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24 Nov 2014 description

11/24/2014 - 06:11 GMT

South Korean lawmakers opened formal discussions Monday on long-stalled bills regarding human rights in North Korea, galvanised by the adoption of a landmark UN resolution condemning Pyongyang's rights abuses.

The bills submitted to the 23-member foreign affairs and unification committee have been pending since as long ago as 2005.

Past efforts to have them tabled have been undermined by lawmakers arguing that their passage would unnecessarily antagonise Pyongyang and raise inter-Korean tensions.

19 Nov 2014 description

S*EOUL / ROME – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has received US$7 million from the government of the Republic of Korea for WFP’s operations in support of the nutritional needs of women and children in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).*

17 Nov 2014 description
report JoongAng Daily

The Ministry of Health and Welfare yesterday unveiled the results of its recent open recruitment of medical personnel to be sent to Sierra Leone in response to the deadly Ebola outbreak, while detailing the countermeasures it is considering taking if anyone on the team becomes infected with the virus.

A total of 145 health workers volunteered to go to Sierra Leone to fight Ebola, including 35 doctors, 57 nurses, 23 medical technologists and 30 on-site safety managers, the Health Ministry said.

09 Nov 2014 description

1. The government of the Republic of Korea, having tentatively chosen Sierra Leone as the country to dispatch a medical team to for the fight against the Ebola epidemic, will send an interagency advance team to the country. During its visit to the country from November 13 through 21, the advance team will look into the current Ebola‐related situation in the country and prepare for the dispatch of the medical personnel.

05 Nov 2014 description

By Andy McElroy

INCHEON, 5 November 2014 – Forty city officials from China, Japan and Republic of Korea today joined in a toast “to work towards zero casualties from disasters” as the countdown continues to the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, in Sendai, Japan, next March.

29 Oct 2014 description

A system of mechanized rice farming has been put in place recently in Cameroon with assistance from the Korean government.

During the opening ceremony for the farm in the Central African nation on October 16, Director Tobie Ondoa Manga from the Cameroonian Ministry of Agriculture & Rural Development said, "With the completion of this complex, we will be able to provide automation in farming and it will be used as a venue to educate farmers about how to operate farming machines."

22 Oct 2014 description
report UN News Service

21 octobre 2014 – L'Organisation mondiale de la Santé (OMS) a annoncé mardi qu'un candidat vaccin contre le virus de l'Ebola sera bientôt mis à disposition dans le cadre des efforts pour lutter contre cette maladie. L'agence attend l'arrivée à Genève mercredi 22 octobre d'une livraison de ce vaccin de provenance du Canada.

22 Oct 2014 description


The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:

21 Oct 2014 description
report Chosun Ilbo

Korea will send a small team of medical experts from the ministries of health and welfare, defense and foreign affairs to Ebola-hit West Africa early next month. They are to pave the way for a bigger contingent later.

Officials from the ministries made the decision in a meeting chaired by Vice Foreign Minister Cho Tae-yeol on Monday, according to a government official.

They will go to Liberia or Sierra Leone or both.

20 Oct 2014 description

The Ministry of Education, with assistance from the Republic of Korea, recently renovated 13 schools in the Kilinochchi District.

Situated in a district that was once home to the headquarters of the terrorist organisation known as the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), these schools had been in a dilapidated condition due to the near-30-year conflict.

18 Oct 2014 description
report JoongAng Daily

President Park Geun-hye pledged to dispatch Korean medical personnel to countries hit with Ebola for the first time to counter the spread of the deadly virus Thursday at the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) in Milan yesterday.

In a speech at the ASEM leader’s summit, Park said Korea “has decided to send medical personnel following humanitarian assistance to cope with the spreading Ebola virus.”

Korea already pledged $5 million in humanitarian aid to help prevent the spread of Ebola last month at the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

17 Oct 2014 description


  • 2014 rice production forecast at similar level to last year’s near-average output
  • Cereal imports in 2014/15 marketing year (October/September) expected to remain firm
17 Oct 2014 description

Korea will provide an additional USD 2 million in assistance to help rebuild the Gaza Strip, Palestine, following military conflicts between Hamas, a Palestinian Islamic organization, and Israel across the region.

Seoul’s pledge came on October 12 when international leaders gathered in Cairo, Egypt, for the International Donors Conference on Financing the Reconstruction of the Gaza Strip.

13 Oct 2014 description

KHARTOUM – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a contribution of US$300,000 from the Government of the Republic of Korea to assist WFP’s nutrition programme in Sudan.

WFP will use part of the funds to purchase Plumpy Sup, a specialized nutritional product for the treatment of moderate acute malnutrition. This nutritious paste will be provided to around 2,500 children under the age of five and pregnant and nursing women from South Sudan who have sought refuge in White Nile, South Kordofan and West Kordofan states in Sudan.

09 Oct 2014 description

Biannual FAO Food Outlook report and new Food Price Index released

9 October 2014, Rome - Food markets are more stable and prices for most agricultural commodities are sharply lower than they have been in recent years, according to the latest edition of FAO's biannual Food Outlook report and a new update to the Organization's monthly Food Price Index, both out today.

07 Oct 2014 description

1 Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se attended the High-level Meeting on Response to the Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak held at the UN headquarters on September 25 on the sidelines of the 69th session of the UN General Assembly. At the meeting, he announced the plan of the government of the Republic of Korea to contribute an additional five million US dollars in humanitarian assistance to help prevent the further spread of the Ebola virus.

07 Oct 2014 description

1 . At the 69th session of the UN General Assembly, the ROK government announced its plan to provide additional humanitarian assistance worth four and one million US dollars to Iraq and Syria, respectively.

02 Oct 2014 description
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Defeating Ebola conference: Summary of conference pledges

Britain has rallied decisive international support for Sierra Leone in its hour of need, International Development Secretary Justine Greening said following the Defeating Ebola conference today in London.

The conference, co-hosted by the Foreign Secretary and the International Development Secretary, brought together more than 20 governments, a dozen charities and NGOs, the UN, World Bank, health experts and the private sector to pledge funds, equipment and health workers.

02 Oct 2014 description

The U.S. expanded its aerial campaign against Islamic State (IS) militants in late September with strikes in Syria’s north and east. The operation, which targets both IS and fighters linked to al-Qaeda’s central leadership and the affiliated group Jabhat al-Nusra, risks alienating other rebel groups in Syria and strengthening support for IS.