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UNFPA Opens New Liaison Office at Yonsei University
UNFPA Opens New Liaison Office at Yonsei University
(Photo: UNFPA) UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, is strengthening its longstanding relationship with the Republic of Korea by opening a liaison office in Seoul. The new office, located on the campus of Yonsei University, will facilitate even closer cooperation on global population and development matters, including sexual and reproductive health and rights, population ageing and humanitarian response. The office will also partner with IGEE and different departments in future projects on sustainable development, health care, and women's rights. Collaboration between UNFPA and the Republic of Korea goes back to 1974 when UNFPA helped the government in the area of population policy and planning, including rights-based family planning, population surveys and using data for sustainable development. “This is a very auspicious moment for UNFPA, as we mark our 50th year as the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency, promoting rights and choices for all. UNFPA has long been proud of its special relationship with the Republic of Korea, and our new liaison office will strengthen this important partnership,” said UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem. “As a developing country in the 1970s, the Republic of Korea made crucial investments in health, family planning, education and women’s empowerment, spurring a significant demographic dividend," added Dr. Kanem. "Now, it is sharing its wealth of experience, resources and best practices to support developing countries in Asia-Pacific and globally. UNFPA looks forward to enhancing our engagement with the Republic of Korea on sexual and reproductive health, population ageing and other issues, and to contributing together to a world of health, rights and choices for all ages across the life cycle.” This year marks UNFPA’s 50th anniversary, as well as the 25th anniversary of the Programme of Action stemming from the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), the revolutionary agreement that placed human rights and individual choice at the heart of sustainable development. The Republic of Korea was one of the 179 countries that adopted the ICPD Programme of Action, seeing it as key to socio-economic advancement. The country continues to strongly support the vision enshrined within the Programme of Action, whose success is essential to fulfilling the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
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GEEF 2019 Recap
GEEF 2019 Recap
World leaders and experts came together with a call for sustainable development to solve global problems such as climate change, inequality and poverty. About 2,000 people participated in the Global Engagement & Empowerment Forum on Sustainable Development (GEEF) led by former United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. It took place at Yonsei University on February 14 and 15. The forum kicked off with speeches from international dignitaries, including Sebastian Kurz, Chancellor of Austria; Heinz Fischer, former President of Austria; and Won-soon Park, mayor of Seoul. “We need stronger foundation for development for all, including women and youth,” said Kurz who delivered a keynote speech at the opening ceremony. “We need to protect our environment and respect it. To do it all, we need a holistic approach, and the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) can be our compass.” The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a universal call to action that came into force in 2016 under Ban’s tenure to end poverty, to protect the planet and to ensure no one is left behind. GEEF intends to raise public awareness of sustainable development and promote the SDGs. The forum is getting a major support from numerous organizations. Distinguished guests of the forum included Helen Clark, former Prime Minister of New Zealand; Armida Alisjahbana, Executive Secretary of UNESCAP; Mahmoud Mohieldin, Senior Vice President of the World Bank; Irina Bokova, former Director-General of UNESCO; Sheik Mohammed bin Abdul Khalifa, President of Bahrain Supreme Council of Health; and Mi-kyung Lee, President of Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA). A Call to Action: Empower People, Share Prosperity as its main theme, GEEF 2019 offered more than a dozen sessions on various sustainable development issues. On February 14, two plenary sessions were held on women’s empowerment and equality in healthcare. The forum continued on February 15 with two plenary sessions on sustainable cities and inter-Korean economic cooperation. 12 parallel sessions also took place on the 15th covering other topics including desertification, development financing, children, youth, peace, access to medicine and university’s role in sustainable development. GEEF 2019 was co-hosted by Yonsei University, Institute for Global Engagement & Empowerment (IGEE), Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens, KOICA, and the Seoul Institute.
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