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Friday, October 28, 2011

‘World Best Cities to Live in’ coming to Songpa-gu

Competition by the environmentally advanced cities at the Final

LivCom Awards are the world’s Awards competition focussing on Best Practice regarding the management and development of the local environment. The objective of LivCom is to improve the quality of life of individual citizens through the creation of ‘liveable communities’ and to preserve the environment.

A record number of 338 communities in 37 countries around the world has participated in the competition this year, and 77 communities from 26 countries, the highest number of finalists, have been named as finalists. Upon evaluation of the presentations of the finalists and exchange of thoughts, the winners by size of community will be judged and awarded.

Worldly renowned cities like Curitiba (Brazil), Vancouver (Canada) and Portland (USA) are some of the LivCom Award winners in the past. Environmentally advanced cities like Helsinki (Finland), Sao Paulo (Brazil), Dubai (UAE), Bilbao (Spain), Bordeaux (France), Kumamoto (Japan) and Ankara (Turkey) are some of the finalists competing to be awarded as the 'world best cities to live in' this year.

Selection of Health Cities encompassing natural environment and culture
Lead by the founder and chief executive Alan Smith of UK, the visit was made by the delegates to Korea from the 7th to 10th of September, in order to review and discuss over the final preparations for the final.

Alan Smith said in a press conference: "The city for the people to live in safely and environmentally healthy' is the ideal city that LivCom pursues. More and more cities will be changed through this competition." "Songpa-gu seems to be the city that works hard to improve mental and physical health of the citizen. Lakes, parks and trails of Songpa-gu in particular are impressive." He put high a valuation on Songpa-gu and Korea as the host of the event by saying that "More you know, the more you get to like Korea as it is a country with special culture and good urban composition." "As Songpa-gu understands well about the concept of the competition, I expect the event to be very successful." He added his wish that the event is participated by many citizens.

♠ Quick Guide to 2011 LivCom Awards
○ Period: 27 (Thur) ~ 31 (Mon) October 2011 for 5 days
○ Venue: Lotte Hotel World (Jamsil)
○ Number of Participating cities: 80 some cities (that passed the preliminary round among 338 cities around the world)
○ Organizer: LivCom Awards (hosted by Songpa-gu)
○ Sponsor: Seoul City, Green Growth Korea, Ministry of Environment, National Association of Mayors

♠ Main Schedule
9:00 - 16:00
Registration and orientation for competitors
16:00 - 17:00
Delegation Briefing
19:00 - 21:30
Mayors Welcome Reception
9:00 ~ 17:30
9:00 ~ 17:30
9:00 ~ 17:30
9:00 ~ 12:00
UNEP Seminar
19:00 - 23:00
LivCom Awards Ceremony

Awards and Judging Criteria
○ Judges: 15 international environment specialists
○ Object of Assessment: 60-minute presentation (English)
○ Criteria
Enhancement of the natural and built landscapes/ Arts, culture and heritage/ Environmental best practices/ Community participation and empowerment/ Healthy lifestyle/ Strategic planning

○ Participants
As of September, 77 cities from 26 countries are scheduled to make presentations; there will be 134 presentations to be made in total including 61 for the Whole City Award, 19 for the Bursary Award and 56 for the Project Award.

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