DPRK representative to UN made a statement at the 44 th session of UN Committee of Information (COI) on May 4.
Saying that UN Department of Global Communications is not making due contribution to the progress and prosperity of human society despite its positive efforts in recent years at invigorating the international information activities, he noted as follows:
Some developed countries go so far as to incite social disorder and even subversion of a government, not content with their false propaganda and defamation against the independent countries, taking advantage of their modern means of information technology.
As long as such hostile and abnormal acts exist in the global information sector, justice and equality in international relations can never be achieved, and it will be impossible for ensuring that international information activities genuinely contribute to peace and security, solidarity among the countries and attainment of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
In the context of the stark reality, it is urgent to establish a fair international information order without delay whereby impartiality and objectivity of information are properly ensured and information activities substantially contribute to international peace and security and relations of friendship and cooperation between the countries based on the principles of mutual respect and equality.
In terms of establishing a fair international information order, it is of primary importance to fully observe the principles of respect for sovereignty and non-interference in internal affairs in the information activities.
This calls for ensuring that advanced information technology is not misused as a means to impose one’s ideological and cultural values on others or to interfere in the internal affairs of others.
In addition, a key attention should be paid to bridging technological gap among the countries in the information sector and, in particular, to increasing information capacity of developing countries.
In this connection, the UN and other international organizations should further enhance international assistance to developing countries, i.e. transfer of advanced technology, training of personnel, improvement of information infrastructure, etc. Moreover, measures should be taken to prevent developed countries from obstructing or restricting the access of developing countries to advanced information and communication technology by attaching unwarranted conditions.
In conclusion, he noted that the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, as in the past, so also in the future, is committed to making positive efforts to establish a fair international information order through enhanced exchange and cooperation with all UN member states and international organizations.