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26th Session (2004)

General Debate: Democratic People's Republic of Korea

Statement by H.E. Mr. Kim Chang Guk, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea to the United Nations (28 April 2004)

Mr. Chairman,

On behalf of the delegation of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), I would like to express confidence that your able skill and rich experiences will contribute positively to our deliberations this year, too, as they did last year.

I would also like to express our thanks to Mr. Shashi Tharoor, Under-Secretary General for Communications and Public Information, for presenting the reports of the Secretary General.

The DPRK delegation associates itself with the statement made by the distinguished representative of the State of Qatar on behalf of the Group of 77 and China on major issues before the committee.

Mr. Chairman,

Information and communication technology (ICT) is directly related to implementing the Millennium Development Goals, a high priority of the United Nations.

However, information and communication technology is again reflecting the inequitable international economic relations as it is, and as a result, the disparity between the developed and the developing countries in the field of public information continues to widen.

The developing countries have long been striving to establish a fair and equitable international information and communication order on the basis of the recognized important role of the public information in creating favourable atmosphere for the maintenance of international peace and security. However, inequality and imbalances still persist in the field of public information and communication.

The DPRK delegation is concerned that certain countries continue to abuse these imbalances, and encroach upon the sovereignty and interests of other countries.

Some countries are taking advantage of their monopoly of modern communication means to distort the reality of the developing countries. Even, they are pronounced in buying certain agencies to carry out their acts aimed at seeking political purpose of slander and internal disruption of targeted countries.

In particular, they make no scruple of mobilizing the sophisticated mass media for psychological warfare to impose their ideas and cultural values upon targeted countries.

All member states should therefore contribute to ensuring that the public information activities promote the understanding and develop friendly and cooperative relations among nations by establishing an equitable international information and communication order based on the principles of mutual respect and equality.

In this regard, the DPRK delegation regards that UN DPI activities should certainly be of help in narrowing differences and establishing a fair and an equitable international information and communication order.

What is important here is for the DPI to take issue with distortion and misleading in public information activities and ensure increased coverage and dissemination of priority development issues such as poverty eradication and sustainable development including economic and social development, which are the major concern to the developing countries.

The DPRK delegation takes this opportunity to commend DPI for having exerted positive effort to the promotion of capacity-building of the developing countries in the field of public information and the implementation of an annual training programme for Broadcasters and Journalists from developing countries in particular and hope that these efforts will be further strengthened.

Thank you, Mr. Chairman.

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