Media release, 09 July 2012: On July 6 from 9:30am to 11am, 25 international pavilions participated alongside the Paradise Pavilion in a clean-up event at Manseongri Beach.
This day was a chance for everyone to reflect on Yeosu Expo’s promotional theme “Living Oceans and Coasts.” Participants in the event included Kim Ch’ung-sŏk, mayor of Yeosu, as well as American environmental activist Philippe Cousteau, Vanuatu booth minders from the Pacific Ocean Joint Pavilion, and members from 25 international pavilions. In total, about 120 people participated. At Manseongri Beach and its surrounding areas, these participants engaged in a broad clean-up event. Said Philippe Cousteau, “Through a system of maintaining and protecting ocean life, the theme of ‘Living Oceans and Coasts’ is one that carries with it a vision. Everyone across the world realizes the importance of solving the issue of water pollution, and through events like this, our efforts to improve the situation are fulfilled.” Pavilions that participated in the Manseongri Beach clean-up event include South Korea, the United States, Kiribati, Ecuador, Japan, Bangladesh, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Belgium, Indonesia, Guatemala, Seychelles, Oman, Russia, the Ivory Coast, Malaysia, St. Kitts and Nevis, Mauritania, East Timor, Thailand, the UAE, Colombia, Australia, and Vanuatu. In an opening address, Yeosu mayor Kim Chung-seok said, “This beach clean-up is a small way to reflect on the Yeosu World Expo’s theme, but it has an enormous and significant connotation. Through the media, your sincerity will be transmitted to the rest of the world, and the Republic of Korea extends to you a hand of thanks. Though the event is small, I believe that it will reverberate greatly in the historical record of the Yeosu World Expo.”