2017년 5월 7일
지난 150년간 한국은 서양의 소비·물질 문화를 추구하는 것이 선진국으로 도약하고 생존할 수 있는 길이라고 생각했다. 하지만 달라졌다. 지금까지 한국이 추구해온 문화는 환경을 파괴하는 산업혁명의 산물로 파괴와 멸망의 길이다. 자연과 인간과의 조화를 추구하지 않았기 때문이다.
하지만 유가·불교·도교 문화는 다르다. 한국의 전통문화에서 앞으로 인간이 환경을 보호하고 공존하며 살아갈 수 있는 지혜를 얻을 수 있는 것이다.
지금까지 환경을 보호하기 위해 일상에서 쉽게 실천할 수 있는 방안이 터무니없이 부족했다. 개인부터 시작해 주변 사람을 변화시키는 노력, 이를 통해 모두가 새로운 문화와 사고방식을 갖춘 새로운 세상을 여는 것이 중요하다. 일상에서 시작해 행동으로 옮겨야 한다. 실천이 없는 지식은 심장박동이 멈추고 더 이상 숨을 쉬지 않는 시체같은 ‘죽은 지식’일 뿐이다.
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Sunday, May 15 2017
March for Peace
Front of Sejong Culture Center
The Korea Peace Movement and the Asia Institute are holding a March for Peace on Sunday, May 15, starting at 2 PM in front of the Sejong Culture in Gwanghwamun, Seoul.
We live in an age in which conflict and destruction has torn so many countries apart and there is a real threat of world war if we do not make an effort to promote peaceful cooperation and offer up a peaceful model for how we can combine forces to address the tremendous challenges of our age.
Please do join us for this march and show that world that it is not enough to stand by in silence, we must actively wage peace.
“The US and Korean New President”
President of ProGlobal Consulting and Host of AsiaEast
Director of the Asia Institute
Friday, May 12
10 AM to 12 PM
Seminar Room 2
의원회관 제2 세미나실
STEPHEN COSTELLO is a policy analyst with 20 years of experience in Korea and Northeast Asia as political consultant, policy analyst, think tank program director, and tech-sector business consultant. Mr. Costello specializes in policy and politics in Korea and Northeast Asia as well as US policy and policy-making toward the region.
Emanuel Pastreich is the director of the Asia Institute and associate professor at Kyung Hee University in Seoul.
A few words about Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
My former student at Kyung Hee University, Meaza Gidey, one of the most thoughtful young activists that I have met in recent years, recently took the time to explain to me a bit about Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, candidate for director-general of WHO (World Health Organization) from Ethiopia.
I had a chance to read a bit about Ghebreyesus, including his lucid statement about his role, and was sufficiently impressed that I thought I would share what I learned.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
“The scientific, technological and social progress over the last century has lifted hundreds of millions of people out of poverty. The World Health Organization (WHO) has played a crucial role in this progress – achieving major milestones including eradicating smallpox and bringing polio eradication within reach. During the Millennium Development Goal era, WHO also drove tremendous progress towards combatting HIV, tuberculosis and malaria, and reducing maternal, child and infant mortality. It enacted the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. Thanks to the actions of WHO, more people are living longer, healthier lives than ever before.
However, we live in a changing world, and WHO must be able to change with it. For all the progress we have made and improvements we have witnessed, daunting challenges – new and old – lie ahead. Climate and environmental change pose new threats. Unhealthy lifestyles are giving rise to non-communicable diseases that imperil public health. Globalisation has made it easy for infectious disease pathogens to spark pandemics that threaten lives and economic security. Antimicrobial resistance is threatening our ability to effectively treat common diseases and infections, and widespread population movements, global trade and inequities in access to basic health care and social protection are leading to complex global health challenges.
I envision a world in which everyone can lead healthy and productive lives, regardless of who they are or where they live. I believe the global commitment to sustainable development – enshrined in the Sustainable Development Goals – offers a unique opportunity to address the social, economic and political determinants of health and improve the health and wellbeing of people everywhere.
Achieving this vision will require a strong, effective WHO that is able to meet emerging challenges and achieve the health objectives of the Sustainable Development Goals. It will require revitalised WHO leadership that combines the public health, diplomatic and political expertise needed to address the most pressing challenges of our time.”
A visionary leader, he guided Ethiopia and numerous global health organizations to achieve game-changing results and increase their impact. An experienced reformer, he transformed Ethiopia’s health system to expand quality care and access to tens of millions of Ethiopians, and helped key global actors like The Global Fund and the Roll Back Malaria Partnership operate with greater efficiency and effectiveness. And, a skilled diplomat, his collaborative, context-specific, and solutions-oriented approach to global health and international relations is respected worldwide.
Our world has changed. Today, we face unprecedented health threats – from pandemics, to antibiotic-resistant infections, to climate change. We need a strong and effective World Health Organization to meet these challenges. As Director-General, Dr. Tedros’ vision, collaborative approach and proven effectiveness will help WHO better protect the health of all people.