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Recruitment of the 2019 Solution Lab Research Teams
[IGEE] Recruitment of the 2019 Solution Lab Research Teams ※ The research grants on the 2019 Solution Lab are funded by the University Innovation Program. 1. Summary of the Research Projects a. Subject: Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Social Engagement b. Goal: A practical contribution to the society and a creation of a socially participating culture at Yonsei University by suggesting solutions for current social issues through the collective knowledge 2. Details a. Qualifications: More than 2 faculty members or postdoctoral researchers at Yonsei University must be included in a team. ※ Experts in relevant fields may be included. ※ The affiliations or the majors of team members must be different. (It is according to the meeting costs standards from the University Innovation Program by the Ministry of Education.) b. Research Period: July 1st, 2019 ~ January 31st, 2020 (7 months) c. Research Grants: KRW 2,000,000 / team (for meetings, supplies, printing and publishing) d. The Number of Teams: about 5 teams 3. Application a. Submit your application to igee@yonsei.ac.kr b. Closing Date: 18:00 (KST), June 7th, 2019 4. Announcement of the Result Selected teams will be contacted individually. 5. Others a. The supported fund must be used by using a corporate credit card, which is issued for the IGEE and given to the team representative. The expenditure provisions follow the regulations of the finance department at Yonsei University. (Please refer to the detailed regulations of the Solution Lab.) b. The result report must be submitted within 1 week after the end of the project. (in English, in writing) c. If using the content and the result of your project for another purpose, it must be stated that the project is funded by the Solution Lab Program of the IGEE. 6. Contact a. E-mail: igee@yonsei.ac.kr b. +82-(0)2-2123-4423
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“GEEF X AEARU” discusses university's role in sustainable development
“GEEF X AEARU” discusses university's role in sustainable development
The “GEEF X AEARU 2019 Forum” held at Yonsei University on October 30 discussed the critical role of higher education institutions in implementing and driving sustainable development initiatives. Representatives of 16 universities from eight different countries including China, Japan, Kazakhstan, Niger and the United States and the 8th UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon explored the role of universities in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and how they can cooperate with each other as global knowledge partners. Yonsei University President Kim Yong-hak in his welcoming remarks stated that global problems require global action, and that given its primary role as knowledge producer, higher education can serve as a powerful means to help create a more sustainable future. In his keynote speech, Ban Ki-moon, Honorary Chairman of the Institute for Global Engagement & Empowerment (IGEE) at Yonsei University explained that of the 17 SDG goals, SDG 4 is dedicated to education, and that in recent years, universities around the world, including Yonsei University, have made massive efforts to bring the dialogue on sustainable development into the spotlight. In the first session, education experts including Professor Ju-ho Lee of KDI School of Public Policy and Professor Do-nyon Kim of Sungkyunkwan University pointed out the limitations of traditional teaching methods and stressed that a new approach should be flexible according to the characteristics of individual learners. They explained that in practice it means reorienting the education system at all levels to equip students with the requisite knowledge, skills and values to create a sustainable future. The second session discussed the global trend of dissolving borders between society and academia, and explored how universities can co-create urban sustainability. Professor Yang-joon Nam of Nanyang Technological University and Professor Peter Abrahamson of Copenhagen University presented examples from across the world where universities reach out past campus boundaries to form meaningful partnerships with industry, government and civil society organizations. The forum concluded with the adoption of a declaration which illustrates higher education’s commitment to creating a sustainable future, and the partnership of higher education institutions for the solution of global challenges. The forum was co-hosted by the IGEE of Yonsei University, National Assembly Futures Institute, and the Association of East Asian Research Universities (AEARU). AEARU is a regional organization founded in January 1996, with the goals of creating a forum for the presidents of leading research-oriented universities in East Asia and of carrying out mutual exchanges between major universities in the region. IGEE was established in 2017 to explore higher education’s unique role in helping to achieve the SDGs.
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Special Conversation with Dr. Denis Mukwege and MOU Signing Ceremony
Special Conversation with Dr. Denis Mukwege and MOU Signing Ceremony
The Institute for Global Engagement and Empowerment (IGEE) at Yonsei University held the Special Conversation with 2018 Nobel Peace Laureate Dr. Denis Mukwege on July 3, 2019 at Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea. As a world-renowned gynecological surgeon and human rights activist, Dr. Mukwege has led a fearless campaign for gender equality in his home country of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where sexual violence is often used as a weapon of war against women. After specializing in the treatment of women raped during the conflict, he founded Panzi Hospital in Bukavu in 1999. Unlike its initial purpose to provide gynecological and obstetrics care, Panzi Hospital has become a safe haven for women who are victims of extreme sexual violence. Over time, however, Dr. Mukwege realized that treating the patients medically was not enough. "I found that the solution was not in the operating room," Dr. Mukwege said. "I should do more, and to do more for me was to advocate for all of those women who are going through these terrible things." Panzi Hospital adopted a holistic, four pillar model that it still uses today for the recovery process of these women, including physical, psychological, socio-economical, and legal care. Dr. Mukwege emphasized the importance of all four pillars, but also the role that men can play in resolving this human rights crisis. According to Dr. Mukwege, "To prevent these kinds of sins is really to try also to teach about masculinity. If we can see women and girls as equal to men, then I think that even if there is war, we can be in the position to say that they are women, but we are equal." Moreover, he addressed the issue of re-integrating the victims into their communities, where, often times, these women are rejected by their friends and family. "What is needed, really, is to listen to them," Dr. Mukwege said. "Sometimes we have impressions that we know everything, and we know how we can help women. But from my experience, I can say that women are so strong and you need only to listen to them." Following the dialogue and a Q&A session with audience from all around the world, Dr. Mukwege was joined by Kim Yong-Hak, President of Yonsei University, Ban Ki-moon, Honorary Chairman of IGEE, Sohn Myongsei, Executive Director of IGEE, and Won Jong-wook, Dean of the Yonsei University Graduate School of Public Health, to sign a Memorandum of Understanding between Panzi Hospital, IGEE, and the Yonsei University Graduate School of Public Health. In particular, the three institutions agreed to collaborate on the mutual exchange of scientific material, faculty, students, research findings, and any other activities to help promote inclusive and sustainable development.
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Preparing for Round 3: GEEF 2020 Preview
Preparing for Round 3: GEEF 2020 Preview
After two successful years of hosting the Global Engagement & Empowerment Forum on Sustainable Development (GEEF), IGEE hosted GEEF 2020 Preview on May 31 at Yonsei University’s Historical Garden to present plans for the next forum which is scheduled to take place on February 26-27. More than 60 people including representatives of the government of Korea, diplomatic corps, international organizations, businesses and academia took part in the event which opened with musical performances of the brass and percussion ensemble from Yonsei University’s College of Music, and its dean and renowned tenor Kang Moolim. In his welcome speech, Yonsei University President and GEEF Organizing Committee Chair Kim Yong-Hak encouraged others to participate in GEEF and join the efforts to further the progress of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Kim said, “I am very delighted that we are here to not only celebrate the previous success of the past GEEF events but also provide an excellent opportunity to share and engage together towards a better future. Challenges exist and innovative and integrated solutions are the key to overcome.” IGEE Honorary Chair Ban Ki-moon also emphasized the importance of partnerships to achieve the SDGs saying, “Although the SDGs played as a framework for every country to pursue greater progress, we still live in a reality where improvements are needed. ... We will need global concerted action and continuously work together to achieve a desirable future with social equity and sustainability.” Former President of Austria Heinz Fischer who is also the Co-Chair of the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens and Honorary Chair of the GEEF Organizing Committee said, “There is no doubt that this Forum creates sustainable synergies and brings the international community together to implement the Agenda 2030. The GEEF constitutes an important hub for cooperation and exchange of ideas, awareness raising and education.” While presenting plans for GEEF 2020, IGEE Executive Director Sohn Myongsei showed areas where different organizations can participate: - Ambassador’ Roundtable: A High Level Political Forum 2020 type session that is a discussion based on the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda and SDGs. It will provide an opportunity to share, discuss, and review each country’s achievement of the SDGs. - Hosting Discussion Session: With a theme related to one or more of the 17 SDGs, any organization can have the opportunity to host a session. - Conducting Side Event: A good opportunity to utilize GEEF as an effective promotional channel to the public. Previous side events include the UNFPA Seoul Office Opening Ceremony, SDG Goal 5 Advocacy Ceremony, and the MOU signing ceremonies with various partners. In addition to previewing GEEF 2020, IGEE also acknowledged two partners that contributed to the success of GEEF 2018 and 2019. Kim Yong-Hak and Ban Ki-moon presented awards of appreciation to Leo Suh, President of Samsonite Korea, and Demitris Psillakis, Chairperson of the European Chamber of Commerce in Korea (ECCK) and President & CEO of Mercedes-Benz Korea. To read and download GEEF 2019 Report, go to http://igee.yonsei.ac.kr/igee_en_new/geef/report.do?mode=view&articleNo=68290&article.offset=0&articleLimit=10
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Towards Global Peace: Strengthening Youth’s Involvement in the Global Nuclear Dialogue
Towards Global Peace: Strengthening Youth’s Involvement in the Global Nuclear Dialogue
The Institute for Global Engagement & Empowerment (IGEE), together with the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) and Yonsei University, held an event entitled "Towards Global Peace: Strengthening Youth’s Involvement in the Global Nuclear Dialogue" on May 31 at Yonsei University in Seoul. It served as a venue to promote understanding of non-proliferation and disarmament among youth and foster their active participation in the global nuclear agenda. Around 80 people, most of whom were students, attended the event which consisted of three sessions, namely: Transforming Global Crises into Extraordinary Creative Opportunities for Dialogue and Engagement; Role of Youth in Denuclearization; and Introducing International Organizations in Vienna. Among the key speakers were the 8th UN Secretary-General and Honorary Chair of IGEE at Yonsei University Ban Ki-moon, CTBTO Executive Secretary Dr. Lassina Zerbo, 11th President of the Republic of Austria and Co-Chair of the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens Heinz Fischer, and Ambassador and Chairperson of the Preparatory Commission for 2019 Shin Dong-ik. "Today, it is incredibly important for the next generation of leaders and students to keep their memories and advocacy alive. The world needs their skills, leadership, and commitment in promoting disarmament and non-proliferation," said Honorary Chair Ban. Furthermore, the second session featured presentations and a panel discussion by: Ambassador Shin; Dr. Yim Man-sung, Professor of Nuclear and Quantum Engineering at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST); Dr. Muhammad Qasim, CTBT Youth Group Member; Ms. Yujin Julia Jung, Researcher and PhD Student at University of Missouri; and Mr. Dong-hyeon Kim, Coordinator at Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University. The speakers discussed their own initiatives to strengthen the role of youth in global peace and security dialogue, introducing CTBT Youth Group activities as an example of engaging in such a discussion. In his presentation, Dr. Qasim explained the CTBT Youth Group's effort in organizing Peace Forums and Youth Conferences in an attempt to raise youth awareness on the CTBT conversations. Ms. Jung shared her research findings on how South Korean youth are more determined than any other generations in seeking peace and denuclearization, further asserting the importance of youth participation. For his part, Mr. Kim stressed that due to the rapid changes in North Korea's nuclear programs, it may bring rise to suggestions of inadvisable solutions such as unilateral nuclear armament of South Korea. Meanwhile, Ambassador Shin shared practical information and knowledge on working at international organizations.
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Joint Research with the World Bank on the Sustainable Development
Joint Research with the World Bank on the Sustainable Development
The Institute for Global Engagement & Empowerment (IGEE) at Yonsei University has partnered with the World Bank and will implement a joint research on the Sustainable Development. On 12th April, the World Bank announced that it will cooperate with the IGEE at Yonsei University to conduct a joint research to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of developing countries. The joint research team plans to publish a report that diagnoses the status of achieving the goals of sustainable development in Vietnam, Kazakhstan, and Egypt based on the SDG indicators adopted unanimously by U.N. member states. The $900,000 fund was set up by the Ministry of Strategy and Finance and the World Bank's SDG Fund to achieve the SDGs, and will be injected into each country's sustainable energy development, quality jobs creation and welfare system research, etc. The joint research team claimed that this will help the South Korea’s cooperation with Vietnam and Kazakhstan, which are key countries of the South Korean government’s New Southern Policy and New Northern Policy. IGEE was established in September 2017 as a direct institution under the presidency of Yonsei University, which also contributes to the university’s emphasis on social participation and works for the sustainable development of mankind. The 8th Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, is the Honorary Chair. In addition to the joint research with the World Bank, IGEE will contribute to the dissemination of relevant knowledge and information not only for experts but also the public through hosting the Online Knowledge Sharing (World Bank Blog) and the Global Engagement & Empowerment Forum on Sustainable Development (GEEF). Find details below: http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/press-release/2019/04/12/world-bank-group-government-of-korea-join-forces-to-support-achievement-of-sdgs https://www.mk.co.kr/news/politics/view/2019/04/262207/
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UNFPA Opens New Liaison Office at Yonsei University
UNFPA Opens New Liaison Office at Yonsei University
(Photo: UNFPA) UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, is strengthening its longstanding relationship with the Republic of Korea by opening a liaison office in Seoul. The new office, located on the campus of Yonsei University, will facilitate even closer cooperation on global population and development matters, including sexual and reproductive health and rights, population ageing and humanitarian response. The office will also partner with IGEE and different departments in future projects on sustainable development, health care, and women's rights. Collaboration between UNFPA and the Republic of Korea goes back to 1974 when UNFPA helped the government in the area of population policy and planning, including rights-based family planning, population surveys and using data for sustainable development. “This is a very auspicious moment for UNFPA, as we mark our 50th year as the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency, promoting rights and choices for all. UNFPA has long been proud of its special relationship with the Republic of Korea, and our new liaison office will strengthen this important partnership,” said UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem. “As a developing country in the 1970s, the Republic of Korea made crucial investments in health, family planning, education and women’s empowerment, spurring a significant demographic dividend," added Dr. Kanem. "Now, it is sharing its wealth of experience, resources and best practices to support developing countries in Asia-Pacific and globally. UNFPA looks forward to enhancing our engagement with the Republic of Korea on sexual and reproductive health, population ageing and other issues, and to contributing together to a world of health, rights and choices for all ages across the life cycle.” This year marks UNFPA’s 50th anniversary, as well as the 25th anniversary of the Programme of Action stemming from the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), the revolutionary agreement that placed human rights and individual choice at the heart of sustainable development. The Republic of Korea was one of the 179 countries that adopted the ICPD Programme of Action, seeing it as key to socio-economic advancement. The country continues to strongly support the vision enshrined within the Programme of Action, whose success is essential to fulfilling the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
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