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Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Maxine McClean, welcomes Special Envoy of the Republic of Korea, Min Dong-seok, to the Ministry.??(G. Brewster/BGIS)

Security for a small island state like Barbados needs to be multidimensional.

This is the assertion of Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Maxine McClean.?? She made these remarks yesterday during a courtesy call from Special Envoy of the Republic of Korea, Min Dong-seok. The meeting took place at the Ministry’s headquarters at Culloden Road, St. Michael.

Emphasising that security goes beyond the traditional notions of military enforcement and peace building, Minister McClean stressed: "Security for this country extends into areas such as health, social well-being, political and economic stability and environmental sustainability.??

"Citizen security is critical, we believe that health is wealth and it is important for creating a productive society," she said, adding that rising sea levels and changes to the weather pattern were also areas of concern for this flat island.

The Korean envoy concurred, noting that his country was one of the candidates for the United Nations (UN) Security Council, 2013-14.?? "We will do our best to address these issues through cooperation…We will do our best to speak for small island developing countries," he said.

Explaining that his homeland emerged from a devastating war in the 1950s, he stated that help and aid from the international community were critical to their success.?? The Special Envoy affirmed: "It is our turn to give back those benefits, Korea is committed to making a more accountable, transparent and inclusive UN Security Council."

He further outlined that human rights, alternative energy, development and climate change ranked high on their agenda.

shamkoe.pile@barbados.gov.bb

Author: Shamkoe Pil??

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