New York

19 December 2012

Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on the Presidential Election in the Republic of Korea

The Secretary-General warmly congratulates Ms. Park Geun-hye on her election as the next President of the Republic of Korea. The Republic of Korea is a highly valued and steadfast partner of the United Nations in the work for international peace and security, development and human rights.

With this new leadership, the Secretary-General hopes for even more active engagement by the Republic of Korea in advancing the agenda of the United Nations -- from the promotion of sustainable development, the fight against climate change, and the contribution to global peace and human rights promotion.

The Secretary-General stands ready to work with the new Government of the Republic of Korea in promoting peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula, including through addressing the humanitarian, nuclear and other concerns regarding the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.