- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs held the 3rd annual policy consultation with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Seoul on November 8. The delegations of the Republic of Korea and OCHA to the consultation were led by Director-General for Development Cooperation of the Foreign Ministry Oh Hyun-joo and Assistant Secretary-General Ursula Mueller, respectively.
※ Previous annual policy consultations between the ROK and OCHA: 1st consultation (November 2015, New York), and 2nd consultation (November 2017, New York)
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, together with the World Food Programme (WFP), held the fourth Republic of Korea-World Food Programme policy consultation in Rome on October 26. The ROK and WFP head delegates to the meeting were Director-General for Development Cooperation of the Foreign Ministry Oh Hyun-joo and Director of the Government Partnerships Division Chris Kaye, respectively.
Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha met with UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Filippo Grandi on October 23, during which the two sides exchanged views on the refugee situations in Asia and the global community and discussed ways that the Republic of Korea and the UNHCR could work more closely together.
On October 8, the government of the Republic of Korea will provide additional humanitarian assistance of two military transport aircraft and relief goods to the Republic of Indonesia, which suffered significant damage from the earthquake and subsequent tsunami that hit Sulawesi Island on September 28, on top of the emergency relief aid of US$1 million already given to the country.
- The government of the Republic of Korea will offer humanitarian assistance of US$1 million in cash to Indonesia, which suffered casualties and material damage from the powerful 7.5-magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami (1.5-2 meters high) that hit Sulawesi Island on September 28.
- So far, the earthquake is reported to have left 384 people dead, another 540 injured and 29 missing.
* Indonesia’s National Agency for Disaster Management (BNPB) announced the figures on September 29.
- The government of the Republic of Korea will provide US$300,000 in humanitarian aid to the Philippines, where Typhoon Mangkhut that struck the northern part of the Philippine island of Luzon on September 16 caused casualties and material damage, through the Philippine Red Cross.
So far, the typhoon has left 65 people dead, 43 missing, and about 590,000 affected in the Philippines.
- The government of the Republic of Korea will provide US$500,000 in humanitarian aid to the Democratic Republic of the Congo through the World Health Organization (WHO) to help the DRC respond to the Ebola virus that broke out in the country’s North Kivu Province in early August.
o The WHO announced that as of August 20, a total of 102 Ebola virus disease cases, including 59 deaths, had been reported.
※ Of the 102 cases, 75 are confirmed and 27 are probable.
- The government of the Republic of Korea offered US$1 million in emergency relief aid and dispatched Korea Disaster Relief Teams (KDRTs) to the Lao People's Democratic Republic to help it recover from its dam accident on July 23.
° The third KDRT sent to Laos on August 14 will arrive at Incheon International Airport on August 24, local time, after ten days of medical services in the country, marking the end of the ROK government’s emergency relief operations there.
- The 3rd Korea Disaster Relief Team (KDRT) left for Laos on the morning of August 14 to help the country recover from the accident at the Xe-Pian Xe-Namnoy hydropower dam.
o A see-off ceremony for the KDRT consisting of 13 medical workers and assistants took place at Incheon International Airport at 09:00 on August 14. It was attended by officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Health and Welfare, the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), the National Medical Center, and the Korea Foundation for International Healthcare.
The government of the Republic of Korea will provide US$500,000 in humanitarian assistance to Indonesia, where a powerful 7.0-magnitude earthquake and aftershocks that hit the Indonesian island of Lombok on August 5 caused casualties and material damage, through the country’s Red Cross Society.
o The earthquake has left 259 people dead*, 1,033 injured, and about 270,000 displaced in Indonesia so far.
* Indonesia’s National Agency for Disaster Management (BNPB) announced the number on August 9.
The Ministers/Representatives of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, and Viet Nam (hereafter referred to as the “Lower Mekong Countries”); the European Union, the Governments of Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, and the United States; and the World Bank (hereafter referred to as the “Development Partners”); and Mekong River Commission (MRC), collectively referred to as “the Participants,”
In the spirit of promoting continued cooperation to support inclusive and sustainable development among the Lower Mekong Countries;
- The government of the Republic of Korea held a ceremony for the dispatch of the Korea Disaster Relief Team (KDRT), to be sent to Laos to support relief efforts following the accident at the Xe-Pian Xe-Namnoy hydropower dam in Laos, at Seoul Air Base on the morning of July 29.
o The ceremony was attended by the KDRT consisting of 20 medical workers, and about 40 officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Health and Welfare, the Ministry of National Defense, the Korea International Cooperation Agency, the National Medical Center, and the Korea …
- The first batch of aid supplies, including blankets and sanitation kits, -- part of the supplies worth $500,000 that the Republic of Korea government had decided to provide to Laos over the accident that had occurred at the Xe-Pian Xe-Namnoy hydropower dam in the Laotian province of Attepeu on July 23 -- left Seoul Airport for the country on military transport aircraft on July 28.
° Among the first batch of aid supplies were some 1,200 blankets from the ROK government as well as relief supplies donated by the private sector, including about 200 sanitation kits from the …
- The Level-2 mobile hospital* which the government of the Republic of Korea, in cooperation with the African Union (AU), had worked to install in the African country of Mali officially opened on July 4.
* (Level-2 hospital) According to the standards of the UN, a Level-2 hospital performs 3-4 basic surgeries and treats 40 outpatients per day, and admits 10-20 patients.
- The government of the Republic of Korea has decided to offer humanitarian assistance worth US$200,000 to Guatemala, where the eruption of the Fuego Volcano near Guatemala City, Guatemala, on June 3 killed, injured or displaced a number of people.
o As of June 6, the volcanic eruption has left 75 people dead, 192 missing, 44 injured, and 12,089 evacuated.
- The Republic of Korea government has decided to provide through the Kenya Red Cross Society $200,000 in humanitarian assistance for Kenya, where, during the rainy season that started in March, heavy rain destroyed a dam, leaving a number of people dead, injured and displaced.
° The torrential rain and the destruction of the dam is reported to have left 179 people dead, some 40 others missing and about 270,000 displaced.
- The government of the Republic of Korea has decided to provide humanitarian assistance worth US$100,000 to Tonga, where Cyclone Gita caused severe damage on February 12, through the Tonga Red Cross.
o It is estimated that Cyclone Gita, the most powerful in Tonga’s 60-year history, has left 1 person dead, 33 injured, about 4,500 displaced and more than 1,250 houses destroyed or damaged. It is difficult to estimate exactly how much damage the cyclone inflicted on some islands due to poor communications.
- The government of the Republic of Korea has decided to provide earthquake-hit Iran with 300,000 US dollars in humanitarian assistance through the Iranian Red Crescent Society.
- The government of the Republic of Korea will offer an additional 2.6 million US dollars in human assistance to a large number of Rohingya people who moved to Bangladesh after the armed clashes in Rakhine State, Myanmar, on August 25, as well as in emergency food assistance to those remaining in that part of Myanmar.
So far, a total of 655,000 Rohingya people have moved to Bangladesh since the armed clashes in Rakhine State, Myanmar.
- The government of the Republic of Korea has decided to provide humanitarian assistance worth US$1 million to help Vietnam’s central region, where Typhoon Damrey caused many casualties and extensive property damage on November 4, recover from the damage.
o Typhoon Damrey is estimated to have caused huge loss of human lives and property, leaving 82 people dead, 26 missing and about 120,500 houses affected.