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South Korea to represent the executive board of UN development agencies in 2019

Tae-yul Cho, the permanent representative of South Korea to the United Nations (UN) was elected as the president of the executive board of the UN Development Program (UNDP), UN Family Planning Association (UNFPA) and the UN Office for Project Services (UNOPS) for 2019.

The main roles of the executive board include reviewing and supervising the development activities of UNDP, UNFPA, and UNOPS. The appointment reflects South Korea’s commitment to broaden and strengthen its leadership in the international donor community, and its role as a bridge between traditional donors and recipients. 

Press release – Ministry of Foreign Affairs

South Korea

South Korea discusses foreign development policy with the Philippines

South Korea, led by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with participation from the Ministry of Economy, the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), and the South Korean Eximbank, held its first integrated official development assistance (ODA) policy dialogue with its counterpart in the Philippines.

The main objectives of the dialogue were to review grant and concessional loan strategies, review the current status of partnerships, enhance participating parties’ understanding of ODA projects, and discuss future plans.

The Philippines is one of the key partners of South Korea’s 'New Southern Policy'.

Press release – Ministry of Foreign Affairs

South Korea

South Korea upgrades healthcare facilities in Paraguay

The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) has committed to building and renovating 20 health centers in Limpio, Paraguay. This will require an investment of US$4 million (4.7 billion Korean Won) between 2018 and 2020. In addition to construction and renovation of the health centers, KOICA will also add dental clinics, emergency rooms, and delivery rooms to offer better health treatment and information to patients. In addition, KOICA will expand its healthcare program to other parts of the country.

News article – Yonhap News

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South Korea and France hold policy dialogue on supporting peace and security in Africa

Officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of South Korea held policy discussions with their counterparts in France on stronger cooperation in Africa. Discussion items included sharing information on key diplomatic policies, strategies, and the outcome of key events. The dialogue also covered support for domestic companies to increase their presence in the region. 

Following the policy dialogue, the Korea-Africa Foundation, a newly-formed organization under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of South Korea, will cooperate with its respective counterpart in France.

Press release – Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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KOICA publishes a guide on implementation of development projects

The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) of South Korea has published a guide book on implementing development projects in developing countries. The main objective of the book is to provide stakeholders with a better understanding of development project cycles and to enhance capacity of practitioners. The book contains information on project design, procurement and contract processes, implementation, management, monitoring and evaluation, and project design matrices.

Press release – KOICA (in Korean)

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South Korea explores stronger partnerships with Central Asian countries

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of South Korea held the 11th Korea-Central Asia Cooperation Forum on November 6 and 7, 2018 in Seoul, South Korea. In line with South Korea’s 'New Northern Policy,' the forum brought together stakeholders from South Korea and Central Asian countries including Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Kyrgyzstan. Country representatives called for stronger efforts to facilitate multilateral cooperation projects to improve quality of life in the region. Issues raised include healthcare, environment, and transportation and logistics. The forum was held in conjunction with a meeting of a public-private committee on economic cooperation with Central Asia.

Press release – Ministry of Foreign Affairs

South Korea

South Korea and WFP strive for stronger partnership

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of South Korea held a policy consultation with the World Food Programme (WFP) on cooperation projects between the two parties. Issues discussed include emergency relief operations, humanitarian aid, food assistance, development projects, and stronger role of South Koreans in the WFP. The two sides agreed to strengthen strategic cooperation partnership to contribute to global humanitarian crises. South Korea will serve as a WFP Executive Board Member from early 2019.

Press release – Ministry of Foreign Affairs

South Korea

KOICA provides emergency health hotline service for its development assistance implementing partners

The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) of South Korea has launched an 'Overseas Emergency Medical and Security Support SOS Service' to its foreign development assistance implementing partners in developing countries. This service is offered to over 148 organisations and 1,370 personnel that are working on official development assistance (ODA) projects financed by KOICA.

Run 24 hours, users can reach out to the service hotline to request professional advice and medical support.

News article – Seoul Daily (in Korean)

South Korea

South Korea extends support to Indonesia in response to earthquake

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of South Korea will provide Indonesia with humanitarian assistance of US$1 million to help its recovery from the recent earthquake and subsequent tsunami that left hundreds of casualties. This assistance will be given in the form of cash. South Korea may also send Korea Disaster Relief Team for further assistance.

Press release – Ministry of Foreign Affairs

South Korea

KOICA promotes trilateral cooperation with UN Women and UNFPA in support of SDG 5

The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) of South Korea signed memoranda of understanding (MOUs) with UN Women and UNFPA to build a global platform to achieve SDG 5 on gender equality. The three parties also held working-level meeting on utilizing its own network, resources, and expertise to promote gender equality. This trilateral partnership is in line with KOICA’s own efforts to strengthen gender mainstreaming policies and build relevant capacity in its activities.

News article - Yonhap News (in Korean)

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