• Climate Card Sales Hit 1 Million With More Than 0.5 Million Weekday Users
    등록일 2024-04-11 글쓴이 seoulsolution
    On Fri, Apr. 5, the Climate Card surpassed the 1 million sales milestone, only 70 days after its launch on Sat, Jan. 27, 2024. Over 50 citizens per day are estimated to use the Climate Cards on public transport (subways and buses) on weekdays. Moving forward, Seoul will expand its services to be applied on credit and debit cards, discounts for cultural facilities, and a short-term pass for tourists. The Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) announced that the Climate Card sales exceeded the 1 million mark on Apr. 5, only 70 days after its release on Jan. 27. As of Fri, Apr. 5 at 4 PM, the card sales totaled approximately 1.008 million with 493,000 mobile cards and 515,000 physical cards. The daily number of subway and bus passengers using the Climate Card is also on the rise. On Apr. 2, the initial goal of 500,000 was exceeded, and it is growing in popularity. According to the city government, the expansion of customized services positively impacted the attraction of new users, including the latest discount for 19 to 34-year-olds from Feb. 26 (KRW 7,000) and the inclusion of Gimpo Goldline in services from Mar. 30. The SMG plans to uphold its innovation efforts to improve citizens’ satisfaction with the Climate Card. The card will be available in late April for credit and debit cards. Furthermore, discounted admission to cultural and park facilities, such as the Seoul Grand Park, will be offered in the first half of the year, and a short-term pass for tourists in July.
  • Don’t forget to bring your ID to hospitals and clinics, starting from May 20, 20..
    등록일 2024-05-24 글쓴이 seoulsolution
    – NHI’s Mandatory Identification Check, Effective from May 20 – The Ministry of Health and Welfare (MOHW) announced that starting from May 20, 2024, individuals with National Health Insurance (NHI) will need to present their ID for insurance coverage. Under the new requirement, everyone visiting a hospital or clinic must present an ID in order to receive the types of healthcare services covered by the NHI. Previously, most healthcare institutions have been providing healthcare services to patients without requiring them to present their ID as long as they provide their resident registration number. This practice has been continuously abused by patients who borrow others’ names to receive NHI coverage even when they are not covered by the insurance. To prevent these abuses and for a fairer NHI scheme, the National Health Insurance Act was amended (by Act No. 19420) to require mandatory identification for NHI coverage at healthcare institutions, which took effect on May 20 for healthcare institutions across the country. * (Detection and Recovery) Over the past five years, the National Health Insurance Service (NHIS) has detected an average of 35,000 cases of abuse per year and issued recovery orders for benefits totaling KRW 800 million. The actual number of cases is likely to be much higher, because the NHIS only counted obvious cases. Acceptable means of identification include IDs such as resident registration cards, alien registration cards, electronic signatures, and identification services provided by identification service providers. The mobile NHI certificate app or QR code is also accepted for convenient identification. The requirement does not apply to certain cases where identification is not feasible for legitimate reasons, such as patients who are minors. In such cases, only the patient’s resident registration number is required to receive benefits. In case of a fraudulent use of NHI coverage, both the person who lent his/her name and the person who used the borrowed name are now punishable with imprisonment for not more than two years or a fine of not more than KRW 20 million, and the amount fraudulently claimed will be recovered. A healthcare institution can also be fined up to one million won for failing to check patients’ ID. For more information about the NHI mandatory ID check, please visit the official NHIS website ( or call the Call Center at +82-1755-1000. <Acceptable Means of Identification> ① (Identification) NHI card, resident registration card, driver’s license, passport, MPVA registration card, disability registration card, foreigner registration card, domestic residence registration card, permanent residence card, etc. (only certificates or documents issued by an administrative or public institution with a photo and a resident registration number) ② (Electronic Signature Certificates) Joint certificate (formerly accredited certificate) financial certificate (Korea Financial Telecommunications & Clearings Institute), Digital One Pass (Ministry of the Interior and Safety), simple authentication (PASS, Naver/Kakao Certificates, Samsung Pay, NH Certificate, etc.), etc. ③ (Identification Service) Mobile carriers and credit card companies (NH Card and others) and banks (KB Kookmin Bank and others), etc. ④ (Electronic ID) Mobile NHI card, mobile driver’s license, resident registration card confirmation service (PASS) ※ Not acceptable: copies of IDs (captured image, photograph, etc.) and qualification certificates are not acceptable means of identification. <Exceptions to ID Requirement> ① (Minors) Healthcare benefits for patients under 19 ② (Returning Patients) Services received within six months after the health care institution checked the patient’s ID and eligibility ③ (Medicine Dispensing) Pharmacies dispensing medicine prescribed by physicians, etc. ④ (Referral and Return) Referral and return of patients for treatment ⑤ (Emergency Patients) Emergency patients under Article 2, subparagraph 1 of the Emergency Medical Services Act ⑥ (Others) Patients with mobility issues, and others prescribed and notified by the MOHW Minister (people with severe disabilities, people in long-term care, pregnant people, etc.)
  • Mayor Oh Announces International Resident Policy Master Plan to Boost City’s Com..
    등록일 2024-05-22 글쓴이 seoulsolution
    The mayor announced 20 priorities across four areas to attract outstanding global talents and build an inclusive multicultural society. The city government plans to collaborate with leading universities to attract 1,000 science and engineering graduates and doctors, setting up channels to help them find jobs in Korea. The city government also plans to address worker shortages in areas such as patient and elderly care, restaurants, and hotels with an international workforce. The city will provide care services on pregnancy, childbirth, and childcare regardless of nationality and offer education grants for children living in multicultural families. As the industrial structure becomes more sophisticated due to technological advancement, competition among countries to recruit excellent talent is intensifying. In this context, the Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) has announced a set of new policies for future Seoul that attracts global talent and grows with international residents to secure sustainable competitiveness. The initiative consists of two main pillars: attracting top talent and creating an inclusive multicultural society. First of all, the SMG will take measures to attract talented people by hosting global companies and providing them support for education, employment, and creating startups. In this effort, Seoul hopes to become a city like Silicon Valley, where talented people from all over the world want to come to work. The city government will partner up with major Korean universities to attract 1,000 graduates and doctors in science and engineering and establish an English-speaking global startup support facility called Unicorn Startup Hub to attract overseas startups into Korea. The government will launch the International House Manager Pilot Project in the coming September while actively working with the government to introduce the international workforce into patient and elderly care, food service, hotel, and other sectors suffering from labor shortages. The SMG will also focus on creating an inclusive, multicultural society that welcomes people from across the world. To help foreign residents adjust to life in Korea, the Second Seoul Foreign Resident Center will open in May 2025 in the northeast region after opening the first center in the southwest region. In addition, an AI-enabled real-time multilingual interpretation service will be deployed at Seoul Family Centers in 25 autonomous districts. The government will also launch an International Tenant Support Service to help them find places to live. Pregnancy, childbirth, and childcare services, such as integrated pre-/ post-natal care services and infant and child development tests, will be provided without any discrimination. Starting this month, the city government will provide new multicultural child education activity grants (400,000 KRW to 600,000 KRW) for elementary, middle, and high schools to help ease the difficulties of raising children. Mayor Oh Se-hoon announced Seoul International Resident Policy Master Plan (2024-2028) outlining the above policies on Mon, May 20 and highlighted the city’s commitment to “building Seoul as a global city that grows with international residents.” A total of 250.6 billion KRW will be invested over five years to promote 20 priorities and 47 projects across four pillars (① attract and support top talents’ growth, ② expand international workforce on demand, ③ support for community stabilization, ④ foster mutual respect and communication between Koreans and international residents).
  • Seoul Launches ‘Climate Card Tourist Pass’ With 1, 2, 3, and 5-day Options Start..
    등록일 2024-05-20 글쓴이 seoulsolution
    Customized tourist passes for international tourists and short-stay domestic visitors to access eco-friendly transportation innovations With affordable pricing of 1-day pass (5,000 KRW), 2-day pass (8,000 KRW), 3-day pass (10,000 KRW), and 5-day pass (15,000 KRW), the card enables a budget-friendly Seoul tour. The Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) announced that starting from Jul. 1, 2024, it will launch the Climate Card Tourist Pass for international tourists and short-stay Korean visitors to Seoul. The ‘Climate Card Tourist Pass’ prices are 5,000 KRW for a 1-day pass, 8,000 KRW for a 2-day pass, 10,000 KRW for a 3-day pass, and 15,000 KRW for a 5-day pass. These passes will allow unlimited use of Seoul’s public transportation during the selected period at a low cost, making it an economical and convenient service for tourists who typically use public transportation two to three times per day. Starting in July, international tourists can purchase a physical Climate Card Tourist Pass from various distributors: Tourist Information Center in Seoul Tourism Plaza (Cheonggyecheon-ro, Jongno-gu), Myeongdong Tourist Information Center, customer safety center in subway stations on lines 1 to 8, and convenience stores near subway stations. Users can choose the fare type that suits their schedule and top up the pass at machines installed at stations in Lines 1 to 8 (Seoul Metro), Line 9, Sillim Line, and Ui-Sinseol Line. While the 1, 2, 3, and 5-day passes can also be charged onto the existing Climate Card, unlike the 30-day pass which allows the user to select a start date within 5 days of charging, these passes activate immediately on the day of charging, requiring careful planning by the user. In addition, tourist pass users can also benefit from the same discounts for cultural and performance facilities that are applied to the Climate Card, such as 50% off admission to the Seoul Science Center and Seoul Grand Park.


  • Going Together with the Socially Neglected Index
    등록일 2023-11-10 글쓴이 seoulsolution
    According to the World Inequality Report 2022 by the World Inequality Lab, income inequality worsened during the COVID-19 pandemic. The top 10% of the global population in terms of income distribution accounted for 52% of the global income, while the bottom 50% accounted for 8.5%. The worsening income inequality is exacerbating inequality and polarization across various social areas such as health, education, and housing, extending beyond the economic sphere.   Furthermore, as new social risks, including demographic changes such as low fertility and population ageing as well as technological and economic changes due to digital transformation, continue to compound, the scope of vulnerability is continuously expanding for marginalized groups. Policy considerations for vulnerable populations are urgently needed, not only for those who are physically or economically disadvantaged, traditionally defined as socially vulnerable, but also for individuals whose opportunities in major life domains are relatively constrained due to emerging psychosocial risks, such as caregiving, emotional well-being, social isolation, and exclusion, highlighting the importance of addressing these issues as significant challenges.   The Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) declared its “going together with the socially neglected” initiative in 2022 as a top priority in its overall policies to address inequality, polarization, and emerging psychosocial risks, with a focus on prioritizing the vulnerable. Furthermore, the SMG developed the Going Together with the Socially Neglected (GTSN) Index after a year-long research process.   The GTSN Index is designed to diagnose vulnerability in various areas of citizens’ lives, including support for livelihood, housing and healthcare, from the perspective of the vulnerable. It serves as an indicator to evaluate the SMG's policy efforts to address these vulnerabilities. The index is structured to aggregate the performance indicators of each domain into a single index.   This indicator and index system, which comprehensively assesses the performance of city-initiated policies from the perspective of the vulnerable and allows for practical utilization of the results in policy development and budget allocation, holds significant value. It can be considered a novel and distinct approach from traditional methods. < Encompassing 6 areas—livelihood and caregiving; housing; medical and health; education and culture; public safety; and social integration—with 10 tasks and divided into 50 detailed indicators >   Through the operation of the GTSN Index, the goal is to early detect social risks in various areas of citizens’ lives, such as livelihood and housing, eliminating blind spots and enhancing policy effectiveness. The GTSN Index is structured as an indicator aimed at improving citizens’ lives in areas closely related to their daily lives, such as easing the housing burden for struggling young individuals, providing emotional support, and caring for the health of vulnerable elderly individuals who may even find it difficult to secure meals.   The index is calculated with 2022 as the baseline, representing a value of 100, which coincides with the inception of the city's “GTSN” initiative. For instance, if the calculated index falls below the baseline value of 100, a thorough analysis will ensue to pinpoint the underlying causes. In the event that the dip in the index is attributed to heightened demand, the budget allocation will be expanded to accommodate increased support targets. Conversely, if project feasibility issues are identified, efforts will be made to enhance policy efficiency through targeted improvement measures. Each year, the systematically calculated index will be used as a basis to expand initiatives in areas where they are needed the most and to make improvements where deficiencies exist, ensuring that the most essential policies are pursued for the benefit of the citizens. In addition, the annual performance of the GTSN Index will be evaluated, and the results will be made public to the citizens.          
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    등록일 2023-02-13 글쓴이 seoulsolution
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  • MITI – Metropolis International Training Institute

The main mission of the Metropolis International Training Institute (MITI) is to strengthen the institutional and professional capacities of local and metropolitan authorities and their leaders for better public governance.

The Metropolis International Training Institute (MITI) is the training and learning center of Metropolis, established in 1996.Today, MITI counts on headquarters located in Seoul, and four regional centers: Cairo, Mashhad, Mexico City and Paris (Île-de-France). Formerly located in Montreal, the headquarters have been transferred to Seoul after a decision taken at the Metropolis Board of Directors’ meeting in Guangzhou, in 2012.

With its relaunch in Seoul, MITI enters a new era of knowledge dissemination, with the boosted activation of its regional centers. MITI will spare no efforts to operate training programs in line with other Metropolis activities, for all members of the Association, and also for its institutional partners and affiliated cities.
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  • 공유도시(Sharing City) 서울은?

시간, 공간, 재능, 물건, 정보 등 누구나 소유하고 있는 것을 함께 나누어 활용함으로써 쓰지 않고 놀리는 자원을 효율적으로 활용하고, 지역경제를 활성화하며, 이웃과 공동체 의식도 형성하고, 환경에도 이로운 활동인 '공유'가 활성화된 도시입니다.

'공유도시 서울' 정책을 추진하게 된 이유는?

복지, 환경, 일자리 등에서 사회적 수요는 급증하고 있으나 한정된 예산과 자원으로 이를 해결하는데 많은 어려움이 있습니다. 또한 급격한 도시화로 공동체 의식이 실종되었고, 과잉소비에 따른 자원고갈과 환경오염 문제가 지속적으로 발생하고 있습니다.
이러한 해결이 어려운 도시의 경제적, 사회적, 환경적 문제들을 '공유'라는 새로운 방법을 통해 완화시켜 나가고자 합니다.