Taking a Larger Role in International Affairs: Korea's Growing Efforts in Peacekeeping Missions and Development Aid
In 1996, Korea joined the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), marking Korea's rise into the ranks of the developed world. Only twenty years ago this year, Korea began providing official development assistance (ODA). In the past few years, Korea has begun to play a larger role on the world stage, including taking part in international peace and reconstruction missions, while also increasing the level of ODA it provides. Korean forces are currently participating in six UN observer or assistance missions, and Korea is preparing to send 350 troops to participate in the UN mission in Lebanon (UNIFIL). In addition to taking part in peacekeeping and reconstruction operations abroad, Korea has laid out plans to bring its level of ODA up to UN recommended levels.