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Global Engagement & Empowerment Forum
on Sustainable Development (GEEF) 2022

REMEMBER Our Common Future

February 10 – 11, 2022
Yonsei University, Seoul, Republic of Korea

Program at a Glance

Thursday, February 10 Friday, February 11
1

OPENING CEREMONY

1

FEATURED & SCIENTIFIC SESSION 8

TITLE: Global Health and Partnerships to further Our Common Future: Where We Are and Where We Should Be

HOST: Institute of East and West Studies (IEWS), Yonsei University & Graduate School of Public Health, Yale University

2

KEYNOTE SPEECH

3

SPECIAL SESSION

TITLE: REMEMBER Our Common Future

2

PLENARY SESSION 2

TITLE: Caring Society for Social Sustainability: Care Economy, Care Democracy and New Imaginations for Care

HOST: Yonsei University

4

FEATURED & SCIENTIFIC SESSION 1

TITLE: Quality of Women’s Health

HOST: FleishmanHillard

3

PLENARY SESSION 3

TITLE: SDGs Index (Smart City Index, AI Rankings, Urban Regeneration, THE University Impact Rankings)

HOST: Yonsei University

5

PLENARY SESSION 1

TITLE: Equitable Vaccine Accessibility: Lessons Learned from COVID-19 Pandemic

HOST: Yonsei University

4

FEATURED & SCIENTIFIC SESSION 9

TITLE: Ports: An Opportunity to Harmonize Sustainable Development of Land and Sea

HOST: Yonsei University, Incheon Port Authority (ICPA)

6

FEATURED & SCIENTIFIC SESSION 2

TITLE: Yonsei IHEI Workstations for SDGs

HOST: Institute for Higher Education Innovation (IHEI), Yonsei University

5

FEATURED & SCIENTIFIC SESSION 10

TITLE: Korean Wave for Engagement & Empowerment

HOST: Wellesley College & Yonsei University

7

FEATURED & SCIENTIFIC SESSION 3

TITLE: Global Citizenship for a Sustainable Tomorrow: from Policy to Action

HOST: Ban Ki-Moon Centre for Global Citizens (BKMC) & Institute for Global Engagement and Empowerment (IGEE), Yonsei University

6

FEATURED & SCIENTIFIC SESSION 11

TITLE: Remember Our Promise, Leaving No One Behind!

HOST: Korea NGO Council for Overseas Development Cooperation (KCOC) & Yonsei University

8

FEATURED & SCIENTIFIC SESSION 4

TITLE: ICT Systems in the Age of Aging

HOST: Yonsei University

7

FEATURED & SCIENTIFIC SESSION 12

TITLE: Healthcare Access in Rural Communities

HOST: Yonsei University

9

FEATURED & SCIENTIFIC SESSION 5

TITLE: Firms, Society, and ESG

HOST: School of Business (Brain Korea 21), Yonsei University

8

CLOSING CEREMONY

10

FEATURED & SCIENTIFIC SESSION 6

TITLE: Sustainable Partnership for International Organizations

HOST: Yonsei University

11

FEATURED & SCIENTIFIC SESSION 7

TITLE: Artificial Intelligence for Better Engagement & Empowerment

HOST: Yonsei University

Program in Detail

  • Thursday, February 10, 2022
  • Friday, February 11, 2022

GEEF 2022 PROGRAM SCHEDULE DAY 1

Thursday, February 10

TIME SCHEDULE
09:00(KST)

REGISTRATION

ON-Line: www.geef-sd.org

09:00 - 09:20
(20’)

OPENING CEREMONY

Welcome Remarks

  • Seoung Hwan Suh, President of Yonsei University
  • Ban Ki-moon, The 8th Secretary-General of the United Nations & Honorary Chair of Institute for Global Engagement & Empowerment (IGEE), Yonsei University
  • Heinz Fischer, The 11th President of the Republic of Austria & Co-Chair of the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens (BKMC)

Congratulatory Remarks

  • Choi Jong-moon, The 2nd Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Korea
09:30 - 09:50
(20’)

KEYNOTE SPEECH

  • Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations
09:50 - 11:30
(100’)

SPECIAL SESSION

TITLE: REMEMBER Our Common Future

  • Ban Ki-moon, The 8th Secretary-General of the United Nations & Honorary Chair of Institute for Global Engagement & Empowerment (IGEE), Yonsei University
  • Gro Harlem Brundtland, First Woman Prime Minister of Norway & Former Director-General of WHO
  • JH Kah, Executive Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer of YG Entertainment
  • Jyotsna Puri, Associate Vice-President of the Strategy and Knowledge Department, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
  • Kang, Kyung-wha, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Korea
11:30 - 12:00
(30’)

BREAK

12:00 - 13:00
(60’)

FEATURED & SCIENTIFIC SESSION 1

TITLE: Quality of Women’s Health

HOST: FleishmanHillard

Moderator

  • Chak Hee Ahn, Director of Global Affairs, JoongAng Ilbo

Panelists

  • Jinkyoung Park, Head of Secretariat, Presidential Committee on Ageing Society and Population Policy (PCASPP)
  • Jong-Woo Paik, Professor of College of Medicine, Kyung Hee University & Chairman of Korean Society for Traumatic Stress Studies(KSTSS)
  • Ja-Young Kwon, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology (Maternal-Fetal-Medicine), College of Medicine, Yonsei University
  • Chounsook Jung, 21st National Assembly Member, Chairwoman of the National Women's Committee of the Democratic Party of Korea
13:00 – 13:30
(30’)

BREAK

13:30 - 14:30
(60’)

PLENARY SESSION 1

TITLE: Equitable Vaccine Accessibility: Lessons learned from COVID-19 Pandemic

HOST: Yonsei University

Moderator

  • Shinki An, Professor of Department of Medical Education, College of Medicine, Yonsei University & Director of Yonsei Institute for Global Health

Panelists

  • Mark Buttigieg, Economic Diplomatic Counsellor, British Embassy in Korea
  • David H. Do, Director of Corporate Strategy & Corporate Affairs, AstraZeneca Korea
  • Peter J. Hotez, Professor of Department of Pediatrics and Molecular Virology & Microbiology, Baylor College of Medicine
  • Jerome Kim, Director General of International Vaccine Institute
  • Joon Sup Yeom, Professor of Department of Infectious Disease, College of Medicine, Yonsei University & Director of Center for Global Development of Yonsei Institute for Global Health
14:30 - 15:00
(30’)

BREAK

15:00 - 16:00
(60’)

FEATURED & SCIENTIFIC SESSION 2

TITLE: Yonsei IHEI Workstations for SDGs

HOST: Institute for Higher Education Innovation (IHEI), Yonsei University

Co-Moderators

  • Jayun Won, President of Social Innovation Creators' Academia (SICA) & Undergraduate Student of Underwood International College, Yonsei University
  • Soomin Hong, Vice President of Social Innovation Creators' Academia (SICA) & Undergraduate Student of Underwood International College, Yonsei University

Panelists

  • Kunhee Ryu, Data Team Manager of Recoffery & Undergraduate Student of Underwood International College, Yonsei University
  • DongJun Ko, Strategy Associate of Recoffery & Undergraduate Student of Underwood International College, Yonsei University
  • Yelim Hong, Research Associate of Recoffery & Undergraduate Student of Underwood International College, Yonsei University
  • Jeesoo Park, Team Leader of SOLVERE & Undergraduate Student of Underwood International College, Yonsei University
  • Huiju Lee, Planning Team Leader of SOLVERE & Undergraduate Student of Underwood International College, Yonsei University
  • Boyun Choi, Member of SOLVERE & Undergraduate Student of Underwood International College, Yonsei University
16:00 - 17:30
(90’)

FEATURED & SCIENTIFIC SESSION 3

TITLE: Global Citizenship for a Sustainable Tomorrow: from Policy to Action

HOST: Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens (BKMC) & Institute for Global Engagement and Empowerment (IGEE), Yonsei University

Co-Moderators

  • Katrin Harvey, COO of the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens (BKMC)
  • Julia Zimmerman, Program Officer of the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens (BKMC)

High-Level Speakers

  • Heinz Fischer, The 11th President of the Republic of Austria & Co-Chair of the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens (BKMC)
  • Ban Ki-moon, The 8th Secretary-General of the United Nations & Honorary Chair of Institute for Global Engagement & Empowerment (IGEE), Yonsei University
  • Niki Kerameus, Minister of Education and Religious Affairs, Greece
  • Vibeke Jensen, Director of the Division for Peace and Sustainable Development, UNESCO
  • Sam Loni, Program Director of UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) & Director of Global Schools
  • Ramu Damodaran, First Chief of United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI)

International Youth Panelists

  • Gillian Ndlovu, Global Citizen Scholar 2021, Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens (BKMC)
  • Rosario Diaz Garavito, Global Citizen Fellow 2021, Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens (BKMC)
  • Shireen Shehzad Bhamani, Global Citizen Mentee 2021, Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens (BKMC)
17:30 - 18:30
(60’)

FEATURED & SCIENTIFIC SESSION 4

TITLE: ICT Systems in the Age of Aging

HOST: Yonsei University

Moderator

  • JeongGil Ko, Associate Professor of School of Integrated Technology, College of Engineering, Yonsei University

Panelists

  • Jie Liu, Dean of AI Research Institute, Harbin Institute of Technology (Shenzhen)
  • Cecilia Mascolo, Professor of Mobile Systems, University of Cambridge
  • Sozo Inoue, Professor of Kyushu Institute of Technology
  • Moon Choi, Associate Professor of Graduate School of Science and Technology Policy, KAIST
18:30-18:45
(15’)

BREAK

18:45 – 20:15
(90’)

FEATURED & SCIENTIFIC SESSION 5

TITLE: Firms, Society, and ESG

HOST: School of Business (Brain Korea 21), Yonsei University

Moderator

  • Im Il, Professor of School of Business, Yonsei University & Head of Brain Korea 21

Panelists

  • Eun Jung Kim, Vice President of Social Value Committee, SK SUPEX Council
  • Park, Sung Gyu, Vice President of Hyundai Motor Group
  • Jeonghwa Oh, Senior Vice President of Sustainability Management Division, Amore Pacific
  • Dongyoub Shin, Professor of School of Business, Yonsei University
  • Hyun-Han Shin, Professor of School of Business, Yonsei University
  • Jooyoung Kwak, Professor of School of Business, Yonsei University & Director of Center for Global Sustainability, Institute of Global Engagement and Empowerment (IGEE), Yonsei University
20:15 - 21:30
(75’)

FEATURED & SCIENTIFIC SESSION 6

TITLE: Sustainable Partnership for International Organizations

HOST: Yonsei University

Moderator

  • Yeonho Lee, Professor of Political Science & Dean of Social Sciences, Yonsei University

Panelists

  • Mahmoud Mohieldin, Executive Director of International Monetary Fund (IMF)
  • Thomas Abell, Chief of Digital Technology for Development Unit, Asian Development Bank (ADB)
  • Julitta Onabanjo, Director of the Technical Division, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
  • Hyoeun Kim, Ambassador and Deputy Minister for Climate Change, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Korea
  • Heejin Lee, Professor of Graduate School of International Studies, Yonsei University & Former President of Korea Association of International Development and Cooperation
  • Jooyoung Kwak, Professor of School of Business, Yonsei University & Director of Center for Global Sustainability, Institute of Global Engagement and Empowerment (IGEE), Yonsei University
21:30 - 22:30
(60’)

FEATURED & SCIENTIFIC SESSION 7

TITLE: Artificial Intelligence for Better Engagement & Empowerment

HOST: Yonsei University

Moderator

  • Keeheon Lee, Associate Professor & Chair of Creative Technology Management, Underwood International College, Yonsei University

Panelists

  • Jung-Woo Ha, Head of Naver AI
  • Chaesub Lee, Director of ITU Telecommunication Standardization Bureau
  • David Rolnick, Assistant Professor of School of Computer Science, McGill University
22:30 - 22:35
(5’)

CLOSING OF DAY 1

- Closing Remarks by Co-Hosts

GEEF 2022 PROGRAM SCHEDULE DAY 2

Friday, February 11

TIME SCHEDULE
07:30(KST)

REGISTRATION

ON-Line: www.geef-sd.org

07:30 - 09:00
(90’)

FEATURED & SCIENTIFIC SESSION 8

TITLE: Global Health and Partnerships to further Our Common Future: Where We Are and Where We Should Be

HOST: Institute of East and West Studies (IEWS), Yonsei University & Graduate School of Public Health, Yale University

Moderator

  • Kaveh Khoshnood, Associate Professor of Yale School of Public Health

Panelists

  • Francis Yang, Master’s Program in Public Health, Yale School of Public Health
  • Tsogt Mend, Master’s Program in Global Health Policy and Financing Capacity Building, Yonsei Graduate School of Public Health
  • So Yoon Kim, Professor of Health Law and Ethics, Yonsei University
  • Albert Icksang Ko, Professor of Yale School of Public Health & Yale School of Medicine
  • Sten Vermund, Professor of Yale School of Public Health & Yale School of Medicine
09:00 - 10:10
(70’)

PLENARY SESSION 2

TITLE: Caring Society for Social Sustainability: Care Economy, Care Democracy and New Imaginations for Care

HOST: Yonsei University

Moderator

  • Hee-Kang Kim, Professor of Department of Public Administration, Korea University

Panelists

  • Nancy Folbre, Professor Emerita of Economics, University of Massachusetts Amherst & Former President of International Association for Feminist Economics
  • Joan Tronto, Professor Emerita of Political Science, University of Minnesota & The City University of New York
  • Taeyoon Choi, Artist & Co-founder of the School for Poetic Computation
10:10 - 10:30
(20’)

BREAK

10:30 - 12:10
(100’)

PLENARY SESSION 3

TITLE: SDGs Index (Smart City Index, AI Rankings, Urban Regeneration, THE University Impact Rankings)

HOST: Yonsei University

Moderator

  • Kabsung Kim, Professor of Department of Urban Planning and Engineering & Vice President for University Planning and Development, Yonsei University

Panelists

Smart City Index

  • Jung Hoon Lee, Professor of Graduate School of Information, Yonsei University

AI Rankings

  • Keeheon Lee, Associate Professor & Chair of Creative Technology Management, Underwood International College, Yonsei University
  • JeongGil Ko, Associate Professor of School of Integrated Technology, College of Engineering, Yonsei University

Urban Regeneration

  • Yong-Chan Kim, Professor of Department of Communication, Yonsei University

THE University Impact Rankings

  • Phil Baty, Chief Knowledge Officer of Times Higher Education

Discussion

  • Michael Rinaman, Managing Director of FleishmanHillard TRUE Global Intelligence APAC & Global Head of Analytics
12:10 - 12:30
(20’)

BREAK

12:30 - 14:00
(90’)

FEATURED & SCIENTIFIC SESSION 9

TITLE: Ports: An Opportunity to Harmonize Sustainable Development of Land and Sea

HOST: Yonsei University & Incheon Port Authority (ICPA)

Moderator

  • Hyun Jung Kim, Professor of Department of Political Science & International Studies, Yonsei University

Panelists

  • Jong-Gil Kim, Vice President of Incheon Port Authority
  • Taedong Lee, Professor of Department of Political Science & International Studies, Yonsei University
  • Noel Hacegaba, Deputy Executive Director & Chief Operating Officer, Port of Long Beach, California, U.S.A.
  • Sukhui Lee, Deputy General Manager of Korea Marine Environment Management Corporation (KOEM)
  • Hyongmo Jeon, Director & Research Fellow of Korea Maritime Institute (KMI)
14:00 - 15:00
(60’)

FEATURED & SCIENTIFIC SESSION 10

TITLE: Korean Wave for Engagement & Empowerment

HOST: Wellesley College & Yonsei University

Moderator

  • Sun-Hee Lee, Professor & Director of Korean Program, Wellesley College

Panelists

  • Mark Peterson, Professor Emeritus of Korean, Asian and Near Eastern Languages, Brigham Young University
  • Sahie Kang, Professor & Director of School of Korean, Middlebury College
15:00 - 16:00
(60’)

FEATURED & SCIENTIFIC SESSION 11

TITLE: Remember Our Promise, Leaving No One Behind!

HOST: Korea NGO Council for Overseas Development Cooperation (KCOC) & Yonsei University

Moderator

  • In Han Song, Professor and Vice President for Student Affairs & Director of the Ban Ki-moon Center for International Cooperation, Yonsei University

Panelists

  • Daeshik Jo, Secretary-General of Korea NGO Council for Overseas Development Cooperation (KCOC)
  • Joon Oh, Board Chair of Save the Children Korea
  • Myung Hwan Cho, President & CEO of World Vision Korea
  • Wonsik Yoo, President of Korea Food for the Hungry International (KFHI) & Vice President of Korea NGO Council for Overseas Development Cooperation (KCOC)
16:00 - 17:00
(60’)

FEATURED & SCIENTIFIC SESSION 12

TITLE: Healthcare Access in Rural Communities

HOST: Yonsei University

Moderator

  • Chin Yong Pak, Director of Medical Mission Center, Yonsei Institute for Global Health, Yonsei University Health System (YUHS)
  • Paul Choi, Director of International Program, Medical Mission Center, Yonsei Institute for Global Health, Yonsei University Health System (YUHS)

Keynote Speakers

  • Levis Nguku, Director & Orthopaedic Surgeon of Machakos Orthopaedic Clinic, Kenya
  • Speciosa Nguku, Anesthesiologist of Machakos Orthopaedic Clinic, Kenya

Panelists

  • Gaspard Habimana, Pediatrician at Byumba District Hospital, Rwanda & Visiting Fellow of Avison International Fellowship, Department of G-I Pediatrics, Yonsei Institute for Global Health, Yonsei University Health System (YUHS)
  • Sin Sokheang, Ophthalmologist of NGO Jesus Crew Center, Cambodia & Visiting Fellow of Avison International Fellowship, Department of Ophthalmology, Yonsei Institute for Global Health, Yonsei University Health System (YUHS)
17:00 - 17:10
(10’)

CLOSING CEREMONY

- Closing Remarks by Co-Hosts



※ PLEASE NOTE

This program is subject to change without notice.

Lunch is not provided.

 

SPECIAL SESSION

REMEMBER Our Common Future

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 10 at 09:50 – 11:30 KST

Background and Rationale

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected engagement toward Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). With 2030 closing up every year, it is crucial at this point for us to seek the future directions of SDGs in the post-COVID-19 era. 35 years ago in 1987, Our Common Future Report was published under Gro Harlem Brundtland’s leadership. The concept of Sustainable Development (SD) started from this report and it pursues meeting the needs of the present without compromising the resources and ability of future generations.

With Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland and diverse stakeholders, this discussion aims to touch on the main theme of the forum, “REMEMBER Our Common Future.” The discussion will remind every generation and stakeholders of how sustainable development started in the past and revive the importance of our common effort. It highlights the current state of SDGs and re-examines how all generations can work together for our common future by interacting with the growing generations.

Session Objectives

  • To remember how the discussion on Sustainable Development Goals started from the “Our Common Future" Report.
  • To share our thoughts on what has changed and remained the same from "Our Common Future" 35 years ago, and how recent few years have affected the global engagement towards SDGs.
  • To examine the process of Sustainable Development Goals and remind ourselves of common goals aimed to achieve by 2030.
  • To explore how SDGs are being discussed and handled, especially in the cultural business and in the sense of international cooperation.
  • To discuss what should be done and expected from each generation and at different business, political, and individual levels.
  • To hear the growing generation’s opinions on SDGs and encourage them to engage themselves in meeting our common goals.
Speakers

[Panelists]

  • Ban Ki-moon, The 8th Secretary-General of the United Nations & Honorary Chair of Institute for Global Engagement & Empowerment (IGEE), Yonsei University
  • Gro Harlem Brundtland, First Woman Prime Minister of Norway & Former Director-General of WHO
  • JH Kah, Executive Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer of YG Entertainment
  • Jyotsna Puri, Associate Vice-President of the Strategy and Knowledge Department, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
  • Kang, Kyung-wha, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Korea

FEATURED & SCIENTIFIC SESSION 1

Quality of Women’s Health

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 10 at 12:00 – 13:00 KST

Background and Rationale

Women's health is a critical global agenda that must be addressed for sustainable development while being directly connected to the goals set by the UNSDG (3. Good Health and Well-being 5. Gender Equality 8. Decent 10. Reduced Inequalities). In addition, it is an issue that should go beyond women’s sexual and reproduction related diseases. It should encompass a woman’s quality of life by considering their environments and their life cycles.

With the spread of COVID-19, personal health, safety, and economic conditions are issues that are becoming more polarized. The "COVID-19 National Health Survey" released by the Ministry of Health and Welfare last year, indicated that the mental health of women in their 20s and 30s, especially those from low-income families, has deteriorated the most. This survey indicates that women's health is no longer just a healthcare issue and that it should also be considered as a social issue.

Korea entered a lowest-low fertility society since 2002 and is projected to enter a super aged society by 2025. Although low birth rates and aging society are emerging as national issues and government budget is being invested, effective policies to overcome this problem are still insufficient. With the national fertility rate hitting an all-time low every year, marriage and childbirth being delayed, and the number of unmarried people increasing, the most important factor to consider is the situation faced by women.

This session aims to tackle the fundamental question of "Why are women reluctant or delaying marriage and childbirth?" FleishmanHillard aims to find the cause of the lowest-low fertility and how to overcome this national crisis by looking at the lives of women from the relevant party’s perspective, with the help of experts analyzing the causes of lowest-low fertility and considering the appropriate policies and measures that should be implemented moving forward.

Session Objectives

  • Analysis of the Current Status and Causes of Low Fertility in Korea
  • Identifying the Current Status of Women’s Physical and Mental Health and Proposing Suggestions to Promote Women's Health
  • Discovering Appropriate Policy Support for the Promotion of Women's Health in Terms of Quality of Life
Speakers

[Moderator]

  • Chak Hee Ahn, Director of Global Affairs, JoongAng Ilbo

[Panelists]

  • Jinkyoung Park, Head of Secretariat, Presidential Committee on Ageing Society and Population Policy (PCASPP)
  • Jong-Woo Paik, Professor of College of Medicine, Kyung Hee University & Chairman of Korean Society for Traumatic Stress Studies(KSTSS)
  • Ja-Young Kwon, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology (Maternal-Fetal-Medicine), College of Medicine, Yonsei University
  • Chounsook Jung, 21st National Assembly Member, Chairwoman of the National Women's Committee of the Democratic Party of Korea

FEATURED & SCIENTIFIC SESSION 2

Yonsei IHEI Workstations for SDGs

How to Fulfill Climate Action and Life Below Water (SDGs 13 and 14)

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 10 at 15:00 – 16:00 KST

Background and Rationale

On October 31st, 2017, Yonsei University and Korea Foundation for Advanced Studies signed the Memorandum of Understanding on the ‘Project for the Promotion of Future Social Innovation.’ As of March 1st, 2018, the Institute for Higher Education Innovation was officially launched as an organization directly responsible to the university president, thereby suggesting the highest level of commitment on campus for fostering future talent and developing a driving force for innovation in higher education.

'Workstation' is a term used as team-based unit for student-led extracurricular program run by Institute for Higher Education Innovation, where students who are willing to make meaningful changes in the society, develop their own projects and ideas to initiate future social innovation.

Session Objectives

  • To share and inform students’ activities and achievements for SDGs
  • To discuss how SDGs 13 and 14 can be achieved in the post COVID-19 era
  • To allow panelists to communicate with the audience about the SDGs
Speakers

[Co-Moderators]

  • Jayun Won, President of Social Innovation Creators' Academia (SICA) & Undergraduate Student of Underwood International College, Yonsei University
  • Soomin Hong, Vice President of Social Innovation Creators' Academia (SICA) & Undergraduate Student of Underwood International College, Yonsei University

[Panelists]

  • Kunhee Ryu, Data Team Manager of Recoffery & Undergraduate Student of Underwood International College, Yonsei University
  • DongJun Ko, Strategy Associate of Recoffery & Undergraduate Student of Underwood International College, Yonsei University
  • Yelim Hong, Research Associate of Recoffery & Undergraduate Student of Underwood International College, Yonsei University
  • Jeesoo Park, Team Leader of SOLVERE & Undergraduate Student of Underwood International College, Yonsei University
  • Huiju Lee, Planning Team Leader of SOLVERE & Undergraduate Student of Underwood International College, Yonsei University
  • Boyun Choi, Member of SOLVERE & Undergraduate Student of Underwood International College, Yonsei University

FEATURED & SCIENTIFIC SESSION 3

Global Citizenship for a Sustainable Tomorrow: from Policy to Action

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 10 at 16:00 – 17:30 KST

Background and Rationale

Education is fundamental to developing the capacity of today’s youth to act as global citizens for a sustainable world. With mounting global challenges including climate change, enduring conflicts, gender inequality, and a global pandemic, promoting global citizenship is more vital than ever before.

Policymakers and educators are already taking action to integrate Global Citizenship Education (or GCED) into curricula around the world. GCED seeks to, “empower learners of all ages to assume active roles, both locally and globally, in building more peaceful, tolerant, inclusive, and secure societies.” It aims to influence learning in three key areas – cognitive, social-emotional, and behavioral with the goal of equipping learners with not only the knowledge but also the skills, values, and behaviors necessary to forge a sustainable future for all. ‘Transformative Education’ often combines GCED with Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and the development of 21st Century Skills and can serve as an overarching term for this approach to education.

The Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens (BKMC) is a leader in promoting GCED and fostering youth-led action for the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) based on global citizen values. The Centre is currently part of an initiative entitled ‘Mission 4.7’ along with UNESCO, the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), Columbia University, the Global Schools Program, and the Pontifical Academy of Sciences (with the support of the Vatican). The initiative encourages and supports governments as well as educators in adopting GCED and Transformative Education in their policies and practices. Furthermore, the Centre implements its own grassroots-level programs that educate, empower, and build the capacity of youth and women to act as global citizens in their communities. As a part of their training, these young change-makers develop and run their own specialized SDG Micro-Projects in their communities, addressing challenges with solutions. To date, the BKMC has trained over 200 young leaders who have implemented 170 SDG Micro-Projects which in turn have reached over 730,000 people on the ground.

Following welcoming remarks by the 11th President of the Federal Republic of Austria and Co-chair of the Ban Ki-moon Centre, H.E. Heinz Fischer, the moderated and interactive session will constitute of two main segments:
1. The first segment will feature policymakers and education leaders who will share best practices for implementing GCED and Transformative Education at the policy level.
2. The second segment will consist of a panel discussion spotlighting young change-makers and alumni of the BKMC’s leadership training programs who have undertaken global citizen actions in their communities (SDG Micro-Projects).

The panel segment will include a short Q&A with the audience. Furthermore, the tool “Mentimeter” will be utilized during the session to facilitate audience engagement via real-time polling.
Overall, this 90-minute session aims to underline the importance of instilling global citizenship through GCED (enshrined in SDG 4, target 4.7) and inspire all of us to act for a sustainable tomorrow.

Session Objectives

  • Discuss the importance of GCED and highlight why SDG 4, particularly 4.7, needs to be prioritized.
  • Share best practices, experiences, challenges, and opportunities for GCED policy implementation and youth action for the SDGs.
  • Discuss what is needed for global citizenship to thrive in different countries, communities, and contexts.
  • Inspire others to act as global citizens for the SDGs.
Speakers

[Co-Moderators]

  • Katrin Harvey, COO of the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens (BKMC)
  • Julia Zimmerman, Program Officer of the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens (BKMC)

[High-Level Speakers]

  • Heinz Fischer, The 11th President of the Republic of Austria & Co-Chair of the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens (BKMC)
  • Ban Ki-moon, The 8th Secretary-General of the United Nations & Honorary Chair of Institute for Global Engagement & Empowerment (IGEE), Yonsei University
  • Niki Kerameus, Minister of Education and Religious Affairs, Greece
  • Vibeke Jensen, Director of the Division for Peace and Sustainable Development, UNESCO
  • Sam Loni, Program Director of UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) & Director of Global Schools
  • Ramu Damodaran, First Chief of United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI)

[International Youth Panelists]

  • Gillian Ndlovu, Global Citizen Scholar 2021, Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens (BKMC)
  • Rosario Diaz Garavito, Global Citizen Fellow 2021, Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens (BKMC)
  • Shireen Shehzad Bhamani, Global Citizen Mentee 2021, Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens (BKMC)

FEATURED & SCIENTIFIC SESSION 4

ICT Systems in the Age of Aging

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 10 at 17:30 – 18:30 KST

Background and Rationale

Improvements in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) system design have catalyzed its use in various application fields. Given their ubiquitous deployments to wide populations, ICT-based systems can be extended towards addressing various social challenges. Specifically, for the fastly aging global population, ICT systems can contribute in increasing the quality of life in various aspects. This session will bring together world leading researchers that focus on designing and deploying ICT systems for supporting the aging population. This panel session will discuss questions such as the direction of ICT system development for addressing the real-world needs of the elderly, introduce examples of such ICT systems and discuss what considerations need to be made to design practically useful ICT systems.

Session Objectives

  • Discuss the direction of ICT system development for supporting the aging population
  • Share opinions and considerations that need to be made for designing practically applicable systems
  • Identify SDGs that can be addressed using ICT systems for the aging

Related SDGs

  • SDG 3 Ensure healthy lives and promote well-beings for all at all ages
  • SDG 9 Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
  • Target 9.c. Significantly increase access to information and communications technology and strive to provide universal and affordable access to the Internet in least developed countries by 2020
  • SDG 17 Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development
  • Target 17.16 Enhance the global partnership for sustainable development, complemented by multi-stakeholder partnerships that mobilize and share knowledge, expertise, technology and financial resources, to support the achievement of the sustainable development goals in all countries, in particular developing countries
Speakers

[Moderator]

  • JeongGil Ko, Associate Professor of School of Integrated Technology, College of Engineering, Yonsei University

[Panelists]

  • Jie Liu, Dean of AI Research Institute, Harbin Institute of Technology (Shenzhen)
  • Cecilia Mascolo, Professor of Mobile Systems, University of Cambridge
  • Sozo Inoue, Professor of Kyushu Institute of Technology
  • Moon Choi, Associate Professor of Graduate School of Science and Technology Policy, KAIST

FEATURED & SCIENTIFIC SESSION 5

Firms, Society, and ESG

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 10 at 18:45 – 20:15 KST

Background and Rationale

Firms have interacted with the society. Different ages have varying social expectations about the role of firms. Corporate social engagement has evolved into emergence of corporate ethics. Leading firms receive much attentions. As Korean firms increase global presence, it is necessary that firms should start to think the sustainable development goals (SDGs) in diverse formats and names, based on own vision and culture. Pursuit of SDGs, however, presents challenges in managing cross-border transactions. At the same time, the social expectations and the rationale are not completely clear.

While global threats such as climate changes and COVID-19 affect all countries, countries have own needs for corporate engagement in the social issues. Korean firms in the midst of globalization consider the SDGs, starting to discuss what Korean firms can do for the domestic and global societies. This session is hosted by School of Business (Brain Korea 21), providing an opportunity of thinking about the nexus between the firms and the society.

Session Objectives

Firms are an important actor in the SDG-related activities. This session presents the blue prints that participant firms show for our future, and discusses the role of the firms in the society in order to achieve the SDGs.

Speakers

[Moderator]

  • Im Il, Professor of School of Business, Yonsei University & Head of Brain Korea 21

[Panelists]

  • Eun Jung Kim, Vice President of Social Value Committee, SK SUPEX Council
  • Park, Sung Gyu, Vice President of Hyundai Motor Group
  • Jeonghwa Oh, Senior Vice President of Sustainability Management Division, Amore Pacific
  • Dongyoub Shin, Professor of School of Business, Yonsei University
  • Hyun-Han Shin, Professor of School of Business, Yonsei University
  • Jooyoung Kwak, Professor of School of Business, Yonsei University & Director of Center for Global Sustainability, Institute of Global Engagement and Empowerment (IGEE), Yonsei University

FEATURED & SCIENTIFIC SESSION 6

Sustainable Partnership for International Organizations

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 10 at 20:15 – 21:30 KST

Background and Rationale

International organizations have been the main actors in global sustainable development activities. We are now facing more threats that urgently call for transnational cooperation and they are not only the natural or pandemic crises such as climate change or COVID-19, but also include economic polarization and poverty, social conflicts, or political/military tension. In these circumstances, the role of international organizations gains more importance in initiating and implementing sustainable development goals beyond the national boulders.

In shaping our common future, international organizations are an essential engine for aid and cooperation. However, the individual nations are replacing the role of international organizations under the pandemic disease. In addition to COVID-19, global societies are being digitally transformed. What would international organizations do in the future? This session is designed to have an in-depth discussion about the orientation and roles of international organizations for our common future.

Session Objectives

This session inquires the role of international organizations in the future, addressing the following questions:

  • What should be the role of international organizations to reduce the digital gap in the world?
  • How should international organizations cooperate with the state and civil society in the process of digitalization?
  • How should international organizations re-align local partnerships with individual nations?
  • From the perspective of international organizations, what should be the keywords for Korea’s development and cooperation?
Speakers

[Moderator]

  • Yeonho Lee, Professor of Political Science & Dean of Social Sciences, Yonsei University

[Panelists]

  • Mahmoud Mohieldin, Executive Director of International Monetary Fund (IMF)
  • Thomas Abell, Chief of Digital Technology for Development Unit, Asian Development Bank (ADB)
  • Julitta Onabanjo, Director of the Technical Division, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
  • Hyoeun Kim, Ambassador and Deputy Minister for Climate Change, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Korea
  • Heejin Lee, Professor of Graduate School of International Studies, Yonsei University & Former President of Korea Association of International Development and Cooperation
  • Jooyoung Kwak, Professor of School of Business, Yonsei University & Director of Center for Global Sustainability, Institute of Global Engagement and Empowerment (IGEE), Yonsei University

FEATURED & SCIENTIFIC SESSION 7

Artificial Intelligence for Better Engagement & Empowerment

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 10 at 21:30 – 22:30 KST

Background and Rationale

In recent years, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its subset applications such as machine learning (ML) and deep learning (DL) have gained widespread attention, as well as some skepticism about its major promises in increasing productivity and efficacy in activities previously undertaken by humans. AI can be divided into two types: narrow and general. General AI describes a type of application that effectively replicates the processes of a human brain without any human intervention. This is the type of AI usually depicted in popular media, which has often led to suspicion by the general public. However, this type of AI is at present theoretical and there are no applications in use today. The type of AI that surrounds us is Narrow AI, which is trained to perform specific tasks under human supervision. Some AI capabilities include object recognition, decision making, problem solving, understanding language, learning from examples, and other combinations or variations of these.

Intergovernmental organizations, governments, industry and academia are all engaging in different AI applications for sustainable development. However, we must avoid fragmented efforts and recognize the need to empower one another. The Featured Session will offer a platform to discuss current activities and possible directions for mutually empowering partnerships among different stakeholders to deploy AI solutions that can accelerate the achievement of the SDGs.

For the purpose of sustainable development, AI can serve as a valuable tool to keep track of SDG achievement and help arrive at the best decisions that take into account multiple societal, environmental and economic considerations. Many movements have emerged from this opportunity, such as AI for social good and AI for sustainability, as well as more focused activities like machine learning applications for climate change.

Some misdirected applications of AI could result in higher income inequality, narrower work opportunities, and concerns for personal privacy. Yet, we must be reminded that technological advancement does not occur spontaneously but is steered by human intention and need. The international community has already established principles to direct AI solutions to ensure a better future for all. In 2018, the European Commission established the High-Level Expert Group on AI and published the Ethics Guidelines for Trustworthy AI. The following year, the OECD published the Recommendation of the Council on Artificial Intelligence agreed upon by all member countries and several partner countries.

Borrowing from the case of Korea, we can observe how different actors—government, industry and academia are engaging in AI to serve society. In 2017, the Korean government established the Presidential Committee on the Fourth Industrial Revolution, with the mandate to suggest policies pertaining to AI and other data technology. A leading example of industry’s work in AI is that of NAVER LABS, which recently created a 3D model of Seoul and mapped all of its roads, enabling the development of safer and more efficient transportation services, and thus bringing positive benefits to the city’s population. Yonsei University has also come into agreements with top technology companies such as NAVER and Kakao to implement educational services based on AI. The University has also gone beyond and integrated AI-based solutions to its very own Yongin Severance Hospital, part of the Yonsei University Health System.

The case of Korea portrays how multiple actors can engage and empower one another at the national level. On an international level, there are also many critical issues that call for the engagement and empowerment of different stakeholders in the AI and development spheres. A recent and vivid example is the COVID-19 pandemic and related issues, such as vaccine development and distribution. With global issues in mind, panelists are encouraged to discuss current and future approaches for international and interdisciplinary cooperation.

Session Objectives

  • Introduce current efforts by early career academics, intergovernmental organizations, government and industry partners who work on utilizing latest science, technology and innovation to achieve the SDGs
  • Share lessons learned from offering interdisciplinary research and education of SDGs at higher education institution (UIC, CMU examples)
  • Examine actionable ways to overcome the short-term oriented trend in collaborations in AI for SD and move towards more sustained and deeper partnerships
  • Discuss the role of intergovernmental organizations in establishing global regulations on the use of AI and how to encourage policy co-creation with other stakeholders
  • Explore strategies to align private sector activities in AI with the achievement of the SDGs, balancing the creation of monetary revenue as well as positive returns to society and the environment
  • Present successful cases of AI applications to address global issues. For example, use of AI to help develop COVID-19 vaccines and determine distribution
Speakers

[Moderator]

  • Keeheon Lee, Associate Professor & Chair of Creative Technology Management, Underwood International College, Yonsei University

[Panelists]

  • Jung-Woo Ha, Head of Naver AI
  • Chaesub Lee, Director of ITU Telecommunication Standardization Bureau
  • David Rolnick, Assistant Professor of School of Computer Science, McGill University

FEATURED & SCIENTIFIC SESSION 8

Global Health and Partnerships to Further Our Common Future: Where We Are and Where We Should Be

The Importance of Global Health and Institutional Collaboration with Perspectives From South Korea and The United States (SDGs 3 and 17)

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 11 at 07:30 – 09:00 KST

Background and Rationale

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the “global” aspect in the field of global health, reinforcing the concept of interconnected health issues and the need to engage with health systems past the regional and national levels. Rather than relying on isolated initiatives, health challenges should be approached with strategies that embrace a multidisciplinary and collaborative spirit.

Institutional cooperation is one such strategy, offering the diverse perspectives and resources needed to tackle pressing health issues. Strong institutional cooperation has the potential to advance innovation and research, promote data and knowledge sharing, and encourage reflexive assessments of methodology and ethics, valuable tools for the strengthening of health systems and outcomes.
This panel will discuss the role of global health and cooperation from the perspectives of South Korea and the United States. Key points and topics will include but are not limited to:

  • The importance of the “global” aspect of global health.
  • The current state and milestones of global health in South Korea/United States within the context of COVID-19.
  • Potential benefits and pitfalls of institutional collaboration.
  • The current state of institutional collaborations in South Korea/United States within the context of COVID-19.
  • Best practices for effective research, innovation, and knowledge sharing.
  • Future directions and areas of focus for the continuous promotion of health and well-being.

Ensuring healthy lives and promoting strong partnerships remain central objectives in the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal framework. Fostering a greater appreciation for global health and institutional collaboration will be invaluable for achieving these objectives and ensuring a resilient and secure society in the future.

Session Objectives

  • Discuss certain topics, issues, challenges
    - Emphasize the importance of global health and institutional collaboration for advancing health outcomes and strengthening health systems.
  • Share opinions on certain topics, issues, challenges
    - Provide perspectives and discuss the current state of global health and institutional collaboration from the perspective of South Korea and the United States, within the context of COVID-19.
  • Allow speakers to communicate on certain topics, issues, cases, challenges
    - Discuss best practices for effective collaboration from the South Korean and US perspectives. Provide future directions and focus areas for global health and collaboration.
  • Highlight which SDGs may need to be prioritized
    - Relate topics to SDGs 3 and 17
Speakers

[Moderator]

  • Kaveh Khoshnood, Associate Professor of Yale School of Public Health

[Panelists]

  • Francis Yang, Master’s Program in Public Health, Yale School of Public Health
  • Tsogt Mend, Master’s Program in Global Health Policy and Financing Capacity Building, Yonsei Graduate School of Public Health
  • So Yoon Kim, Professor of Health Law and Ethics, Yonsei University
  • Albert Icksang Ko, Professor of Yale School of Public Health & Yale School of Medicine
  • Sten Vermund, Professor of Yale School of Public Health & Yale School of Medicine

PLENARY SESSION 2

Caring Society for Social Sustainability: Care Economy, Care Democracy and New Imaginations for Care

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 11 at 09:00 – 10:10 KST

Background and Rationale

Two years in the Pandemic have forced us to face the reality of our prosperity and inequality threatening the sustainability of society, not just the poorest but also the wealthiest. There is growing awareness of our fundamental interconnectedness, which makes no one safe and well until everyone is safe and well. However, our old way of thinking often hinders more creative and productive discussion to further the insight. We need better perspectives and ideas to discuss the shared future of us as human beings who are fundamentally interconnected through care for each other from birth to death and from family to village, local and global. <REMEMBER Our Common Future> begins with re-membering that we are all members of a community of which vitality and sustainability depend on the act of care, as it is care that enables even the most rudimentary relationship among human beings and beyond. We need a clearer vision to bring to the forefront of the public agenda about what is so essential yet so taken for granted that has been put aside and devalued. For the past couple of decades, we have seen discussions on care as alternative social ethics and aesthetics emerged in various ways not just in public policy but in different fields such as Economics, Political Science, and even Contemporary Arts. This plenary session brings together such intellectual and artistic endeavors to share the newest insight and have a vivid conversation among surprisingly diverse disciplines and fields of practice. It will be a session that can inspire how we can rethink economy, democracy, art, and technology by the principle of care instead of control or competition and how it can contribute to social sustainability for our common future.

Session Objectives

  • Caring Economy
  • Care Democracy
  • Care Instead of Control
Speakers

[Moderator]

  • Hee-Kang Kim, Professor of Department of Public Administration, Korea University

[Panelists]

  • Nancy Folbre, Professor Emerita of Economics, University of Massachusetts Amherst & Former President of International Association for Feminist Economics
  • Joan Tronto, Professor Emerita of Political Science, University of Minnesota & The City University of New York
  • Taeyoon Choi, Artist & Co-founder of the School for Poetic Computation

PLENARY SESSION 3

SDGs Index

(Smart City Index, AI Rankings, Urban Regeneration, THE University Impact Rankings)

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 11 at 10:30 – 12:10 KST

Background and Rationale

Sustainable Development Goals are essential goals that outline a global plan for an economically, environmentally, and socially sustainable future. But in 2015, when the SDGs were adopted by the United Nations, nobody had expected COVID-19 to have the global impact that it has today. Therefore, it is important to revisit the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and explore their relationship with the pandemic.

This plenary session aims to provide a place to discuss the various ways, namely five, in which innovative scientific methods and indexes can help organizations and communities assess and overcome difficulties caused by COVID-19.

The indexes that will be discussed are the following: Smart City, Artificial Intelligence Rankings, Peace, Urban Regeneration, and THE University Impact Rankings. Smart City Indexes will focus on presenting key success factors in realizing a leading smart city in the post COVID-19 era through technological innovation. Finally, THE University Impact Rankings will discuss how its new Impacts Ranking will focus on the universities’ contributions to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Session Objectives

  • Share ways in which Smart City Index can assist the realization of SDGs.
  • Discuss how Artificial Intelligence Rankings can contribute to the SDG effort.
  • Highlight how the Peace Index is important in achieving SDGs.
  • Elaborate on the impact of Urban Regeneration Index on SDGs.
  • Communicate on the relationship between THE University Impact Rankings and SDGs.
Speakers

[Moderator]

  • Kabsung Kim, Professor of Department of Urban Planning and Engineering & Vice President for University Planning and Development, Yonsei University

[Panelists]

Smart City Index

  • Jung Hoon Lee, Professor of Graduate School of Information, Yonsei University

AI Rankings

  • Keeheon Lee, Associate Professor & Chair of Creative Technology Management, Underwood International College, Yonsei University
  • JeongGil Ko, Associate Professor of School of Integrated Technology, College of Engineering, Yonsei University

Urban Regeneration

  • Yong-Chan Kim, Professor of Department of Communication, Yonsei University

THE University Impact Rankings

  • Phil Baty, Chief Knowledge Officer of Times Higher Education

Discussion

  • Michael Rinaman, Managing Director of FleishmanHillard TRUE Global Intelligence APAC & Global Head of Analytics

FEATURED & SCIENTIFIC SESSION 9

Ports: An Opportunity to Harmonize Sustainable Development of Land and Sea

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 11 at 12:30 – 14:00 KST

Background and Rationale

This session, targeted at SDG 14: Life below water, focuses on the role of ports in sustainable development. A port geographically connects land and sea; therefore, it is an important area in which to harmonize sustainable development of the land and the ocean and to create a synergistic effect between the two.

The marine environment can be protected only when land-based pollutants are prevented from entering the sea. The role of the port, which is the end of the land and the beginning of the sea, is therefore crucial for marine environmental protection.

Ports are also important places for maritime industries such as shipping and fishing and blue economy. It is thus essential to discuss how to harmonize environmental and business concerns related to ports.

Session Objectives

Various actors at ports (port cities, port authorities, international organizations, etc.) may engage in achieving SDG 14. This session shares and discusses the manner in which these actors individually or collectively contribute and can contribute to sustainable development.

Speakers

[Moderator]

  • Hyun Jung Kim, Professor of Department of Political Science & International Studies, Yonsei University

[Panelists]

  • Jong-Gil Kim, Vice President of Incheon Port Authority
  • Taedong Lee, Professor of Department of Political Science & International Studies, Yonsei University
  • Noel Hacegaba, Deputy Executive Director & Chief Operating Officer, Port of Long Beach, California, U.S.A.
  • Sukhui Lee, Deputy General Manager of Korea Marine Environment Management Corporation (KOEM)
  • Hyongmo Jeon, Director & Research Fellow of Korea Maritime Institute (KMI)

FEATURED & SCIENTIFIC SESSION 10

Korean Wave for Engagement & Empowerment

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 11 at 14:00 – 15:00 KST

Background and Rationale

Even in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, a Korean wave represented by the music of BTS, the movie Parasite, and the Netflix drama Squid Game broke world records and won top prizes. With the sweeping popularity of Korean popular culture known as the Korean wave, studies of the Korean language, culture, art, and history are unprecedently at the center of global attention.

Although the Korean wave has demonstrated its soft power as a vehicle of nation branding, its transnational and transcultural effect can be more powerful and enhanced by facilitating communication among new generations of Millennials and Gen Z.

This panel focuses on the interactive and interpersonal function of language and culture connecting people to people and the planet and addresses how the study of Korean language and culture can promote dynamic engagement and empowerment among youth and be transformative as we move forward in our common future SDGs. The panel presentations will highlight the status of the Korean language emerging as one of the World Languages and its potential as means of dialogue for non-proliferation and environmental sustainability.

We will also analyze the innovative language of K-pop and new discourses evolving through global K-pop artists and fandom such as the BTS Army that can be aligned with imminent global issues of anti-racism, gender equality, diversity, education, socioeconomic and political justice, and the environment. The panel session will address empirically how the Korean language and culture can be integrated and further developed to support the future of SDGs as an effective tool across new modes of digital communication in the post-COVID 19 eras.

Session Objectives

  • Address empirically how the Korean language and culture can promote engagement and empowerment of young generations of Millennials and Gen Z.
  • Highlight the future direction of Korean language education and contributions beyond language and culture studies.
  • Provide evidence demonstrating how the language of K-pop and discourse of artists and fandom (with a focus on BTS Army) have been dynamically evolving as new communicative and intellectual resources for the future.
  • Discuss how the Korean language and culture can make significant contributions to achieve SDGS by promoting collaboration and integration of people from diverse backgrounds.
Speakers

[Moderator]

  • Sun-Hee Lee, Professor & Director of Korean Program, Wellesley College

[Panelists]

  • Mark Peterson, Professor Emeritus of Korean, Asian and Near Eastern Languages, Brigham Young University
  • Sahie Kang, Professor & Director of School of Korean, Middlebury College

FEATURED & SCIENTIFIC SESSION 11

Remember Our Promise, Leaving No One Behind!

The Role of Civil Society to Achieve the SDGs

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 11 at 15:00 – 16:00 KST

Background and Rationale

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) include economic, peaceful, environmental, and security areas not covered by the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). It also emphasizes the need for an integrated approach that considers not only societal development but economic development and environmental sustainability for sustainable development. Additionally, it urges all countries, including developed, developing, and underdeveloped countries, to strive for the prosperity of mankind while protecting the environment at the same time. Furthermore, it emphasizes the partnership of various stakeholders to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, and it discusses as high importance the participation of civil society, private companies, charities, and assembly.

Specifically, the reason participation of civil society is of high importance is because the participation and interest of each citizen are crucial in achieving the comprehensive target of the Sustainable Development Goals. Civil society has the advantage to solve the problems the international community is facing by instilling ownership of those problems as global citizens. Civil society works closely with the local community and is committed to promoting the participation and decision-making of local residents. In addition, when it comes to solving community problems, civil society has an active attitude in establishing partnerships with various stakeholders and leading collaboration with them.

Through this session, we want to discuss the efforts the civil society is making to ensure we face “Our Common Future” where we “leave no one behind” and the challenges that will require more collaboration.

Session Objectives

  • Reflect on the participation and significance of civil society in the process of establishing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
  • Discuss the changes the humanitarian crisis, climate change, and the COVID-19 pandemic have brought to the community.
  • Summarize the roles and tasks of civil society for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) based on the identity and strength of civil society.
Speakers

[Moderator]

  • In Han Song, Professor and Vice President for Student Affairs & Director of the Ban Ki-moon Center for International Cooperation, Yonsei University

[Panelists]

  • Daeshik Jo, Secretary-General of Korea NGO Council for Overseas Development Cooperation (KCOC)
  • Joon Oh, Board Chair of Save the Children Korea
  • Myung Hwan Cho, President & CEO of World Vision Korea
  • Wonsik Yoo, President of Korea Food for the Hungry International (KFHI) & Vice President of Korea NGO Council for Overseas Development Cooperation (KCOC)

FEATURED & SCIENTIFIC SESSION 12

Healthcare Access in Rural Communities

How to Fulfill Essential Health Services Needs in Rural Communities: Perspectives of Local Physicians in Medically Underserved Countries.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 11 at 16:00 – 17:00 KST

Background and Rationale

  • Access to healthcare services is critical to good health, yet rural residents face various access barriers.
  • For rural residents to have sufficient access, appropriate healthcare services must be available in a timely manner.
  • This session will 1) discuss the status quo and challenges to providing essential health care in a rural area; 2) share the story of Kenyan doctors who moved to the rural area to serve the local people instead of working in the advanced hospital.
  • The panelists will share their experiences and inquire how to serve in rural areas.

Session Objectives

  • To share information and experiences in serving medically underserved communities.
  • To discuss how to fulfill essential health services needs in rural communities.
  • To facilitate networking to share knowledge and experiences and encourage each other.
Speakers

[Co-Moderators]

  • Chin Yong Pak, Director of Medical Mission Center, Yonsei Institute for Global Health, Yonsei University Health System (YUHS)
  • Paul Choi, Director of International Program, Medical Mission Center, Yonsei Institute for Global Health, Yonsei University Health System (YUHS)

[Keynote Speakers]

  • Levis Nguku, Director & Orthopaedic Surgeon of Machakos Orthopaedic Clinic, Kenya
  • Speciosa Nguku, Anesthesiologist of Machakos Orthopaedic Clinic, Kenya

[Panelists]

  • Gaspard Habimana, Pediatrician at Byumba District Hospital, Rwanda & Visiting Fellow of Avison International Fellowship, Department of G-I Pediatrics, Yonsei Institute for Global Health, Yonsei University Health System (YUHS)
  • Sin Sokheang, Ophthalmologist of NGO Jesus Crew Center, Cambodia & Visiting Fellow of Avison International Fellowship, Department of Ophthalmology, Yonsei Institute for Global Health, Yonsei University Health System (YUHS)

PLENARY SESSION 1

Equitable Vaccine Accessibility: Lessons Learned from COVID-19 Pandemic

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 10 at 13:30 – 14:30 KST

Background and Rationale

The global pandemic, the outbreak of COVID-19 caused many challenges amongst global citizens and governments, medical professionals, and pharmaceutical companies. Indeed, the most effective response to the global pandemic has been vaccination. Looking through the lens of the Sustainable Development Goals, the world has made unprecedented efforts and progress to ensure global equitable vaccine access and successful vaccine implementation and uptake, through COVAX for example.

However, the last few years demonstrated that vaccine development alone could never be sufficient to withstand infectious diseases. While the development of the vaccine is in the domain of medicine and bio-tech, policy and social solidarity are the main enablers of equitable vaccine distribution and access. As the pandemic greatly disrupted supply and logistics including the cold chain, many governments were mounted with pressure to secure supplies for their population. Moreover, combatting vaccine misinformation and uncertainties arising from the pandemic has become an essential component of the COVID-19 response.

Together with diverse stakeholders, this session discusses various issues revolving around vaccine and vaccination. These include publicity and intellectual property rights of vaccine at its development stage, multilateral cooperation and partnership in vaccine logistics, and public communications and national vaccine policy. Furthermore, the discussion highlights what goes behind the scenes of the COVID-19 pandemic and promising practices for the next pandemic for our GEEF participants.

Session Objectives

  • To share our views on how to strike the balance between intellectual property rights and publicity among pharmaceutical companies as well as present directions for the possible coexistence of corporate autonomy and technology development with the governments’ pursuit of public value
  • To share experiences and lessons learned on barriers and global solidarity to the efficient vaccine distribution
  • To discuss possible ways to improve global logistics and vaccine supply chain system on both global and national scales
  • To explore what is the right direction of public communication and mitigation of misinformation on vaccination and share our views on what kind of leadership is required to go through 2022
  • To answer questions from the audience and encourage them to overcome the pandemic together
Speakers

[Moderator]

  • Shinki An, Professor of Department of Medical Education, College of Medicine, Yonsei University & Director of Yonsei Institute for Global Health

[Panelists]

  • Mark Buttigieg, Economic Diplomatic Counsellor, British Embassy in Korea
  • David H. Do, Director of Corporate Strategy & Corporate Affairs, AstraZeneca Korea
  • Peter J. Hotez, Professor of Department of Pediatrics and Molecular Virology & Microbiology, Baylor College of Medicine
  • Jerome Kim, Director General of International Vaccine Institute
  • Joon Sup Yeom, Professor of Department of Infectious Disease, College of Medicine, Yonsei University & Director of Center for Global Development of Yonsei Institute for Global Health