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South Korea brings together public and private sectors for second Seoul Dialogue on Africa

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of South Korea, in partnership with Korea-Africa Foundation, organized the second Seoul Dialogue on Africa under the theme of 'Africa’s integration: legacies and new horizons' as part of Koreas ongoing efforts to further strengthen its partnership with Africa. The Korea-Africa Foundation, an affiliated institution of the foreign ministry, has been implementing activities on private-public exchanges, youth support, and partnerships with entrepreneurs, among others.

The session covered topics from sustained efforts towards peace and conflict resolution, emerging economic trends, climate change, human resource development, and innovative education and partnership strategies with Africa. Attendees included the African Union Commissioner for Human Resources,  South Korean government stakeholders, members of the private sector and academia, representatives of research and policy institutions and of multilateral development banks including the African Development Bank.

Prior to the dialogue, the Korea-Africa Foundation also hosted the second Korea-Africa Youth Forum with a specific focus on startup enterprises in Africa.

Press release – Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Event website – Korea-Africa Foundation

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South Korea holds 2019 Busan Global Partnership Forum

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of South Korea held the 2019 Busan Global Partnership Forum from December 4 -5, 2019 in Seoul, Korea. The Forum brought together a number of stakeholders on development and development cooperation from both global north and south, civil society organizations and parliaments. With the theme of 'revitalizing the global partnership for the attainment of the sustainable development goals (SDGs)', the forum covered a number of issues including:

  • Reflecting on the relevance of development effectiveness for the attainment of the SDGs;
  • Outcomes of the latest 2018 global partnership monitoring results;
  • South-south and triangular cooperation;
  • SDGs and the private sector engagement; and
  • Outreach for the development effectiveness agenda.

Representatives from China, India, and BRICS Policy Center joined the Forum to share their perspectives on the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (GPEDC) and the development effectiveness agenda.

Press release – Ministry of Foreign Affairs (in Korean)

Event website – Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation

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South Korea seals contribution to Global Fund for 2020- 2022

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of South Korea concluded its contribution to the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria for the sixth replenishment of 2020-2022 by signing the memorandum of understanding (MOU). The MOU states that South Korea will contribute US$5 million to the global fund in 2019. At the same time, South Korea pledges to double its contribution in the next three years to US$25 million from the previous US$13 million. It will also support the global fund’s goal of eradicating major infectious diseases by 2030.

Press release – Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Press release – The Global Fund

South Korea Global health

UN designates September 7 as International Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies

The UN General Assembly unanimously adopted the resolution to designate September 7 as the International Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies as part of an effort to improve air quality, enhance global awareness of air pollution, and promote necessary action. Improving air quality and reducing air pollution will have a positive impact on people’s health, climate, and ecosystems worldwide. At the same time, it requires the kind of immediate, integrated and decisive actions to which national governments have so far proven averse.

Proposed by President Moon Jae-in of South Korea, the approved resolution also includes observance of the day by the UN member states, UN agencies, and civil society as well as the role of UN Environment Programme (UNEP) to promote the observance of the international day. The global community will observe the international day from 2020. As part of its contribution, South Korea established the national council on climate and air quality.

Press release – Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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South Korean partnership with ASEAN members strengthened at 2019 ASEAN-ROK Commemorative Summit

The South Korean government hosted the 2019 Association of Southeast Asian Nations-Republic of Korea (ASEAN-ROK) Commemorative Summit and the First Mekong-ROK Summit in Busan from November 25- 27, 2019. Alongside, President Moon Jae-in held bilateral summits with the leaders of 10 ASEAN member states including Singapore, Brunei, and Malaysia. These events provided an opportunity to strengthen and solidify South Korea’s partnership with ASEAN member countries and India as part of the administration’s new southern policy.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs hosted a 2019 International Development Cooperation Day which included individual meetings with the secretary-general of ASEAN and the foreign minister of Cambodia. As part of this, South Korea signed memorandums of understandings on implementing new southern ODA, one of the main pillars of the new southern policy, with Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, the Philippines, and Vietnam. These agreements commit to cooperating across five flagship programs:

  • 1) Digital partnership for inclusive development;
  • 2) Higher education for a prosperous future;
  • 3) Korea-Mekong future peace community;
  • 4) Smart cities for the people and planet; and
  • 5) Inclusive transportation for balanced growth.

The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy held the 2019 Multilateral Development Bank (MDB) Project Plaza and the 2019 ROK-ASEAN CEO Summit. This was an opportunity for MDBs including the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, International Development Bank, and Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank to discuss opportunities for the private sector to implement MDBs’ projects.

Event website - 2019 ASEAN-ROK Commemorative Summit

Press release – Cheong Wa Dae (Blue House)

Press release – Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Press release – Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (in Korean)

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South Korea discusses strengthening partnership with UNDP

The South Korean ministry of foreign affairs (MOFA) organized its annual policy consultation with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) on 13 November 2019. They discussed South Korea’s contribution to UNDP, the role of the UNDP Seoul Policy Center, and the UN Human Development Report. They also discussed the expertise required for the two parties’ more integrated approach and how to use the UNDP  network.

Press release – Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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Korean International Cooperation Agency announces new initiative to remove land mines in the Mekong region

At the Korea-Mekong Peace and Development Forum on November 8 2019, the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) announced a new initiative to remove land mines. This initiative targets four countries in the Mekong region, Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam. It will run from 2020 to 2030 and will include four programs in the affected regions:

  • Remove land mines and build the capacity of relevant agencies and stakeholders;
  • Protect human rights of those with disabilities by improving their access to medical services etc;
  • Promote income generation by developing regional rural development strategies; and
  • Promote cross-cutting issues including gender equality, women’s empowerment, and responses to climate change.

Press release – KOICA (in Korean)

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South Korea to host summit with ASEAN member countries

Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of South Korea will be hosting the ASEAN- Republic of Korea Commemorative Summit in Busan, South Korea on November 25-26, 2019. This is the biggest international conference with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states hosted under president Moon, Jae-in’s administration.

The summit will be held in conjunction with the first Mekong-Republic of Korea Summit with countries in the Mekong region. With the slogan of 'partnership for peace, prosperity for people', the summit will focus on reviewing the development of South Korea’s relations with ASEAN member states over the last thirty years and present the way forward with a shared vision for the coming thirty years.

South Korea’s partnership and cooperation with ASEAN member states has been strengthened by President Moon’s New Southern Policy that prioritizes greater mutual understanding of ASEAN member states and India through the expansion of exchanges, building a base for mutually beneficial, future-oriented economic cooperation and constructing a peaceful and safe environment in the region.

Event website – 2019 ASEAN-ROK Summit

Event website – Presidential Committee on New Southern Policy

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New members appointed to Korean Global Disease Eradication Fund operating committee

The Korean ministry of foreign affairs appointed four new civil members to the operating committee of the Global Disease Eradication Fund (GDEF) on October 31, 2019. The committee members are from civil society organizations, the health sector, media, and academia. They include a representative on gender equality and women’s empowerment, a government official in charge of communicable disease control, a journalist covering health and medical issues, and a medical school professor.

The GDEF aims to prevent and eradicate infectious diseases in partner countries. Through GDEF, South Korea has supported several projects by the World Health Organisation (WHO), the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the International Vaccine Institute (IVI) and more, and it has provided contributions to the Global Fund, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, and UNITAID. The GDEF raises funds by charging a levy on international flights departing from Korea. 

Press release – MOFA (in Korean)

South Korea Global health

South Korea doubles contribution to GCF

The ministry of economy and finance of South Korea has increased its contribution to the Green Climate Fund (GCF) from US$100 million to US$200 million for 2020-2023. This decision is based on president Moon, Jae-in’s statement to double South Korea’s contribution at the Climate Action Summit in September 2019.

South Korea will also host the second Partnering for Green Growth and Global Goals 2030 (P4G) Summit next year.

News article – Korea Herald

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