Moon in New York for UN speech during Chuseok holiday in Korea

21-Sep-2021 Intellasia | Yonhap | 5:02 AM Print This Post

South Korean President Moon Jae-in arrived in New York on Sunday to attend an annual session of the United Nations general Assembly.

He plans to deliver a keynote speech on Korean peace and Seoul’s role in resolving global challenges, including the COVID-19 pandemic and climate crisis, according to his office.

His five-day visit to the US, which will also take him to Hawaii for an alliance event, comes as Korean people celebrate Chuseok, one of their biggest and most important traditional holidays. It is the Korean equivalent of Thanksgiving Day.

Moon is scheduled to address the 76th session of the UN general Assembly at the headquarters of the international organisation Tuesday (local time).

He is expected to request support for Seoul’s peace drive and reaffirm its commitment to make more contributions to the international community.

This year, in particular, the two Koreas mark the 30th anniversary of their simultaneous accession to the UN

On Monday, Moon will be present at the Sustainable Development Goals Moment (SDG Moment) event, along with the members of BTS, a globally renowned South Korean boy band and Moon’s special envoy for “future generations and culture.” The SDG Moment is designed to put a fresh vigor into the campaign to achieve the UN-led goals adopted in 2015.

Moon will then hold bilateral summit talks with Slovenian President Borut Pahor and Vietnamese President Nguyen Xuan Phuc on the sidelines of the UN session.

His aides said there is no plan for a separate meeting with US President Joe Biden.

Moon plans to meet with Albert Bourla, chair and CEO of Pfiser, and join a roundtable meeting on South Korea’s bid to become a global vaccine hub.

Following a two-night stay in New York, Moon will fly to Honolulu for the transfer of the remains of South Korean and American troops killed during the 1950-53 Korean War. He will also award medals to independence activists under Japan’s colonial rule of Korea from 1910-45, who reside currently in Hawaii.

Moon is to return to Seoul on Thursday, a day after the Chuseok holiday season.

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