Climate change is an issue that has been debated upon for a long time before today. With the rise of the COVID 19 pandemic, many have argued that the buzz surrounding this issue has slowed down while the threat has proven to be more concerning than ever. Indonesia and South Korea are, of course, not an exception to this trend. Being the leading democratic examples of their respective regions of East and Southeast Asia, many in their region have turned to South Korea and Indonesia for examples of effective use of their democratic power to mitigate the climate crisis. Global warming awareness has increased since every nation has signed and ratified the infamous Paris Agreement of 2015, including Indonesia and South Korea.
However, with poor management from the national governments of the two countries and the lack of results, there has been a growing sense of distrust from the general society of the two nations. It should be noted that there has been little to no improvement on the climate crisis in the two countries ever since the agreement was signed. The effectiveness of existing government solutions are often questioned by the youths as many do not see any real impacts or effects on the current climate status quo. This in turn has resulted in backlash and social movements from the general society demanding government accountability and efficiency. Coupled with the COVID 19 pandemic, outbreaks of the deadly disease throughout the world have also been a very prominent testament of democratic power in the two countries.
Therefore, it is then reasonable to declare a form of democratic crisis in the two countries due to this public distrust. Bearing this in mind, we believe that this is a crucial issue that must be discussed further by youths from both Indonesia and South Korea. With that being said, Indonesia Youth Foundation is collaborating with Peace and Public Diplomacy Corps in the second installment of the Indonesia Korea Youth Friendship Forum which will have the grand theme of “Democracy and Climate Change for The Future”
Francis has been visiting professor for peace studies, at Ritsumeikan University, and International University of Japan. He also has been a legal advisor to the Special Rapporteur of the UN Human Rights Sub-Commission in 2005, and worked with the Center for Peace Museum, Korea. He was former Executive Director of ARENA (Asian Regional Exchange for New Alternatives, Asia-wide) and director of the Center for Peace and Disarmament, Korea. He has coordinated CENA (civil society education network in Asia), a collaborating network of universities committed for peace, human rights and democracy studies in Asia.
He has been working in Yogyakarta as the project manager of SKHU-UII joint programme for sustainable community development. He has written chapters and books on peace studies, peace education, critique to security discourses, peacebuilding in SDGs and development, democracy and peace, and civic diplomacy for peacebuilding. Currently, he serves on the advisory committee of the Ministries and Agencies of reunification, education, human rights, overseas development cooperation and gender and family affairs of the ROK government.
Ranitya Nurlita has been volunteering in environmental and youth development activities since 2011 in order to pursue her dream of becoming an entrepreneur in environmentalism. As a diver, has a huge interest in Sustainability Development issues especially in Waste Management, Climate Change, Social Entrepreneurship, Project and Event Management, and Youth Leadership. She actively speaks on environmental issues, and volunteers in various green and social activities.
In 2015, she established the ASEAN Reusable Bag Campaign and the Sahabat Alam Board Game salamkita.org, and, in 2019, she decided to set up Waste Solution Hub and Head of Environment Division Rumah Millennials.
Essay Presenter is an individual of participants who take part in an essay competition and are selected to present their essays in Indonesia – Korea Youth Friendship Forum. There would be 3 selected presenters who will present their essay at Indonesia – Korea Youth Friendship Forum. Meanwhile, those who are not selected will automatically become general participants.
General Participants are participants who register as general participants or participants who are not selected as essay presenters.