[Issue] February 2014 / Vol.2 No.4 – CCEJ International Agenda

Post 2015 Agenda and Domestic Korean Issues
Ewijeong Jeong
officer, International Affair’s Team
2013 was a year for new developments within CCEJ. On November 15th, the CCEJ International Committee began anew by holding a forum to commemorate the committee’s re-establishment. The timeline for achieving the U.N. Millennium Development Goals expires in 2015, and discussions regarding the Post 2015 agenda is a prominent issue among development groups in Korea. However, the Post 2015 discussion is contained within development groups, and it has become an unfriendly issue to many domestic civic groups in labor and environment, and among women and peace advocates. For this reason, the CCEJ International Committee is working to open a place of dialog for the handling of Korea’s Post 2015 agenda and its related domestic issues by leveraging CCEJ’s specialties in domestic politics, society, national projects and citizens’ rights and interests.
The November 15th forum was titled, “Post 2015 Agenda and Korean Society – Setting the Direction for Korea.” Through the discussions, which were co-hosted by Joo-Young Lee, representative of the National Assembly’s UN MDGs forum, and Tae-Kyoon Kim, the chairman of CCEJ International Committee, the following ten tasks were suggested for Korean civil society, emphasizing the ability of civil society to spread the discussion of the Post 2015 agenda which includes the sustainability of the environment, peace, democratic governance, inequality, economic growth and comprehensive social development.
(1) Advance the global discussions about Post 2015 development agenda into Korea’s civil society so as to shape public opinion.
(2) Innovate within the government’s ODA system, and establish an integrated arbitration mechanism.
(3) Build an accountability mechanism.
(4) Post 2015 development agenda should be linked with social justice.
(5) Develop innovative methods for financial resources and adhere to ODA transparency practices.
(6) Civil oversight of KOICA and EDCF must include inspection.
(7) Civil society must develop professionalism to be able to criticize and advocate various issues on development and cooperation.
(8) In addition to developing professionalism, training professionals in each area should also accompany it.
(9) Vitalize a development and cooperation ecosystem in order to promote research in development studies among future generations with active field experience.
(10) Build solidarity with international NGOs through networking and by maintaining close relationships with civil society groups.
CCEJ is setting domestic goals for each category, including ‘inequality and economic development,’ ‘development of society,’ ‘peace on the Korean peninsula and democratic governance,’ and ‘sustainable development,’ which coincide with the major subjects of the Post 2015 discussion. Last December 19th, CCEJ held a meeting with local professionals to discuss issues of ‘inequality and economic development’ and ‘development of society.’ It was noted that economic growth policy that centered on the World Bank and the IMF was found to be poor growth policy. A paradigm shift was needed so that the emphasis would be placed on elevating the incomes of the middle and lower classes. Additionally, in the area of ‘development of society,’ discussions were held about health, education, migration, women and labor issues.
Since discussion on the MDGs and Post 2015 has not yet spread throughout society, it seems like it will take more time to carry on the discussions about this issue smoothly. CCEJ believes it is its duty to maintain these discussions with various civic groups because of its experience working in many of these fields already.