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2000 Adoption of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (UN MDGs) at the UN Millennium Summit in New-York.
2002 Launching of the ST-EP (Sustainable Tourism Eliminating Poverty) initiative at the World Summit for Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa, by the World Tourism Organization, in collaboration with UNCTAD, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development.
As Chairperson of Visit Korea Year, Amb. Young-shim Dho represented the Republic of Korea's Ministry of Culture and Tourism (MCT). Based on her report, the MCT began considering Korea to be involved in the ST-EP initiative.
2003 The World Tourism Organization becomes UNWTO, a full-fledged UN Agency.
2004 Signature of the MoU between UNWTO and the Republic of Korea for the establishment of the ST-EP Foundation in Seoul, with the provision of a seed funding of US$ 5 million by the Korean Government.
Launching of a Working Group composed of Brazil, Indonesia, Italy, Jordan, Nigeria and the Republic of Korea, to oversee the creation of the ST-EP Foundation and the preparation of its constitution, at the 74th UNWTO Executive Council Salvador de Bahia, Brazil.
2005 First meeting of the ST-EP Working Group at the ITB travel trade exhibition in Berlin, Germany.
The 16th UNWTO General Assembly in Dakar, Senegal, unanimously approves the constitution of the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and its establishment in Seoul. The General Assembly also established the ST-EP Board of Directors with representatives from eight countries in different regions around the world, including South Korea, Japan, India, Ecuador, Lesotho, Senegal, Saudi Arabia and Italy.
On Jan. 1st, 2005 the ST-EP Foundation employed its first staff-person.
On Feb. 15th, 2005, the ST-EP Foundation opened its office on the 8th floor of the Korea National Tourism Organization building, in the heart of downtown Seoul.
2006 First meeting of the Foundation’s Board of Directors in Berlin, Germany, with the approval of the funding of 6 ST-EP projects, and the election of Amb. Dho Yound-shim as Chairperson of the Board of Directors.
2007 The ST-EP Foundation launches its UN MDGs Thank You Small Library initiative for Education with 2 pilot projects in Ghana.
2010 The Chairperson of the ST-EP Foundation, is appointed as Member of the UN MDGs Advocacy Group by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
2011 The 19th UNWTO General Assembly is hosted in Gyeongju, Gyeongsangbuk-do Province, Korea,
2011 The UN MDGs Advocacy Group adopts the UN MDGs TYSL initiative in its Action Plan.
2012 Special UNWTO Forum at the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Brazil One Billion Tourists: One Billion Opportunities” UNWTO’s Campaign

9thMeeting of the ST-EP Foundation’s Board of Directors in Madrid, Spain ? Jan. 18, 2012, with the election of new members representing: Ecuador, Ghana, India, Italy, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Saudi Arabia, and United Republic of Tanzania Election of new members:
2013 In cooperation with UNWTO, the ST-EP Foundation initiates the process to become an Independent International Organization, the International ST-EP Organization, ti be headquartered in the Rep. of Korea. This project has been endorsed by the 156 UNWTO State Members at the 20th General Assembly in Zambia and Zimbabwe.
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