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S. Korea pledges technological, medical support at 2021 Seoul UN Peacekeeping Ministerial Updated: 2021-12-08 17:33:18 KST

The United Nations' major peace and security forum, the 2021 UN Peacekeeping Ministerial - is being held for the first time in Seoul.
At this year's meeting, South Korea has announced the 'Seoul Initiative' to support the technological and medical capacity of UN peacekeeping operations.
One of the pledges includes building 'smart camps' for peacekeeping operations, which put together IT and smart city technology to build a network for peacekeeping troops and their facilities.
For that, Seoul will contribute one-million U.S. dollars of funding.

"We're extremely appreciative of the Republic of Korea's support to UN and to UN peacekeeping. We have a strategy to improve the use of digital technology UN peacekeeping. And the Republic of Korea has pledged its support to that strategy and the smart camp is an example of that."

UN peacekeepers work to protect civilians, prevent conflict and strengthen security.
These days, the boundary of peace is not just limited to peace from conventional threats, but has expanded into other areas, such as the use of technology, against which the peacekeepers need to be better trained and prepared.

"We also need to make better use of technologies, particularly digital technologies. Those who are threatening the population and our peacekeepers are also using more sophisticated means, including disinformation, including all kind of technological equipment."

During the meeting, South Korea's foreign minister Chung Eui-yong and defense minister Suh Wook stressed the need for peace on the Korean Peninsula, hoping to end the 68 year-long ceasefire with a peace declaration.
Their remarks came amid the Korean government pushing for declaring a formal end to the Korean War, involving the two Koreas, the U.S. and China.

The two-day UN Peacekeeping ministerial meeting is being held virtually this year due to the Omicron variant, bringing together ministers and high-level officials from around 70 countries.
Yoon Jung-min, Arirang News.
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