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Ministry of Foreign Affairs Holds “High-level symposium on Korea’s leadership on global health in the COVID-19 era and beyond”
1. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea and the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria co-hosted a “High-level symposium on Korea’s leadership on global health in the COVID-19 era and beyond” on March 31.
o The high-level symposium brought together Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Choi Jongmoon, 8th UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and Executive Director of the Global Fund Peter Sands, as well as participants of governments, international organizations, academia, companies and civil society from Korea and abroad. The participants reflected on the efforts of the international community to combat COVID-19 last year, and discussed Korea’s role in global health in the post-COVID-19 era.
o The Vice Minister stressed that, even in this pandemic situation, we should not lose sight of our common fight against other global health threats, especially HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. He also highlighted the importance of strengthening global health security to prevent future pandemics.
o He also emphasized that Korea must exercise its global leadership in the fields of health and climate change by sharing best practices of COVID-19 response, offering development assistance, advocating for equitable distribution of vaccines and interlinking COVID-19 recoveries to climate actions.