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Minister Kwon participates in G7 Health Ministers’ Meeting (6.4.)

  • Date : 2021-06-11
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Minister Kwon participates in G7 Health Ministers’ Meeting (6.4.)

- Health ministers discuss measures to overcome COVID-19 and prepare for future pandemics. -

□ Minister Kwon Deok-cheol participated in the Group of 7 Health Ministers Meeting on June 4th (Fri) from 17:00 to 18:30 (KST) and discussed measures to overcome COVID-19 and future pandemics.
* Group of 7 countries or G7 is a consultative body among leading advanced nations, aimed at fostering cooperation on global issues. Ministerial meetings for different sectors take place before the Summit meeting. (Members: Germany, the United States, the United Kingdom, Italy, Japan, Canada, France)
○ With the U.K. holding the presidency for this year, the G7 health ministerial meeting was held in a hybrid manner that combined in-person meetings with online meetings.* Korea was invited as a guest country along with the Republic of South Africa, India and Australia.
* Health ministers of the U.K., Germany, the U.S. and Italy participated in person (in the U.K.), while health ministers of Japan, Canada and France and 4 guest countries participated online.
□ At the meeting, ministers of G7 and guest countries discussed integrating pandemics surveillance systems based on the One Health approach*, utilizing digital technology, supporting developing countries, and realizing sustainable investment and financing.
* One Health approach: a multidisciplinary approach aimed at ensuring best health outcomes for all, by taking into account the link among people, animals and the environment
○ Specifically, the ministers affirmed their shared understanding that the COVID-19 pandemic has shown how health problems are no longer confined within individual countries and that the international community must take joint action to respond to future health crises.
□ Based on Korea’s experience, Minister Kwon made three proposals to overcome the current crisis and prepare for a post-pandemic era.
○ First, Minister Kwon proposed building “a mutually beneficial global partnership to prepare for future pandemics” such as a pandemic surveillance system based on the One Health approach and digital technology. In particular, the Minister explained that Korea can contribute to advancing the world’s pandemic response capacity by utilizing digital technology.
○ Second, Minister Kwon highlighted the importance of greater humanitarian assistance to countries with fragile health systems, and building back an inclusive global health system. In addition, the Minister committed to continue sharing Korea’s inclusive policy practices such as free COVID-19 testing and treatment, and universal national health insurance system.
○ Third, Minister Kwon emphasized that equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines and therapeutics requires countries to strengthen cooperation over technology transfer and production, as well as bolster clinical trial cooperation to rapidly develop next-generation vaccines. In line with this, the Minister explained that Korea will play its due part through the recently launched “Global Vaccine Hub Partnership.”

□Lastly, Minister Kwon stated that “I hope that the commitments of G7 and guest countries, which share common values of openness and democratic society, can bring hope to people around the world,” adding that “Korea, for our part, will stand firm with the international community based on the values of solidarity and cooperation, so that we can realize mutually beneficial partnerships that will help us better prepare for future pandemics.”

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