Seoul, Beijing agree to boost environment cooperation

November 4, 2015
Seoul City Mayor Park Won-soon (Yonhap)

Seoul City Mayor Park Won-soon (Yonhap)park won

SEOUL (Yonhap) — Mayors of Seoul and Beijing agreed Wednesday to set up an environment team within a joint committee in charge of various exchange projects, Seoul officials said.

Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon, during his visit to Beijing, signed a memorandum of understanding on the establishment of the environment team within the joint committee with his counterpart Wang Anshun, according to the Seoul Metropolitan Government.

The committee is now comprised of the Secretariat and four departments handling environment, in addition to economy, culture and education, the officials said.

The committee was set up in 2013 in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the sisterhood between the two cities and has served as a control tower in pushing for diverse joint projects and events.

“The two countries are a breathing community,” Park said during a forum to improve the air quality of the two countries, adding that joint research would bring out synergy.