The UNDP Seoul Policy Centre (USPC) has collated a summary of some of the policies and practices that have been implemented by the Korean government, public institutions, the private sector and other partners in response to COVID-19 in the country.
In a world struggling to manage both the pandemic and its spillover effects–– with a population of around 51 million people and only about 320 dead eight months after the pandemic started––the Republic of Korea stands out in the global landscape of pandemic management and SDG16+ leadership.
The webinar aims to spark discussions on how disruptions in traditional economic activity like COVID-19 could drive positive outcomes for businesses, workers and consumers alike. Policymakers and other relevant actors can use the lessons from the Korean experience to steer the recovery toward more sustainable trajectories.
Three examples from Korea – of businesses that leverage technologies to innovate contact tracing, remote learning and redistribution of goods – illustrate how young entrepreneurs can be a driving force to respond to crises and contribute to long-term, sustainable recovery.

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About the Republic of Korea

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50.3 million

Population

13.8

Poverty rate, % in bottom income quartile

34,541 USD

GNI per capita, PPP

0.901

Human Dev. Index

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