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Expert Symposium for Sustainable Lifelong Learning Cities in Asia Pacific

Expert Symposium for Sustainable Lifelong Learning Cities in Asia Pacific

- Lifelong Learning and Unemployed Youth in Cities -

Changwon, Republic of Korea, 10 June, 2013

On 10 June 2013, the Expert Symposium for Sustainable Lifelong Learning Cities in Asia Pacific was held at the newly built city icon “Marine Solar Tower” in Changwon City, Republic of Korea.

The symposium was a collaborative effort between Changwon City, the Korean National Commission for UNESCO (KNCU) and UNESCO Bangkok.

Mr. Wan-Su Park, Mayor of Changwon City, Mr.  Dong-Seok Min, Secretary General of KNCU, and Mr. Gwang-Jo Kim, the Regional Director, UNESCO Bangkok Office inaugurated the symposium.  Eight international and national experts made presentations on lifelong learning, economic growth without creating jobs, unemployed youth, employability, job prospects, motivation, learning for life, sustainability, learning cities, and innovative methodologies.  The symposium hosted 130 participants who took part in discussions on these topics.

In her key note speech, Dr. Eun Kyung Park suggested for a human centered society and changing the definition of work, in view of the issues the world faces today, including environmental changes, economic growth in the midst of skyrocketing unemployment rates,super-connected generations, aging society, extreme urbanization, and widening socio-economic gaps. Dr. Park reiterated the importance of education for sustainable development.

The symposium comes as part of the MOU signed by the three organizations in October 2012. The results of the event demonstrate the success of this collaboration which will contribute to the discourse and practices of Sustainable Lifelong Learning in Cities in the global arena.


Responsible Persons
8:30 - 09:00 Registration  
09:00 - 09:30 Guest Introduction Host (Changwon City)
Opening Remarks KIM Gwang-Jo, UNESCO Bangkok
Welcome Remarks PARK Wan-Su, Mayor of Changwon City
Congratulatory Remarks BAE Jong-Cheon, Chairperson of the Changwon City Council
MIN Dong-Seok, Secretary General, Korean NATCOM
Appreciation Plaque

PARK Wan-Su, Mayor of Changwon City
KIM Gwang-Jo, UNESCO Bangkok

09:30 - 09:40 Group Photo  
09:40 - 10:10
Coffee break
10:10 - 11:00 Keynote Speech PARK Eun-Kyung Vice-Chairperson, Korean National Commission for UNESCO
Session 1 - Lifelong Learning and Employability
11:00 - 11:30 Hong Kong Case Dr. Ll Jun
President, Comparative Education Society of Hong Kong
11:30 - 12:00 Australia Case Dr. Allie Clemans, Postgraduate Program
Director, Faculty of Education, Monash University
12:00 - 13:30
Session 2 - Skill Training by Public and Private Sectors in practice
13:30 - 14:00 Global case Mr. Matthieu Congnac, Youth Employment Specialist, ILO
14:00 - 14:30 Japan Case Fujimoto Takashi(CEO, Inthestreet, Inc.)
Street Academy : Social Learning by People
14:30 - 15:00
Coffee break
Session 3 - Innovative Approach to promote Lifelong Learning for Youth
15:00 - 15:30 Key Features of Learning Cities Sunok Jo, Program Specialist of the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning
15:30 - 16:00 Role of RCE on ESD Dr. Mario Tabucanon, Visiting Professor of UNU
16:00 - 16:30 Korea Case Dr. Ko young-sang
Chief Program Specialist National Institute for Lifelong Education
16:30 - 17:00
Coffee break
17:00 - 18:00
Concluding Disucssions & Closing Session
Concluding Discussions Led by Korean NATCOM for UNESCO
Closing Remarks UNESCO Bangkok/ Korean NATCOM
Vote of Thanks Changwon City