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Published on Jan 22, 2013

Global HR Forum 2012 "Better Education, the Best Welfare"

The Global HR Forum 2012 welcomes over 120 global opinion-leaders from 60 countries worldwide. This year's conference will focus on the theme "Better Education, the Best Welfare." We are living in the midst of a global downturn and ever increasing polarization of wealth. The best way for the socially disadvantaged to escape poverty is through equipping them with the means to survive on their own. The optimal way to achieve this is by better education.
Lee Ju-ho, Minister of Education, Science and Technology said, "Welfare is a key topic of discussion not only in Korea, but around the world."
Many elections around the globe have taken place this year with more to come. The United States presidential election is to be held early next month and Korea's presidential election is slated for December. The debate on social welfare is as hot as ever among politicians, especially with a weak global economy.
This year's forum will reidentify the simple truth that teaching the means to earn a living rather than handing out money leads to the betterment of an individual, society and country,
Participants will discuss how to best deal with the most pressing global issues we are faced with during the current turbulent economic times. Scholars all over the world point out that the fundamental solution to the global financial woes needs to be found through human ingenuity and creativity. Put simply, the solution lies within talented people.
We live in a time when collective and collaborative efforts of the global community are more important than ever before. The Global HR Forum aims to provide guidance for global leadership and cooperation that are vital to achieve a better tomorrow.
In his keynote speech, former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown who was appointed as a special global education envoy to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon last July will talk about "Overcoming the Global Economic Crisis by Increasing International Cooperation."
Mr. Brown stressed "We are seeing a transition in the world economy where there is an imbalance between the west and Asia in particular and we need international action to boost the world economy." He called for a global strategy where the International Monetary Fund and G20 be more directly involved in making a global growth plan.
Daniel Shapiro who is the founder and director of the world-renowned Harvard International Negotiation Program, will deliver a speech on "Negotiating to Change the World."
Other distinguished speakers during the three-day forum include Richard Freeman, Professor of Economics at Harvard University, Anne Krueger, Professor of International Economics at Johns Hopkins University and Park Yung-chul, Professor of International Studies and Korea University. These scholars will discuss on the transition of the global economy as it looks for the next source of growth.
Professor Freeman says with the huge investments in R&D and higher education around the world and the global transmission of knowledge, the frontier for growth is continuously expanding. So the missing element is to organize and coordinate job creation to bring us closer to the frontier. "If we do not get young people employed quickly, their skills and attitudes will worsen and we will lose a great opportunity to improve living standards for everyone," he said.

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