The Peaceful Unification Advisory Council

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In order to fulfill its assigned roles and responsibilities, the PUAC operates statutory conferences, including the General Assembly, Provincial Assemblies, Executive Committee, Central Committee and Standing Committees affiliated with the Central Committee.

General Assembly (Inaugural Session)

The Chairperson convenes the General Assembly once every two years for all council members to attend.

[ Article 20 of the Peaceful Unification Advisory Council Act ]

Meetings of the Unification Advisory Council shall be convened by the Chairperson once every two years. If the Chairperson deems it necessary or at least one-third of all members demand it, a meeting shall be convened.

Provincial Assembly

The Chairperson convenes the Provincial Assemblies and Vice-chairpersons preside over the conferences of their respective provincial assemblies.

  • Provincial Assemblies are convened once every two years, in the year when the General Assembly is not held, by each city, province and overseas area with all council members in attendance according to their representation.

[ Article 29.2. of the Peaceful Unification Advisory Council Act ]

If necessary, the Chairperson shall convene a meeting of the provincial assembly, but the Vice-chairperson who was born in the relevant region shall preside over the meeting: Provided, That if there is no Vice-chairperson born in the place or the Vice-chairperson is unable to perform his/her duties due to an unavoidable reason, the council member designated by the Chairperson shall preside over the meeting.

Executive Committee

Composition

  • The Executive Committee consists of up to 50 members appointed by the Chairperson, and the Executive Vice-chairperson assumes the role of the committee's chief.

Duties

  • Enact, revise and abolish the rules and regulations on managing the Council.
  • Review the decommissioning of council members.
  • Review other issues on managing the council.

Central Committee

Composition

  • The Central Committee consists of 300-500 members appointed by the Chairperson taking regional and professional representation into account.
  • The Executive Vice-chairperson assumes the role of the committee's chief.

Duties

  • Review assigned issues
  • Deliberate on items ordered by the Chairperson
  • Review the deliberations of standing committees

Standing Committees

Composition

  • There are 10 Standing Committees affiliated with the Central Committee, and the members of the Central Committee are affiliated with each standing committee given their professional career, position and region of origin.
  • The Chairperson appoints the chief and secretary of each standing committee.
  • Each standing committee includes professionals with specialized knowledge and insight who are able to devise practical advice and suggestions on unification and the inter-Korean policy of the South Korean government. The standing committees document policy proposals through in-depth research activities on major pending inter-Korean issues and mid-to-long-term unification tasks.

Duties

  • Deliberate on agenda items proposed by the chief of the Central Committee
  • Review the preliminary standing committee agenda to propose to the Central Committee
  • Conduct surveys and research on unification issues for each specialized field, and develop policies
  • Gather opinions to make proposals for unification discussions of each field

Organization and Functions

Organization and Functions
Organization Functions
Planning & Coordination
Standing Committee

  • Establishment of consultation and suggestion comprehensive plan and report on chairperson’s policy suggestion
  • Comprehensive adjustment of consultation and suggestions by each division committee
  • Research on the direction of mid- and long-term policy suggestion by the National Unification Advisory Council
  • Investigation, research and suggestion on items that do not belong to other division committees

Peace & Legislation
Standing Committee

  • Measures to develop North and South Korean relation for peace and unification
  • Measures to establish laws and system for peace and unification and for the development of North and South Korean communication
  • Measures to form communication and trust between North and South Koreas
  • Measures to execute North and South Korean basic agreement

International Cooperation
Standing Committee

  • Measures for international cooperation for peace and unification and to conduct public diplomacy
  • Measures for cooperation in military and security fields to settle peace on the Korean peninsula
  • Measures to construct global networks for the Korean people
  • Measures to construct denuclearization and peace system on the Korean peninsula

Economy & Science
Standing Committee

  • Measures to revitalize North and South Korean economic exchange and cooperation
  • Measures to form North and South Korean economic community
  • Measures for cooperation in the field of North and South Korean science, technology, resources and energy
  • Measures to execute Korean peninsula new economy map

Society & Culture
Standing Committee

  • Measures for exchange and cooperation in the field of North and South Korean society, culture, art, broadcast and sports
  • Measures for North and South Korean history exchange, the preservation of cultural property and relics and cooperation
  • Measures to promote mutual interaction in North and South Korean culture, art and sports & to construct networks
  • Measures for the restoration of national homogeneity

Public Health & Environment
Standing Committee

  • Measures for cooperation in North and South Korean public health and medical care and disaster
  • Measures for children and mother and son health projects
  • Measures for cooperation in North and South Korean ecology and environment
  • Measures for cooperation in epidemic prevention, public health and environment in Northeast Asia

Religion & Humanitarian Cooperation
Standing Committee

  • Measures to revitalize North and South Korean religious exchange
  • Measures for cooperation for South and North Korean humanitarian support
  • Measures for settlement support for North Korean refugees
  • Measures for cooperation between Korea and overseas regions to improve North Korean human rights

Regional Cooperation
Standing Committee

  • Measures for exchange cooperation between North and South Korean regions
  • Measures for exchange cooperation between Korea and overseas regions
  • Measures for exchange cooperation in the North and South Korean Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
  • Measures for exchange cooperation in the field of North and South Korean Tourism

Citizen Communication
Standing Committee

  • Collect public opinion on peace and unification among functional organizations and local communities
  • Measures to improve peace and unification awareness and to control division conflict
  • Measures for civil society cooperation for form consensus on peace and unification
  • Measures to derive national agreement on peace and unification

Youth & Education
Standing Committee

  • Measures to revitalize youth peace and unification activities
  • Measures to strengthen youth peace and unification capability
  • Measures for the construction of domestic and overseas youth peace and unification network
  • Measures for the youth peace and unification education and promotion

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