The World Civic Forum is a consultative group made up of various stakeholders from academics, government, private enterprise, civic organizations and UN who work together to find solutions for global issues including climate change, environmental degradation, human rights violations, peace building and the energy and food crises. Kyung Hee University held an inaugural meeting of the World Civic Forum in May, 2009 in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the “Seoul International Conference of NGOs”” and the 60th anniversary of foundation of Kyung Hee University.

The World Civic Forum is the essence of Kyung Hee’s tradition of peace, welfare and human justice, drawing on the same source that powered the “Global Common Society Movement”, the “Human Peace Movement” and the “Neo-Renaissance Movement.” We are moving beyond the deep limitations of the “World Economic Forum” and the “World Social Forum” and building a new model for civic values, civic education, and civic leadership, and with the goal of spreading them across the world.

The World Civic Forum 2009, co-organized by Kyung Hee University and UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA), was held at COEX in Samsung Dong, Seoul in May, 2009. The Forum addresses critical issues such as civic values and civic participation, approaches to global justice and global governance and solutions to global issues such as climate change.

The World Civic Forum 2009 was attended by 3200 people from non-government agencies, international organizations, media and governments from 57 countries (including 12 partnership agencies such as UNESCO, CoNGO, the University of Pennsylvania, and the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University). Addressing the participants were Seungsoo Han, the Former Korean Prime Minister, Sha Zukang, UN Under Secretary-General, Hans D’Orville UESCO Assistant Director-General, Zhou Qifeng, President of Peking University, and Kawaguchi Kiyofumi, President of Ritsumeikan University addressed the participants. 300 articles and papers were released at this historic this forum. The Academy has not only evolved into a solid global consultative forum but also entered into a cooperative relationship with that reinforces its original connection with UN DESA.


- [WCF 2009 Brochure] <Download>
- [WCF 2009 Program & Description Book] <Download>
- [WCF 2009 Video Clip] <Download>
- [WCF 2009 Image Gallery]
- [WCF Website]



World Civic Youth Forum

The World Civic Youth Forum (WCYF) was held in 2009 at Kyung Hee University Global Campus at the same time as the World Civic Forum. The WCYF Inaugural Ceremony consisted of an academic forum concerning pan-global issues such as peace, the environment, development, human rights and culture. This allowed for frank communication and exchange between international students.

Nine hundred youth voluntarily joined World Civic Youth Forum 2009 including 304 article presenters, 240 participants, 100 volunteers, 100 unregistered attendees and 40 people making up the Student Secretariat from 40 countries voluntarily joined World Civic Youth Forum 2009. The success of the event suggested to universities around the world the possibility of a global consultative body for students. Most of all, the biggest achievement of WCYF 2009 was that students from the all over the world had the chance to discuss global pending issues and voice their role.

The WCYF is a platform for students to build their citizenship skills and create a practical global network. The WCYF is critical to realizing the social and global responsibility of university. In the future, The WCYF will be held together with WCF in the future.


- [WCYF 2009 Brochure] <Download>
- [WCYF 2009 Program & Description Book] <Download>
- [WCYF 2009 Video Clip] <Download>
- [WCYF 2009 Gallery]
- [WCF Website]



The 2nd World Civic Forum (WCF) & World Civic Youth Forum (Scheduled)

• Date: May, 2014
• Theme: Global Issues and the Role of Higher Education
• Venue: Kyung Hee University/COEX
• Organized by: Global Academy for Future Civilization

<Statement of Purpose>

Human civilization today shows the characteristics of transition, making it distinct from that of any other era. Civilization in the 21st century provides an abundant living environment of abundance which is the result of the developments of civilization in the 20th century. But there are still many tasks to be solved ahead of us including hunger, disease, violations of human rights, the status of women, the environmental crisis and climate change. The switch to digital information, the emergence of a globalized and multicultural society, the achievements and limitations of capitalism pose profound and complex challenges. Collaboration among intellects and leaders in the global community is all the more important in order today to realize today peace, human welfare and global justice in the midst of the high waves of a stormy era.

Kyung Hee University since its inception as a higher educational institution has made tremendous efforts to create a better human society through its tradition of “Scholarship and Peace.” Kyung Hee has launched global social movements pursuing universal human values and promoting a future civilization of peace and prosperity. Kyung Hee University established the International Association of University Presidents (IAUP), initiated the “UN International Day/Year of Peace,” launched “Global Initiative 100” together with one hundred intellectuals and leaders, and held the ““1999 Seoul International Conference of NGOs.”

The World Civic Forum is a response to the zeitgeist of a transitioning civilization in transition in the 21st century. Higher educational institutions, international organizations, civic groups, governments, enterprises, and media together must seek a new way to contribute to humanity in the 21st century. WCF serves as a platform for universities to enter a global dialog and propose solutions concerning awareness and practice so as to realize a human society of “Peace and Prosperity”.


- [WCF Website]