Korea Current Issues In International Relations: Conflict, Development And Ecology
The 2012 ENCUENTRO international conference with the title of “Korea Current Issues in International Relations: Conflict, Development and Ecology” was held at Hannam University in Daejeon city, South Korea, on November 16, 2012. This conference is being organized in partnership with Hannam University and the UN-mandated UPEACE AsiaPacific Centre with additional sponsorship from UNESCO-APCEIU, Oxford University’s Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, University of Toronto Transformative Learning Centre, and the National Peace Academy, said organizer Kevin Kester.
These sponsors are cooperating with a consortium of other national and international organizations invested in furthering peace and international cooperation in Korea and the Asia-Pacific region.
For three years, ENCUENTRO has brought together educators, practitioners and activists in the fields of global affairs, international relations and peace education, gathered from around the world to exchange experiences and learn with and from each other in an intensive one-day encounter. The inaugural ENCUENTRO was hosted at the University of Toronto in April 2010. This year confer- ence participants are mostly from Korea and the AsiaPacific, with representatives from many other world regions.
Apart from conflict resolution and peace, the human rights issue was discussed, particularly on the Asia-Pacific regions. A special lecture on “Human Rights in Asia,” John S Thang, a Myanmar activist and a PhD student from ChuangAng University, presents the perspective of human rights in Asia and the need to promote it according to local context. He condemned dictatorship and autocratic ruling systems across Asia, which make human rights violations in the region. He also proposed Asian values as a collective system to use to distribute wealth to poor people, in-order to narrow the gap between rich and poor under the capitalist economic system. It’s found still lack of Human Rights in Asia.
There are also others presentations on various subjects, which included Poverty and Sustainable Development, Education, Peace and Technology, Migration and CrossCultural Communication, and NGOs and Global Education. Approximately three hundreds participants attended the conference.
Participants at the ENCUENTRO conference