South Korean president calls for shared technology and innovation


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UNITED NATIONS (AP) – South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol has stressed the need for rich countries to share their advanced technologies and innovations with developing countries, especially when it comes to closing the education gap and fight infectious diseases.

“In the age of digital sophistication, one of the most urgent tasks for the global community and the UN is to promote global cooperation to bridge the digital divide that is exacerbating polarization among nations,” Yoon told reporters. leaders gathered in New York on Tuesday for the United Nations General Assembly. .

Yoon said his country will continue to widely share its advanced digital technology and data, “and spare no effort to provide support and invest in education.”

He also noted that South Korea has helped accelerate research and development of COVID-19 therapies and vaccines by pledging $300 million to ACT-A, a global initiative that pools resources from governments. , health organizations, scientists, businesses and philanthropists to counter the pandemic. At the same time, the country is increasing its contribution to the Global Fund to fight infectious diseases, including AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.

Yoon, who was elected earlier this year, on Tuesday acknowledged the threat posed to humanity by nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction, but made no mention of the threat to South Korea’s doorstep, North Korea. Last month, after the North tested two suspected cruise missiles, Yoon said his government had no intention of pursuing its own nuclear deterrent.calling instead for more diplomacy.

Yoon closed his speech on Tuesday by stressing that the UN’s first mission after its founding in 1945 was to endorse South Korea “as the only legitimate government on the Korean peninsula” and also to help defend the country against the North during the Korean War. by sending in UN forces.

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“Through these United Nations efforts, Korea was able to become what it is today,” he said, citing his nation’s official name: “Thus, the Republic of Korea will protect and expand the freedom of the citizens of the world; and together with the United Nations, we will fulfill our responsibilities to promote peace and prosperity in the world.

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Philadelphia-based Associated Press reporter Pia Sarkar is on assignment to cover the United Nations General Assembly. Follow her on Twitter at http://twitter.com/PiaSarkar_TK