The results of the reconfirmation of the Pope’s will to visit North Korea… Only two to three minutes ‘encounter’ with Biden
Vaccine supply, finding countermeasures to climate change… Serial talks with France and Germany
President Moon Jae-in, who visited Italy to attend the G20 summit, completed his 4 days and 3 nights visit to Rome.
President Moon, who arrived in Italy on the 28th, attended the G20 summit for two days from the 30th, following the prevention of Pope Francis the next day, and had a head-to-head meeting with the leaders of each country on vaccine supply and climate change countermeasures.
At the meeting with the Pope, President Moon reaffirmed Pope Francis’s will to visit North Korea and continued the peace process on the Korean Peninsula.
At the G20 summit, in line with the status of a country that has leapt to the level of an advanced country, it promised to play a leading role in overcoming COVID-19 and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
President Moon will move to Glasgow, England, and attend the 26th United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP26) from the 1st to the 2nd of next month.
◇ Biden also responded to the Pope’s will to visit North Korea… It is unknown whether it will succeed in variables such as quarantine
Pope Francis’ reaffirmation of his will to visit North Korea is the greatest achievement of his visit to Italy.
President Moon visited the Vatican on the 29th and offered Pope Francis one more visit to North Korea, and the Pope said, “If you send me an invitation, I will gladly go for peace.”
Most of all, it was evaluated that the meaning was not small in that it confirmed the will of the Pope to serve as a messenger for peace on the Korean Peninsula.
As President Moon’s term is short, there are concerns that the engine for progress in the peace process on the Korean Peninsula will be insufficient.
If the pope’s visit to North Korea, which is symbolic of the ‘Apostle of Peace’, is successful, the deadlock between North and South Korea and North America can be resolved and the impetus for establishing a peace regime can be secured.
Archbishop Yoo Heung-sik Lazaro, Minister of the Vatican Ministry of the Clergy, also met with reporters on the 30th and said that the Vatican is making efforts to create conditions for the Pope’s visit to North Korea, including contact with the North Korean embassy in Italy, raising expectations for progress in inter-Korean-North Korea dialogue.
It is pointed out that the Pope’s visit to North Korea is practically difficult in a situation where North Korea maintains an emergency quarantine system and does not accept staff from international organizations providing humanitarian aid.
It is evaluated that it is a pity that the meeting with US President Joe Biden on the occasion of the G20 summit was only two to three minutes without a meeting.
While there was a time difference over the conditions and timing of the declaration of an end to the war, the foreign ministers of the Republic of Korea and the United States, who had led the two leaders, had a meeting on the spot, but if the summit had been held, there is a possibility that it would speed up the narrowing of the difference of opinion on the declaration of the end of the war. in point
◇ Concentrate on securing the status of a leading country in global vaccine supply and climate change response
The two main issues of this G20 summit were the international community’s cooperation necessary to overcome the COVID-19 crisis, including the global vaccine supply, and to respond to climate change.
In line with the growing role expected in the international community as the Korean economy grows, President Moon continued to emphasize his will at this summit to take active action to overcome the global crisis.
In the case of vaccine supply, as a global vaccine manufacturing hub, President Moon expressed his will to reduce the vaccination gap by directly supporting countries with vaccine shortages, thereby increasing the vaccination rate of all countries together.
In addition, in response to climate change, the government introduced the 2050 carbon-neutral scenario, such as raising the 2030 greenhouse gas reduction target (NDC), and urged a global response.
In the bilateral talks with the leaders of the European Union (EU), France, Australia, and Germany, President Moon emphasized the support for the peace process on the Korean Peninsula and mentioned such content heavily.
In this process, President Moon also worked hard to fulfill the role of bridge between developed and developing countries and emerging countries.
Based on the experience of strengthening its status as a developed country from a developing country, it is a foundation to share our excellent policies such as the Korean version of the New Deal and to increase our presence on the international stage by playing a role in reconciling the interests of each country.