the Korean civil society encounters problems
such as those resulting from the development
drive of the 1960s which brought about broken
communities. Irregularities and injustice
are presently evident in the korean society:
democratic political reform has broken down,
with authoritarian trends replacing them,
while new reforms based upon local autonomy
and citizens' participation have not yet
been realized. The country's affiliation
to the Organization of Economic Co-operation
and Development(OECD) and the World Trade
Organization(WTO) emerges as a challenge,
although the market and social order has
not permeated to the grassroots.
dominance of WTO-oriented policies has created
a crisis for the people. To overcome this
challenge, "localization" of decision-making
should be strengthened. The people need
to be able to maintain a high degree of
mutual co-operation and solidarity, and
citizens' participation should be promoted
in order to improve the existing local government
This background brought forth
the following 10 priorities of the Taegu
1. Building up and development
of civil society based upon democracy and
2. Citizens' campaign
for liberation and national reunification.
3. The role of the YMCA movement for reformation
of the citizens' daily lives and cultivating
4. A citizen's movement
for the realization of education reform.
5. Developing citizens' culture in an information
6. A citizens' movement for
security and safety in daily lives.
7. A green transportation campaign.
8. Building a green city.
9. A citizens'
movement for clean government.
role of the YMCA in a time of globalization.
<Written by Mr. Song, Jin-Ho,
Executive Director of International Cooperation.