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UNICEF urges more aid for N. Korea in consultations with S. Korea

All Headlines 16:44 July 23, 2018

SEOUL, July 23 (Yonhap) -- The U.N. children's agency on Monday stressed the need to expand humanitarian assistance for North Korea during an annual policy consultation meeting with South Korea.

Shahida Azfar, deputy director of UNICEF, pointed out her organization is involved in various projects for infants, children and women in the communist nation, such as health care, nutrition, hygiene and drinking water, as she met with Oh Hyun-joo, director general of the foreign ministry's development cooperation bureau in Seoul, according to the ministry.

It was the 14th policy coordination session between the two sides.

Azfar was quoted as emphasizing that there's a need to increase the scope of aid for the North in order to improve its humanitarian conditions, which remain vulnerable.

Oh Hyun-joo (L), director general of the South Korean foreign ministry's development cooperation bureau, meets with Shahida Azfar, deputy director of UNICEF, in Seoul on July 23, 2018, in this photo provided by the ministry. (Yonhap)

She also requested Seoul's support for the UNICEF's Young People's Agenda to be launched in September on the occasion of the U.N. General Assembly meeting.

UNICEF has focused on providing those in need aged up to 10 with help, and it plans to intensify efforts to reach out to those aged 10-24.

Oh reminded the UNICEF official of Seoul's commitment to actively back international humanitarian campaigns as shown by the more than four-fold growth of the government's financial contribution to UNICEF to US$38.1 million last year from $8.4 million in 2008.

Partnerships between the two sides have strengthened further since the opening of UNICEF's Seoul office in April last year, Oh noted.

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