UNITED NATIONS (AP) — South Korea’s President Yoon Seok-yeol stressed the need for wealthy countries to share advanced technologies and innovations with developing countries, especially when it comes to closing educational gaps and fighting infectious diseases.
“In the age of digital sophistication, one of the most urgent challenges for the international community and the United Nations is to foster global cooperation to reduce the digital divide that exacerbates the polarization between nations,” he said. Yun told leaders gathered for the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Tuesday. .
Yun said he will continue to widely share his country’s advanced digital technology and data, and “will spare no effort in providing support and investing in education.”
He also noted that South Korea has helped accelerate research and development of COVID-19 treatments and vaccines by pledging $300 million for ACT-A. Pandemic. At the same time, the country is increasing its contributions to the Global Fund to fight infectious diseases such as AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.
Yoon, the winner earlier this year acknowledged the threat to humanity from nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction on Tuesday, but did not mention the threat to South Korea’s own doorstep, North Korea. After firing two missiles, Yun said the government had no plans to pursue its own nuclear deterrence.Instead, it calls for more diplomacy.
“It’s thanks to efforts like this by the United Nations that South Korea became what it is today,” he said, citing the country’s official name. Together with the United Nations, we will fulfill our responsibility to promote peace and prosperity around the world. ”
Pia Sarkar, a Philadelphia-based journalist for The Associated Press, is on a mission to cover the United Nations General Assembly. Follow her on her Twitter: http://twitter.com/PiaSarkar_TK