|UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Yu Myung-hwan sign a Framework Agreement at the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Korea in New York.|
NEW YORK, USA, 22 September 2009 – The Republic of Korea was the first country in the world to make the transition: It used to be a nation that accepted aid from UNICEF, and then it became one that works with UNICEF to relieve children’s suffering in other places around the world.
That commitment to UNICEF’s mission was formalized today with a Framework Agreement detailing how the Government of the Republic of Korea and UNICEF can cooperate in a predictable way, providing mid- and long-term support for UNICEF’s programmes.
The agreement was signed in New York by UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Yu Myung-hwan at the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Korea in New York. It is the first Framework Agreement with a country that once received help from UNICEF.
From recipient to donor
“This is an historic moment. The Republic of Korea was a UNICEF programme country until 1994, when it became a donor country and joined our network of National Committees,” said Veneman.
The agreement lays the groundwork for closer collaboration between the Republic of Korea and UNICEF on the ground, particularly in Africa. The Government of the Republic of Korea recently confirmed that it will increase its commitment to UNICEF in 2010 and beyond.
UNICEF has signed Framework Agreements with 14 other countries – Canada, Denmark, Estonia, France, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, the United Kingdom, Spain and Switzerland. Their objective is to help countries better support UNICEF and its global programmes.