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2014 World Symposium on Choral Music Meeting
December 18, 2009

On December 18, 2009 in Copenhagen, Ambassador Dho Young-shim met with Mr. Steen Lindholm, Choirmaster and National Adviser for Amateur Choirs and Orchestras. Mr. Lindholm was Chairperson of the 2008 World Symposium on Choral Music hosted in Copenhagen. Mr. Steen exchanged ideas and agreed to help Ambassador Dho and the Korea Choral Institute to ensure a successful 2014 World Symposium in Busan. Earlier in the week, Ambassador Dho also brought the attention of the world event to the steering committee of the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation’s Cross borders parks of Nine West African countries project. The World Symposium on Choral Music is held every three years and is the largest choral event of its kinds. Hundreds of choirs and choral experts from around the world gather to perform and share their talents and knowledge over a one week period.

Addressing Challenges of Climate Change, WTTC & UNWTO Copenhagen Summit event
December 18, 2009

During the 15th Conference of the Parties to the UN framework Convention on Climate Change held in Copenhagen, December 2009, the World Travel & Tourism Council and the United Nations World Tourism Organization hosted a side event on “Addressing the Challenges of Climate Change: Perspectives from the Travel & Tourism Sector. During the event steps were presented that had been taken so far in response to the Bali Roadmap and Action Plan. Speakers at the event included Jean-Claude Baumgarten, President and CEO of WTTC and Taleb Rifai, Secretary General of UNWTO. Panelists included Predrag Nenezic, Minister of Tourism and Environment, Montenegro, Mari Snyder, Vice President of Social Responsibility and Community Engagement, Marriott International, Carla Aguirre, Head of Research and Environment, Visit Sweden, and Jonathon Counsell, Head of Environment, British Airways.Given its immense economic and social contribution on a global scale the tourism industry has an important role to play in the UN led framework to implement mitigation and adaptation strategies to fight climate change.

Steering Committee Meeting - Regional Project on Cross Border Parks & Protected Areas in West Africa
December 16, 2009

On December 15 and 16, 2009, a Steering Committee Meeting on the Regional Project on Cross Border Parks and Protected Areas in West Africa was held. Ambassador Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation’s Board of Directors participated. During the meeting reports prepared by experts that detailed strategies to maximize the project’s effectiveness as well as project costs were submitted for approval. These decisions will later be used to create feasibility studies and an action plan. Participating countries include: Benin, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, and Sierra Leone. ST-EP Foundation and the Korea International Cooperation Agency have made a combined contribution of $425,000 to the project.

Preparatory Meeting for 7th ST-EP Foundation Board of Directors meeting & ST-EP Forum
December 16, 2009

On December 16th, 2009, at UNWTO Headquarters in Madrid, Chairperson of the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation Board of Directors, Ambassador Dho Young-shim met with Dr. Harsh Varma, Director of UNWTO Development Assistance Department and Mr. Marcel Leijzer, its Deputy Director. The trio discussed the upcoming 7th Meeting of the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation’s Board of Directors set to take place in early 2010 as well as the ST-EP Forum.The Board of Directors meeting is held annually with members representing each world region. During the meeting a report is delivered by the Chairperson, as well as an update on ST-EP and its partnerships is offered. A Plan of Action for the following year is also approved. The upcoming Board meeting is especially important as members are expected to analyze and offer comments on how to ensure the continued quality and long term sustainability of the ST-EP Initiative and the Foundation. Meanwhile, the ST-EP Forum is attended by UNWTO Members, National Tourism Organization representatives and private entities. The Forum aims to engage more institutions, companies and people in the fight against poverty through sustainable tourism.

Meeting with President Kitwete, Tanzania
December 11, 2009

On December 11th, 2009, Ambassador Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of the Board of Directors, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and Governor Kim Kwan-yong, Gyeongsangbuk-do, were invited to meet Tanzania President H.E. Jakaya Mrisho Kitwete. During the meeting the President expressed his gratitude to the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation, especially for its Thank You Small Library program which has established 17 libraries in Tanzania. He also expressed his appreciation to Ambassador Dho and Governor Kim for their contributions made to the Tanzania Korean Millennium Village in Mbola. Ambassador Dho also briefed the President on the activities of the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation.

Four New Thank You Small Libraries Established, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
December 11, 2009

On December 11th, 2009, in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, four brand new Thank You Small Libraries were established in Kibasila, Bahati, Jitihada (shown in photos), and Bunju A. The libraries were provided with up to 3000 books each, furniture and a computer. These libraries bring the total number of Thank You Small Libraries in Tanzania to 17 and 58 in developing countries around the world. During the opening Ambassador Dho was greeted by the school’s children and the a ribbon cutting ceremony was held.

Briefing on Korean Millennium Village Project - Mbola, Tanzania
December 10, 2009

A Korean delegation co-lead by Ambassador Dho Young-shim and Governor Kim Kwan-yong, Gyeongsangbuk-do, Korea, received a detailed briefing of the Korean Millennium Village Project in Mbola, Tanzania that also included results of the KMVP in Ruhiira, Uganda. The briefing was made by Dr. George Sempeho, Country MDG Support Advisor, Tanzania.Dr. Sempeho highlighted several successes to improve people’s livelihood through fostering entrepreneurship and business development opportunities in the cluster. Meanwhile, improvements in education and school-building infrastructures has also been a priority.

Signing of Letter of Intent with Minister of Education, Tanzania
December 10, 2009

On December 10th, 2009, Ambassador Dho Young-shim and Governor Kim Kwan-yong held a meeting with Tanzanian Minister for Education and Vocational Training, Dr. Jumanne A Maghembe. During the meeting Governor Kim and Minister Maghembe signed a Letter of Intent to initiate actions that seek cooperation intended to develop mutually beneficial projects that aim to enhance co-development under the theme of the Saemaul (New Village) Movement, such as knowledge exchange. The Saemaul Movement was the backbone of Korea’s rapid development from an aid recipient to an aid donor country (OECD Development Assistance Committee member) and is still a relevant part of present day Korean society. Gyeongsangbuk-do is the birthplace of this movement. The Minister was also briefed about the Korean Millennium Village Projects being sponsored by UNWTO ST-EP Foundation, Gyeongsangbuk-do, and the Korea International Cooperation Agency with Millennium Promise in Mbola, Tanzania and Ruhiira, Uganda. Ambassador Dho also informed the Minister that UNWTO ST-EP Foundation had established four new Thank You Small Libraries in Dar es Salaam, bringing the total number to seventeen in Tanzania.

Revisit to Mlimani Thank You Small Library
December 10, 2009

A Korean delegation co-lead by Ambassador Dho Young-shim and Governor Kim Kwan-yong made a revisit the Thank You Small Library in Mlimani, Tanzania. Amb. Dho presented the head mistress with a new computer. The TYSL in Mlimani was opened in June 2008 during a ceremony that included Deputy Secretary-General Migiro (former student at Mlimani) and Tanzanian First Lady Madame Kitwete.

Meeting with Ugandan Vice President Gilbert Bukenya
December 09, 2009

The co-leaders of the Korean Millennium Villages delegation which visited Uganda and Tanzania (December 8~12, 2009) Ambassador Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of the ST-EP Foundation Board of Directors and Governor Kim Kwan Yong, Gyeongsangbukdo Province met with Uganda Vice President Gilbert Bukenya. The Vice President shared his views on what he sees as a new type of colonialism by world economic powers. Using his own country as a reference, he spoke of how Uganda has an abundance of green coffee beans and cotton. Both resources are picked then exported to developing and developed economies where they are manufactured. In the case of green beans, these are shipped and manufactured into a form usable for coffee. It is then sold at a huge profit. Meanwhile, cotton shirts manufactured in other countries, such as China, and sold again at a huge profit. The Vice President said that the technology used to create these products, especially those involved in the threading of cotton, are quite basic. With foreign investment, this is a process that could be performed in Uganda and provide employment. In the end, simply coming to Africa for its natural resources is not going to bring economic benefit Africans that need it the most.

Opening Maternity Ward in Korean Millennium Village, Uganda
December 09, 2009

On December 9th, 2009, on the occasion of the delegation co-lead by Ambassador Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation’s Board of Directors, and Governor Kim Kwan Yong, Gyeongsangbukdo Province, a maternity ward was official opened by Chairperson Dho. The much needed maternity ward includes 20 beds and should help to decrease mortality rates due to complications in pregnancy and delivery. Of those mothers whom die during childbirth, 70% of deaths are a result of women having to walk 5miles to the nearest clinic during labor. Meanwhile, of the infants born literally on the road leading to the clinic, the survival rate is 50%. Millennium Development Goal number 4 aims to reduce child mortality by two-thirds, from 93 children of every 1,000 dying before age five in 1990 to 31 of every 1,000 in 2015. Unfortunately, progress in meeting this Millennium Goal is the most off track of all the MDGs. In 2002, 7 of every 1,000 children in industrialized countries died before they were five. In South Asia, 97 of 1,000 children died before they were five. And in sub-Saharan Africa, that number is 174 of every 1,000 children.

Visit to Korean Millennium Village Project - Ruhiira, Uganda
December 09, 2009

On December 9th, 2009, a delegation co-lead by Ambassador Dho Young-shim and Governor Kim Kwan-yong, Gyeongsangbuk-do province, Korea, visited the Korean Millennium Village Project in Ruhiira, Uganda. The delegation were given a tour and briefing about the successes and challenges at Ruhiira. During the visit, a maternity ward and block of classrooms were officially opened by Ambassador Dho and Governor Kim. The Ruhiira along with the Mbola Millennium Village Project are supported by $8million contribution from UNWTO ST-EP Foundation, Gyeongsangbuk-do and KOICA in support of Millennium Promise’s Millennium Village Project throughout Africa.

Saemaul Undong Technical Visit to Gumi
November 25, 2009

On November 25th, ST-EP Foundation organized a technical visit to Gumi City, Gyeongsangbuk-do, the origin of the Saemaul Undong Movement, for participants of the Korea-Africa Forum. In total, over 90 officials took part, including VIPs such as Mr. Jean Ping, Chairperson of African Union Commission. The delegation was greeted by Governor Kim Kwan-yong, of Gyeongsangbuk-do. The tour included a visit to the Saemaul Museum, Samsung Electronics’ Gumi Complex, and Youngdo Velvet Textiles. Gyeongsangbuk-do is hailed as the birthplace of the Saemaul Movement (New Village Movement) which was the driving force behind Korea’s development from an aid recipient to aid donor country. In fact, January 2010 Korea will officially join the OECD group of industrialized countries’ Development Assistance Committee. Indeed, it is due to the Saemaul Movement that Korea is now crossing the final threshold from developing to donor country.

2nd Korea-Africa Forum
November 24, 2009

On November 24th, 2009, the 2nd Korea-Africa Forum was held in Seoul, with ST-EP Foundation as one of its sponsors. Speakers at the Opening Ceremony included, Mr. Yu Myung-hwan Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Mr. Chung Un-chan, Prime Minister of Republic of Korea, Mr. Abdoulaye Wade, President of Republic of Senegal, and Mr. Jean Ping, Chairperson of African Union Commission. Representing the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation, Ambassador Dho Young-shim, delivered a speech under the theme of achieving the Millennium Development Goals through sustainable tourism and educational initiatives.Throughout the day, dozens of speakers took part in two sessions that focused on the themes of Korea and Africa’s Green Growth Partnership as well as Cooperation and Common Prosperity for Achieving the Millennium Development Goals. In total, Foreign ministers from 15 countries and 120 ministerial-level officials attended. Concluding the forum was the approval of “The 2nd Korea-Africa Forum Seoul Declaration 2009”, the “Framework for Korea-Africa Development Cooperation 2009-2012” and “Korea-Africa Green Growth Initiative 2009-2012”. 

Visit of WTTC President, Korea
November 21, 2009

On November 20th and 21st, Mr. Jean-Claude Baumgarten, President and CEO of the World Travel and Tourism Council visited the Republic of Korea organized by UNWTO ST-EP Foundation. Mr. Baumgarten met with Mr. Cho Yang-ho, Chairman & CEO of Korean Air and with Mr. Yu In-chon, Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism. Mr. Baumgarten also paid a special visit to UNWTO ST-EP Foundation headquarters. The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) is a forum for business leaders in the Travel & Tourism industry. With Chief Executives of some one hundred of the world's leading Travel & Tourism companies as its Members, WTTC has a unique mandate and overview on all matters related to Travel & Tourism. Mr. Baumgarten has served as President and CEO since 1999.

2009 Global Compact China-Japan-Korea Roundtable
November 13, 2009

On November 13, 2009, the first Global Compact China-Japan-Korea Roundtable Conference was held. The Roundtable, jointly organized by the Global Compact Local Networks from each country, provides the opportunity for formal collaboration between the Northeast Asian Networks to intensify. At the Roundtable Conference, which brought together more than 150 business executives, academics, government officials and civil society leaders, the three Local Networks announced a joint research project on corporate environmental, social and governance (ESG) initiatives within the region. The research project will be presented at the Global Compact Leaders Summit 2010 (24-25 June, New York). The second Global Compact China-Korea-Japan Roundtable Conference will take place in the second half of 2010. The Global Compact is a network. At its core are the Global Compact Office and six UN agencies: Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights; United Nations Environment Programme; International Labour Organization; United Nations Development Programme; United Nations Industrial Development Organization, and; United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. There are local networks in 80 countries and close to 6000 members.

SNV/UNWTO/ST-EP Foundation Tripartite Steering Committee Meeting at WTM 2009, London
November 10, 2009

The 30th edition of the World Travel Market was held in London, November 9th~12th, 2009 with the “Seal the Deal” campaign for a fair climate change agreement at the Copenhagen Conference as the main theme. Ambassador Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of the Board of Directors, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation, attended and participated in several events, some of which were supported by the UNWTO such as Advances in Travel Philanthropy. The Ministers’ Summit and Lunch were held November 9th with London Mayor Boris Johnson addressing the audience of high ranking tourism officials. Amb. Dho also met with Fiona Jeffrey, Chairperson of WTM and Jean-Claude Baumgarten, President of WTTC, and discussed the work of the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation. Lastly, on November 10th a meeting of the Steering Committee for the SNV / UNWTO / ST-EP Foundation Tripartite was held. Topics discussed included a review of progress achieved January – June 2009 and activity planning and budget for 2010.

Visit of UN Deputy Secretary-General
October 24, 2009

On October 24th, 2009, the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation hosted UN Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro’s visit to Gyeongsangbukdo - the origin of the Saemaul Movement. Saemaul led Korea from a donor recipient country to a aid donor country within a span of just five decades (Korea’s GNP per capital rose from $80 (after the Korean War) to $20,000 (2007)). During her visit to Kyungwoon University, Dr. Migiro was greeted by Governor, Kim Kwan-Yong, Mayor of Gumi, Nam Yoo Jin, University President, Kim Hyang Ja, and Gyeongsangbukdo Saemaul Chairman, Park Mong Ryoung. Dr. Migiro delivered a special lecture to a hall of over 500 students and faculty were she highlighted Korea’s past achievements and the students’ role they must play in an ever increasing globalized world. The Deputy Secretary-General also paid a visit to Samsung Electronics, Gumi Complex. This mega complex specializing in Wireless technology and products employs over 10,000 people with nearly half living in dormitories or housing provided onsite. Lastly, Dr. Migiro was received by the Head Monk at Jikjisa Temple. One of Korea’s oldest temples of the Jogye Order, Dr. Migiro was treated to traditional temple food as well as a music performed by monks on drums and bells.

World Tourism Day 2009 - Ghana
September 27, 2009

World Tourism Day commemorated its 30th anniversary in Ghana under the theme 'Tourism - Celebrating Diversity'. The theme focused on the world’s cultural wealth and the important role sustainable tourism plays in revitalizing local traditions and making them flourish as they cross other cultures. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of the Board of the Directors attended the World Tourism Day festivities and took part in a special tourism “think-tank.” She and a UNWTO delegation led by Secretary-General Rifai, paid a courtesy call on Ghanaian President John Atta Mills. They also took in a tour of Cape Coast Castle which has experienced a 30% increase in tourists since the July 2009 visit of U.S. President Barack Obama. Tourism is Ghana’s fourth largest foreign currency earner behind gold, cocoa, and timber. In 2008, Ghana earned $1.4 billion from tourism.

ANOCA General Assembly
July 06, 2009

On July 6 and 7, 2009, the ANOCA General Assembly was held in Abuja, Nigeria. Chairperson Dho delivered a presentation focusing on ST-EP Foundation projects, the role that sport needs to play in tourism development, and the geographical and mental gap that separates Africa from the developed world. The 2010 World Cup in South Africa is Africa’s opportunity to overcome these challenges.The presentation highlighted the Thank You Small Library initiative. Recently, ST-EP Foundation established Thank You Small Libraries in OlympAfrica Centres in Mozambique, Mali, Benin, Senegal and Cameroon. ST-EP Foundation’s support for ANOCA began in September 2007, when it made a donation of over $50,000 worth of soccer balls and gym bags. These goods were shipped to 32 African National Olympic Committees to lighten the burden felt by children of refugee camps.

Fifth Africa-Asia Business Forum, Uganda
June 15, 2009

From June 15th to 17th the Fifth Africa-Asia Business Forum was held in Kampala, Uganda. The event was organized by the UNDP in close cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Japan, UNWTO and UNIO as a follow-up to TICADIV.Ambassador Dho Young-shim was asked to participate as a discussant during a Plenary session which focused on Pro-poor Sustainable Tourism Development.Specifically, it was discussed how the tourism industry, if managed well, could contribute to poverty alleviation, environmental sustainability, and revitalization of cultural heritage of communities.

Consolidation of the ST-EP Initiative
June 06, 2009

On June 6th Chairperson Dho Young-shim hosted a luncheon with Cameroonian Tourism Minister Baba Hamadou, Ghanaian Tourism Deputy Minister Kwabena Owusu Akyeampong, San Marino Tourism Board Representative Franca Rasyellim, and Tourism Industry Division Chief of Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism for Republic of Korea Cho Hyun-jae. The group discussed several issues concerning the implementation of ST-EP projects in the developing world. Then, on June 8th, both the Minister and Vice Minister visited ST-EP Foundation Headquarters to follow up on those discussions. It was decided that on World Tourism Day, September 27, 2009, which will be cerebrated in Ghana, an event will be organized to outline a best way forward to carry out Sustainable Tourism for Eliminating Poverty projects. Meanwhile, the need to have greater involvement of African consultants with respect to creating and implementing tourism products was also highlighted in the meeting.

2 TYSLs at Olympafrica Centers in Mali
May 29, 2009

On May 29th, two Thank You Small Libraries were established at OlympAfrica Centres in Bamako and Markala. During her time in Mali, Chairperson Dho met with Malian Prime Minister, H.E. Modibo Sidibe and H.E. Hamane Niang, Minister of Youth and Sports and discussed the importance of education and sport in the lives of children, especially as tools to escape poverty. The libraries were given 2000 books each by ST-EP Foundation, as well as computers, first aid kits, stationary, soccer balls, desks, chairs, etc… These very special libraries bring the total number of Thank You Small Libraries in developing countries to 49. In particular, the TYSLs established at OlympAfrica Centres combine the dynamic qualities of both education and sport to enhance the lives of youth living in poor communities.

ST-EP Foundation’s International Training Programme
May 18, 2009

From May 18 to October 31, 2009 a special training programme is taking place in the Republic of Korea. 18 members of tourism ministries from Benin, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Ghana, India, Mozambique, Senegal and Tunisia are taking part in the programme. Its aim is not only to train the ministry officials, but also to encourage exchange between Korea and all of the participating countries.The UNWTO ST-EP Foundation is involved on a daily basis with the participants (as seen in photos above). To ensure they maximize their time in Korea, ST-EP Foundation will hold special lectures as well as organize technical visits throughout the country.

Visit to Canterbury
May 15, 2009

In January of 2009, the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation launched the “The Korean Modern Canterbury Tales - In the footsteps of Wonhyo” project in the city Gyeongju, Korea. At that time publicity was created for the project as 160 guests (40% of Foreigners living in Korea or coming from abroad and 60% of Koreans) gathered at the Ragung Millennium Palace Hotel to take part in the festivities.  The purpose of this project is to promote the worldwide trend for pilgrimage journeys. The project’s components include the design of a pilgrimage trail inspired by the route followed by famous Korean Buddhist Monk Wonhyo, who lived in the 7th Century. It also includes a collection of stories told by pilgrims (Koreans and foreigners) who walk the trail – much like the original Canterbury Tales penned by Geoffrey Chaucer. On May 15th, during a visit to England, Chairperson Dho took the opportunity to research and experience Canterbury.

ST-EP Foundation & World Olympians Association
May 15, 2009

On May 15th, 2009, an MoU was signed between the World Olympians Association (WOA) and the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation laying out the partners vision for cooperation in conjunction with the “OlympAfrica Thank You Small Library Initiative.” The Initiative, which is being spearheaded by ST-EP Foundation and ANOCA, through establishing the Thank You Small Libraries at OlympAfrica Centres throughout Africa, aims to bring educational opportunities to poor communities, thereby contributing to the Millennium Development Goals. Indeed, former Olympians who are role models in their communities and true ambassadors of the developmental power of sport have the ability to influence youth at the grassroots level. Hence, the participation of members of the WOA can take a variety of forms, such as part-time and full time employees, and as volunteers, as caretakers or tutors at the libraries.

Cityweath Magic Circle Awards Event
May 14, 2009

The Citywealth Magic Circle Awards were held on May 14th, 2009, in London. Some 350 key individuals from over 100 organizations, including influential trustees, lawyers, private bankers, executives and accountants, attended the event. During the ceremony a charity auction was held to raise funds for philanthropic organizations. ST-EP Foundation was chosen as a recipient organization due to its work towards eliminating poverty and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals – which include cutting poverty by half by the year 2015. Chairperson Dho Young-shim attended the event and delivered a speech concerning the activities of the Foundation. As tourism is not a well-known poverty fighter, those in attendance were intrigued to hear how developing and promoting sustainable tourism products in developing communities can make a real difference to those living on less than $1 per day.Meanwhile, Ambassador Dho also introduced the ST-EP Foundation’s Thank You Small Library program. This program, launched in the fall of 2007, now includes 47 libraries with more set to open this year. Indeed, education is the key to eliminating poverty as proved by the Korean experience. Korea went from rags to riches after the Korean War to post a $20,000 GDP (2007).

Executive Council, Mali
May 07, 2009

On May 7th and 8th 2009, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation Board’s of Directors attended the 85th Session of the UNWTO Executive Council in Bamako, Mali. On that occasion, she met the President of the Republic of Mali, H.E. Amadou Toumani, and made a report on the most relevant activities of the ST-EP Foundation since 2008. In particular, she mentioned the creation of a Working Committee charged with preparing recommendations to optimize the organization of the ST-EP Foundation and its relations with the UNWTO. This committee is composed of the President of the Foundation, Mr. Francesco Frangialli, former UNWTO Secretary-General, the Chairperson of the Board of Directors, Amb. Dho, and UNWTO Member States Italy (donor country) and Senegal (beneficiary country). In order to raise awareness about the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa and its importance for the African continent, the ST-EP Foundation offered soccer balls and tee-shirts to all participants, especially designed for that event.During the 85th session, the Executive Council recommended Mr. Taleb Rifai for the post of UNWTO Secretary-General for the four-year-period starting January 2010.

UNWTO Commission for Africa Meeting
April 18, 2009

The Forty-eighth meeting of the UNWTO Commission for Africa and Seminar on “How can African Destinations make the most out of 2010?”, was held in Yaounde, Cameroon, 15-18 April 2009. Indeed, the 2010 World Cup in South Africa is not South Africa’s alone. It is an event whose spin-offs and benefits will enhance the lives of all Africans. Given its synergy with sports, tourism will play a key role in ensuring that both economic and cultural benefits will be shared and enhance the lives of even the poorest in Africa; especially those living on less than one dollar per day.

ST-EP Foundation - GTZ Workshop
April 07, 2009

Senior Advisor to GTZ, Mr. Klaus Lengefeld and UNWTO ST-EP Foundation held a workshop in Seoul at ST-EP Foundation Headquarters. Mr. Lengefeld presented results of the assessment of projects funded by the ST-EP Foundation under the terms of the Co-financing Agreement between the two partners. Mr. Lengefeld stressed that all assessed projects had a potential to reduce poverty, directly or indirectly, and took the opportunity to discuss the constraints and problems limiting their success. The workshop therefore focused on ironing out these issues and discussing how ST-EP Foundation and GTZ can work together in order to meet their common goal of eliminating poverty through sustainable tourism. Mr. Lengefeld also appeared on Arirang Café Special to discuss sustainable tourism.

Visit of Eritrea
April 07, 2009

On April 6th and 7th, 2009, in Seoul, Minister of Tourism, Madame Askalu Menkerios, appeared on Arirang Café Special and held meetings with UNWTO ST-EP Foundation. Eritrea serves on the Executive Council of the UNWTO but has yet to receive funding for a ST-EP Project. The Minister expressed her desire to work more closely with the ST-EP Foundation to eliminate poverty in her country. Madame Minister was also very interested in the ST-EP Foundation’s Thank You Small Library program, saying that “Sometimes it’s the smallest projects that have the biggest impact.”

Korea Travel Conference
April 03, 2009

On April 3rd during the 2009 Korea Travel Conference, the UNWTO held a Special Session dealing with Green Tourism in Korea and internationally. Hosted by the Ministry of Culture Sports and Tourism, the Korea Tourism Association, the Korea Tourism Organization, the Korea Travel Conference is held annually and attracts tourism experts from around the globe. Representing the UNWTO were its Head Representative of Asia-Pacific, Xu Jing, and Chairperson of the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation, Ambassador Dho Young-shim. Chairperson Dho gave congratulatory remarks during which she discussed the ST-EP Foundation and thanked the Korean Government for its financial contribution of $5,000,000 USD to host the Foundation’s headquarters in Seoul. Meanwhile, presentations were delivered by Paul Rogers, UNDP Consultant, and Stephen Noakes, UNWTO Consultant. Foreign attendees at the event included Tourism Ministers Askalu Menkerios of Eritrea and N’diaye Bah of Mali. As well as, Deputy Tourism Minister Kairbek Uskenbayev of Kazakhstan and Senior Tourism Advisor to GTZ, Klaus Lengefeld.

6th ST-EP Foundation Board of Directors Meeting
January 27, 2009

The UNWTO ST-EP Foundation’s 6th meeting of the Board of Directors was held at UNWTO headquarters in Madrid, Spain, on January 27, 2009. The representatives of the 8 Members States of the Board of Directors (Ecuador, India, Italy, Japan, Lesotho, Saudi Arabia, Senegal & South Korea (host)) appointed Secretary-General Francesco Frangialli as the Foundation’s first President. Dr. Frangialli, who accepted the Board’s nomination to serve as President, is set to resign on February 28, 2009 from the post of Secretary-General, which he has held for the past 12 years.

In another move, the Board of Directors also re-elected Ambassador Dho Young-shim to serve a second three-year term as Chairperson of the ST-EP Foundation’s Board of Directors. During the meeting, Chairperson Dho presented on ST-EP Foundation activities since the Board convened in June 2008 and outlined a vision for the ST-EP Foundation for 2009 and the future.

President of ST-EP Foundation
January 27, 2009

Mr. Francesco Frangialli was elected as President of the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation during its 6th meeting of the Board of Directors at UNWTO headquarters in Madrid, Spain, on January 27, 2009. Mr. Frangialli resigned from the post of Secretary-General, which he held for 12 years, on February 28, 2009. Prior to his being appointed UNWTO Secretary-General, he also served as its Deputy Secretary-General (1990-1996).Mr. Frangialli is a Laureate of the Faculty of Law and Economics of Paris (1967) and a Graduate of the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Institut d'Études politiques) (1968). He holds a Degree in Economics (1968) and served as a Lecturer at the Paris Institute of Political Studies (1972-1989). He was appointed Reporting Judge at the Court of Audit (1978), served in the Court of Audit seventh chamber (1980-1986) and held the position of Director of Tourism Industry in the Ministry of Tourism (1986-1989). Mr. Frangialli’s decorations include “Chevalier des Palmes académiques” (decoration for services to education) (France), the “National Order of Merit” (France), National decorations awarded by the Republic of San Marino, the Togolese Republic and the Palestinian Authority, and “Knight of the Legion of Honour” (France). Francesco Frangialli President, UNWTO ST-EP FoundationFormer Secretary General, United Nations World Tourism Organization (1996~2009) Nationality: French

3rd Climate Change, MDGs & World Tourism Event
January 12, 2009

On January 12th, 2009, the 3rd Climate Change, Millennium Development Goals and World Tourism event was held in Seoul. The forum was hosted and sponsored by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the Korea Tourism Organization, the Korean Culture and Tourism Institute, and ST-EP Foundation (also the event organizer). On the eve of the forum a Welcoming Reception was held under the theme “Viva, Mumbai!”, dedicated to the resilience shown after the terrible terrorist attacks in November 2008; moving remarks were delivered by India’s Ambassador to Korea. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UN Deputy Secretary-General Asha Rose Migiro delivered keynote addresses at the first and second events respectfully. This event marked the third gathering, with over 160 attendees (including 10 Ambassadors to the Republic of Korea) that listened to the speakers, who included (left to right) Ambassador Dho Young-shim, Oh Jee-chul, CEO & President of the Korea Tourism Organization, Francesco Frangialli, Secretary-General of the UNWTO, Rahim Mashaee, Vice-President of Islamic Republic of Iran, Mamata Bako B. Djaouga, Minister of Tourism of Benin, Elimane Hamidine Sy, Tourism Representative from Senegal, Jeffrey Sachs, Special Advisor to the Secretary-General on the Millennium Development Goals and Yu In-chon, Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism. Discussions and presentations focused on the interconnectedness of climate change, the MDGs and world tourism, as well as the present financial crisis. A lively Q&A session followed the event.

Lanching of Korean Canterbury Tales
January 12, 2009

On January 12th, 2009, 160 guests (Francesco Frangialli, Secretary-General of the UNWTO, Mamata Bako B. Djaouga, the Minister of Handicraft and Tourism of Benin, Members of the Diplomatic Core of Republic of Korea, Oh Jee-chul, President & CEO of the Korea Tourism Organization, Kim Kwan-yong, Governor of Gyeongsanbuk-do, Baek Sang-seung, Mayor of Gyeongju City and tour operators, professionals, scholars, etc.) gathered at the Ragung Millennium Palace in Gyeongju for the launching ceremony of “The Korean Modern Canterbury Tales - In the footsteps of Wonhyo”. The purpose of the project is to improve Korea’s tourism offering. It is inspired by the journey of Wonhyo, a famous Buddhist monk who lived in the 7th century. During a journey to China he found enlightenment. The project will include two main components: i) the design of a pilgrimage trail inspired by the route followed by Wonhyo and ii) the collection of stories told by pilgrims (Koreans and foreigners) who hike the trail. These tales will result in the publishing of a book. Participants enjoyed a Sunmudo performance, a traditional martial art taught at Golgulsa temple, and child monks chanting. The Grand Master of Golgulsa introduced himself as the 44th descendant of Wonhyo. Meanwhile, a group of 25 people participated in the first session of the Korean Modern Canterbury Tales. Core members of the project team include professional writers, potential storytellers, and experts in pilgrimages, Korean Buddhism, and sustainable tourism, etc. On the following day, the participants had the opportunity to visit Bulguksa, Girimsa and Golgulsa temples, all located around Gyeongju.

 
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