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Events 2012

KSM-FES International Conference "Humanitarian and Development Assistance to the DPRK”, November 27-29, 2012, Bangkok

This year's international conference on "Humanitarian and Development Assistance to the DPRK”, will be held in Bangkok from 27 to 29 November 2012 and jointly hosted by FES Korea, the Korean Sharing Movement (KSM) and Gyeonggi Province. The conference aims to maintain awareness of North Korean aid issues within the international community and to enhance strategy development through exchanges among representatives from international institutions as well as international and South Korean NGO representatives operating in North Korea. The conference will be held as a closed event exclusively for specialist in this area, participation is therfore by invitation only.

FES Alumni Meeting "Environmental and Energy Policy in Germany and International Challenges for a Sustainable Transformation Regarding Economy and Lifestyle” with Prof. Udo Simonis, November 9 2012, Seoul

At the fall meeting of FES Alumni, Prof. em. Dr. Udo Simonis (Social Science Research Center Berlin, WZB) gave a lecture on environmental and energy policy in Germany and international challenges for a sustainable transformation regarding economy and lifestyle. The lecture was followed by a very interesting and manifold discussion with the FES Alumni. this event was held in Koreana Hotel, Seoul.

IDES-FES International Symposium on "European Values for Korea in Times of Global Change?", November 7-8 2012, Seoul

The Institute of German and European Studies at Chung-Ang University and the FES Korea jointly organized an international symposium entitled "European Values for Korea in Times of Global Change?" at the international conference room, the Graduate School of Chung-Ang-University, Seoul. In this two-day symposium, various European and Korean politicicans and intellectuals discussed European values and to what extent those values could be utilized for Korea's society in times of globalization. Mrs. Heide Simonis, the former Minister President of Schleswig-holstein in Germany, gave a keynote speech. Furthermore, with Prof. em. Dr. Udo Simonis (Social Science Research Center Berlin, WZB) and Prof. em. Dr. Gyoergy Szell (University of Osnabrueck) took part in this symposium.

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PSPD-FES International Symposium on "Division and  Welfare", November 5 2012, Seoul

The FES Korea, the Kyunghee Institute for Human society for Participatory Democracy (PSDP) and the Institute for Participatory Society (IPS) jointly organized an international symposium "Division and welfare: Toward A Participatory Peace-welfare State" on November 5, 2012 at the E-Center, Yeouido, Seoul. In particular, the symposium raised questions on how to realize a welfare state in Korea as a divided nation and discussed the relationship between welfare and national division, peace and democracy.

Prof. em. Dr. Gyoegy Szell (University of Osnabueck, Germany), Dr. Wesley Widmaier (Griffith Universiy, Australia), Prof. Dr. Sven E. Olsson-Hort (Seoul National University) and Prof. Dr. Hiroki Sumizawa (Japan Women's University) participated in this symposium as international experts.

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KCTU-FES Internationa Conference on "Trade Union Strategy for Working Hour Reduction and Job Creation", November 1 2012, Seoul

The FES Korea office organized an international conference on "Trade Union Strategy for Working Hour Reduction and Job Creation" in conjuction with the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU). With 2111 working hours per person and year on average, Korea still remains the country with the longest annual working hours within all OECD countries, despite some positive legal developments, such as the adoption of the 40-hours week in 2004. In order to ensure compliance with the existing legislation in practice, an alternative legislation and institutional framework designed to link working hour reduction and job creation is urgently needed.

Prof. Koji Morioka (Kansai University, Japan), Prof. Bengt Furaker (University of Gotheburg, Sweden), Dr. Jean-Marie Pernot (IRES, France) and Dr. Thomas Haipeter (University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany) took part as foreign specialists in this confernce together with various Korean experts from trade unions and academia. the international Labour Organization (ILO) was represented by LEE Sangheon.


KLSI-FES Interntional Symposium on "Collective Bargaining Structures and Organizing Strategies of Industrial Trade Unions in Germnay, France and South Korea", Oktober 31 2012, Seoul

In commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the "Great workers' Struggle of 1987", FES Korea and the Korea Labour and Society Institute (KLSI) jointly organized an international symposium on collective bargaining strategies of industrial trade unions in Germnay, France and south Korea. this symposium was held in CCMM Building (Yeouido), Seoul.

Since the first industrial trade unions were founded in Korea ten years ago, only little progress has been made in terms of industrial level bargaining and sucessful organizing strategies. This international symposium aims to offer an oppertunity for Korean trade unions to draw vaulable lessons from the experiences of foreign trade unions in order to come up with new concepts concerning bargaining structure and organizing strategies.

Dr. Thomas Haipeter (University of Duisburg-Essen), Dr, Jean-Marie Pernot (IRES) and Prof. Dr. Koji Morioka (Kansai University) took part in this symposium as foreign experts.

Interntional Symposium on "International Trends of Nuclear Phase-out Policies - Exploring an Alternative Way for Korea", Oktober 16 2012, Seoul

The Hope Institute, Energy & Climate Policy Institute (ECPI), National assembly Research Service, National Asssembliy Caucus on Post-Nuclear energy and the FES Korea jointly organised an international symposium on “International Trends of Nuclear Phase-out Policies - Exploring an Alternative Way for Korea" on October 16, 2012. This symposium was held in convention Hall, Korea Federation of Banks in Seoul. 

Prof. Dr. Miranda Schreuers from Freie University Berlin, Mr. Iida Tetsunari from the Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies and Mr. Yoshioka Tatsuya from Peaceboat participate in this symposium in order to contribute with their knowledge and experiences on this topic with Korean experts.

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KGAEM-FES Interntional Confernce on "Economic Democracy in Korea and Germany", Oktober 5-6 2012, Seoul

The Korean-German Academy of Economics and Management (KGAEM), Korea Institute for International Economic Policy (KIEP) and the FES Korea jointly organised an international conference on “Economic Democracy in Korea and Germany - Looking for a New Growth Model" on October 5-6, 2012. This conference was held in Seminar Room, 2F, Members' Office Building (New), The National Assembly of Republic of Korea. 

Prof. Dr. Arner Heise, University of Hamburg and Prof. Dr. Jochen Struwe, University of Applied Sciences, Trier, participated in this conference in order to contribute with their knowledge and experiences on this topic with Korean experts.

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ICEM-FES Asia/Pacific Glass Industry Network Meeting, September 17-18 2012, Jeju

The International Federation of Chemical, Energy, Mine and General Workers’ Unions (ICEM) and the FES Korea office jointly hold an Asia-Pacific Glass Industry Network Meeting on September 17-18, 2012 in Jeju.

Hope Institute-FES Forum "Participatory Democracy in Local Governance - Stories of Local Citizens' Participation in Germany and Korea", September 10-14 2012, Seoul/Suwon/Seongnam

The Hope Institute and the Korean office of Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) jointly host a Korean-German urban forum designed to give Korean local governments a chance to reflect on German cases about efficient ways to promote resident participation in local policy-making. This year´s forum aims to share knowledge and experience between local governments in Germany and Korea and to inspire Korean local governments to develop their own realistic and applicable participation models for Korean cities. The entire forum (Seoul 11/13.9.12; Suwon 12.9.12; Seongnam 14.9.12) will consist of several lectures to the public including a special forum that will be organized in collaboration with the Local Governance Club (LGC).

Two invited experts from Germany participate in the programm are Mr. Andreas Geisel, Mayor of Berlin-Lichtenberg District (Social Democratic Party of Germany) and Dr. Andreas Osner, Secretary General of "Verein Familiengerechte Kommune".

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SOCDEM Asia-FES Expert's Conference "Regional Energy Security" on August 20-22 2012, Seoul

The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES), Korea Office, was organized an Experts’ Conference on Regional Energy Security in Seoul, South Korea, from 20 to 22 August 2012. The conference aimed at discussing ideas and concepts in order to create a compelling roadmap that integrated energy security (sustainability and governance) into a progressive developmental framework protective of the populace and the environment while keeping up with growth targets that will impact on economic and social sphere. The conference gathered around 25 delegates coming from think tanks, NGOs and political parties in South Korea, Japan, Mongolia, the Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia with energy security experts from Germany.

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2nd FES Economy of Tomorrow Regional Forum: "Inequality and economic growth: Towards a socially just paradigm for growth and development" on June 21-22 2012

FES launched the Economy of Tomorrow project in Bangkok March 2012 to initiate dialogue on economic and social development between key Asian emerging economies, as well as between Asia and Europe. Building on national working groups, the regional Economy of Tomorrow Forum serves as a platform for the exchange on common challenges and national developments. The main objectives of the project are to construct an alternative growth and development model and to build the political will to implement policies that will put the economies onto an alternative development path. FES Economy of Tomorrow Regional Forum organized Seoul focused on the relationship between economic growth and social and economic inequality.

Presentations and discussions at the forum dealt specifically with the role of the state in fostering a more equitable and socially just distribution of wealth and income by developing appropriate taxation and wage policies and by designing a social security system in both a re-distributive and an enabling fashion. Furthermore the focus on gender social and economic inequality added a new dimension to the alternative growth and development model.

FES Alumni Meeting "Current Status and Perspectives of German-Korean Relations” with German Ambassador Seidt on May 18 2012

At the spring meeting of FES Alumni, German Ambassador Hans-Ulrich Seidt gave a lecture on the current state and perspectives of German-Korean relations, followed by a very interesting and manifold discussion with the FES Alumni. Topics included German and Korean re-unification, German-Korean economic relations, the reform of the Korean educational system and the European debt crisis.

4th Asian-European Labour Forum "Income Inequality and Economic Crisis: Solution Strategies and Policy Issues” on May 7-9, 2012

This time the 4th Asian-European Labour Forum took place in Seoul and was hosted by the Federation of Korean Trade Unions (FKTU), the Korean Federation of Trade Unions (KCTU) and the Korean office of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung. In the three days conference participated 40 delegates out of 14 countries to share their national experiences and scientific findings on income inequality in times of economic crises. How do different social models perform? How do social movements and labor unions develop and contribute to stabilize social imbalances?

Reflecting the strong neoliberal driven international policies of the past the participants formulated in their joint conclusion alternative policy recommendations for more inclusive and social balanced growth models. All participants agreed that national and international collaboration is to be strengthened in order to strengthen social democratic labor-policies.

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Roundtable Workshop "Green Jobs in Korea: Potential and Perspectives" on April 19, 2012

The debates on how to construct a ‘Green Economy’ become more and more the center of interest in Korea. The Korean government institutionalized the Green Growth Policies in 2008; Korean civil society groups and academia pay attention to the possibilities to create green jobs and to do research on it. It is now necessary to examine more precisely the potentials and prospects of green jobs in Korea. Therefore, FES Korea, together with Energy & Climate Policy Institute (ECPI), organized an expert roundtable workshop to discuss the role of the public sector, enterprises, trade unions and environmental organizations. The workshop was based on the Korea report of ECPI presented during a regional FES Conference <Green Jobs in Asia – Potentials and Prospects for National Strategies>, held from March 5-7, 2012 in Singapore.

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New York Conference “Peace and Cooperation in Northeast Asia” on March 8-9, 2012

Participants from eight countries met at the Millennium UN Plaza Hotel in New York City March 8th and 9th 2012 for a Track II diplomacy conference focused on issues relating to peace, cooperation, and security on the Korean Peninsula. The 2012 New York Conference on Peace and Cooperation in Northeast Asia consisted of informal, multilateral talks designed to provide participants with a safe environment for examining alternative visions of the future of the region and were held under the Chatham House Rule that protects the identity and affiliation of speakers. Based on the amicable and candid interactions among participants, the organizers believe that the conference achieved its primary goal of building trust, despite continuing political differences.


The conference was jointly organized by the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, the Korean Peninsula Affairs Center of the Maxwell School of Syracuse University, the Center for Peace and Public Integrity at Hanshin University, the National Association of Korean Americans, and the Pacific Century Institute. Attendees from China, DPRK, the EU, Germany, Japan, Mongolia, ROK, Russia, the US, and the United Nations participated. They reflected a broad range of experience in different sectors ,including academia, government, think tanks, and civil society organizations. European participants shared some of the experiences of Ostpolitik and détente in Europe that gradually created the conditions for peaceful coexistence despite longstanding ideological and political differences. 

Dialogue Program “Challenges and Perspectives of Social Democracy in Korea and Germany” on January 31 - February 3, 2012

In view of growing public interest in social welfare issues as well as social and economic democracy and justice in Korea, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung organized a series of dialogue fora. The aim of the week-long program was to contribute to fostering and deepening the public discussion on these issues based on core values of social democracy. This dialogue program was realized in cooperation with Korean partner institutions such as the Institute for Democracy and Politic (IDP) of the Democratic Unified Party, the Federation of Korean Trade Unions (FKTU), and civil society organizations. The program took place in Seoul and Busan.

Two German experts from FES Head Office, Dr. Christian Krell, director of the Academy for Social Democracy, as well as Mr. Jan Engels, coordinator of the social democracy monitor at the department of International Policy Analysis, were invited  as key resource persons. From the Korean side, prominent speakers including Dr. JONG Bum-Goo, Member of Parliament, and Prof. Dr. SHIN Gwang-Yong, Chungang University, participated in the program.