JEJU, South Korea, Nov. 6, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Organized by Jeju Peace Institute, an annual international peace forum opened on the southern resort island of Jeju on Thursday, with a focus on ways to shore up multilateral cooperation in tackling the coronavirus pandemic and promoting regional security.
The three-day Jeju Forum for Peace and Prosperity comes as the COVID-19 crisis has brought home the pressing need for global cooperation, which has been eroded by an intensifying Sino-U.S. rivalry, as well as emergent protectionism, nationalism and unilateralism in some quarters of the world.
Under the main theme of “Reinventing Multilateral Cooperation: Pandemic and Humane Security”, the forum bring together prominent figures, such as U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres, his predecessor Ban Ki-moon, former U.S. President Bill Clinton and former Singaporean Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong.
During Friday’s opening ceremony, President Moon Jae-in delivered a video keynote speech that South Korea will never give up efforts for the denuclearization of the peninsula and establishment of permanent peace in the region, as he underlined the need to revitalize the Korea peace process.
The forum includes various sessions designed to discuss transnational challenges, such as the ongoing global health crisis, climate change and cybersecurity, as well as efforts to promote regional and global cooperation in the post-coronavirus era.
Among the sessions are two plenary meetings on Friday — one on how to reinvent multilateralism in the midst of the pandemic and the other on ways to turn the current health and other crises into opportunities to foster global solidarity.
The forum also includes a set of roundtable sessions involving foreign ambassadors in Seoul, which will discuss the changing geopolitical dynamics in Northeast Asia, and experiences and lessons from the COVID-19 scourge.
On Saturday, an expert session will discuss the U.S.-China relations and the Korean Peninsula following this week’s presidential election. In a separate session, experts will also discuss how to tackle the North Korean nuclear quandary.
Foreign speakers participate through video links due to COVID-19-induced restrictions, organizers said. All key sessions are set to be streamed live through a designated public online platform.
Since its launch in 2001, the forum has grown into a regional multilateral dialogue platform for promoting sustainable peace and prosperity on the peninsula and beyond.