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South Korea to serve fifth term as UNHRC member through 2022

South Korea was re-elected for the fifth time as a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHCR) for 2020- 2022. As a member, the South Korean government has said they will contribute to the universal protection of human rights by leading discussions on and actively cooperating in response to human rights crises.

South Korea was a founding member of UNHRC in 2006.

Press release – MOFA

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South Korea doubles Global Fund commitment

South Korea's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) has committed to doubling contributions to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in the next three years; contributions for 2017 – 2019 were set at US$13 million. At the Global Fund's replenishment conference, South Korea made the pledge to provide US$25 million. 

Press release – MOFA (in Korean) 

Press release – Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria 

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Global Fund releases table showing total pledges by country

At its sixth replenishment conference in Lyon, France, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria raised a record-breaking US$14 billion in commitments from public and private donors, the largest amount of funding ever raised for a multilateral health organization. The Global Fund has since released a table showing the amounts pledged by each attendant.

Pledges at Global Fund Sixth Replenishment Conference - The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

South Korea and US sign memorandum of understanding on development cooperation

Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of South Korea and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) signed a memorandum of understanding to enhance development cooperation. The memorandum was an outcome of the third Korea-US senior economic dialogue which took place in December of 2018.

Based on this understanding, the two parties will seek cooperation on the new southern policy of South Korea and the Indo-Pacific strategy of the US, a well as on topics such as women’s empowerment, digital economy, and health and education.

Press release - MOFA (in Korean)

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South Korea will host 2020 P4G Summit on green growth and global goals

President Moon Jae-in of South Korea announced that the 'Partnering for Green Growth and the Global Goals 2030 (P4G) Summit' will be held in South Korea in 2020. The summit will be a venue for governments, civil societies, and private sector representatives to discuss actions to mitigate climate change, implement the Paris Agreement, and ultimately promote sustainable development.

The Seoul Declaration will also be adopted with a focus on a selective number of sectors including water, food and agriculture, energy, cities, and circular economy. In particular, South Korea will share its own experience in the area to support low-income countries via the Green Climate Fund and the Global Green Growth Institute, whose headquarters are located in South Korea.

Presidential Speech – Korea.net

Website – P4G

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South Korea discusses global co-prosperity in annual ODA conference

Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) of South Korea organized its annual Seoul ODA conference on 'promoting co-prosperity to achieve the SDGs'. In her opening remarks, the president of KOICA stressed that the agency will further vitalize business and promote private sector growth in developing countries to cultivate cycles of sustainable prosperity. The keynote speech was given by Ms. Murniningtyas, the co-chair for the 2019 global sustainable development report entitled “The future is now: science for achieving sustainable development goals".

The conference covered global norms and discourses on development assistance, and donors’ interest and evaluation of development projects and programs. Presentation materials are available for download on the official event website.

Press release - KOICA (in Korean)

Event website – 2019 Seoul ODA Conference 

Press release – GSDR 2019

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With visits to all 10 ASEAN member countries, Korea's Moon Jae-in makes good on his promise to deepen regional ties

President Moon Jae-in has concluded his visits to Thailand, Myanmar, and Laos, keeping his promise to become the first South Korean president to visit all 10 ASEAN member countries for talks. Jae-in has also visited India, a crucial partner in Korea's New Southern Policy initiative.

With memoranda of understanding signed by Korea and the three nations, Jae-in established the Korea Desk, a one-stop service center for Korean businesses to boost economic cooperation with Myanmar, to implement the “Korea-Mekong Vision” in Laos for common, sustainable, and mutual prosperity in the Mekong region, and to expand cooperative projects with Thailand.

News article – Yonhap news

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South Korea and Indonesia meet to discuss future of bilateral assistance partnership

Representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Economy and Finance, Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and Korea Eximbank of South Korea held the 4th Korea-Indonesia Integrated ODA Policy Dialogue in Jakarta, Indonesia on August 29, 2019. The dialogue was organized with the goal of enhancing understanding of the two countries’ development cooperation policies, comprehensively reviewing grant and concessional assistance projects in Indonesia, and discussing future plans.

Indonesia is a priority country of South Korea’s ODA and a key partner country of South Korea’s New Southern Policy. Both sides also discussed ways to contribute to Indonesia’s national mid-term development plan (RPJMN 2020-2024), including cultivating new ODA projects.

Press release – MOFA (in Korean)

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South Korea signs agreement with Guatemala to expand scope of ODA projects

Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and Guatemala signed an agreement on grant assistance on August 20, 2019. According to the agreement, South Korea will implement various forms of official development assistance (ODA) including projects, trainings, the dispatch of experts and volunteers, and the import of equipment for development cooperation.

In return, the Guatemala government will provide South Korea with access to experts and human resources for assistance projects and ensure tax exemption for assistance shipments. The agreement also means that KOICA can now work in the country with the same status as other international organizations including UNDP, UNICEF, USAID, and DFID; although KOICA established its office in Guatemala in 2004, there was no legal basis for the two countries’ grant ODA until this time. Both countries expect this agreement to help expand development cooperation.

Press release – KOICA (in Korean)

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South Korea provides humanitarian assistance to Namibia

The ministry of foreign affairs of South Korea has decided to provide US$200,000 in humanitarian assistance to Namibia in light of the recently sustained drought.

The drought which was declared as a national emergency by the Namibian government has pushed 500,000 people to face an extreme shortage of food and water.

Press release – MOFA (in Korean)

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