Introduction to the G20 Seoul Summit
What does the hosting of the G20 Seoul Summit mean to Korea?
For a very long time, Korea has never been given a chance to establish international structures or frameworks. It had a challenging time just acquiring a membership to international organizations such as to the UN and the OECD. But with the hosting of the G20 Seoul Summit coming November, Korea has now opened a new diplomatic horizon for itself. Korea can now add its own voice to the global economic order as a rule-setter, not as a mere rule-follower; has moved from the periphery to the center of the global stage.
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Congratulatory messages from international leaders
“Korea’s history qualifies it for a leadership role in this changing global economy. Korea is one of the world’s great development success stories successfully advancing from a receiver of development assistance to a provider. Korea is ensuring that the voices of those outside the G20 are heard.”
To view the full message of Robert B. Zoellick, World Bank Group President :
“The Korean Presidential Committee for the G20 Summit has brought together a formidable team, uniting the best talent in each policy field. Korea’s own development story and its rapid recovery from the mid-1990s Asian financial crisis are also remarkable, and serve to help and inspire us all.”
To view the full message of Angel Gurria, OECD Secretary-General :
“The Government of Korea is exercising strong and effective leadership as the Chair of the G20 at this important stage. A key milestone for much of the financial reform agenda is the Seoul G20 Summit in November. Working in close co-operation, I am confident that the G20 and the FSB will be able in 2010 to put in place the basis for a much stronger and more resilient financial system for the future.”
To view the full message of Mario Draghi, FSB (Financial Stability Board) Chief :
Time to show some global etiquette
The G20 Seoul Summit is an international meeting of great prestige where the world economic leaders will convene. Accordingly, Korea will need to exhibit some especially well-cultivated etiquette and decorum for the many foreign visitors who will carry memories of Korea back to their own homes.
Some of the things we could do can be :
* Have a friendly, smiling face
* Lower your voice in public places
* Say “Excuse me” and “Sorry”
* Have good table & driving manners
* Keep public restrooms clean
* Don’t litter in the streets
* Don’t force drinking at social get-togethers
* Reign in your “ppali ppali” (quick quick) tendencies
Check this out !
View video clips on global citizenship produced by the Council in partnership with private companies :
G20 Seoul Summit Special
To be continued in the next issue…