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S. Korea's vice FM discusses cooperation with chief of U.N. population fund

Diplomacy 20:25 February 13, 2019

SEOUL, Feb. 13 (Yonhap) -- South Korean Vice Foreign Minister Lee Tae-ho met the chief of the U.N. agency on population to discuss ways to strengthen cooperation as it opened an office in Seoul on Wednesday.

Lee met with Natalia Kanem, executive director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), according to Seoul's foreign ministry.

The Korean official expressed hope that South Korea and the U.N. agency could enhance their cooperation this year through the opening of UNFPA's new office in Seoul.

South Korea will serve as a member of UNFPA's executive board from 2019 to 2021. The country is the rotating chair of the board this year.

Kanem said she wants cooperation with South Korea in such areas as health, family planning and education.

She also expressed hope the UNFPA Seoul office will contribute to developing programs to tackle low birth rates and aging populations.

Established in 1966, UNFPA seeks to promote reproductive health care for women and young people, prevent gender-based violence and carry out censuses and analyses on population and family planning, the ministry said.
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