17 August 2022 – Chargé d’affaires, a.i. Romulo Victor M. Israel Jr. gave an online lecture on De-globalization and the New Cold War from the Philippine perspective at the 24th Diplomatic International Forum of Seoul (DIFOS) on 13 August 2022. The event, organized by the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) Foundation, was attended by more than 70 youth student leaders.
During his presentation, CDA a.i. Israel Jr. shared that de-globalization is not a new concept, but its negative trajectory and implications can be addressed by strengthening multilateral institutions. CDA a.i. Israel Jr. likewise highlighted that diplomats like him work together with other government officials to help societies adapt to the pressures on the global economy brought about by geopolitical tensions, supply chain issues, pandemic, climate crisis and inequitable outcomes. Also included in the discussion were highlights of the Philippines-Korea historical partnership and bilateral ties as well as Korea’s relations with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) for the Korean youth leaders’ appreciation.
The one-hour online session ended with an interactive Q&A and photo opportunity with the students. END