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The Jeju Forum will be an opportunity to engage in soft diplomacy through culture and help “heal the world” through cultural exchanges and dialogue, its organizers say.

“The Island of World Peace, Jeju, Talks Culture” talk concert will be held on May 22, led by a panel of leading Korean cultural ambassadors and five cultural activists who will discuss the roles of culture and cultural reformation.

Jeju Governor Won Hee-ryong and Hong Seok-hyun, the president of the Organizing Committee of the World Culture Open, will deliver a joint declaration that promotes global healing through culture. Hong is the chairman of the JoongAng Ilbo and its affiliate TV channel JTBC.

The talk concert will emphasize culture as an essential soft power that values the true essence of human beings, and encourages creativity and integration.

Other issues include the competitiveness of a “Global Jeju” such the “Strategies for the Flourishing through Women’s Leadership and Action: Removal of Inequality and Wage Gaps,” “Opening the Peace-Cruise Line Between Jeju and North Korea” and “Forging Jeju Free International City Development Plans.”

Other sessions will encourage discussion across age groups on hot social issues. They include the “Global Five-Party Roundtable Session,” in which five young panelists representing Korea, the United States, China, Japan and Germany will share their perspectives on inter-generational conflict.

Another session, organized by the Trilateral Cooperation Secretariat, “Beyond the Communication Barriers” will discuss the 808 Chinese characters that another group, the Northeast Asia Trilateral Forum, named as commonly used in Korea, China and Japan. The secretariat wants to stimulate thinking on how those characters can be used to promote East Asian cultural commonality, communications and cooperation.

Several sessions will be dedicated to gender equality, such as “Peace of Asia, Voices for Women’s Rights” sponsored the Korea Institute for Gender Equality Promotion & Education; and “Roles Expected for Female Leaders of Korea and China in The Age of Globalization and Public Diplomacy,” sponsored by the Korea China Regional Economy Association.

The Jeju Forum has a mobile phone app for forum information. It is available both in Korean and English and can link to Facebook and Instagram. Mobile phone users can download the free app in the Google Play Store or Apple’s App Store.

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