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Secretariat – Activities

  • Term: April 1, 2020–March 31, 2022
  • Number of Appointees: 40 people from 27 member regional governments of five countries
  • Appointment Method: Delivering letters of appointment from the Secretary General and business cards to individuals
  • Future Plans
    • Inviting honorary ambassadors to the NEAR Secretariat to a briefing on the roles of honorary ambassadors, sharing experiences of individual promotion activities; discussion of public relations plans and ways to promote NEAR.

The Secretariat’s Experience⋅Training Program for Korean College Students

  • Period
    • 1st Round: July 13–July 24, 2020
    • 2nd Round: August 18–August 28, 2020
  • Number of Participants
    • 1st Round: 11
    • 2nd Round: 10
  • Major Activities
    • Roles of NEAR Secretariat
    • Listening to lectures by experts and discussions with seconded public officers
    • Going on a field trip to Gyeongsangbuk-do Office and Andong City

Eighth NEAR Youth Art⋅Poster Contest

  • Duration of Event: April–December 2020
  • Area: Art / Poster
  • Theme: Culture of Northeast Asia, Future of Northeast Asia
  • Eligibility: youth (middle/high school students) from member regions
  • Number of Entries: 323 submissions (18 from South Korea, 105 from China, 22 from Japan, 132 from Russia, and 46 from Mongolia)
  • Number of Awardees: 146 (one Grand Award, four Excellence Awards, 15 Encouragement Awards, 126 Special Recognition Awards)

Hosting Exhibition for Award-winning Works of the NEAR Youth Art⋅Poster Contests from Five Northeast Asian Countries

  • Location and Period
    • 1st Round (Gyeongsangbuk-do Office of Education Cultural Center): July 20–July 30, 2020
    • 2nd Round (Gyeongsangbuk-do New Office): July 31–August 31, 2020
    • 3rd Round (Pohang Hotel Art Fair): October 28–October 30, 2020

Publication of 2020 NEAR Annual Report

  • Duration of Work: November 2020–March 2021
  • Circulation: 1,010 copies published in six languages, Korean, English, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, and Mongolian
  • Main Content
    • Major activities of the Secretariat
    • Containing cooperative activities with related organizations and others

<Cooperative Activities with Related Organizations>

Online Participation in the International Forum Commemorating the First International Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies

  • Date: September 7, 2020
  • Location: Seoul, the Republic of Korea (on/offline)
  • Theme: Clean Air and Climate Change Partnership for All
  • Participant Member: 22 members of five countries
    • South Korea: 14 regional governments
    • China: Anhui Province, Shaanxi Province
    • Japan: Hyogo Prefecture
    • Mongolia: Uvurkhangai Province
    • Russia: Republic of Sakha, Krasnoyarsk Territory, Khabarovsk Territory, Primorsky Territory
  • Main Content
    • Reading the inter-municipal joint declaration and the code of practice (by former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Governor of Chungcheongnam-do Province Yang Seung-jo, and NEAR Secretary General Kim Ok-chae)
    • Sharing policies and best practices between regional governments in Northeast Asia
    • Discussions with future generations at home and abroad

Participation in the International Video Conference Hosted by the World Smart Sustainable Cities Organization (WeGO) and the Trilateral Cooperation Secretariat (TCS)

  • Date: August 5, 2020
  • Format: online
  • Participant: 72 participants from seven members of two countries
    • South Korea: Chungcheongnam-do Province, Jeollanam-do Province, Jeju Special Self-Governing Province
    • China: Shaanxi Province, Shanxi Province, Shandong Province, Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region
  • Main Content
    • Sharing the status of smart city projects and future methods of development for each country
    • Introducing smart cities implemented in actual cities

NEAR Special Session in the Northern Forum Hosted by the Republic of Sakha, Russia

  • Date: September 28, 2020
  • Format: online
  • Theme: New Ways of International Cooperation Development in a Post-Pandemic World
  • Participant: 111 participants from 32 member regional governments of four countries
    • South Korea: Gyeongsangbuk-do Province, Gyeongsangnam-do Province, Busan Metropolitan City, Sejong Special Self-Governing City, Daegu Metropolitan City, Daejeon Metropolitan City, Jeju Special Self-Governing Province
    • China: Anhui Province, Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, Hunan Province, Heilongjiang Province, Shanxi Province
    • >Mongolia: Darkhan-Uul Province, Sukhbaatar Province, Uvs Province, Khovd Province, Khentii Province, Dornod Province
    • Russia: Republic of Sakha, Altai Territory, Irkutsk Region, Kemerovo Region, Krasnoyarsk Territory, Republic of Buryatia, Republic of Khakassia, Tomsk Region, Khabarovsk Territory, Amur Region, Sakhalin Region, Kamchatka Territory
  • Main Content
    • Welcoming speech/congratulatory remarks, presentations by representatives of member regions

Member Regional Governments Submit Works in the COVID-19 & HUMAN International Photo Exhibition Hosted by Jeju Province, South Korea

  • Duration of Event: September 18–October 11, 2020
  • Format: online
  • Theme: COVID-19 & HUMAN
  • Submission Member
    • South Korea: Gwangju Metropolitan City, Busan Metropolitan City, Incheon Metropolitan City, Jeju Special Self-Governing Province
    • China: Shanxi Province (Xian)
    • Mongolia: Dornogovi Province
    • Russia: Magadan Region, Republic of Sakha, Republic of Khakassia

Participation in the 15th Jeju Forum for Peace & Prosperity

  • Period: November 5–November 7, 2020
  • Location: Jeju Special Self-Governing Province, the Republic of Korea (on/offline)
  • Participant: Director of the Department of International Cooperation and experts from the NEAR Secretariat
  • Theme: Reinventing Multilateral Cooperation: Pandemic and Humane Security
  • Main Content
    • Diplomat Round Table – Changing Dynamics of Northeast Asia Multilateral Cooperation

Participation in the UN ESCAP ENEA

  • Date: October 22, 2020
  • Format: online
  • Participant: Director of the Department of International Cooperation and experts from the NEAR Secretariat
  • Theme: Inclusive Subregional Cooperation in East and North-East Asia for Sustainable Development
  • Main Content
    • Session1: presentations on broad-based and inclusive subregional cooperation priorities
    • Session2: discussions on strengthening institutional subregional cooperation mechanisms

Hosting the Conference of the Globalization of Regions in the Global Korea Convention 2020

  • Date: December 11, 2020
  • Location: Seoul, the Republic of Korea (on/offline)
  • Theme: Ways to Invigorate Exchange between Northeast Asia Regional Governments
  • Main Content
    • NEAR Secretary General Kim Ok-chae’s opening remarks
    • Governor of Gyeongsangbuk-do Province Lee Cheol-woo’s welcoming speech (read by Han Jae-sung, Director of the Division of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Gyeongsangbuk-do Province)
    • Themed Presentations
        - Kim Hyeong-soo, Professor at Dankook University: Ways to Invigorate Exchange Between Northeast Asian Regional Governments
        - Lee Seung-geun, Professor at Keimyung University: Ways to Invigorate Exchange Between Northeast Asian Regional Governments Based on the Realities of Exchange Between European Local Governments
    • Discussions
        - Chair: NEAR Secretary General Kim Ok-chae
        - Discussant: former Korean ambassador to Brazil Koo Bon-woo, Senior Research Fellow at the Korea Institute for International Economic Policy Suh Jin-kyo, Professor at Sungkonghoe University Yang Kee-ho, and Director of the Division of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Gyeongsangbuk-do Province Han Jae-sung
    • Results
        - The conference served as an opportunity to invite experts and devise ways to overcome the limitations of exchange and cooperation between Northeast Asian regional governments. Furthermore, the conference provided an opportunity to make practical developments at a time when international exchange has been suspended due to COVID-19.
        - About 400 people viewed the live broadcast in Korean and about 180 in English via YouTube