|Title||KOSTAT co-hosts the ‘International Seminar on Indicators and Policies for Low Fertility’ with the UNFPA|
□ KOSTAT (Commissioner Kang Shin-wook) hosted an international seminar with the topic of indicators and policies for low fertility in coordination with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) at the four seasons hotel in Seoul from December 10th to 11th in 2019.
□ The seminar provided a platform for discussing the impact of low fertility, which has become a serious social problem, on society and the economy. Also, it offered an opportunity to share knowledge and experiences with experts from international organizations and advanced countries which faced the low fertility issue earlier than Korea.
○ The seminar included four keynote speeches and five sessions for discussion with expert speakers and panelists from home and abroad who were invited by Statistics Korea, the United Nations Population Fund, the Population Association of Korea and the Korean Economic Association.
□ In the opening ceremony on the first day of the seminar, Kim Sang-hee, vice chairman of the Presidential Committee on Aging Society and Population Policy and Kang Shin-wook, commissioner of KOSTAT made opening addresses.
○ They stated that KOSTAT aims to strengthen statistical literacy by interpreting and providing a variety of information contained in indicators. This means going beyond simply measuring and providing information on population size and demographic changes, because it is very important to produce meaningful indicators which help identify the root causes of the low fertility problem, which can then be incorporated into policy making.
○ Also, they expressed the hope that the seminar would help better understand low fertility indicators in order to analyze the cause of the low fertility problem and come up with solutions.