the general Congress structures, along with logistics and accommodation. The UCLG representatives also visited each Congress venue.
On April 5, SG Emilia held talks with the Mayor of Daejeon, Her Tae-jeong, to discuss ways to cooperate to successfully host the 2022 Daejeon UCLG World Congress, which is six months away. During the same day, the representatives also visited the city centre of Daejeon, including the Hanbat Arboretum, which allowed them to feel what Daejeon life is like.
They visited the DMZ in Panmunjom the next day. SG Emilia met with the Commander of the Joint Security Area (JSA) and held a peace event in hope of world peace, as this theme is one of the key agendas of UCLG. With this tour, Daejeon plans to formalise the DMZ Peace Tour as an official programme of the upcoming Congress, so that many city leaders around the world can visit the DMZ during their stay in Korea.
Meanwhile, the 2022 Daejeon UCLG World Congress is an international event where more than 140 countries and 1,000 local governments will participate. Under the theme of “Local and Regional Governments Breaking Through as One,” the Congress is to be held at DCC from October 10 to 14.
In addition, various programmes will be held during the Congress, such as K-POP concerts and smart city exhibitions, for participants to enjoy. Daejeon hopes that all member city and local governments officials and partners will visit Daejeon and have a pleasant experience.