The Post Pandemic Glocal Democracy;
Impact, Challenges, and Opportunities

May 21

Session Title Local Democracy and Human Rights City in: Current Status and Tasks
Key Organizer The May 18 Memorial Foundation
Time  21 May 2021, 10:00-12:00 KST (GMT+9)
Modality / Language Hybrid / Korean (Onsite: Participants from the Gwangju area / Online Discussion: Participants from other areas)
Objectives To evaluate the human rights cities movement in Korea and the international society from the perspective of grassroots democracy, promoting grassroots democracy through the human rights cities and seeking ways to strengthen and spread the human rights cities through civil participatory democracy.
Main Topics & Issues to be addressed
  • The Current Statues of Local Government in Korea and Civil Participatory Democracy
  • The Status and Evaluation of Human Rights Cities in Korea: From the Perspective of Civil Participatory Democracy
  • The Status of Human Rights Cities and Civil Participatory Democracy in International Society
  • Links between the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Civil Participatory Democracy: UN Sustainable Development Goal 16
  • Improvement of Civil Participatory Democracy Through Human Rights Cities
  • Seeking Ways to Improve Grassroots Democracy Through Human Rights Cities
Background
  • The May 18 Memorial Foundation decided to reinforce the internationalization of traditional national violence and issues before the transition period while innovating the form and content of the existing Gwangju Asia Forum with the Gwangju Democracy Forum (GDF) this year, while at the same time, significantly supplement the agenda of present and future democracy.
  • Specifically, the agenda of the ongoing international democracy movements, such as Myanmar's democratization, will be dealt with from the perspective of mid- to long-term democratization movements in Asia, and various democratic issues such as elections, the internet, migration, refugees, SDGs, etc. , 
  • Meanwhile, a joint action agenda – The Gwangju Democracy Agenda 2030 – will be drawn up and consistently implemented through an assessment of the current status of democracy at the global level with existing and new partner organizations and institutions.
  • For the past two decades, many local governments, including Gwangju, Seoul, and Suwon, have faced considerable challenges, although the human rights cities movement has been a meaningful achievement of the civil participatory democracy movement.
  • The World Human Rights Cities Forum led by Gwangju City in commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the Gwangju Democratization Movement has contributed to the linkage and spread of discourse, policy, and activities of human rights cities at home and abroad.
  • The discourse and policies of the human rights cities should be more organically linked to the strengthening of grassroots participatory democracy that substantially contributes to solve problems in the political, economic, and environmental lives of citizens.
  • This session will evaluate the human rights cities movement in Korea and in international society from the civil participatory democracy point of view and make improvements through discourse and an action agenda for the Gwangju Democracy Forum in the future.
 
  • Moderator: Anselmo Lee (Adjunct Professor, Kyung Hee University Graduate School of Public Policy and Civic Engagement)
  • Speakers
    • KIM Jung Sub (Emeritus Professor, Gyeongsang National University)
    • KIM Hyung Wan (Manager, Korea Human Rights Policy Institute)
    • YOON Hee Cheol (Secretary General, Gwangju Council for Sustainable Development)
  • Panelists 
    • KIM Tae Hyeong (Director, Gwangju International Center)
    • PARK Jae Man (Standing Representative, Association of the Gwangju Civic Organization)
    • YOO Geun Jong (Section Chief, Democracy and Human Rights Division, Gwangju City Hall, Korea)


Anselmo Lee
Role in the Session Moderator
Position and Organizational Affiliation Adjunct Professor, Kyung Hee University Graduate School of Public Policy and Civic Engagement
Nationality Korea
KIM Jung Sub
Role in the Session Speaker
Position and Organizational Affiliation Emeritus Professor,Gyeongsang National University
Nationality Korea
KIM Hyung Wan
Role in the Session Speaker
Position and Organizational Affiliation Manager, Korea Human Rights Policy Institute
Nationality Korea
YOON Hee Cheol
Role in the Session Speaker
Position and Organizational Affiliation Secretary General, Gwangju Councilfor Sustainable Development
Nationality Korea
KIM Tae Hyeong
Role in the Session Panel
Position and Organizational Affiliation Director, Gwangju International Center
Nationality Korea
PARK Jae Man
Role in the Session Panel
Position and Organizational Affiliation Standing Representative, Association of the Gwangju Civic Organization
Nationality Korea
YOO Geun Jong
Role in the Session Panel
Position and Organizational Affiliation Section Chief, Democracy and Human Rights Division, Gwangju City Hall, Korea
Nationality Korea



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