Readout of the Secretary-General's meeting with H.E. Mr. Kim Hwang-sik, Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea
Seoul-New York, 10 November 2010The Secretary-General met with the Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea, Kim Hwang-sik, over a working lunch. He congratulated the Prime Minister on his recent appointment to the post. He welcomed the country's hosting of the G20 Seoul Summit and the inclusion of development into the G-20 agenda. They discussed a wide range of topics on which the United Nations and the ROK could cooperate even more closely, including development and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
The Secretary-General welcomed the ROK's active and expanding role in the work of the United Nations, and encouraged the country to contribute further to the UN agenda – MDGs, maternal and children's health, HIV/AIDS, peacekeeping and human rights. They agreed on the importance of the ROK increasing its overseas development assistance, especially to Africa. The Secretary-General and the Prime Minister agreed on working closely to eliminate HIV/AIDS-related travel restrictions in Korea.
They exchanged views on the situation in the Korean Peninsula, as well as regional security in Northeast Asia. They discussed other regional topics, including Somalia and piracy, and Sudan, and global themes including nuclear security.
Readouts on 10 November 2010