The Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF) promotes democracy, human rights, economic freedom, and curbing climate change. Our South Korea project is focused on forward-looking topics such as smart cities and the 4th industrial revolution. The North Korea project organizes capacity-building programs in environmental planning and water management. We work with the Center for Local Autonomy, Hanyang University (CLA), Korea Local Information Research & Development Institute (KLID), and many other local partners. Should you have questions or suggestions about our work, please contact us. You can also meet our team here.
Thailand plans to recognize Same-Sex Unions
While parts of Southeast Asia have vibrant LGBTQ communities, offering sanctuary to many, the absence of legal recognition for same-sex couples is a disparity. In 2024, hopes are high for a breakthrough as Thailand contemplates the passage of a same-sex marriage bill.
Kim Jong Un abandons the goal of peaceful reunification
The ruler sends aggressive warnings to South Korea and the United States at the turn of the year. He seems hardly interested in a dialogue with liberal democracies anymore. This marks a drastic break with decades of state doctrine and alarms South Korea. Instead, North Korea continues to turn towards Russia. This raises tensions on the Korean Peninsula to a new peak.
In PISA studies, South Korean students achieve top results. Nevertheless, the education system in the country is controversial. The immense pressure to achieve good results has led to a booming market for private tutoring, exacerbating social inequalities. This is especially evident in the test crucial for university admission.
Liberal Human Rights Work 2023
The Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF) contributes to improving the situation with more than 60 offices around the world, not only in the fight against impunity, but also in the promotion of women's rights and diversity, among other things. The Foundation supports human rights education for human rights defenders, activists and their partners around the world. This report shows just a sample of the FNF's liberal human rights work in 2023.
Beyond The Local, Beyond The Digital
On November 30, 2023, KLID and FNF Korea successfully organized the "2nd Global Forum for Local Digital Innovation and Governance" at KLID Hall in Seoul. The event, titled "Beyond The Local, Beyond The Digital," brought together key figures to explore the implementation of the Digital Platform Government policy on a regional level and present solutions for local issues.
GCD Talk concert: Climate Crisis and Circular Economy
The third installment of the 2023 Global Citizen Dialogue(GCD): Let’s Take an Action!, unfolded at the POSCO Center Art Hall in Seoul on November 28, 2023. The event focused on the critical issues of the climate crisis and circular economy, featuring a panel interview with Kim Jeong Bin, CEO of Superbin and and insightful discussions with students from 14 different countries.
Making Cities Smarter and Safer: Lessons from Korea and Japan
The Joint Symposium "Making Cities Smarter and Safer: Lessons from Korea and Japan", held in Seoul on November 2nd, 2023, brought together experts from Korea and Japan to delve into the complexities of smart city data governance. Through insightful presentations and lively discussions, the symposium provided a unique platform for knowledge exchange, highlighting the shared journey towards creating smarter and safer urban environments.