Written By: Mohammed al-Kibsi
Article Date: Nov 11, 2010 - 10:53:27 AM
Beautiful Yellow and purple flowers were planted on all streets and yards across Seoul in preparation for hosting the G20 Summit Seoul 2010. “Yellow is a symbol of the ancient Korean kings and purple is a symbol for hosting presidents and leaders of the world”. That was what Dana one of the 5000 Korean young volunteers told me. Lee Bok Lye another young volunteer with pure Arabic language told me that I was the first Arab man she ever knew and that she was so happy for meeting me. The 500 young volunteers were the most amazing feature of the G20 Summit. Wherever you go in Seoul you would find these volunteers with a beautiful badge on their chests ‘Ask Me’ and when you ask them they would answer you about anything related to the Korean history, civilization, green growth, relations with other countries, unification and even about yellow and purple flowers.
Herim Ann said she registered as a volunteer last August and that all volunteers passed through tests and had training and education on the tasks they would perform.
It was really so great that the Korean government gave a chance for its young generation to contribute to the G20 Summit. These 5000 or some young Korean students are the new ambitious enthusiastic generation. They will be the politicians, economists, scientists and businessmen of the growing fast South Korea. Their performance was really amazing and same was there gleaming smiles.
More than 54 thousands police officers were deployed to secure the summit and for the first time in history the Koreans used the Gold Fish to secure water against toxic or any suspected biological terror attack.
United States president Barack Obama has made a plea to other world leaders ahead of the G20 summit, calling on them to work together for global economic recovery.
Obama has issued a statement saying the US will play its part in creating jobs and reducing global imbalances but cannot restore growth alone.
With fears the summit could be derailed by a currency row between the US and China, Mr Obama said he accepted the US must change but all nations had to do their part.
The US believes China is keeping its currency artificially low to boost exports.
But the fallout from America's actions to boost its own economy is also in the spotlight.
Korea is working as a mediator between developed and developing countries over the different problematic issues the G20 summit tackles. No wonder that the Korean would succeed in mediation using their successful diplomacy and cheerful gleaming smiles and warm hospitality.
To achive this goal South Korea paid an outreach efforts as the G20 outreach comprises the efforts and activities that communicate the work of the G20 and its goals to non-G20 actors including non-g20 countries, international organizations, civil society and academia, thereby engaging them in the G20
The Korean president Lee Myung-bk has engaged in over 20 outreach activities including bilateral and multilateral summits to discuss the preparations for the G20 summit and gather opinions from other Heads of States and government.
South Korea is using its 240 billion reserves to stabilize the financial market.
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