Opening of the FIFA World Cup 2002 in Seoul
Roundtable on Understanding among Cultures and Peoples
Seoul, 31 May 2002/P/RE/17736c-is
At the invitation of the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Korea, the President of the International
Progress Organization (I.P.O.), Professor Hans Koechler, has arrived in
Seoul in order to attend the opening ceremony of the FIFA World Cup 2002.
Tomorrow, 1 June 2002, the
President of the I.P.O. will deliver a statement at the roundtable of
eminent persons on “Promoting Understanding among Cultures and Peoples.” The
meeting is held on the occasion of the opening of the World Cup Finals 2002
and is jointly organized by the Asia-Europe Foundation (Singapore)
and the Korean National Commission for UNESCO.
The World Cup Roundtable will
deal with basic issues of the dialogue among cultures, with current
impediments to meaningful dialogue, with the necessity of a new paradigm in
global relations, with the importance of sports for international
understanding, and with the role of national and international institutions.
Professor Koechler will make a presentation on “The Dialogue of
Civilizations: Philosophical Basis, Political Dimensions, and the Relevance
of International Sporting Events.” Since the foundation of the International
Progress Organization thirty years ago, Professor Koechler has coordinated
several projects on cultural dialogue and international communication in the
framework of UNESCO’s participation program.
Among the participants of the
roundtable will be the former President of Switzerland, Mr. Adolf Ogi,
Special Adviser of the UN Secretary-General on Sport for Development and
Peace; the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of East Timor, Mr.
Jose Ramos Horta; Mr. Jacques Attali (France), former Governor of the Bank
of Europe; Professor Rosemary Foot of St. Antony’s College at Oxford
University (United Kingdom); Professor Sang-Jin Han, Chairman of the
Presidential Commission on Policy Planning of the Republic of Korea;
Professor Guang Pan, Director of the Institute of European Studies of the
Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences (People’s Republic of China); and Mr.
Tadashi Yamamoto, President of the Japan Center for International Exchange,
Tokyo. The Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea, H.E. Lee Han-dong, is
expected to receive the participants.
The Korean National Commission
for UNESCO and the Asia-Europe Foundation will publish the proceedings of
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