On the 15th, President Yoon Seok-yeol said in front of the leaders of the 20 major countries (G20), “To protect freedom, the universal value of mankind, from a pandemic depends on the unity of the international community” and “unity among citizens around the world who share the value of freedom.” The Republic of Korea will contribute more actively to the strengthening and dissemination of the
President Yoon made this statement at the second session of the G20 Summit held in Bali, Indonesia on the morning of the same day, with the theme ‘health’, the Office of the President reported through a press release. President Yoon said, “This is the time to regain freedom, which was limited by the pandemic, through strong health unity,” and reminded of the importance of unity and the preciousness of freedom.
President Yoon emphasized Korea’s role in the international arena related to the pandemic crisis. The leaders were informed that next year’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) budget has been increased by 14.2% from this year and presented to the National Assembly, and an additional donation of $300 million in addition to the current $200 million in ACT-A, the international cooperation. system for COVID-19, in solidarity with the pandemic, committed to make an active contribution to Previously, President Yoon announced plans to donate an additional $300 million for ACT-A at the ‘Global Corona 19 Summit’ held through video in May. ACT-A is an initiative led by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Gates Foundation in 2020 to advance the development and delivery of vaccines and treatments for COVID-19. In addition, President Yoon mentioned the ‘Pendemic Fund’, which was launched in September under the leadership of the G20, and promised that Korea would also participate responsibly as one of the founders of the Pendemic Fund.
Referring to Korea hosting the ‘Bio World Summit’ last month, President Yoon emphasized that “Korea is contributing to the international community as a ‘facilitator’ of the international health alliance.” He also reaffirmed his pledge to donate $100 million to the Global Fund to prevent and respond to three major infectious diseases: AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria. President Yoon announced this donation plan at the Global Fund Fiscal Pledge Meeting held in New York, USA during a tour of the UK, US and Canada in September. At the time, President Yoon was not supposed to attend this meeting, but was invited by US President Joe Biden to attend. There was a pleasant conversation with President Biden at this meeting.
Previously, President Yoon attended the first session of the G20 Summit held on the topic of “food and energy security” this morning and suggested that heads of member states “refrain from excessive protectionism in the food and energy sector.” President Yoon mentioned that President Lee Myung-bak at the time of the 2008 G20, when the financial crisis was spreading, suggested joining the declaration of a ‘regulatory freeze’ that would not create new protectionist barriers, saying, “It protection is very likely to cause another protectionism.” and said thus: