South Korea approves humanitarian assistance of US$8 million to North Korea in wake of major food shortages

The South Korean government has approved the donation of US$8 million in humanitarian assitance to North Korea. The funding will be moved indirectly via UN agencies, and is being deployed in light of major food shortages due to an especially poor harvest and sweeping global sanctions.

Since South Korea’s support to North Korea does not constitute official development assistance, the funds  will be administered by the Korean Ministry of Unification. US$4.5 million will be provided to the World Food Programme and the rest to UNICEF for their humanitarian assistance projects supporting nutrition for children and pregnant women in North Korea.

News article - Yonhap

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Korea International Cooperation Agency forms domestic partnership to promote disability-inclusive development

Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) signed a joint memorandum with the Korea Disabled People’s Development Institute (KODDI) to promote disability-inclusive international development cooperation.

Through this agreement, the two organizations will co-design and implement educational and capacity building programs to increase awareness of disability, improve KOICA facilities and equipment for the disabled, and stimulate employment of the disabled in the area of international development cooperation and within KOICA.

Press release - KOICA (in Korean)

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South Korea kicks off first high-level policy dialogue with WHO

The Ministry of Health and Welfare of South Korea kicked off its first high-level policy dialogue with the World Health Organization (WHO) on June 4, 2019.

The dialogue was based on WHO’s 13th General Program of Work for 2019-2023. WHO, which regularly conducts policy dialogues with major developed nations, discussed with Korea topics such as the development of international medical cooperation, global disease eradication funds, environmental health, and policies for universal healthcare.

In addition to the Ministry of Health and Welfare, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Environment, Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), Korea Foundation for International Healthcare (KOFIH) and other governmental agencies on health participated. The South Korean government will continue to participate in dialogue with WHO annually moving forward.

Press release - MOHW (in Korean)

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South Korean CSOs publish 2019 report for UN sustainable development forum

The Korea Sustainable Development Goals (SDG's) Network, a national network of civil society organizations focused on the SDG's implementation, published their report for the UN's 2019 High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF).

Released annually since 2017, the network's reports aim to deliver the position of South Korean chief security officers on the themes of HLPF for SDG's implementation in Korea. This report also covers South Korea’s official development assistance under the review of SDG 17.

Press release – Korea SDGs Network (in Korean)

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South Korea funds establishment of industrial technology center in Angola

Economic Development Cooperation Fund (EDCF) of South Korea will provide a concessional loan of US$34.8 million to Angola to establish an industrial advanced technology center.

This project is part of Angola’s efforts to diversify its industries to respond to decreasing oil prices. The technology center is expected to improve product quality of Angola’s small-medium enterprises, enhance its global market competitiveness, and promote job creation in the robotics, machinery, and automobile industries.

News article – Maeil News (in Korean)

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G20 finance and health ministers to collaborate to promote UHC

With the goal of achieving universal health coverage (UHC) in all countries and establishing a sustainable health finance system, the government of Japan will host a group of 20 (G20) Finance Ministers and Health Ministers' Joint Meeting as an official side event to the G20 Osaka Summit, to held on June 28-29, 2019.

Press release - Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare (in Japanese)

News article - Japan Times

2019 U20 Tokyo communique focuses on climate action, social inclusion, and sustainable growth

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government hosted the Urban 20 (U20) Tokyo Meyers Summit. The communique from the summit focuses on three policy areas:

  1. Climate Action
  2. Social Inclusion and Integration
  3. Sustainable Economic Growth

The U20 group meets in the sidelines of the group of 20 (G20) events to discuss common problems and solutions relating to cities and the goal of achieving a sustainable and inclusive world. U20 participating cities are: Berlin, Buenos Aires, Chicago, Durban, Hamburg, Houston, Jakarta, Johannesburg, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, Mexico City, Milan, Montreal, New York City, Osaka City, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, Rome, São Paulo City, Seoul, Sydney, Tokyo, Tshwane.

Communiqué - 2019 Urban 20 Tokyo Mayors Summit

Website - U20 The Tokyo Metropolitan Government (in Japanese)  

South Korea supports job creation for youth in Rwanda

The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) of South Korea signed an agreement with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Ministry of Youth of Rwanda to cooperate in expanding the ‘Rwanda UNDP Youth Connect Initiative.’

The initiative was designed to support youth business start-ups, and has been managed by the Ministry of Youth and UNDP since 2012. KOICA will provide support of around US$7 million from 2019 to 2022 and implement various programs to promote the economic empowerment of youth in Rwanda.

Press release - KOICA (in Korean)

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T20 advocates to focus on Agenda 2030 at Tokyo Summit, among other areas

The Think 20 (T20) published its policy briefs to advocate on the agenda of the Group of 20 (G20) Osaka Summit and will hold a T20 Summit 2019, from May 26 to 27, 2019, in Tokyo, Japan.

The policy briefs focus on ten policy areas:

  1. Task Force 1: 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
  2. Task Force 2: International financial architecture for stability and development, crypto-assets and fintech
  3. Task Force 3: Climate change and the environment
  4. Task Force 4: Economic effects of infrastructure investment and its financing
  5. Task Force 5: Cooperation with Africa
  6. Task Force 6: Social cohesion, global governance, and the future of politics
  7. Task Force 7: The future of work and education for the digital age
  8. Task Force 8: Trade, investment, and globalization
  9. Task Force 9: Small- and medium-sized enterprises (SME) and the impact of development of financial technology
  10. Task Force 10: Aging population and its impact on the economy and immigration policy

Policy Briefs - T20 JAPAN 2019

Official website - T20 JAPAN 2019

KOICA to support sustainable city development in Vietnam

The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) signed memoranda of understanding with three cities in central Vietnam for its 'Smart City Valley Program', which aims to promote sustainable city development by constructing 'smart' cities.

Expected to take place from 2020 to 2025, KOICA will implement projects in the three cities including relating to culture and tourism, disaster response capacity building, and comprehensive disaster management development.

News article – Segye Ilbo (in Korean)

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