What's New

Home > INTRODUCTION > Activities & Powers >
on Parliamentary Diplomacy

Invitation of Foreign Parliamentary Delegation

Invitations are extended to members of other parliaments abroad with a view to promoting inter-parliamentary cooperation and friendship. These include invitations to hold talks between parliamentary leaders, including the Speakers, and arrangements for visits to industrial facilities and historic sites.

Overseas Visits

The Speaker and Deputy Speakers of the National Assembly occasionally pay visits to those nations deemed by heads of parliaments to require more promotion of parliamentary exchanges and cooperation. Delegations of parliamentary committees also pay visits overseas to conduct research and gather information on issues under the jurisdiction of their respective committees.

Parliamentary Diplomacy Forum

The National Assembly launched Parliamentary Diplomacy Forums in June, 2019 to respond promptly to major diplomatic issues and promote public diplomacy at the parliamentary level. Chaired by senior members having served three or more terms, 11 Parliamentary Diplomacy Forums have been established for the U.S., China, Japan, the EU, and other geographical blocs.

Inter-Parliamentary Council

The National Assembly establishes parliamentary councils with other parliaments in pursuit of greater national interests and an effective communication channel to cope with urgent tasks. The Councils play a key role in interactions with major countries’ parliaments and in holding joint conferences, which makes them professional diplomatic groups beyond just friendship-forming associations. Four councils have been established with the US, China, Russia and the EU.

Parliamentary Friendship Group

A Parliamentary Friendship Group is organized by parliamentarians of the Republic of Korea and another country. Participating in mutual exchange programs and joint activities, members try to enhance their understanding of the other country and seek closer cooperation in politics, economics, society and culture. The 21th National Assembly has formed friendship groups with 115 countries.

Republic of Korea-China Regular Inter-Parliamentary Exchange

The Republic of Korea and China signed the bilateral parliamentary cooperation protocol in 2006 and formed the Regular Inter-Parliamentary Exchange in a bid to enhance friendly relations. The two parliaments have been holding joint meetings on a regular basis.

Other Parliamentary Diplomacy(Parliamentary Unions and Associations)

Korea Scout Parliamentary Association (KSPA)

         ○ Support youth activities

         ○ Promote exchange and cooperation with other scout parliamentary associations for the development of youth policy

         ○ Serve as the Secretariat of the World Scout Parliamentary Union (WSPU)

Korean Parliamentary League on Children, Population and Environment (CPE)

Provide support and strengthen international cooperation at the parliamentary level on issues related to children, population and environment

Korea-Japan Parliamentarians' Union

Promote understanding and friendship through parliamentary exchanges between Korea and Japan

Parliamentary Union of the International Conference of Asian Political Parties

Promote understanding and trust among Asian countries through exchanges of political parties

International Parliamentarians’ Coalition for North Korean Refugees and Human Rights (IPCNKR)

Promote cooperation and support at the parliamentary level for the cause of human rights and peace

Contribute to the establishment of human rights promotion mechanisms in Asia