Anchor: The United Nations Children's Fund, or UNICEF, reopened its office in Seoul on Tuesday, 24 years after wrapping up its operations in South Korea following the nations' fast economic growth. The reopened Korean headquarters will now work to help developing countries.
Our Bae Joo-yon has more.
Report: UNICEF reopened an office in Seoul as its new basis to help children in developing countries.
An opening ceremony of the UN Children's Fund office was held in the Seoul Global Center on Tuesday.
UNICEF decided to reopen its Seoul office to boost cooperation with South Korea which has significantly increased its contribution to children of the international community.
UNICEF had set up an office in Seoul in 1962 to help South Korean children in poverty but withdrew in 1993 as humanitarian assistance was deemed no longer necessary for the fast growing economy.
South Korea is now UNICEF’s 12th largest donor country. It has been on the UNICEF Executive Board five times and has organized annual policy consultations with the organization.
South Korea’s private donation to the fund which is raised through the nonprofit organization, the Korean Committee for UNICEF, is the third largest among countries that have UNICEF national committees.
The reopening of the regional office is only the third in UNICEF's history after its operations in Tokyo and Brussels were reactivated for the same purpose.
The South Korean Foreign Ministry said the office is the groundwork for South Korea and UNICEF's strategic and multi-layered partnership to help children around the world.
Bae Joo-yon, KBS World Radio News.