Seoul’s resilience journey
Seoul’s dramatic economic growth over the last 50 years has relied on the rapid development of an extensive urban infrastructure. Today, Seoul faces a growing challenge to maintain and improve its aging infrastructure. Newer challenges – such as poor air quality related to fine dust, changing demographic profiles due to low fertility rates, aging populations, and changing family structures, higher employment rates, and a lack of affordable housing – are also cause for concern in the city.
Seoul’s vision is “A Smart Safe City for All,” and the city has identified three goals to address its resilience challenges. The first goal is to focus on building resilience through collaborations, including with the private sector and Seoul’s citizens. The second is to strive for a stronger and connected community, including focusing on providing care services to vulnerable Seoulites. The third goal is to promote inclusive growth where all citizens have the right to benefit from economic growth and equitable development.
Meet the Chief Resilience Officer
Mr. Han Je Hyun
Chief Resilience Officer
Han Je Hyun holds a BA in Civil Engineering in Korea and a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from University of Colorado, Denver. He has spent over 28 years in Seoul Metropolitan Government. During that time, he has held many positions including Deputy Mayor of Seoul Metropolitan Infrastructure Headquarters, General Director of Water Circulation Safety Bureau, and Director-General of Urban Regeneration Bureau. He established the Clean Construction System to promote access and transparency of all constructions across the city. He has shared this system for transparent administration of construction with other cities in Asia, as part of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).