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South Korea becomes 1st Asian nation to host UN Peacekeeping meeting Updated: 2021-12-09 05:31:01 KST

Now we cross over to our Oh Soo-young for Global Insight and an in-depth look at important developments in world affairs.


It's time for Global Insight where we speak to experts from around the world on issues making headlines.
The United Nations' peacekeeping forces keep the world safe from violence and conflict.
Stationed in the most dangerous areas of the world, the Blue Helmets consist of over 70-thousand military personnel contributed by national armies from across the globe.
The 2021 UN Peacekeeping Ministerial which gathers defense and foreign officials from more than 150 countries was hosted by Seoul this year, marking the first in the meeting's history to be held in an Asian country.
Addressing the various challenges faced by peacekeepers today, particularly amid a time of new security challenges, and rapid digitalisation, the meeting introduced the Seoul Initiative on enhancing technology and medical capacity.
To highlight key issues and discuss the meeting's significance, we're joined by Alexandra Novosseloff, Non Resident Senior Fellow at Brian Urquhart Center for Peace Operations International Peace Institute, and Song Se-ryun, Professor of Law at Kyung Hee University.

1. Dr. Novosseloff: There’s been a sore lack of global cooperation shown by government leaders over the last two years of the COVID-19 pandemic. How has the lack of coordination systematically affected UN Peacekeeping missions?

2. Prof. Song: What special significance does the UN's peacekeeping missions hold for South Korea, given its history of war?

3. Prof. Song: How has South Korea been contributing to peacekeeping missions since 1993?

4. Dr. Novosseloff: Canada and Australia have seen peacekeeping as a core area for middle power countries to support and advance. How significant was it for the PKO ministerial meeting in South Korea? How do you think the country can increase its role in promoting peace and stability?

5. Prof. Song: How meaningful was it for the PKO ministerial meeting in South Korea as a relatively new middle power?

6. Dr. Novosseloff: UN peacekeepers work in the world’s most dangerous zones that are prone to conflict and violence. Has the COVID-19 pandemic increased security risks?

7. Dr. Novosseloff: What should be done to better protect peacekeepers? Can technology play a role?

8. Prof. Song: Through the Seoul Initiative, South Korea proposed the smart camp model to equip peacekeeping missions with more high tech solutions. What are innovative ways that South Korea could contribute to PKO?

9. Dr. Novosseloff: COVID-19 has highlighted the increasing need to address health and social calamities as security issues. How has COVID-19 changed the nature of UN peacekeeping missions?

Alexandra Novosseloff, Non Resident Senior Fellow at the International Peace Institute, and Song Se-ryun, Professor of Law at Kyung Hee University. Thank you for your time.
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