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Since 1961, UNESCO Bangkok, the Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau for Education and Cluster Office for the six “Mekong” countries, Thailand, Myanmar, Lao PDR, and Singapore, and indirectly through UNESCO country Offices in Hanoi and Phnom Penh, promotes peace and human development through education, sciences, culture, communication and information. 

UNESCO is the only institution in the United Nations system with a mandate in the field of culture. UNESCO Bangkok's Culture Unit is in charge of the substantive organization for this Regional Mayor’s Forum. In accordance with its Constitution, the Organization assists its Member States in updating their cultural policies. One of its aims is to help Member States formulate appropriate responses to those challenges posed by cultural diversity in all of its forms - be they heritage-related, contemporary or creative activities - as well as those posed by its corollary, i.e., intercultural dialogue. These policies pertain not only to the field of culture proper but also to the role that culture should play in other areas of development.

UNESCO was created with the goal of achieving sustainable development through education, science and culture and, on the basis of that, establishing a culture of peace and eradication of poverty all over the world. The Korean National Commission for UNESCO was established in 1954 in order to realize this founding ideology within Korean society. During this Mayors' Forum, the Korean National Commission will cooperate closely with the City of Gyeongju in organizing and communicating with mayors.

The Commission is actively working to further strengthen existing cooperative relationships with its stakeholders at the national, regional, and international levels and to take its share of responsibility in pursuing the goals of UNESCO in Korea. As a focal point, the Korean National Commission for UNESCO is also committed to creating partnerships and networking with not only governments, and other international and intergovernmental organizations, but with civil society and the private sector.

 

Hosts

City of Gyeongju / Government of Korea 

(Cultural Heritage Administration of Korea)

Gyeongju is the ancient capital of Silla boasting its splendid national culture and history. With the clean oceanic East Sea area and magnificent natural scenery along the coast, Gyeongju is an optimal city of leisure and marine tourism.  It is a complex urban-rural city where agriculture, livestock and fisheries are developed along with its great natural environment. Based on its huge land area (2.2 times bigger than Seoul), fertile soil and the 36km-long clean oceanic area of the East Sea, Gyeongju is an excellent production base for agriculture, livestock and fishery. While establishing itself as a representative city of tourism with its historico-cultural heritage, Gyeongju is currently promoting three major national projects with a view to becoming a city of cutting-edge technology.

The City of Gyeongju and the Government of Korea (Cultural Heritage Administration of Korea) are proposed to be in charge of all the local preparations for the forum including (i) issuing the official invitations and making logistical arrangements for travel and accommodation of participants, (ii) securing and arranging the meeting venue, including audiovisual equipment, (iii) providing meeting kit, (iv) providing meeting secretariat services, and (v) arranging city tour and welcome reception. 

Sources: http://www.gyeongju.go.kr/english/open_content/index.jsp

Gyeongsangbuk-do Provincial Government

Gyeonsangbuk-do is the home of many ethnic cultures including the Buddhist culture of the brilliant Silla Dynasty, the mysterious culture of Gaya and the Confucian culture of the Joseon Dynasty. It is an excellent representative of Korean culture because it contains 20% of Korea's cultural assets. Gyeongsangbuk-do is within a 170-430 km distance from Seoul. The extensive transportation networks by air, rapid transit railways and expressways for cars enable people to reach most regions of Korea in 50 minutes to 3 hours time. Gyeongsangbuk-do is the home of loyalty and patriotism. It is also heir to the spirit of   the "Hwarang" and housed many aristocrats throughout its lengthy history. This spirit of patriotism became a stronghold for overcoming national disasters with an indomitable spirit emphasizing justice, tenacity and faith.  

Sources: http://www.gb.go.kr/eng/main/main.jsp