Seoul Defense Dialogue 2021
Borderless Security Crises and Multilateral Responses
Welcome to Seoul Defense Dialogue! I am Park, Jae-min, the Vice Minister of National Defense, Republic of Korea.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of Seoul Defense Dialogue (SDD), which have promoted multilateral dialogue among defense officials and security experts on the issues of the Korean Peninsula and security cooperation in Asia Pacific.
The global society is facing unprecedented transnational security crises in terms of traditional challenges such as arms race and nuclear development to emerging threats such as pandemic and climate change. In order for us to overcome such common crises and build a sustainable peace regime, we are in great need of unity and cooperation rooted in multilateralism. In this regard, SDD 2021 will feature Korean Peninsula security, Asia Pacific regional security, health security, climate change, space security and more under the overarching theme of 'Borderless Security Crises and Multilateral Responses'. This year's SDD will also feature a special session in celebration of its 10th anniversary.
In consideration of the pandemic, the Republic of Korea Ministry of National Defense is planning to hold the upcoming SDD 2021 in a hybrid format. Defense officials and security experts around the world will participate either in person (Seoul) or via a video platform to address the audience and participate in panels as a keynote speaker, moderator, or panelist. Although on-site audience will be limited to defense attaché offices and embassy personnel in Korea and local experts, sessions will be live-streamed online.
It is our sincere hope that collective wisdom and insight accumulated through SDD 2021 will act as a stepping stone for reinvigorating multilateral cooperation. As your viewership and interest are of the utmost importance for SDD 2021 to bear meaningful outcomes, I cordially invite you to take part in this lively event via our online viewing channels. Thank you.
Vice Minister of National Defense
Republic of Korea