Korea Office

Rm. 1101,
88 Yulgok-ro,
Seoul 03131
South Korea

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KTNC Watch-FES Workshop on "Business and Human Rights - Engaging multinational corporations and holding them accountable" (Seoul, November 12-16, 2019)

Human rights violation in global supply chains are monitored by various civil society organisations worldwide. However, the legal conditions, industrial relations as well as the capacity of trade unions and civil society organisations differ both between home and host countries. Some governments have started to develop a legal (France) and a political (Germany) framework which gives the civil society well-defined means for engaging multinational corporations on their human rights record, and other governments seem to be reluctant to take similar measures.

Under such circumstances, the Korean Transnational Corporations Watch and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Korea Office co-organized a workshop on "Business and Human Rights - Engaging multinational corporations and holding them accountable" in Seoul between 13 and 15 November. This workshop aimed at providing an opportunity for an exchange of experiences between Asian and European experts both with respect to engaging multinaltionals in a dialog and to obtaining remedy for human rights violation as well as lobbying government to establish a mandatory legal initiative.

CSAK-FES International Session on "Digital Capitalism and Real Utopias" (Seoul, October 24-27, 2019)

The socio-economic system is rapidly changing through digitalization. We are living in the era of digital capitalism. The debate on this topic is worldwide ongoing due to growing interest among various stakeholders.

To share the current discussions in Germany, India, South Korea, and the U.S.A., the Critical Sociological Association of Korea and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Korea Office co-organized the international session on "Digital Capitalism and Real Utopias" in the context of 22th CSAK Annual Meeting.

In this regards, the FES Korea Office has invited two international experts: Mr. Matt Prewitt (President, RadicalxChange Foundation, U.S.A.) has explored the philosophical mechanisms and core ideas of the book titled "Radical Markets"; and Ms. Anita Gurumurthy (Executive Director, IT for Change, India) has emphasized the women's empowerment in the era of digital paradigm.

KDGW-FES International Conference on "Opportunities for vocational and lifelong education curricula at Korean private universities" (Seoul, October 15-19, 2019)

The demand for workers with adequate, professional and technical skills is always high. South Korea has relatively few vocational and lifelong education facilities. Most of the young people want to be educated in institutions of higher education. Therefore vocational training programmes are needed to be included in the university education system. Meanwhile private universities in Korea are seeking for new directions for curricula because of the decreasing number of students and are also interested in providing vocational and lifelong education programmes. In this context, the experiences Germany has might give Korean private universities opportunities to explore possible solutions for vocational and lifelong education at the university level.

The Korean-German Academy of Economics and Management (KDGW) and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Korea Office co-hosted an international conference on "Opportunities for vocational and lifelong education at Korean private universities" on October 18th in Seoul. In this regards, the FES Korea Office has invited Prof. Ute Clement (Vice President, University of Kassel) and Prof. Bernhard Schmidt-Hertha. (Institute for Educational Research, University of Tuebingen).

The strong focus of career-oriented learning among the young generation might leave spaces for such programmes. Under this circumstances there is also a potential for further discussions how to include students' voice into the vocational and lifelong education curricula.

“From Peaceful Revolution to German Unity” (Seoul, October 2-7, 2019)

To mark the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Friedrich-Ebert Foundation was hosting the photo exhibition “From Peaceful Revolution to German Unity” from October 2 to 7, 2019. This exhibition was originally published by the Bundesstiftung zur Aufarbeitung der SED-Diktatur and Beauftragter der Bundesregierung für die Bundesländer. Friedrich-Ebert Foundation Korea Office produced a Korean version of the exhibition “From Peaceful Revolution to German Unity” which includes approx. 100 historical photos and texts written by Dr. Ulrich Mählert.

The photos and texts show process and consequences of the peaceful revolution in East Germany and course of German unification. These include Leipzig Monday Demonstrations, fall of Berlin Wall and first free election in GDR and German-German solidarity etc.

On 2nd October 2019, Kurt Beck, Chairman of Friedrich-Ebert Foundation, Stefan Auer, German Ambassador in Seoul, as well as Lee Seung Shin, Director General for Unification Policy of Ministry of Unification, offered welcoming remarks during the opening ceremony. A lot of people participated in this event and considered again what German unification means for Korea.

ZeDES-FES Seminar on "Dare for Democracy - The Paths towards Democracy in the 20th and 21st century in Germany and South Korea" (Seoul, September 2-5, 2019)

Many civil society organisations and historic researchers are interested in the meanings of the recent history, current status and future of democracy. In order to discuss the relevance of the German experiences for the Korean situation, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Korea Office has invited Dr. Anja Kurke (Head, Archive of Social Democracy, FES Bonn) and Prof. Christopher Kopper. (Department of History, University of Bielefeld)

In this context, a series of meetings to exchange views and information with various interest groups took place. Both experts spoke at the Chung Ang University's Center for German and European Studies (ZeDES) seminar on "Dare for Democracy - The paths towards Democracy in the 20th and 21st century in Germany and South Korea" on 4th September, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the first democratic presedential election in Germany, when Friedrich Ebert was elected as the president.

Both similarities and differences between Germany and South Korea became apparent. Especially, both countries are nowadays facing political challenges with respect to illiberal and anti-democratic movement.


“Totally East - Life in the GDR” (Daegu, April 17-20, 23-28, 2019)

The photo exhibition "Totally East – Life in the GDR" was held twice in Daegu in April 2019. It was the second time that this exhibition took place in South Korea. Friedrich-Ebert Stiftung Korea Office and Eco-Peace Asia which is placed in Daegu organized the exhibition. A lot of citizens visited this exhibition as well as the opening ceremony on 23rd April and experienced how people in East Germany lived before the unification.



Latest publication

The South Korean Auto Industry in Transition: A Trade Union Perspective

Ahn Jae Won, Hwang Hyunil, Oh Mingyu, Rhee Moon-Ho

In English language

The Non-regular Work in South Korea

Kim, Yoo Sun

In English language