President Lee Myung-bak addressed the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday pledging Korea's support in realizing UN's efforts in achieving international peace, democracy and human rights.
During his 20-minute keynote speech, President Lee positively reviewed the recent spread of democracy in the Middle East saying that the tide of democratization is unstoppable in the 21st century while stressing its significance in pushing forward economic growth in all corners of the world.
Lee also pitched his vision on pursuing "ecosystemic development" internationally, calling on developed nations to help developing countries to maximize their capacity so that they can achieve economic growth and development on their own.
President Lee also went on to say that Korea will make full-fledged efforts to combat nuclear terrorism in a systematic manner through its hosting of the upcoming 2012 Nuclear Security summit in Seoul.
In regards to North Korea's nuclear threats, the Korean leader referred to it as a big challenge to global peace. and said that the South will continue its diplomatic efforts to pursue the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.
He also reaffirmed Seoul's willingness to help Pyeongyang get back on its feet once it chooses the path towards co-prosperity.
Speaking of the current global fight against climate change, Lee welcomed the inclusion of green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication as a main agenda item for the 2012 UN Rio+20 conference.
He said that he is hopeful that the summit will serve as a venue in which either a solid vision or an action plan can be produced towards economically, socially and environmentally sustainable development.
[Reporter : Yoo Ji-hae
firstname.lastname@example.org] "On Thursday President Lee is expected to deliver another keynote speech at a high-level meeting on nuclear safety and security, aimed at discussing measures to ensure the transparency of nuclear facilities while elaborating on the significance of next year's Nuclear Security Summit to be held in Seoul.
Yoo Ji-hae, Arirang News, New York."