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The Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Korea and the Korea-EU Civil Society Network (KEN) Hold a Webinar on ‘Sustainability, Accountability and Legitimacy of CSOs’

Seoul, 07/04/2021 - 03:35, UNIQUE ID: 210407_12
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Exchange of challenges and good cases from Korea and the EU

SEOUL, Korea — April 7, 2021 The Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Korea announces that the Korea-EU CSO Network (KEN) will hold a webinar on April 13 addressing the theme of ‘Sustainability, accountability and legitimacy of CSOs’: challenges and good practices from Korea and Europe.’ As part of the EU Delegation public diplomacy activities, the KEN webinar is open online to all interested parties, including individuals and organizations involved in public diplomacy, social activists, potential activists, and students.

Hwa Jung Kim, Secretary-General of the Public Diplomacy Center and invited professor at the Graduate School of International Studies, Ewha University will be the moderator running the panel discussion at this KEN webinar.

Shin Jae Eun, Director of the Korea NGO Council for Overseas Development Cooperation (KCOC)'s Policy·Education Center, and Eszter Hartay, Senior Legal Manager at European Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ECNL) will be presenting their views from the Republic of Korea and Europe, respectively.

Both panelists will reply to questions from the audience and share their thoughts and suggestions on ways to build sustainable and transparent community activities and on issues related to CSO’s accountability and legitimacy.

Registration to attend the on-line webinar is possible via the Korea-EU CSO Network website’s event page (www.kencso.org/event). English and Korean simultaneous interpretation will be provided to encourage participation from the widest possible audience. 

The Korea-EU CSO Network (KEN) held several workshops and webinars involving civil society organizations (CSOs) from both regions as part of the public diplomacy project (EUPOP-ROK) funded by the European Union. In June and December 2020, workshops were held addressing the themes of ‘Human Rights, Discrimination and the Unequal Impact of COVID-19 on Persons in Vulnerable Positions’ and ‘Successfully Engaging the Public: Strategies and Challenges of Korean and European CSOs with a focus on persons with disabilities and disadvantaged groups.’ KEN also held a webinar in November 2020 on the theme ‘Empowering citizens through tailored advice, forward-looking research, advocacy, and campaigning.’ 

This year, KEN has hosted a workshop on March 8 titled ‘Celebrating International Women’s Day: Views from Korea and the EU on past achievements, present challenges and future’ and will hold an international conference in November.

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Media Enquiries:

EUPOP ROK, KEN Media Contact: contact@kencso.org Ms Cathy Paik +82 10 8318 0610

 

Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Korea, Press and Information Officer: Jungyoon.KIM@eeas.europa.eu

 

About the Korea-EU CSO Network (KEN)

The Korea-EU CSO Network (KEN) started in January 2019 as part of the European Union's public diplomacy project ‘Policy and Outreach Partnership in the Republic of Korea’ (EUPOP ROK). It aims at strengthening collaboration and exchanges between civil society organisations (CSO) from both regions. During the 2020-2021 period, several workshops, webinars and an international conference are prepared under the overall topic of human rights and touching specific subjects such as gender equality, disabilities and rights of migrants and transversal subjects such as advocacy and campaigning, fundraising and accountability.

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