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S. Korea celebrates 30 years of United Nations membership Updated: 2021-06-18 08:29:19 KST

Celebrating three decades of membership of the United Nations, South Korea held a series of sessions on Thursday, looking back on the past while discussing diplomacy for the next 30 years.
The Korea-UN 30th Anniversary International Forum was attended by former Korean ambassadors to the UN and foreign diplomats to South Korea among others.

"Also, this year is 30th anniversary of Korea's becoming from aid recipient to aid donor country. That means Korea enjoys a great deal of confidence from other countries. That means Korea will assume the chairmanship of different [UN] committees."

Former ambassadors to the UN say South Korea shares certain values with the international community, such as democracy and human rights.

"Based on our own experience of developing from a dictatorship into a democracy, we have come to realize the importance of ensuring people's life with human dignity. So in the United Nations, we try to spread democracy and promote human rights."

As part of efforts to enhance South Korea's contributions to the international community, Seoul plans to hold a UN peacekeeping ministerial meeting in December.
It also plans to make a bid for a non-permanent member seat at the UN Security Council for the 2024-to-2025 period.
The country has also pledged to make more contributions to tackle the pandemic and climate change.
In his pre-recorded opening remarks, Seoul's foreign minister Chung Eui-yong highlighted the government's will for the success of the Korean peninsula peace process adding that the two Koreas had hoped for peace and coexistence when they joined the UN together thirty years ago.
Yoon Jung-min, Arirang News.
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