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Jeju and the Age of Asia - 2016 Jeju Forum previewFormer world leaders to meet for 11th Jeju Forum for Peace and Prosperity
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▲ The 2015 Jeju Forum. Photo Courtesy Jeju Peace Institute

Former world leaders will gather for talks on East Asian relations and other major issues for the 11th Jeju Forum for Peace and Prosperity 2016.

Key speakers including several former heads of state will gather for talks at International Convention Center (ICC) Jeju from May 25-27.

High on the agenda will be issues centered around the theme Asia's New Order and Cooperative Leadership to be discussed in sessions, organized by Jeju Peace Institute (JPI).

Moon Tae Young, JPI chairman, said this year’s Forum was being held at a time when action was urgently needed in tackling major issues affecting East Asia.

"As the 21st century is said to be 'the Age of Asia', Asia is becoming a major player in the international community.

"Especially this year, there is an urgent need for cooperation between nations and regions to tackle the new challenges and standards such as climate change, low growth and security crisis," Moon said.

This year's line-up promises a glittering opening ceremony on Wednesday May 25 featuring Korean R&B diva Insooni and British tenor Paul Potts, the 2007 winner of the British television talent show Britain's Got Talent.

Day two of the Forum sees a return to more serious matters when the World Leaders Session on Asia’s New Order and Cooperative Leadership will be held.

This will be followed by a full schedule of talks in the afternoon on issues as diverse as Rethinking Nuclear Disarmament in Asia Pacific and The Globalization of Korea’s Beauty Industry.

Day three includes a session by Joe Kaeser, boss of engineering and electronics giant Siemens, on how enterprise could pave the way to a unified Korea.

Working towards a peaceful reunification and the future of the South Korea-US alliance will be the subject of a session hosted by the Korea National Diplomatic Academy.

▲ The 2015 Jeju Forum. Photo Courtesy Jeju Peace Institute

Also on day three, as Jeju pursues its carbon-free 2030 goal, Jeffrey Straubel, co-founder of Tesla Motors, will speak on the revolutionary changes electric vehicles will have on our lives.

More major issues being discussed include those that are becoming increasingly relevant to Jeju such as sustainable tourism and transport.

The program for the final day of the Forum, Friday May 27, includes a series of sessions held by World Culture Open (WCO), a body set up to promote cultural exchange and diversity worldwide.

With Jeju carrying the torch as an East Asian Culture City for 2016, talks will focus on ways to build creative partnerships with the two other listed cities Nara in Japan and Ningbo in China.

Young leaders will talk about their dreams for a better Asian future as part of a Young Leaders Culture Summit, hosted by WCO.

There will also be a panel talk in which speakers discuss aspects of Jeju arts and culture that may inspire creativity in other parts of the world.

Also on May 27, Jeju World Natural Heritage Center will join the Korean Institute of Ocean Science and Technology for talks centred on conservation and use of East Asian seas as world heritage.

Yet, while some sessions will focus on talks related to Jeju issues, Moon says the overall focus remains one which seeks to overcome East Asian problems and global issues.

Moon said: "Asia's role and its commitment are crucial in coping with the new order and challenges which are hard to be solved by a single nation's endeavours with an existing value system or strategy.

"This year's Jeju Forum will focus on cooperative leadership needed to meet the common challenge the international society is facing."

He added: "The Jeju Forum, establishing itself as one of the major international forums , will be a platform where world leaders and intellectuals gather to discuss the new order, the significance of cooperative leadership and its implementation."

VIP Speakers

▲ Tomiichi Murayama

In 1995, on the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II, Tomiichi Murayama, the 81st prime minister of Japan, officially apologized for Japan's colonial rule and aggression. After retirement he served as Chairman of the Asian Women's Fund established to support comfort women victims. He was also a chairman of the Association to Facilitate Normalization Between Japan-DPRK for 15 years.

▲ Mahathir bin Mohamad

Mahathir bin MOHAMAD
Mahathir bin Mohamad, the longest-serving prime minister of Malaysia from 1981 to 2003, focused on economic growth and modernization during his tenure. His Look East Policy put an emphasis on the lessons from the East Asian development models, especially from Korea and Japan, and led Malaysia to become one of the newly industrialized countries. During the Asian financial crisis in 1997, Mahathir refused to receive support from the IMF and pursued his own measures to tackle the crisis.

▲ Jim Bolger

Jim Bolger served as the 35th prime minister of New Zealand for seven years from 1990 to 1997 and was a member of parliament from 1972 until his retirement in 1998. Bolger has been described as an “icon of reform” and gained renown for his bold reforms of all areas of the country including government organizations, which eventually led to economic recovery.

▲ Goh Chok Tong

GOH Chok Tong
Goh Chok Tong served as Singapore’s second prime minister for 14 years from 1990 to 2004 and served as the country’s minister of finance, minister for trade and industry, minister for health and minister for defense. Goh has been credited for his skilled management in the time of the Asian financial crisis of 1997 and the SARS outbreak of 2003. After resigning as prime minister, he served as senior minister and chairman of the monetary authority. He currently holds the title of Emeritus Senior Minister of Singapore.

▲ Enrico Letta

Enrico LETTA
Enrico Letta, the 55th prime minister of Italy, was the second youngest leader in post war Italy. He has shown flexibility in embracing conservative and liberal policies and has experience as a minister for industry, a member of the European Parliament and deputy secretary of the Democratic Party. He is currently dean of the Paris School of International Affairs at Sciences Po in Paris.

▲ Joe Kaeser

Joe Kaeser is president and chief executive officer of Siemens AG, the global electrical engineering and electronics company based in Germany. After joining Siemens in 1980, he served as executive vice president and chief financial officer of Siemens Microelectronics USA, chief strategy officer and chief financial officer of Siemens AG. Kaeser has shown interest in the Korean economy and has advised that Korean industry shifts from manufacturing to converging with digitalization.

▲ Jeffrey B. Straubel

Jeffrey B. Straubel, chief technical officer (CTO) of Tesla Motors is one of the co-founders of the company. He oversees the technical and engineering design of the vehicles and has responsibility for new technology evaluation and R&D. Before establishing Tesla, Straubel worked for Rosen Motors as an engineer and later became the CTO and co-founder of Volacom Inc. Straubel holds a master’s degree in Energy Engineering from Stanford University.

▲ Johan Galtung. Photo by Paul Bernhar

Johan Galtung is internationally referred to as a founder of peace studies who is credited with devising the term structural violence to describe the harm society can cause by failing to allow people to meet their basic needs. He has also written about the positive and negative aspects of peace as a result of his sixty years of research. Galtung established the Peace Research Institute in Oslo in 1959 and organized the Transcend: A Peace Development Environment Network for Conflict Mediation. He is still devoting his life in peace studies at the Galtung-Institut for Peace Theory and Peace Practice.

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