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The Republic of Korea has a key leadership role to play in ensuring the success of the post-2015 development agenda across the entire Asia-Pacific, the top United Nations official for Asia and the Pacific said during her first mission to the Republic of Korea today.

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United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), Dr. Shamshad Akhtar, is in the Republic of Korea this week to meet with Foreign
Minister Yun Byung-se, as well as a number of other senior ministers and leading think tanks to discuss issues of global, regional and common interest, including expanded cooperation between the country and ESCAP.

The Executive Secretary?s visit marks the 60th anniversary of the Republic of Korea?s membership of ESCAP.

?In its path towards achieving great economic success over the last 60 years, the Republic of Korea has consistently provided inspiration and assistance to many other developing countries,? said Dr. Akhtar, also
underscoring the strong leadership the country can offer in today?s global and networked economy, where innovation and technology have become drivers of growth and development.

?The Republic of Korea?s unique development experience will continue to be a valuable lesson for other countries in the region, particularly in the areas of ICT and promoting the ?creative economy,? Dr. Akhtar said. ?Some of the ways in which the Republic of Korea could share its experience and best practices would be by providing training on the ?creative economy,? technical advice and a transfer of technologies to other ESCAP member
States.?

Dr. Akhtar emphasized that ESCAP and the Republic of Korea have a solid partnership. With Korea’s technical cooperation, ESCAP has enhanced awareness of green policies and technologies, provided capacity building
support in ICT as well as supported the empowerment of women and persons with disabilities. ESCAP is looking to broaden and deepen its engagement with the Republic of Korea in the areas of financing, science, technology
and innovation, as well as in regional economic integration and transformation, as the United Nations launches the post-2015 sustainable development agenda. Today, the Executive Secretary also met with the Mayor of the Incheon Metropolitan City, which hosts ESCAP?s subregional office for East and North East Asia and ESCAP?s Asian and the Pacific Training Centre for Information and Communication Technology for Development (APCICT).

During this week, Dr. Akhtar will meet with the Ministers of Unification,Environment, Gender Equality and Family, the President of the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), the Chairman and President of the
Export-Import Bank of Korea, as well as a number of other senior policy makers.

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