Jeju Forum for Peace and Prosperity (26th and 28th June, 2018)

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he Jeju Forum is a regional multilateral dialogue for promoting peace and prosperity in Asia. The Forum serves as a platform for discussing and sharing future visions on sustainable peace and prosperity in Asia. Hosted by the Government of Jeju Special Self-Governing Province with the full support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea, the Forum was launched in 2001 as Jeju Peace Forum. The Forum had been held biennially before 2009 and when it became an annual event in 2011, the Forum was renamed as the Jeju Forum for Peace and Prosperity. Its Secretariat is headquartered in Jeju, South Korea. The Jeju Forum is held in May each year, in Jeju with more than 60 sessions, including plenary sessions and various networking opportunities, thereby providing a great deal of insights to the world.

The ‘Era of Peace Studies’ Opening on the Island of World Peace
Jeju Forum to Hold Sessions on ‘Sustainable Peace’ and ‘Inequality’
Amid growing expectations of peace on the Korean peninsula, more voices are calling for more efforts to promote peace studies. Jeju Peace Institute, which was established as a platform for peace studies and international cooperation in 2006 when Jeju Island was designated as the Island of World Peace, is to explore a new paradigm to implement peace in this era, jointly with internationally acclaimed peace research institutes attending the Jeju Forum this year. The session entitled “Towards a Sustainable Peace: Restorative Justice and Peace Education” from 3:20 p.m. to 4:50 p.m. on June 27, the second day of the Jeju Forum, co-sponsored by Jeju Peace Institute and the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at University of Notre Dame will review recent developments in peace studies in the context of the correlation between peace and justice. George A. Lopez, Professor Emeritus at the Kroc Institute; Ma Sang-Yoon, Director-General for policy planning at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; David Hooker and Mahan Mirza, professors at University of Notre Dame; Kim Ji Eun, Professor at Eastern Mennonite University; and Yi Seong-Woo, Research Fellow at Jeju Peace Institute will participate in the session to discuss how restorative justice contributes to post-dispute peace-building, and how peace education with more rigorous and innovative programs can help better respond to ethnic, religious, and inter-state conflicts. As a representative hub of peace studies in the U.S. which conducts researches on the causes of violent disputes and sustainable peace, the Kroc Institute has developed the Peace Accord Matrix and monitored the implementation of 34 peace agreements made across the world since 1989. The “Inequality: A Challenge for Our World” session from 5:10 p.m. to 6:40 p.m. on June 27, co-sponsored by Jeju Peace Institute and the Graduate Institute of Peace Studies (GIP) at Kyunghee University, will hold a discussion on Goal 10 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), “to reduce inequality within and among countries.”This session is to respond to the continued attention and efforts to redress inequality within country and between countries amid economic instability, as a follow-up to the special meeting on inequality held by the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations in 2016. This session is moderated by Prof. Oh Joon of the GIP at Kyunghee University, who was president of ECOSCO in 2016, and Nikhil Seth, Executive Director of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research, Prof. Kwon Gibung, Rector of the GIP, Prof. You Jong-Il of the KDI School of public policy and management and Erik Iverson, Managing Director of the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, will discuss the political, economic, social and international aspects of the inequality issue.
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