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Welcoming Remarks by Ambassador KIM Sook
Welcome to the website of the Korean Mission to the United Nations.
While the Republic of Korea became a Member State of the United Nations in 1991, the relationship between Korea and the UN stretches back much further. The ROK was the first country to have the establishment of its government recognized by the UN through a General Assembly resolution in 1948.
Since its admission two decades ago, Republic of Korea has steadily expanded its role and presence in the UN. To illustrate:
As a country that owes much to the UN, the ROK has embarked on a path to actively contribute to the world community. We believe that our own experiences of rebuilding the nation in the aftermath of a devastating war enable us to play a unique role in many areas. With the strong conviction that development cooperation can be a useful means for developing countries to improve their economic and social conditions, the ROK :
With overwhelming support from the UN Member States, the Republic of Korea was elected as a Member of the Security Council for 2013-14. With a sense of solemn responsibility befitting its status as the "Global Korea," and as a Member of the Security Council which has the primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security, Korea will take the initiative to resolve key security issues including the Korean Peninsula issue. Making the best use of its unique experience of having risen from the ashes of war to have became what it is today, a peaceful and prosperous nation, Korea will make constructive contributions in various issues of the Security Council including peace-keeping operations, regional disputes, disarmament and non-proliferation, counter-terrorism and peace-building.
The ROK is also deeply committed to addressing the issue of climate change. My government has recently pronounced its vision of ‘Low Carbon, Green Growth’ and we contributed in making the Rio+20 Summit(June 2012) a strong take-off for the post-2012 climate regime. I myself served as co-chair for the Preparatory Committee of the Rio+20 Summit.
I would like to invite you to explore the history of Korea, current issues, and more through this website.