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Role of NUAC for a “Peaceful Korean Peninsula’’ – Workshop for change and innovation
Role of NUAC for a “Peaceful Korean Peninsula’’ – Workshop for change and innovation
Planning & Finance Officer, 2017-07-17
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Role of NUAC for a “Peaceful Korean Peninsula’’ – Workshop for change and innovation
Assessing the role of NUAC in realizing a「Peaceful Korean Peninsula」
The NUAC employees’ workshop was held for 2 days on July 13-14 in order to share the government’s understanding on the direction of government operation for the North Korea Policy and Unification Policy, improve trust among employees, and foster an organizational culture of communication and harmony.
  • Landscape of workshop for change and innovation – Presentation of group discussion results

This workshop was held in Chuncheon, Gangwon-do Province with the theme “Role of NUAC for a Peaceful Korean Peninsula,” and Secretary General Hwang Insung gave a keynote speech on the “Establishment of Peaceful Korean Peninsula and NUAC”; Kim Yeon-chul, professor at Inje University, gave a keynote speech on the “Government Plans for a Peaceful Korean Peninsula under President Moon Jae-in.” Finally, Ra Mi-kyoung, professor at Soonchunhyang University, gave a keynote speech on the “National Unification Contract and Role of NUAC.” The participating employees discussed the theme “Directions for NUAC in its Tasks for Change and Innovation” and gave presentations of their group discussion results.
  • Secretary General Hwang Insung and employees pledging their allegiance

In his keynote speech that followed the opening ceremony, Secretary General Hwang Insung emphasized that, “In order to establish a peaceful Korean Peninsula, the historical assets between North and South, secured through reconciliation and cooperation policies, must be restored.” A massive change in awareness and policies is necessary for the establishment of permanent peace in the Korean Peninsula, he added.
  • Secretary General Hwang Insung giving a keynote speech

“NUAC, which is a pan-national constitutional organization that goes beyond political parties, must maintain its rightful trust and authority among the people and continue to secure them, going forward,” Secretary General Hwang Insung continued.
He also suggested the tasks in order for NUAC to play a practical role in forming a “peaceful Korean Peninsula”: forming an advisory committee with vision and energy for unification; promoting on-site consultation and advisory reflecting the local sentiment; promoting peace and unification activities that the people can agree to and participate in; preaching public diplomacy for unification abroad; establishing governance for unification; and operating the offices efficiently along with the directions for change and innovation.
  • Secretary General Hwang Insung stressing the need for massive change in recognition and policies

Professor Kim Yeon-chul of Inje University explained the government’s direction with regard to North Korea and unification policies based on the main points of the “Korean Peninsula Peace Plans” announced by President Moon Jae-in at the Korber Foundation on July 6.
  • Professor Kim Yeon-chul of Inje University explaining the government policies on North Korea and unification under President Moon Jae-in

“The current relationship between North and South is at a stage where the threat of war or insecurity in the Korean Peninsula is escalating as North Korea has turned their threats of nuclear weapons and missiles into reality, continuing with their acceleration of nuclear bomb and hydrogen bomb development and missile test launches as proven by the 5 nuclear weapon tests despite the pressure applied by international society, and the negotiation for establishing a peace system in the Korean Peninsula continues to be nonexistent,” Professor Kim stated.
As to the background and purpose of the “Korean Peninsula Peace Plans,” he explained that the Korean Peninsula Peace Plans were suggested to establish a Korean Peninsula without any threat of nuclear weapons and war and where North and South accept each other and live together in prosperity.
“The policies on North Korea and unification under President Moon Jae-in are not geared toward immediate unification or unification by absorption and any other artificial unification but toward ‘practical unification’ in the Korean Peninsula instead as the ethnic community rebuilds itself and pursues natural unification based on establishing peace. What we are aiming for at this current stage is peace in the Korean Peninsula,” Professor Kim stated.
According to him, the North Korea Policy under President Moon Jae-in aims to resolve the nuclear weapon issue by comprehensively approaching it in steps while the north-south agreements are systemized to ensure that they are neither altered nor put at risk at every change in regime, including establishing a peace system in the Korean Peninsula through the basic agreement and peace agreement between North and South.
“North and South divided by the Military Demarcation Line will be connected through the economic belt by specifying the plans for constructing an economic community involving both North and South as proposed by the New Economic Map of the Korean Peninsula as it resolves issues surrounding separated families, environment, and natural disasters through the vitalization of non-political means and non-governmental exchanges,” he added.
In particular, Professor Kim emphasized that, in order to promote such policies on North Korea and unification, NUAC must be the venue of discussion for peace and unification while being the center of public consensus as it strengthens its role as a practical advisory institution for presidential policies and nurtures the unification policies with the people’s participation.
Through her lecture on the “Conclusion of National Unification Contract and Role of NUAC,” which was held on July 14, Professor Ra Mi-kyoung of Soonchunhyang University explained the main contents of the “National Unification Contract” as the resolution to the intra-societal conflict surrounding the policies on North Korea and unification.
  • Professor Ra Mi-kyoung of Soonchunhyang University lecturing on the National Unification Contract and governance

“The National Unification Contract is necessary as a social pact to resolve the criticism on the government-led policies for North Korea as well as the conflict between the ruling party, opposing party, and civil society regarding North Korea and form a widespread level of trust regarding the issue of unification. The 「National Unification Contract」 is not a perfect agreement but a basic social agreement to resolve the conflict within our own society and political structures regarding ethnic issues,” Professor Ra explained.
According to her, the conclusion of the 「National Unification Contract」 itself will be a difficult journey, and various conflicts will arise throughout the process. “The「National Unification Contract」carries important meaning as the process of its conclusion itself would establish a system that takes into account the demands of civil society while vitalizing the system for persuading the people and establishing a system where the people participate,” she stressed.
Professor Ra noted that NUAC has the foundation and the capacity to make various classes within society participate in efforts to realize peace and unification; therefore, it must fulfill its role as the bridge of communication with the people, promoter of trust and exchange, cooperator on sympathy for unification, and champion for peace and unification (passion), she added.
The employees gave presentations and held group discussions on the theme “Tasks and Direction for the Change and Innovation of NUAC.”
  • Office employees in group discussion

On July 13 as the first day, the participating employees were divided into Democracy (Group 1), Peace (Group 2), Unification (Group 3), and Manse (Group 4) groups; they held discussions regarding the appointment of consultants, policy proposal, unification activities, overseas network, unification governance, office organizational culture, and direction of improvement and innovation for NUAC operation and plans and presented their discussion results in the morning of July 14 with Planning & Coordination Officer Kim An-na conducting.
  • Group speakers presenting their group discussion results, with Planning & Coordination Officer Kim An-na conducting

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