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Korean Activities in International Organization


 Korea, as a UN member, has contributed to the UN Regular Budget that is revised every two years and approved by the UN General Meeting. The UN relies on the assessments of its member countries for the regular budget. The assessments rate, assigned to each member country, is directly proportionate to its Gross National Income. In the case that a country has foreign debts, the assessment may be lowered by the amount of redemption. The assessment rate cannot exceed 22% or fall below 0.001%. The rate is revised every three years by a committee comprised of 18 countries. Korea was ranked 13th in 2013 at 1.994%. Korea pays approximately 56.1 million in US dollars, which is equivalent to 1.15 US dollars per capita.

   The map also shows Korean citizens who are engaged in international organizations according to the cities where their headquarters are located. In 2013, hundreds of Koreans are working for a variety of international organizations such as the UN Headquarters, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), and the World Health Organization (WHO), which has headquarters in New York, Vienna, Paris, and Geneva. The table shows Korean citizens in leadership positions in international organization with a focus on the U.N.   Korea actively participates in the UN Peace Keeping Operations (PKO), plays a role in alleviating disputes around the world, and protects human rights. As of November 2014, 635 Korean peacekeeping forces were dispatched to the 8 different missions: 320 to UNFIL in Lebanon, 296 to UNMISS in South Sudan, 7 to UNMOGIP in India and Pakistan, 4 to MINURSO in the western Sahara, 2 to UNMIL in Liberia, 2 to UNAMID in Sudan’s Darfur, 2 to UNOCI in the Ivory Coast, and 2 to MINUSTAH in Haiti. They work for stability operations, truce supervision, and rebuilding. Korea is ranked at the 12th with 1.994% of the PKO assessment rate in 2013.