South Korea represents UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

President Kim Mi-yeon of the Women with Disabilities Arts and Cultural Network has been elected as a member of the United Nations (UN) Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). Kim has extensive expertise in human rights and strong support from the South Korean government. She is the first South Korean woman to become a member of the CRPD.

The South Korean government plans to continue to work for better representation in UN human rights mechanisms.

Press release – Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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South Korea strengthens partnership with GGGI on green growth

The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) to promote inclusive green growth and climate smart development in developing countries. Through this partnership, the two organizations will promote joint development programs, mutual learning, implementation of regional strategies and approaches, and institutional capacity development in developing countries.  

Press release – Global Green Growth Institute

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South Korea provides humanitarian assistance to Guatemala for volcano response

South Korea's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) has announced US$200,000 in humanitarian assistance to Guatemala in response to the devastating volcanic eruption that took place on June 9, 2018. The funding comes under South Korea's commitment to increase its humanitarian assistance to countries affected by natural disasters.

Press release – Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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South Korea and India to strengthen cooperation on infrastructure development

The South Korean Vice Foreign Minister, Lim Sung-nam, met with Secretary of the Indian Ministry of External Affairs Ruchi Ghanashyamto to strengthen cooperation between the two countries in sectors such as trade, infrastructure, and cultural exchange. The ministers discussed closer engagement on 'smart city' and power generation projects in India, with South Korea offering a financial package of US$10 billion.

The financial package was agreed on in 2015. It consists of US$1 billion in concessional loans from South Korea’s Economic Development Cooperation Fund and US$9 billion in export financing.

Press release – Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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South Korea announces assistance to Kenya in response to heavy rain

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of South Korea announced that it will provide US$0.2 million in humanitarian assistance to Kenya via Kenya’s Red Cross. Months of heavy rain have severely affected the country, and thousands of people have lost their homes. This assistance will be used to provide shelter, safe water, and hygiene products to the victims.

News article – Yonhap News

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South Korea improves water infrastructure in Kenya

Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) has agreed to improve access to water in Kenya through infrastructure valued at 600 million Kenyan shillings. The project will include construction of water supply pipeline, a water treatment plant, and water collection kiosks, and will be implemented between 2018 and 2022.

News article – Standard Digital

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South Korea strengthens trade partnership with Africa

The Export-Import Bank of South Korea has signed a credit facility agreement of US$200 million with its African counterpart, with the objective of forming stronger trade ties with African countries and promoting infrastructure development in the region. This agreement will facilitate African local companies to import South Korean products, as well as assist South Korean companies in expanding their businesses in Africa.

News article – The Korea Times

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South Korea partners with US to develop energy sector in Africa

The South Korean government has agreed to contribute US$1 billion in concessional loans to USAID’s energy development plan in Africa. This plan, in which 17 donors are participating, will be used to construct long-distance power transmission lines, improve infrastructure in the energy-sector, and generate electricity in rural areas.

News article – Independent

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South Korea partners with UNFPA to improve maternal and child healthcare in Nigeria

The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) in Nigeria has agreed to provide the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) with a grant of US$5 million to implement a four-year project to strengthen basic and reproductive healthcare capacities in the country. In particular, this project will support 1) increased access to maternal, child, and fistula-related healthcare, 2) capacity development of data systems, 3) and the establishment of a cooperation framework between KOICA and UNFPA.

News article – Daily Trust

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South Korea pledges to renovate schools in Sri Lanka

The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and the Korean Ministry of Education have pledged US$7.5 million to renovate schools to strengthen the education system in Kilinochchi, Sri Lanka. This support is timely for the region, whose infrastructure has been destroyed by prolonged armed conflict.

The project will develop infrastructure, train teachers, implement community awareness activities, and raise parents’ awareness of the importance of children’s education.

News article – The Sunday Leader

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