Global Peace Foundation – Ireland hosted its very first Global Peace Leadership Exchange for a delegation from Korea. The group visited cultural centers of Ireland: King John Castle, Cliff of Moher, and the Dublin and Bunratty Castles. And of course, how can one visit Ireland without visiting the Guiness Storehouse?
The trip included other profound exchanges. The Emerald Isle has just recently begun to build peace, while the Korean peninsula is in the midst of division. During a workshop hosted by Cooperation Ireland, the Korean leadership delegation was asked to visualize the current reality of their nation and envision the future. Unanimously they envisioned a future of unity and peace. The Korean delegation visited the Peace Walls in Belfast and paid a courtesy visit to the Korean Ambassador to Ireland, H.E. Park Hae-yun. They attended the Northern Ireland Parliament where they met Mr. Danny Kennedy.
The group also visited the St. Munchins Community in Limerick to observe a model of community service work. Many in the Korean Delegation are involved in volunteer and service work in Korea. One participant commented on the close inter-generational ties that the Community Center fosters through its program. In Korea the needs of the aging is becoming an increasingly critical issue.
Global Peace Leadership Exchanges foster inter-cultural and inter-religious understanding and cooperation through visits by government, religious and civil society leaders to host countries where few citizen exchanges take place.