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The 13th NEAR General Assembly

  • Date : August 10, 2021
  • Theme : “After 25 Years Together, into the Future We Go!”
  • Venue : POSCO International Center, Pohang City, Korea
  • Participants : 70 NEAR regional governments from five countries, one associate member and two observers
    • Korea : 48 from 16 member regions
    • Japan : 15 from 8 member regions; 2 from 1 observer
    • Mongolia : 53 from 19 member regions
    • Russia : 38 from 15 member regions; 3 from 1 observer
    • Vietnam : Ho Chi Minh City (associate member): 3 from 1 associate region
  • Main Content
    • Decision on selecting Ulsan Metropolitan City, South Korea, as the venue of the next General Assembly (Election of Chair Regional Government)
    • New membership of Liaoning Province, China
      * The 13th NEAR General Assembly was postponed for one year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was held in Pohang, paid for out of the NEAR Secretariat budget due to the special circumstances, taking into account that it was held online.

Hosting Two Rounds of the 2021 Secretariat Experience and Training Program for Local High School Students

  • Dates
    • Third Round : Jan 11, 2021 - Jan 13, 2021
    • Fourth Round : Jan 18, 2021 - Jan 20, 2021
  • Venue: NEAR Secretariat, Pohang-si, Republic of Korea
  • Number of Participants
    • Third Round : 11
    • Fourth Round : 6
  • Main Content
    • Introduction of Roles and Functions Played by the NEAR Secretariat
    • Lectures Given by Experts in Chinese, English, Japanese, Korean, Mongolian and Russian and Conversations with Seconded Government Officials from NEAR members
    • Trip to the Gyeongsangbuk-do Provincial Government Office and Andong Area

The Ninth NEAR Youth Art⋅Poster Contest

  • Period : April - December 2021
  • Type of Artwork : Drawing / Poster
  • Theme : “Northeast Asian Countries I Want to Travel After the COVID-19 Pandemic Is Over”
  • Eligibility : Youth aged 13 - 18 from one of the 77 NEAR member regions
  • Submissions : Total of 456 artworks (29 from Korea, 290 from China, 49 from Japan, 49, 17 from Mongolia, 71 from Russia)
  • Number of Awardees : 180
    • First Place : 1
    • Second Place : 4
    • Participation Awards : 20
    • Special Recognition Awards : 155

Exhibitions of Award-Winning Works from Five Northeast Asian Countries for the NEAR Youth Art⋅Poster Contest

  • Venues and Dates for Exhibitions
    • 1st Ulsan Library : 2021.9.7. - 2021.9.17.
    • 2nd Gimcheon Municipal Library : 2021.9.18. - 2021.10.1.
    • 3rd Gyeongbuk Libarary : 2021.10.1. - 2021.10.16.
    • 4th Chungnam Library : 2021.10.18. - 2021.10.29.

Holding Video Conference with “NEAR Youth Honorary Ambassadors” from the Republic of Sakha, Russia

  • Date : April 8, 2021
  • Number of Participants : three staff members from the NEAR Secretariat and two youths from the Republic of Sakha
  • Main Content : The NEAR Secretariat appointed two persons from “Intersfera” a public youth organization of the Republic of Sakha as NEAR Youth Honorary Ambassadors

Holding Video Conference Related to Liaoning Province, China, Joining NEAR

  • Date : April 12, 2021
  • Number of Participants : 12
    • NEAR Secretariat : 6
    • Foreign Affairs Office of Liaoning Province: 6
  • Main Content: Liaoning Province submitted an application for NEAR membership to the NEAR Secretariat and presented ways to cooperate between the organizations. In doing so, Liaoning Province became the 79th official NEAR member upon approval at the 13th General Assembly.

Participating in 「The 17th Krasnoyarsk Economic Forum of Russia」 Online

  • Date : April 14, 2021
  • Participants : over 8,000 offline participants and over 7,000 online participants from a total of 30 countries
  • Theme : “Economy and Pandemic: Russian Perspective”
  • Main Content : Five staff members from the NEAR Secretariat, including Secretary-General Kim Ok-chae, attended the main session of the forum online. In addition, investment contracts worth RUB 53.5 billion were signed at the forum for a total 20 projects in the fields of the infrastructure improvement of the mineral industry and the tourism and service industries.

Participating in the 14th General Assembly of the Northern Forum Hosted by Russia Online

  • Date : April 28, 2021
  • Participants : six NEAR member regions, six staff members from the NEAR Secretariat
  • Main Content : The chair region gave a presentation on the major activities of the Northern Forum. Also, representatives and experts of member regions reported on their activities and promoted their events to revitalize the Northern regions.

Appointing Promotional Ambassadors for the NEAR Secretariat and Meeting with Promotional Ambassadors

  • Date : May 10, 2021
  • Participants : three promotional ambassadors and all staff members of the NEAR Secretariat
  • Main Content : The NEAR Secretariat appointed promotional ambassadors to China and held a meeting with them in order to talk about NEAR’s roles in supporting the local governments of each country in their public diplomacy and ways to develop NEAR.

Delivering Congratulatory Video Message to the 12th Central China Investment and Trade Expo Hosted by Shanxi Province, China

  • Date : May 21, 2021 - May 23, 2021
  • Theme : “Opening-up and Cooperation” and “Transformation and Innovation”
  • Main Content : NEAR Secretary-General Kim Ok-chae stated, in his congratulatory message, that this Expo would contribute not only to the economic development of China’s central region, but also to common prosperity and peace in Northeast Asia.

Delivering Congratulatory Video Message to the Second Eurasian Women’s Forum Hosted by Kemerovo Region, Russia

  • Date : May 24, 2021 - May 25, 2021
  • Participants : over 2,000 offline participants and over 100,000 online participants from five countries
  • Main Content : The NEAR Secretary-General said, in his congratulatory video message, that there had been discussions on women’s enhanced roles in NEAR members, and that the forum would contribute to enhancing mutual understanding and trust between Northeast Asian regional governments hereafter.

Delivering Congratulatory Video Message to the Fifth China-Arab States Expo Hosted by Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, China

  • Date : August 19, 2021 - August 21, 2021
  • Theme : “Joint Construction of the Belt and Road through Strengthened Cooperation in Economics and Trade”
  • Main Content : NEAR Secretary-General Kim Ok-chae stated, in his congratulatory message, that the expo would serve as a bridge connecting Northeast Asia and the Arab world. Mr. Kim’s message was also reported in the Ningxia Ribao, the Ningxia government newspaper, and on Sina.com, the largest Chinese-language web portal.

Delivering Congratulatory Video Message to the 2021 Taiyuan Energy Low Carbon Development Forum Hosted by Shanxi Province, China

  • Date : September 3, 2021 - September 4, 2021
  • Theme : “Energy, Climate, and Environment”
  • Main Content : The NEAR Secretary-General stated, in his contratulatory message, that Shanxi Province had made great efforts to buil a better future for humanity through carbon neutrality and green growth.

Delivering Congratulatory Video Mesage to the First China (Ningxia) International Wine Culture and Tourism Expo Hosted by Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, China

  • Date : September 25, 2021 - September 27, 2021
  • Theme : “Chinese Wine that Surprises the World”
  • Main Content : NEAR Secretariat Kim Ok-chae congratulated Ningxia on its success in the global wine market and wished Ningxia further success in the future through the NEAR platform in his congratulatory message. Mr. Kim’s message was reported in China via the local press, including Guangming Daily and China Youth Daily.

Delivering Congratulatory Video Message to the Second Northeast Asia Cooperation Roundtable Hosted by Jilin Province, China

  • Date : September 22, 2021
  • Theme : “To Connect Market Resources and Jointly Build a Northeast Asia Maritime Economic Cooperation Community
  • Participants : more than 140 participants from six Northeast Asian countries including participants from Hamgyeongbuk-do Province and Rasun Special City, North Korea
  • Main Content : NEAR Secretary-General Kim Ok-chae delivered his congratulatory message, as a representative of one of the co-hosting organizations. Mr. Kim commended Jilin Province on its efforts to contribute to exchange and cooperation in Northeast Asia. His message was reported in China via the local press, including Xinhuanet and Jilin Daily.

Participating in the Third Korea-Russia Regional Cooperation Forum Hosted by Ulsan Metropolitan City, South Korea

  • Date : November 3, 2021 - November 5, 2021
  • Participants : among NEAR member regional governments, 12 South Korean regions, including Gyeongsangbuk-do Province, and five Russian regions, including Sakhalin Region
  • Main Content : The NEAR Secretariat arranged the bilateral summits between local governments on behalf of Korean member Gyeongsangbuk-do Province, and Russian members, including the Republic of Sakha, Sakhalin Region, and the Republic of Buryatia and provided interpretation services.

Providing Support for Associate Member Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam in its Recovery from the COVID-19 Pandemic

  • Main Content : NEAR associate member Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, requested the NEAR Secretariat for support due to the surge in COVID-19 pandemic cases and difficulties in securing medicine and vaccines. In response, the NEAR Secretariat circulated the request to all member regional governments, and three South Korean members, including Chungcheongbuk-do Province, Gangwon-do Province, and Ulsan Metropolitan City expressed their intent to helpd and provided support.

◎ Publishing of the NEAR Annual Report 2021

  • Project Period : November 2020–February 2022
  • Number of Copies : 1,010 books (Korean/Chinese/Japanese/Russian/Mongolian/English)
  • Main Content
    • NEAR’s major activities
    • NEAR Secretariat’s major activities
    • Cooperative activities of related organizations