About the Forum
'For Peace & Prosperity'
Jeju Forum, formerly Jeju Peace Forum, was commenced for a regional multilateral dialogue process to promote peace and common prosperity in East Asia in 2001, had been convened biannually and the forum itself is a great contribution to building of the East Asian community.
World Leaders Messages
H.E. Julia GILLARD, Former Prime Minister of Australia
In a world of so many geo-political challenges, today I will focus on three: the threat posed by North Korea and the prospects for change, the consequences of China’s rise and the engagement of the United States in our region and what it means for us as allies.
First, to North Korea, which continues to oppress its own people and cause international concern because of its unpredictability and ambition for nuclear weapons.
H.E. LI Zhaozing, Former Foreign Minister of China
The theme of this forum is “Designing New Asia”. I am afraid, many friends present here are asking themselves: what is the state of affairs in Asia? And what should the New Asia as we anticipate look like?
Much as we have observed and felt, amidst drastic changes in international situation, Asia’s status and role in the global political and economic landscape have been continuously growing. Asia’s economy makes up one-third of the world’s total economy. With one-third of the world total GDP and a population of over four billion, Asia has become one of the most dynamic regions in the world with immense potentials.
H.E. YUN Byung-se, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Korea
Since the end of the Cold War, Asia has been dubbed as the world’s “Engine of Growth.” Over the past two decades, the future has been heralded as an “Asian Century” and a “Pacific Era.” Today, however, what I call “Asia Paradox” - the situation where political and security tensions increase despite growing economic interdependence - is deepening, threatening to derail that hopeful future.
Some pundits are even talking about the “return of geopolitics” here in Asia as well. If current problems are left unaddressed, prospects for Asia’s future will remain uncertain.
H.E. Mahathir Mohamad, Former Prime Minister of Malaysia
I think that we should rather spend that money on welfare, on looking after the poor, on better health services and educational services, for our own country and for other countries. That is the wise way to spend money. But to spend trillions of dollars preparing for war, developing new weapons, and all kinds of weapons of mass destruction that have been invented ? it is a waste, a waste of human resources, which we in this century, in this year 2013, should not be doing. We should not be wasting resources that way we should think instead of negotiation, or of arbitration, of going to the courts to settle disputes between nations.
H.E. HATOYAMA Yukio, Former Prime Minister of Japan
The keyword in the development of human civilization is not conflict but collaboration. As a former Prime Minister, I am deeply concerned by the doubts over whether the current Japanese government has faithfully learned this most important lesson of history. Now is the time for Japan to adopt an appropriate diplomatic approach and begin working together with South Korea and China to achieve the grand vision of an East Asia Community. I intend to dedicate myself to that goal as I believe that East Asia is where a new form of fraternity-based capitalism can truly emerge.
H.E. YUN Byung-se, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Korea
Many people question how the trust building process can begin with a partner such as North Korea. Yes, we are fully aware of that. Let me elaborate a little bit. For trust to materialize, each side must adhere to the promises made and the principles agreed while maintaining coherency. Breach of promises must incur corresponding consequences. There are two major aspects to the trust-building process: that is, safeguarding peace and making peace. To safeguard peace, we will never allow a nuclear armed North Korea, and make sure that there is a corresponding price for North Korea’s provocations. This must be done based on strong combined deterrence capacity. To make peace, together with our friends and partners, we will induce North Korea to make the right choice, while leaving open the door for a dialogue and cooperation. When and if North Korea makes such a choice, we will assist North Korea along with the rest of the international community.
MIRIKLIS Freda, International President of BPW International
The 21st century has been called both 'the Asian Century' in regard to economic development and 'the Women's Century' from a standpoint of women's empowerment. What does this mean for Asia? How can these two concepts be reconciled, in a region that is lowly ranked for gender equality according to reports by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development [OECD], World Economic Forum (Davos) [WEF] and the Asia Society?
H.E. Omurbek Babanov, Prime Minister of the Kyrgyz Republic
Today, Kyrgyzstan is firmly focused on real partnership not only with neighboring countries, but also to all members of world community who are engaged in a friendly policy toward my country. I would like to emphasize that such mutual cordial relationship between our two peoples is not accidental. Indeed, historically, common roots of our people are the prerequisites for a successful cooperation. We are much closer to each other than we seem, we bring together a common history, similar culture
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[9th] Designing New Asia (Final Report)
The 9th Jeju Forum for Peace and Prosperity took place in Jeju, an island of World Peace, from May 28-30 under the theme, Designing New Asia..
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