UCLG Secretary General Emilia Saiz and 6 representatives from UCLG organized a visit to Daejeon for site inspection from April 3rd to April 7th.


This visit was geared toward working-level coordination meetings on the overall Congress structure of the agreement, site inspection of the Congress venue and nearby hotels, along with a preliminary visit to the DMZ in Panmunjom for a peace tour.

The technical meeting took place in one of the Congress venues, DCC 1, where bilateral sides discussed the general Congress structures, along with logistics and accommodation. The UCLG representatives also visited each Congress venue for site inspection.

On the 5th of April, 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 6 months away.

During the same day, the representatives also visited the city center 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 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 formalize the DMZ Peace Tour as an official program of the upcoming Congress, so that many city leaders around the world can visit the DMZ during their stay in Korea.

Meanwhile, 2022 Daejeon UCLG World Congress is an international event where more than 140 countries and 1,000 local governments participate. Under the theme of “Local and Regional Governments Breaking Through as One”, the Congress is to be held at Daejeon Convention Center (DCC) from October 10th to 14th.

In addition, various programs 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 officials and partners will visit Daejeon and have a pleasant experience