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UNDP Seoul center opens; focus on nation as donor

The United Nations Development Program Seoul Policy Center opened for the first time on Friday at Korea University, indicating Korea’s growing status as a donor country.

UNDP, the UN’s global development network, was established in 1965 with the objective of coordinating operational activities for development, grounded in its network of 166 countries under the UN system.

The establishment of the UNDP Seoul Policy Center shows that South Korea has elevated its position in the world from being a recipient of international aid to a contributing country. The center will serve as a point of dialogue between UNDP and the South Korean government in enhancing a strategic partnership.

The Seoul center also will play a role in facilitating policy coordination among donor states in the fields of poverty eradication and sustainable development.

During the opening session, UNDP presented a 20th anniversary report showing that most developing countries achieved dramatic yet underestimated progress in health, education and basic living standards in recent decades while many of the poorest countries posted the greatest gains.

By Yoo Sun-young [enational@joongang.co.kr]
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