Seoul, Republic of Korea

13 August 2012

Readout of the Secretary-General’s meetings with leaders of the Republic of Korea (ROK)

During his visit to the ROK, the Secretary-General has had a range of meetings with Government and other officials, including the Prime Minister, Foreign Minister and Minister of Unification. In those meetings, the Secretary-General expressed his deep appreciation for the ROK’s close cooperation with the United Nations, including through increasing its official development assistance, as well as its active role in promoting peace, security and sustainable development throughout the world.

On Sunday he met H.E. Kim Hwang-sik, the Prime Minister. They attended the closing ceremony of the 2012 Yeosu Expo. The Secretary-General congratulated the ROK on its successful hosting of the Yeosu Expo, and explained about the UN Oceans Compact initiative, which is designed to strengthen United Nations system-wide work on oceans matters and support the implementation of the Law of the Sea. 

On Monday, the Secretary-General met H.E. Mr. Kim Sung-hwan, the Foreign Minister. The Secretary-General and the Foreign Minister had an in-depth discussion on global challenges facing the world in particular the forthcoming work of the High Level Panel on the post-Millennium Development Goals agenda, and exchanged views on peacekeeping, peacebuilding and disarmament. They also discussed regional issues including the situation in Syria and on the Korean Peninsula. 

Also on Monday, the Secretary-General met H.E. Mr. Yu Woo-ik, the Minister of Unification. They discussed at length developments on the Korean Peninsula. The Secretary-General said he hoped that relations between the North and South would be improved through dialogue.  He also said humanitarian assistance for vulnerable groups, especially children, was crucial for the North, and noted the recent UN assessments of serious food and nutrition difficulties there.