On February 5, 2021, South Korea’s Foreign Minister Kyung-wha Kang attended the third Global Engagement and Empowerment Forum on Sustainable Development held in South Korea and asserted the need for stronger global solidarity and partnership to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the post-COVID-19 era.
In particular, she emphasized affordable and equitable access to vaccines, climate change response, inclusive and resilient society that embraces the vulnerable groups, and expansion of peacebuilding support for fragile states. She also stressed the need for diversification of development finance and technology through the participation of multiple public and private stakeholders. Kang’s term ended on February 8, 2021, and she will be replaced by Eui-yong Chung, the former National Security Adviser.
President Hyuk-Sang Sohn of the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) stressed the same at the 2021 Pyeong Chang Peace Forum held on February 7, 2021. He stated that adequate responses to infectious disease and the climate crisis are detrimental to peace and that SDGs, which include goals on addressing poverty, health, gender equality, environment, human rights, and democracy, are crucial during the current times.