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[Newsletter Vol.8] Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO, to Attend the Jeju Forum 2018-06-15
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Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO, to Attend the Jeju Forum
First Visit by Head of UNESCO to Jeju Island

Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO, will visit Jeju Island to attend the 13th Jeju 
Forum for Peace and Prosperity, becoming the first incumbent head of UNESCO to do so. 
Her visit is expected to provide the momentum to further develop cooperative ties between 
UNESCO and the Jeju Island, which was designated as Biosphere in 2002, World Natural 
Heritage in 2007 and Global Geopark in 2011, and whose folk ritual, Chilmeoridang 
Yeongdeunggut, and traditional hanyeo (women divers) culture were inscribed as Intangible 
Cultural Heritages.

Director-General Azoulay will speak in the special dialogue session with the theme of 
“UNESCO’s Unique Mandate for Peace and Development: Multilateral Cooperation through 
Education, Culture and the Sciences” at 10:50-11:40 a.m. on June 28 with the Governor of 
Jeju Special Self-Governing Province, Won Hee-ryong, who is also chairman of the Jeju 
Forum Organizing Committee. She will discuss how to build peace on the Korean peninsula, 
as well as sharing her views on the future value of Jeju Island and the role of UNESCO. The 
dialogue will be moderated by Bak Sangmee, dean of the Graduate School of International 
and Area Studies at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies. Prior to the dialogue session, the 
Director-General will hold a press conference at 10 a.m.

Upon the inter-Korean summit meeting on Apr. 27, the Director-General has said in her 
tweet, “I welcome the historic statement issued today by the Korean leaders. My hope is that 
it paves a way to lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula. UNESCO stands ready to contribute 
through active cooperation in all its fields of competencies.”

Given the main theme of the Jeju Forum, “Reengineering Peace for Asia,” and the eased 
tension following the inter-Korean summit meeting this year, it is noteworthy how the 
Director-General will address the peace issue, and the roles of UNESCO and Jeju Island in 
that context.

The Jeju Special Self-Governing Province is planning to propose in 2019 to establish the 
“Global Research and Training Center for Internationally Designated Areas” under the 
auspices of UNESCO. The province will submit the application for the UNESCO center next 

At the moment of its foundation after World War II, UNESCO was entrusted with a unique 
mission inscribed in its Constitution: “it is in the minds of men and women that the defences 
of peace must be constructed.” UNESCO has been carrying out this mission for over 70 years 
now, through education, culture, and the sciences, reaching out to local populations in every 
region of the world. The challenges faced by humanity at the beginning of this 21st century 
are no longer the same as those in 1945. But the need for multilateral cooperation is just as 
urgent. It is crucial to maintain and reinforce this cooperation, and to find original and 
innovative means to guarantee peace and sustainable development. There is no other 

UNESCO was established in 1945 as a United Nations organization to contribute to peace 
and progress of humanity. In 1942-1944 during World War II, the education ministers of the 
allied countries held meetings in London and agreed to set up an international organization 
to reconstruct the educational system and build world peace. The representatives of 37 
countries adopted the UNESCO Charter in London on Nov. 16, 1945. As of December 2017, 
UNESCO is composed of 195 member states and 11 associate member countries. UNESCO’s 
mission is to contribute to world peace and sustainable development by promoting 
international cooperation.