H.E. Ambassador’s remarks on TEDx Tehran Salon
Hello everyone and welcome to Korea House; for those who may not
know, “Korea House” is how I would like to refer to my residence. It is a great
pleasure for me, my wife, my colleagues and of course, my six-year-old dog, Max
to have you here.
I honestly wasn’t quite familiar with TED or TEDx until very
recently when my colleague at the embassy briefed me about it. I quickly fell
in love with the idea behind it. Of course what we’re going to do today is small
in scale, but it could well inspire any of us to develop an idea, actualize it
and make a change for the better; Ideas that would enable us to move closer to turning our dreams into reality.
I don’t want to brag about Korea too much
today. But the transformation
of Korea from a war stricken country to an economically prosperous one took
place with the same attitude and spirit.
With a great emphasis on innovation and on being brave in taking steps, we have managed to become the world’s 11th
economy, while we used to be humanitarian aid receivers over 6 decades ago. We
call this era of rapid developments ‘Miracle
on the Han River’, because
honestly the changes have been miraculous and a source of inspiration.
These changes of course have not only been in economy. Korean
movies and drama series have
gained international prominence all over the world. Korean 7-member boy band,
BTS, debuted at number 1 on the Billboard 200. They were also given a chance to
deliver a speech at the UN on the valuable mindset behind their art. And today
they serve as a great role model for youngsters in Korea and around the globe.
My dear friends, today is my kind of day. Young Iranian talents
have converged at my residence exchanging ideas on progress, growth, economy
and other important issues. Some of you may be seeing each other for the first
time, but that doesn’t stop you from expressing your thoughts and hearing those
of others. To sit and converse… I mean is there any better alternative to make
the world a better place to live? You may totally disagree with your
interlocutor, but that itself, is an achievement if you also realize that
disagreements don’t necessarily have to stop the exchange of further ideas, finding common ground, and welcoming
other more agreeable opinions.
With that I would like to close my remarks and express my gratitude
to the organizers of this event, to have honored us by choosing Korea House as
the venue. I would also like to thank you all for giving me a chance to talk to
you and to share my thoughts. Kheili