Seoul bags two events, retains ranking on UIA charts

THE CAPITAL city of South Korea has won the rights to host two high-profile events –- a ministerial meeting on climate change this October and a radiation association conference in 2020.

The 2012 Pre-COP (Conference of the Parties) Ministerial Meeting on Climate Change, which will set the groundwork for the 18th United Nations Conference of the Parties in Qatar later this year, is expected to be attended by 300 delegates from 50 countries. Participants will include government secretaries, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change secretaries and members of non-government organisations.

The other major win for Seoul is the 15th International Radiation Protection Association conference in 2020, which is expected to bring in 2,500 overseas participants from 90 countries.

These wins come along with news of Seoul retaining its fifth spot on UIA’s list of top international meetings destinations in 2011 for the second consecutive year. Seoul held 232 international meetings in 2011, 15.4 per cent more than the previous year.

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