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Visit of Dr. Migiro, UN Deputy Secretary-General
November 01, 2008

From October 29th to November 1st, 2008, Dr. Asha Rose Migiro, UN Deputy Secretary-General, visited Korea to celebrate the 60th anniversary of establishment of Korean government. She was invited to three special event by Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation’s Board of Directors. On October 31st, she delivered a speech at the discussion with Korean women leaders hosted by Ministry of Gender Equality and the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation, and sponsored by Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Korean Culture and Tourism Institute. She emphasized the importance of women’s role to accomplish MDGs and to cope with climate change issues, and shared her opinion with attendees.On November 1st, she was invited to breakfast meeting hosted by Mr. Cho Seok-rae, president of Korean Federation of Industries, and discussed UN’s role to overcome recent financial crisis and the way to contribute to eliminating poverty through PPP (Public Private Partnership). Finally, she appeared on Arirang Café, a television show, and had an interview.

2008 Beijing Sport, Tourism and Development Forum.
August 09, 2008

On August 10th 2008, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation hosted the 2008 Beijing Sport, Tourism and Development Forum. The event gathered a panel of 20 leaders of organizations involved in Sport, Tourism and/or Development. The main purpose of the Forum was to explore to opportunities of strategic partnerships among these organizations and to coordinate their efforts towards peace, poverty elimination and improvement of living conditions all over the world. List of panelists: Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation; Mr. Wilfried Lemke, Special Advisor to UN Sports for Development & Peace; Mr. Khalid Malik, UN Resident Coordinator in China & UNDP representative; General Lassana Palenfo, President of the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA); HRH Prince Feisal Al Hussein, President of the Jordan Olympic Committee and Generations for Peace; Mr. Dick Fosbury, President of the World Olympians Association, Mrs. Tracy Mattes, Special Representative of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation, Mr. Johan Koss, Right to Play, Mr. Rick Antonson, President & CEO of Tourism Vancouver, Mr. Oh Ji-chul, President of the Korean National Tourism Organization; Mr. Don Porter, President of the International Softball Federation; Mr. Amadou Dia Ba, IAAF, WOA Executive Board; Mr. Stephen Rubin, Chairman of Pentland Group Ltd.; Mr. Giovanni di Cola, International Labor Organization; Mr. Joel Bouzou, President of Peace & Sport; Mr. Keir Radnege, Sportsfeatures Communications; Mrs. Lisa Delpy, George Washington University; Dr. Marc Daniel Gutekunst, CEO of Atlanta DITC and Mr. Richard T. Jordan, World Harmony Foundation.

KMVP MoU Signing
July 22, 2008

On November 4th, a Memorandum of Understanding Signing Ceremony for the Korean Millennium Villages Project was held at United Nations, headquarters in New York. Among the many special attendees was United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon who spoke during the ceremony on the importance of the Millennium Villages Project and the importance of all developed countries to contribute to the effort. The Korean Millennium Villages Project is a venture undertaken by the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), Millennium Promise, Gyeongsangbuk-do Province of Korea, and the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation. The purpose of the $8,000,000 project is to help achieve the Millennium Development Goals in Sub-Saharan Africa through comprehensive community-based development. Korea is especially positioned to contribute as it utlized the SaeMaeul (“New Community”) Movement during its rapid industrialization and development. This movement led Korea from rags to riches, from being a country with a $80 GDP per capita after the Korean War, to its present day GDP per capita of over $20,000.

Sports and Poverty Elimination
July 22, 2008

Mr. L. Palenfo, President of ANOCA and IOC member, Mr. H. Cameroon, Vice-president of IOF, and Mr. T. Sithole, Director of International Cooperation and Development of IOC, visited Korea to celebrate the 15th APOC and the 1st ASOC held in Seoul, Korea, from July 25th to 30th, 2008. They were invited by Amb. Young-shim Dho, Chairperson of the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and President of Korea Orienteering Federation. On that occasion, they could discuss the role of sports in poverty alleviation and accomplishment of MDGs with the Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and several female members of National Assembly. Especially, orienteering is an effective sport for eliminating poverty since it can be ideally activated in poor countries without economic burden because it rarely needs expenses for infra structure such as a sports stadium.Besides, many global leaders expect Korea to act as a role model for developing countries, in particular to achieve MDGs, because of its experience of war and successful elimination of poverty.

1st Climate Change, MDGs & World Tourism Event
July 22, 2008

On July 4th, 2008, the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation organized the Climate Change & Millennium Development Goals Seoul Summit at the Great Conference Hall of the National Assembly. On official visit to Korea, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has been invited to give a special speech on these crucial issues.“Both developed and developing nations, including South Korea, have responsibilities on global warming due to emitting carbon dioxide in the process of industrialization. So we all should recognize we are responsible for this matter, and thus we have to put effort on this issue to solve the problems,” Secretary-General Ban emphasized on his speech. In addition, he said, “South Korea has developed enough to take the leadership on international society”.The event also included performances by the Ethiopian Children's Choir ETHI, the Korean a capella Group ‘Voiture’ (Grand Prize Winner of 2008 IOC Singing and Sports Contest) who sang for the first time the Climate Change song ‘Gift’, accompanied by a Multicultural Children Choir. An official reception allowed all the guests to gather and mingle.

5th UNWTO ST-EP Foundation Board of Directors Meeting
June 12, 2008

On June 12th 2008, the Board of Directors of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation held its 5th Meeting at the headquarters of the Foundation in Seoul.

The meeting was presided by the Chairwoman of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation Board of Directors Dho Young-shim. Among the members of the Board of Directors, there were UNWTO General Secretary Francesco Frangialli was present as well as Chief of UNWTO Sustainable Development of Tourism Section Eugenio Yunis. The following Country members were represented: Italy, India, Lesotho, Saudi Arabia and Senegal.

The Regional Director Asia of SNV - Netherlands Development Organization Andy Wehkamp also participated in the meeting.

During the meeting, it has been decided to adopt a consolidation policy for the short term, in order to valorize all solid results achieved by the Foundation so far.

ACS! in Korea
May 05, 2008

African Children Sing! Held their first overseas performances in Korea from April 29 to May 5, 2008. ACS! was jointly organized by the IFCM and the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation in order to convey the dream and hopes of African children to the world. The group was established on May 2, 2007, at the UN Conference Center in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Twenty-seven children, selected from Ghana, Nigeria, Togo, and the Republic of South Africa, along with 9 chaperons traveled to Korea for the debut concerts. The youth choir held performances at the Sky Theater of the National Theater of Korea in Seoul from April 30 to May 2 and the Keumjung Cultural Center in Busan on May 4. The group also performed at the opening ceremony for the Thank You Dorandoran Small Library in Bucheon on May 1, and in MBC’s Children’s Song Contest of May 5.

ST-EP Foundation - GTZ Co-Financing Agreement
April 22, 2008

On April 22nd, the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and GTZ signed agreement on Co-financing Project between the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and GTZ in Frankfurt, Germany. GTZ is the official assistance organization established by German government in 1977 and aimed at sustainable development of poor countries, and has long history related to development assistance project. This agreement includes joint sustainable tourism project, and assessment and evaluation on 12 official ST-EP Projects being conducted in 13 developing countries- Ecuador, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guinea, Honduras, Kenya, Laos, Madagascar, Mozambique, Peru, Tanzania, Vietnam, and Zambia. With this cooperation, the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation will be initiated know-how of GTZ on sustainable development projects performance and assessment, so it can maximize effect of ST-EP(Sustainable Tourism for Eliminating Poverty) Program.

Thank You Small Libraries in Ghana
April 21, 2008

On April 21st, 2008, the opening ceremony was held to celebrate the launching of twelve brand new Thank You Small Libraries in Ghana. These libraries are being implemented by the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation in cooperation with the Ghanaian Ministry of Tourism and Diasporan Relations and regional Assembly, and sponsored by KOICA, KSCA and KSCFC. After the pilot project in October 2007, the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation established libraries in Ghana for the second time. The UNWTO ST-EP Foundation provided 15,000 books and 60 Korean story books, furniture such as bookshelves, round tables, chairs, and librarian desks, popcorn makers, solar energy power systems, stationery, soccer balls, and first-aid kits. “Thank You Small Library Initiative” is the project to establish small libraries in developing countries. So far, the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation established 26 libraries in 3 countries- Ghana, Ethiopia and Vietnam, and plan to open more libraries in Tanzania, Cambodia and Vietnam by the end of this year.

Meeting with Dr. Jeffrey Sachs
April 16, 2008

On April 16th, 2008, Ms. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation Board of Directors, had an in-depth talk on the Climate Change Forum, held on July 4th, 2008, with Jeffrey D. Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University and Special Advisor to the Secretary General of the United Nations on the Millennium Development Goals. They discussed detailed programs of the Forum as well as accomplishment of the UN MDGs and Korea’s involvement in addressing global issues. The objective of the Forum, sponsored by the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation, Ministry of Culture, Sports and Toursim, and Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade in collaboration with the Earth Institute at Columbia University and Hallym University, is to mobilize Korean leadership on Climate Change, the UN MDGs and Sustainable Tourism, and to cause representatives of the Korean Government, academia, the private sector and civil society to coalesce in addressing key global challenges. Mr. Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of the United Nations, Mr. Rajendra Pachauri, Chairman of the Official Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change(IPCC), Mr. Al Gore, Former Vice President of the United States, Dr. Jeffrey Sachs, Mr. Han Seung-soo, Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea, and Yu Myung-hwan, Korean Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade will attend in the Forum

8 Thank You Small Libraries Launched in Ethiopia
February 14, 2008

From January 30th to February 5th, 2008, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation launched eight Thank You Small Libraries in Ethiopia. Ethiopian Prime Minister His Excellency Meles Zenawi welcomed the efforts made by the Foundation. Six of the libraries are located in Addis Ababa and two more in the communities of Dire-Dawa and Shinile in the country’s eastern region. On January 31st, on behalf of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Mrs. Ban attended the opening ceremony of the Thank You Small Library located in Lideta Sub-city Kebele. She spoke to the children about the importance of education. Everyone applauded the transition of the once worn down building into a colorful centre for learning. Each of the eight libraries were given 1000 brand new books, as well as bookshelves, desks, chairs, and first aid kits purchased and made locally. Solar energy devices were also installed where electricity is unavailable along with Korean traditional popcorn makers to provide snacks for the children. The same type of popcorn makers fed Korean children when Korea was a Least Developed Country.

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