Inclusive Growth in Seoul, Korea

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This report, undertaken within the framework of the OECD Champion Mayors for Inclusive Growth initiative, assesses inclusive growth trends and challenges in the Seoul metropolitan area. The analysis goes beyond income to assess the barriers faced by specific groups - non-regular workers, youth, women, the elderly and migrants - across four dimensions: education, labour market, housing and the urban environment, and infrastructure and public services. The study then takes a closer look at two major policy efforts by the Seoul Metropolitan Government to advance inclusive growth. The study analyses the city’s efforts to ensure that strategies to address climate change also protect and benefit the most vulnerable populations, notably through the Promise of Seoul, which puts citizen welfare and social inclusion at the heart of the city’s efforts to tackle climate change. The study also assesses the efforts of city authorities to level the playing field for small firms and entrepreneurs through its Economic Democratisation Agenda.



Seoul is pioneering efforts to bridge climate action and inclusive growth

This chapter assesses the nexus between climate change adaptation, mitigation and inclusive growth in cities. It outlines the role of local governments in responding to the dual challenges of inequality and climate change, and identifies the synergies and trade-offs for policy makers to develop policy responses that address both issues in a mutually reinforcing way. The chapter analyses the climate challenge in Seoul, and the pioneering efforts of Seoul Metropolitan Government to ensure that strategies to tackle climate change – notably through its flagship initiative, The Promise of Seoul – are effective in engaging citizens and protecting the city’s most vulnerable populations.


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