▲ Under the chairmanship of Jeju Governor Woo Keun Min, a Jeju Forum preparatory meeting convened a month in advance at the Jeju Provincial Government Office. Photos Courtesy Jeju Special Self-Governing Province
The upcoming 6th Jeju Forum for Peace & Prosperity, organized by the Jeju Peace Institute and sponsored by several national and provincial agencies, will be held at the Haevichi Hotel & Resort from May 27 to 29 under the theme of New Asia: for Peace and Prosperity. Established in 2001 to commemorate and advance efforts made during the June 2000 North-South Summit, the forum will continue its aim to promote peace between the two Koreas, within East Asia, and throughout the world. It was announced in the fall of 2010 that, as of this year, the former biennial forum will become an annual event with (according to an open letter by Jeju Governor Woo Keun Min on the forum’s Web site) the hope that the “Jeju Forum will consolidate as a globally renowned meeting place for discussing and exchanging ideas for peace and prosperity as well as contributing to Jeju, as a Peace Island, to realize building a peace community in this global village.”
Along with this alteration in format, the forum will expand its topics of discussion to foster peace by addressing economic, environmental and cultural issues among others.
These advancements were made possible due to the successful execution of the 5th Jeju Peace Forum held two years ago with U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon in attendance. According to the forum’s Web site his presence “established [the forum] as an internationally recognized conference in a broader and more in-depth context.”
To reflect these changes to the forum and its importance, its name has evolved from the Jeju Peace Forum to the Jeju Forum for Peace & Prosperity.
According to their Web site, nuclear security, the reunification of Korea, and maritime security, among other topics, will be discussed at the forum with the purpose of creating multilateral cooperation.
Over 50 presentations will occur throughout the three-day forum, with six plenary conferences, under a wide range of themes such as the Importance of Women in the Era of Knowledge Property, Is Nuclear-Free East Asia Possible? and Rising China: Challenges and Opportunities, to name a few.
Like previous Jeju forums, present and former heads of state will be in attendance, most notably former Korean Prime Minister Han Seong Su, former Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama, former Chinese Prime Minister Zheng Peiyang, former Filipino President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, and Secretary General of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe Marc Perrin de Brichambaut. Among other presentations, they are expected to attend the Asia for Peace and Prosperity session chaired by Park Jin on May 28.
The Jeju Peace Institute President Han Tae Kyu said in a letter published on the Web site that due to the unprecedented economic growth of East Asia, it is important for the Jeju Forum for Peace and Prosperity to establish “the habit of dialogue and cooperation among the Asia Pacific leaders … to promote peace and common prosperity in Asia and beyond.”
The forum will begin after registration on May 27 with five concurrent presentations at 2 p.m. All conferences will be closed to the public and will be translated into four languages (Korean, Chinese, Japanese and English).
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