General Assembly President holds talks with Republic of Korea’s Prime Minister

25 August 2008

United Nations reform, climate change and food security have topped the agenda during official talks today in Seoul between General Assembly President Srgjan Kerim and Han Seung-soo, the Republic of Korea’s Prime Minister.

In his talks with Mr. Han, Mr. Kerim stressed the “need for more of the UN, and not less” in dealing with major global challenges such as climate change and the current crisis over soaring food prices in many parts of the world.

Mr. Kerim also emphasized the importance of bringing in all stakeholders, including non-State actors, in devising ways to tackle global problems, according to the Assembly President’s spokesperson.

During their discussions, Mr. Kerim and Mr. Han also conferred on the most recent developments concerning possible reform of the size and structure of the Security Council, and the Assembly President thanked the Republic of Korea for its supportive approach to the UN’s work.

Later, Mr. Kerim delivered a lecture to the Graduate School of International Studies of the Korea University on the relevance of the UN in a globalized world, saying a new culture of international relations was needed to reflect the increasing interdependence in the world.

“We need to capture the dynamism and fluidity of our changing world, where adaptability and sustainability are becoming the attributes of power and success,” he said.

The Assembly President, who arrived in Seoul yesterday for a three-day visit, also held a working lunch with members of the UN Association of the Republic of Korea. Tomorrow he is expected to visit the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between the Republic of Korea and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and hold official meetings with President Lee Myung-bak and Foreign Minister Yu Myung-hwan.

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General Assembly President to begin three-day visit to the Republic of Korea

General Assembly President Srgjan Kerim departs tomorrow night on a three-day visit to the Republic of Korea that will focus on issues ranging from climate change and financing for development to the current food and energy crises.