The IURC Quarterly Meeting brought together both EU and Korean cities. The Quarterly Meeting also joined by Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Korea (EUD) and CityNet delegates shared the overall progress in IURC so far.
The meeting started with a warm welcome from Mr. Patrick Polacsek of the EUD. Ms. Megan Chow, from the IURC team, shared about the general overview of progress and study visit preparation and timelines, while Mr. Pablo Gándara took the time to explain briefly about Urban Cooperation Action Plans (UCAPs), a document that will serve to capture tangible outcomes from the city pairings. He finished by discussing potential synergies with other EU programmes, like the ICP-AGIR project.
Sofia and Sejong who have mainly been focusing on Micro-Mobility and MaaS presented the current interest of cities and future topics of collaboration which includes Smart Utilities and Renewable Energy.
Following Sejong and Sofia’s presentation, Rotterdam and Busan shared the bilateral meeting progress who will continue to work on Shared Mobility and Smart Mobility in the Port, Airport, and City locations.
Lastly, Seoul and Dublin shared their progress in cooperation. Currently, both cities are focusing on the implementation of Walking and Bicycling, as well as knowledges on how to engage citizen’s cooperation. Both cities are learning from each other’s experiences on robust discussion on both positive results on implementation and project outcome feedbacks. To conclude the updates, Seoul presented the course of the study visit plan which to walk on city’s pedestrian priority implementation to reflect Seoul and Dublin’s discussion topics.
Outside of the original paring, Sejong is currently working with Rotterdam through cross-pairing network and expanding its global partnerships. And more cities within this group of pairings are expecting to exchange more knowledge and expand partnerships with cities.
Amongst the city presentation and discussion, the COVID-19 situation was chosen universally as a potential issue on fast-approaching study visits. Despite the situation, the partnership and cooperation between the cities will continue throughout both upcoming bilateral meetings and each study visits.
Doeun Summer Kim is a Program Assistant at CityNet, where she helps coordinate EU programmes in the Republic of Korea. She is currently serving as Helpdesk Support for IURC Asia & Australasia and ICP-AGIR Asia. Prior to joining CityNet, she worked in the public sector in the United States and for private companies in the Republic of Korea. Summer obtained a Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Development from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, with a minor in Human Resources Industrial Relations.