The 2009 Seoul Pax Forum with the theme ‘For the hope of Asia, in the field of educational and medical care for the youth’ was held at the Maria Hall of Catholic University Assembly Hall in Seoul from November 11 to 13, 2009. It was organized and convened by Catholic Education Foundation of Korea with co-conveners of Pyeonghwa Broadcasting Corporation and 'The Welfare Foundation of Peacemakers'. The co-hosts were the Archdiocese of Seoul, Catholic University of Korea and Apostolic Prefecture of Battambang, Cambodia.
Along with His Eminence Nicholas Cardinal Cheong Jinsuk, Archbishop of Seoul, Most Rev. Osvaldo Padilla, Apostolic Nuncio in Korea, Mr. Han Seung-soo, Ex-Prime Minister of Korea, and Ms. Cheon Jae-hee, Minister of the Ministry for Health, Welfare and Family Affairs, many priests, religious and lay faithful participated in this forum to discuss the ways for the common development of nations.
With eight sessions in three days the participants discussed various topics on education, multicultural family and medical care in Asia.
At the end of the forum, a 'Declaration of the 2009 Seoul Pax Forum' was issued. In the declaration it was upheld as follows:
- We will focus our activities on education and medical care.
- We will work to ensure that all who are receiving support through our activities will be equipped to personally improve their condition and gradually reach a certain independence.
- We do not discriminate anyone based on their race, religion or culture.
- We will not forget to uphold our important and valuable mission to serve our neighbors.