Korea Cur­rent Is­sues In In­ter­na­tional Re­la­tions: Con­flict, De­vel­op­ment And Ecol­ogy

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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

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