1. Chung attends G7 Foreign and Development Ministers’ Meeting
Minister of Foreign Affairs Euiyong Chung attended the Group of Seven (G7) Foreign and Development Ministers’ Meeting held in Liverpool, the U.K. held from December 11 to 12. Participating ministers discussed on sharing values and cooperation among open societies and exchanged opinions on security and regional collaboration on infrastructure and technology in the Indo-Pacific, providing vaccines to achieve global vaccination goals, and strengthening global health governance and gender equality. Chung shared Korea’s democratization experiences and conveyed the country’s commitment to COVID-19 recovery, strengthening the resilience of global supply chains, expanding infrastructure investment in the Indo-Pacific region, and improving cooperation between major countries. Chung diagnosed that the open society commonly pursued by participating countries faces various challenges both internally and externally, and introduced the Korean government’s efforts to maintain a sound and sustainable open society and the importance of an inclusive and balanced approach. Chung also emphasized the need for the participating countries to cooperate in restoring the sustainability and resilience of supply chains. Regarding gender equality, Chung appreciated the efforts of G7 to promote girls’ education and shared Korea’s experiences of increasing women’s participation in various fields of society through education. He also reaffirmed the Korean government’s unwavering position on the issues of sexual violence, expressing concerns about women’s rights in Myanmar and Afghanistan. The attending ministers shared the view on the importance of solidarity and cooperation in the international community to achieve global vaccination targets and on the need to strengthen the global health security system, and discussed ways to improve access to vaccines to overcome the COVID-19. Chung also held bilateral talks with counterparts of the U.K., Germany, Canada, Australia and the Philippines, and had pleasant conversations with other foreign ministers on the occasion of the G7 meeting. The Korean government has participated constructively in discussions on international issues by attending the 1st G7 Foreign and Development Ministers’ Meeting in May and the G7 Summit in June, and plans to take an active part in various forms of cooperation to resolve international issues. Source: Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs. <PowerKorea>
2. 2021 Seoul UN Peacekeeping Ministerial to Take Place
- Highest-Level Conference on UN Peacekeeping hosted by Korea for the first time in Asia -
The 2021 Seoul UN Peacekeeping Ministerial, co-hosted by the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of National Defense, took place virtually on Tuesday, Dec. 7 and Wednesday, Dec. 8. The format of this event was changed from a full-scale and an in-person meeting to a virtual, considering the ongoing global spread of the new Omicron variant and the potential impact it may have on the health and safety of the Korean people. The Ministerial was held in Asia for the first time, and the invitations were issued to foreign and national defense ministers of the 155 Members of the Special Committee on UN Peacekeeping Operations (C34). Ministerial- or vice-ministerial level officials from 76 C34 countries virtually participated to show their commitment to improving UN peacekeeping operations. The opening ceremony kicked off with a video showing, introducing UN peacekeeping operations, the background behind holding the Ministerial, and challenges and efforts to overcome them. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ congratulatory video message was followed by opening remarks by Minister of Foreign Affairs Euiyong Chung and Minister of National Defense Wook Suh. Chung, presided over the first session on “Sustaining Peace” and a keynote address was delivered by the Foreign Minister of Bangladesh, and ministerial or vice-ministerial level officials from 20 countries, including the UK, China, Canada, India, Ireland and Italy. National Defense Minister Suh delivered a keynote speech on Korea’s pledges on providing UN Smart Camp models and helicopter assets to improve safety and working environment of peacekeepers. At the session themed on “Performance and Accountability,” Eighth UN Secretary-General Kimoon Ban gave a special address and at the session titled “Protection of Civilians and Safety & Security,” keynote addresses were made by the U.S. Ambassador to the UN and the Foreign Minister of the Netherlands. Korea, by successfully hosting the Ministerial, will rally political support from the international community for improvements in peacekeeping operations, and at the same time, enhance its standing as a leading country in global discussions on international peace and security. Participated countries: UK, Italy, Malaysia, Algeria, Belgium, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Ireland, Lithuania, Morocco, North Macedonia, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, India, Albania, Slovenia, Australia, Russia, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Brazil, Latvia, Uganda, Egypt, Jamaica, Vietnam, Israel, Cambodia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, France, Guatemala, Indonesia, the Slovak Republic, Switzerland, the UAE, Malawi, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ethiopia, Japan, Germany, NATO, Turkey, Bhutan, Peru, Poland, Spain, Fiji, Gabon, Mexico, Mongolia, Serbia, Qatar, Norway, Sweden, New Zealand, Romania, Burundi, Greece, Nigeria, East Timor, Hungary, Nepal, Pakistan, Tanzania, Uruguay, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Austria, Kazakhstan and Benin. Source: Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs. <PowerKorea>
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