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Secretary General Kim Ok-chae Appears on Diplomacy and Security-Themed YouTube Show to Promote NEAR2021-03-29

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On March 26, Secretary General Kim Ok-chae appeared on Professor Kim Young-ho’s Reading the World,” one of the most viewed diplomacy and security-themed YouTube channels with around 210,000 subscribers. He promoted NEAR for 50 minutes, conversing with Professor Kim about the establishment of NEAR and its philosophy, participant countries and member regional governments, types of meetings for international exchange, the roles as a platform for public diplomacy between regional governments, etc.


Secretary General Kim emphasized the importance of continuing grass-roots exchange in non-political areas among the six Northeast Asian countries, where there is frequent conflict between the central governments due to historical, territorial, and security issues. He asked the heads of NEAR member regional governments to take part in exchange in an attitude of contributing to stability in local communities, rather than focus on economic profit, such as the attraction of investment and tourists, etc.


In particular, he stated that the NEAR Secretariat played a role of the UN between Northeast Asia regional governments in that it has supported multilateral international exchange among 78 member regional governments. He also asked members to make active use of NEAR and the various events in addition to the NEAR meetings for international exchange since it is a unique platform with no language barriers.