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33,000,000 Won Donation by Chosun Ilbo: Thank You Small Library, Ethiopia
December 27, 2010

On December 27, 2010, the Chosun Ilbo made a donation of 33,000,000 Korean Won to the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation’s Thank You Small Library project. A special ceremony was held at the Chosun Ilbo Headquarters where its President, Bang Sang-Hun officially presented the donation to Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of the Board of Directors, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation. Thank You Small Library is a project supported by public private partnerships. The funds donated by Chosun Ilbo will be used specifically towards the establishment of the 100th Thank You Small Library in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

UNWTO ST-EP ASEAN Day & Korea-ASEAN Plus Tourism Cooperation Project Graduation
December 14, 2010

On December 13 and 14 the Korea-ASEAN Plus Tourism Cooperation Project culminated with a UNWTO ST-EP ASEAN Day celebration and a graduation ceremony. The 19 participants (tourism ministry officials and tour guides) of the Project spent ten weeks in Korea, from October 11 to December 17. During their stay they attended Korean language courses, cultural festivals and were given special lectures by tourism experts. The Korea-ASEAN Plus Tourism Cooperation Project was sponsored by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Republic of Korea and hosted and organized by the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation. Its purpose is to enhance tourism cooperation between Korea and the ASEAN region. At the graduation ceremony, Korea’s 1st Vice Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Dr. Mo Chul-min, delivered special remarks. Participating countries included Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.

Korea Cultural Partnership Initiative Graduation
December 13, 2010

From June 19 to December 13, 2010, the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation hosted two participants of the Korea Cultural Partnership Initiative. Victoria Quansha, member of the Ghana’s famous Winneba Youth Choir and Mamaime Motanyane, an official at Lesotho’s Ministry of Tourism, Environment and Culture, were the only two participants from Africa.
During the six-month period, they both attended Korean language classes, interned at the Korea Tourism Organization and attended cultural festivals throughout Korea. One of the highlights of their stay was the UN MDGs Forum at the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea organized by UNWTO ST-EP Foundation. Victoria joined the Winneba Youth Choir on stage for a performance for all in attendance, including H.E. Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General, United Nations, H.E. Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, Prime Minister, Spain, and co-Chair of UN MDG Advocacy Group, H.E. Jacob Zuma, President, South Africa and H.E. Nguyen Tan Dung, Prime Minister, Vietnam.

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Ambassador Dho Young-shim with (left) Victoria Quansha of Ghana & (right) Mamaime Motanyane of Lesotho, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation Headquarters

Meeting with IOC Member Mario Pescante
December 10, 2010

On December 10, 2010, Ambassador Dho Young-shim met with IOC Member (Italy) Mario Pescante at the Italian Chamber of Deputies, Rome.
Mr. Pescante efforts as an IOC Member focus mainly on helping the poor in Least Developed Countries. Specifically, Mr. Pescante’s work involves using sport for peace in refugee camps. He explained that the major source of conflict in the world is a lack of dialogue, especially between Christians and Muslims. Sport can be used as a means to enhance each group’s perception of the other. He said that he has seen evidence of the power of sport to improve interfaith relations in such troubled regions as Dafur, East Timor and Palestine and Israel.
Ambassador Dho explained about the Thank You Small Library project. She highlighted those established in Olympafrica Centers as fine examples of how sport and education go hand-in-hand for poverty elimination.

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Mario Pescante, IOC Member (Italy) & Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chair, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation & Member of UN MDG Advocacy Group

Italian Overseas Development Assistance & ST-EP Synergy
December 10, 2010

On December 10, 2010, Ambassador Dho Young-shim met with the Elisabetta Belloni, Director General for Development Cooperation, Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Italy is one of the world’s leading countries in Overseas Development Assistance (ODA). It serves on ST-EP Foundation’s Board of Directors and has made 1.5 million Euro in contributions to the UNWTO ST-EP Program. Korea is an emerging donor country and has pledged 0.25% of its GDP for ODA by 2015. Korea’s transformation from a recipient to a donor country was officially marked when it joined the OECD Development Assistance Committee in late 2009. Meanwhile, with Korea’s Ban Ki-moon serving as Secretary-General of the United Nations, public opinion in Korea has become positive towards providing assistance to developing countries.

Global Fund for Education MDG Advocacy Group Teleconference
December 09, 2010

On December 9, 2010, Doha, during the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) a UN MDG Advocacy Group Teleconference was held. Participants in the meeting included Members of the UN MDG Advocacy Group, Her Highness Sheikha Mozah, Ambassador Dho Young-shim, Jeffrey Sachs and Ray Chambers, and meeting moderator UN Assistant Under Secretary-General Thomas Stelzer. The meeting focused on the two clusters of the UN MDG Advocacy Group which include “Food Security and Sustainable Growth” and “Education and Health.” During the discussion on Education and Health ideas were generated on how to create a Global Education Fund to focus on the 69 million children that remain out of school worldwide.

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(left to right) Joanna Rubinstein, Aide to Jeffrey Sachs, Amb. Dho Young-shim, H.H. Sheikha Mozah, Thomas Stelzer, UN Assistant Under Secretary-General, & Wendy McWeeny, Aide to Ray Chambers

“Education is Key to Development”
December 09, 2010

Ambassador Dho Young-shim participated as a panelist at the High Level Advocacy Event – “Central Role of Education to Achieve the MDGs” with Her Highness Sheikha Mozah, Queen of Qatar at the 2010 World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) in Doha. The meeting’s discussion focused on actions to help the 69 million out-of-school children around the world. Indeed, governments can only do so much and Ambassador Dho spoke about the importance of changing mindsets through education in order to eliminate poverty. She cited the essential role of education in Korea’s rapid transformation from a recipient to donor country.

Meeting with Qatar Tourism Authority
December 08, 2010

On December 8, 2010, Ambassador Dho held a meeting with Ahmed Abdullah M. Al-nuaimi, Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority. Having won the bid to host the 2022 World Cup, the first Middle Eastern country to do so, the atmosphere at the Tourism Authority was one of excitement. Amb. Dho spoke to the Chairman about Korea’s co-hosting of the 2002 World Cup and her experience as Chairperson of Visit Korea Year at that time. She emphasized sharing the World Cup with Qatar’s neighbors and that the World Cup in Qatar should be linked to a cause in order to ensure its meaningful legacy.

Meeting with Qatar National Olympic Committee
December 08, 2010

On December 8, 2010, Ambassador Dho Young-shim met with the Secretary-General of Qatar’s National Olympic Committee, Saoud Bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani. They discussed the synergy between tourism and sports, which has been used by both Korea and Qatar to help develop the respective economies.Just days earlier, Qatar had been awarded the 2022 FIFA World Cup, the first country in the Middle East to have done so. Ambassador Dho spoke of her experience as Chairperson of Visit Korea Year during the 2002 FIFA World Cup co-hosted by Korea. She reiterated the importance of Qatar sharing the World Cup with its Middle Eastern neighbors and how the event would help put Qatar even more prominently on the international map.

Amb. Dho Recognized by World Olympians Association Congress
November 29, 2010

On November 29, 2010, Seoul, the World Olympians Association’s (WOA) Congress was held. At the closing event, Ambassador Dho Young-shim was recognized by the WOA for her efforts to eliminate poverty through education and sports.
In May, 2009, the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and the WOA signed an MoU to cooperate on the Thank You Small Library project. So far ST-EP Foundation has established 8 Thank You Small Libraries at Olympafrica Centers (Benin, Cameroon, Mali, Mozambique & Senegal).
Former Olympians are tremendous role models in their communities and have the power to influence the youth, especially in poor communities.

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Ambassador Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation, & Member of the UN MDG Advocacy Group with Dick Fosbury, President, WOA

Global South South Development Expo
November 26, 2010

The Global South South Development Expo, was held from November 22nd to the 26th, at ILO Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. The Expo is designed to enable developing countries and their development partners, including donor agencies, organizations of the United Nations system, and private-sector and civil society organizations to showcase their development based solutions. These solutions are being used to fight poverty towards the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.

“Poverty Reduction through Tourism” Dialogue Forum, Global South Development Expo, ILO Headquarters
November 24, 2010

During the Global South South Development Expo, November 22nd to the 26th, at ILO Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, the UNWTO and ILO hosted a two day Dialogue Forum on “Poverty Reduction through Tourism” on the 23rd and 24th.
Ambassador Dho Young-shim, MDG Advocate and Chairperson of the ST-EP Foundation’s Board of Directors, moderated a seminar on the role of tourism in poverty alleviation. Panellists included government officials from Mauritanie and Cambodia, as well as the International Union of Food (IUF), the International Hotel & Restaurant Association (IHRA) and the International Labour Organization (ILO). Some 200 people representing civil society, the private sector, governments and workers’ unions attended.

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Mohamed Ba Ould NE, Directeur Ministere du Commerce de l`Artisanat et du Tourisme, Mauritanie, Ron Oswald, General Secretary, IUF, Dho Young-shim, MDG Advocate, I Gusti Putu Laksaguna, the Deputy Minister for Culture and Tourism, Indonesia, George Dragnich, Executive Director of Social Dialogue Sector, ILO, Ghassan Aidi, President, IHRA, Neb Samouth, Deputy Director-General Ministry of Tourism of Cambodia

Discussion with ILO Director General, Juan Somavia - Tourism as a Decent Job Creator
November 23, 2010

The Global South South Development Expo, was held from November 22nd to the 26th, at ILO Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.
The Expo is designed to enable developing countries and their development partners, including donor agencies, organizations of the United Nations system, and private-sector and civil society organizations to showcase their development based solutions. These solutions are being used to fight poverty towards the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.
MDG Advocate, Ambassador Dho Young-shim participated in the event as a moderator during the two day Dialogue Forum on “Poverty Reduction through Tourism” on the 23rd and 24th, hosted by UNWTO and ILO. After the opening ceremony of the Forum, Ambassador Dho met with ILO Director- General Mr. Juan Somavia. Their fruitful discussion focused on the importance of the tourism industry for the creation of decent jobs to fight poverty in the developing world.

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Mr. Juan Somavia, Director-General, ILO & Amb. Dho Young-shim, MDG Advocate & Chairperson of the Board of Directors, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation

UN MDGs Forum at the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea (Korean pdf)
November 19, 2010
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SUMMARY REPORT MDGs Forum at the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea
November 19, 2010
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Seoul Give Forum 2010, MDG Advocates Participate
November 12, 2010

On November 12, 2010, at the Westin Chosun Hotel, the Seoul Give Forum was held. A total of $1.5 million in donations were made to UNICEF and Government of Laos by Korea Foundation for International Healthcare, Korea Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association and Korean Dental Association. Korean Prime Minister, H.E. Kim Hwang-sik, President of the Chosun Ilbo, Mr. Bang Sang-hoon and Mrs. Ban, wife of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon attended the donation ceremony. MDG Advocates Dr. Jeffrey Sachs and Ambassador Dho Young-shim participated in a session entitled the Light of Learning. Dr. Sachs referred to the essential role education played in the development of Korea. For 30 years Koreans have been among his brightest students at Harvard and Columbia University. Ambassador Dho used her remarks to point out that although education was the key to Korea’s development, Korea really needs to do more. As the MDG Advocate focused on MDG 2 (achieve universal primary education) she highlighted the inequality that exists in terms of education. Koreans spend more than $20billion per year on private education, but 1billion people live on less than $1 per day. With the Forum taking place during the G20 Seoul Summit, she said we have to watch closely to ensure that Korea does keep its promise to be a bridge between developed and developing countries.

UN Secretary-General Highlights Thank You Small Library
November 11, 2010

On November 11, 2010, the UN MDGs Forum at the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea was held. It was a gathering that included H.E. Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, Prime Minister, Spain, and co-Chair of UN MDG Advocacy Group, H.E. Jacob Zuma, President, South Africa and H.E. Nguyen Tan Dung, Prime Minister, Vietnam as well as over 100 National Assembly Members and 30 Diplomatic Missions to Republic of Korea represented.During his speech, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon highlighted the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation’s Thank You Small Library project. He acknowledged Member of the MDG Advocacy Group, Ambassador Dho Young-shim by sayng that, “I appreciate Ambassador Dho for your very generous support. For this, Thank You Small Library project. And I know that she has established at least 80 'Small Libraries' which have been very much appreciated by many young people.”UN Secretary-General Ban has focused a great deal of attention on Least Developed Countries and efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals. Poverty alleviation is a key pillar of his first term and ST-EP Foundation was honored to be recognized.

1st MDGs Forum at the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea, November 11, 2010
November 11, 2010

On November 11, 2010, the 1st MDGs Forum at the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea was held in conjunction with the G20 Seoul Summit focusing on development. Speakers included H.E. Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General, United Nations, H.E. Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, Prime Minister, Spain & Co-Chair of UN MDG Advocacy Group, H.E. Jacob Zuma, President, South Africa and H.E. Nguyen Tan Dung, Prime Minister, Vietnam. Dr. Jeffrey Sachs, MDG Advocate participated in an answer and question session while opening and closing statements were delivered by Hon. Park Hee-tae, Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea and Hon. Lee Ju-young, Co-Chair of MDGs Forum of the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea respectively. Ambassador Dho Young-shim led the proceedings as moderator of the event.

MDG Advocacy Group Luncheon with Heads of Statesl
November 11, 2010

On November 11, 2010, a MDG Advocacy Group Luncheon with Heads of States was hosted by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and organized by ST-EP Foundation. The meeting focused on development efforts to eliminate poverty through the Millennium Development Goals. The luncheon brought together such esteemed guests as South African President H.E. Jacob Zuma and Vietnamese Prime Minister H.E. Nguyen Tan Dung. Also attending the luncheon were Mr. Juan Somavia, Director General, ILO, H.E. Jean Ping, Chairperson, Africa Union Commission, Dr. Surin Pitsuwan, Secretary-General, ASEAN, Dr. Donald Kaberuka, President, Africa Development Bank, Ambassador Kim Won-soo, Deputy Chief de Cabinet, Office of the Secretary General, United Nations, Dr. Jeffrey Sachs, MDG Advocate, Dr. Robert Orr, Assistant Secretary General for Policy, United Nations, Mr. Thomas Stelzer, Assistant Secretary General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs and Ambassador Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of the Board of Directors, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and MDG Advocate.

1st MDGs Forum at the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea, November 11, 2010
November 11, 2010

On November 11, 2010, the 1st MDGs Forum at the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea was held in conjunction with the G20 Seoul Summit focusing on development. Speakers included H.E. Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General, United Nations, H.E. Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, Prime Minister, Spain & Co-Chair of UN MDG Advocacy Group, H.E. Jacob Zuma, President, South Africa and H.E. Nguyen Tan Dung, Prime Minister, Vietnam. Dr. Jeffrey Sachs, MDG Advocate participated in an answer and question session while opening and closing statements were delivered by Hon. Park Hee-tae, Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea and Hon. Lee Ju-young, Co-Chair of MDGs Forum of the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea respectively. Ambassador Dho Young-shim led the proceedings as moderator of the event.

Italian Tourism & ST-EP Foundation Cooperation
November 10, 2010

On December 10, 2010, Rome, Ambassador Dho Young-shim met with Caterina Cittadino, Head of the Department, and Rossella Franchini Sherifis, Director of European Union and International Relations, of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers Department for Development and Competitiveness of Tourism. The Italian government has supported ST-EP Foundation from its very beginnings, serving as a Member of its Board of Directors. It has made 1.5 million Euro in contributions to the UNWTO ST-EP Program.The meeting focused how to work together in the future toward the success of the ST-EP Foundation and the entire ST-EP Program. Meanwhile, as Italy will chair the Executive Council for 2011, Ms. Cittadino discussed her ideas for streamlining policies to assist tourists in emergency situations and the creation of a website with best tourism products and practices.

MDG Advocates Visit Home of New Village Movement invitation of Gov. Kim Kwan Yong, Gyeongsangbukdo
November 08, 2010

On November 8th, on the invitation of Governor Kim Kwan Yong, Gyeongsangbukdo, MDG Advocates Ambassador Dho Young-shim and Dr. Jeffrey Sachs visited the birthplace of the New Village Movement. The visit was especially meaningful for Dr. Sachs who founded Millennium Promise, which is implementing the Millennium Villages throughout Africa.The Millennium Villages Project is based on a similar model used in Korea’s development. UNWTO ST-EP Foundation, Gyeongsangbukdo and KOICA are supporting two Korean Millennium Village Projects in Mbola, Tanzania and Ruhiira, Uganda with funding of $8million. In his remarks, Dr. Sachs thanked Gov. Kim and the people of Gyeongsangbukdo for their support and sharing their development history and knowledge. He stated that the “New Village Movement, is for the Millennium Goal era.”

Winneba Youth Choir of Ghana, Korean Tour 2010
November 05, 2010

From November 5-14, 2010, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation organized a Korean Tour for the Winneba Youth Choir of Ghana. The choir performed at the MDGs Forum of the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea for H.E. Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General, United Nations and took part in the Busan Choral Festival and Competition where they won second place. They were also invited by Members of the National Assembly Hon. Lee Ju-young, Hon. Cho Young-teck, and Hon. Lee Jong-koo to perform at their respective constituencies. The tour ended with a performance at the Ghanaian Ambassador to the Republic of Korea’s residence and a very special performance at a Myungsung Presbyterian Church.

Global Social Business Summit 2010 - Wolfsburg, Germany
November 05, 2010

On the invitation of fellow MDG Advocate Muhammad Yunus, Founder of Grameen Bank, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of the Board of Directors, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation, spoke at the Global Social Business Summit 2010 held in Wolfsburg, Germany. Both Amb. Dho and Dr. Yunus serve on the MDG Advocacy Group appointed by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. The Group was formed to promote and take action towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals. The Global Social Business Summit gathered 250 academics, businesspeople, technology leaders and young people who are practicing and promoting social business. As Amb. Dho’s focus is MDG 2, she spoke on the importance of education in all development efforts aimed at ending poverty. Dr. Yunus is credited with introducing the world to micro-credit which lifted millions of people out of poverty in Bangladesh.

1st Preparatory Meeting for MDGs Forum
October 17, 2010

On October 17, 2010, the 1st preparatory meeting was held for the UN MDGs Forum at the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea (bi-partisan). The event will be held on November 11, 2010 during the Seoul G20 Summit week to raise awareness and promote actions to achieve the MDGs. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, will participate as a guest speaker and the Winneba Youth Choir of Ghana, Africa’s premier choir for over 20 years, will deliver a special performance.

Discover Ghana Billboards Project MOU Signing
October 14, 2010

On October 13, 2010, the MOU Signing Ceremony for the Discover Ghana Billboards Project was held. The partners involved in the project are the Ministry of Culture, Sports & Tourism, Republic of Korea (Visit Korea Year 2010~2012), the United Nations World Tourism Organization, the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation, and the Ministry of Tourism, Republic of Ghana. In June 2009 the Ghanaian Ministry of Tourism asked the UNWTO and ST-EP Foundation to support the Discover Ghana Billboards Project. Through the ST-EP Foundation the Republic of Korea are providing the necessary funds to carry it out. The Discover Ghana Billboards Project aims to enhance tourism in the Republic of Ghana by promoting the country’s regional attractions thereby enhancing economic activity and helping to achieve the UN Millennium Development Goals. In total 35 billboards will be constructed and erected at tourist sites in all the ten administrative regions in Ghana.

2nd T.20 Tourism Ministers’ Meeting, Buyeo, Korea
October 14, 2010

The 2nd T.20 Tourism Ministers’ Meeting took place in Buyeo, Republic of Korea, October 11~13, 2010 for the purpose of sending a strong message to Heads of States ahead of the Seoul G20 Summit. Korean President Lee Myung-bak will Chair the G20 and the T.20 agreed on the following statement for Korean Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Yu In-chon to give him: “Tourism can make an important contribution to the initiatives that the G20 is undertaking to achieve shared growth beyond crisis, particularly in terms of global job creation and the development agenda. The tourism sector stands ready to work towards the common objectives of strong, sustainable and balanced growth”. Buyeo Communique, October 13, 2010The Buyeo T.20 was a continuation of the 1st T.20 Meeting held in Johannesburg, South Africa, February 2010. It was highlighted by the participation of Prof. Ian Goldin author of “Tourism & the G20”. The event also held a session under the theme of development moderated by Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of the Board of Directors, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation. In fact, Amb. Dho participated in all five sessions along with the “Discover Ghana Billboards Project MOU Signing Ceremony.” Attendees included officials from tourism ministries, including four Ministers of Tourism (Korea, South Africa, Thailand & Malaysia). The UNWTO was represented by Secretary General Taleb Rifai and Executive Director Marcio Favilla. Additional organizations that sent high level officials included the International Labor Organization (ILO), United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), International Trade Centre (ITC), and Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA).

UN MDG Advocacy Group “Superheroes” Meet 2010 MDG Summit, United Nations Headqu
September 22, 2010

An UN MDG Advocacy Group meeting was held on the final day of the 2010 MDG Summit at United Nations Headquarters, in New York, September 22. It attracted international press coverage and a Q & A session was held. Secretary General Ban remarked, “Imagine how many more visionaries, activists, entrepreneurs and Nobel Prize-winners we might have if all people could live a life with health, education, dignity and well-being... That is your noble mission as MDG Advocates.” During the working session, the Advocates discussed a framework for short, mid and long-term action plans. All of the Advocates agreed that promoting the MDGs is important, but that activities in which real action is both taken and also inspired must take priority. The Group is set to meet again in early 2011 to evaluate progress made. photo: From left - Front Row: Jeffrey Sachs, Special Advisor to the Secretary General on MDGs; Ray Chambers, UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Malaria; Graca Michel, frm. First Lady of South Africa & Mozambique & President of the AWEPA Partnership Council; Timothy Wirth, President, UN Foundation; Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General, UN; Joseph Deiss, President General Assembly; Co-chair Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda; Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser, Qatar’s First Lady; Bill Gates, Chairman of Microsoft & Co-founder of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; frm. President Michelle Bachelet of Chile; Philippe Douste-Blazy, UN Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Innovative Financing for DevelopmentBack Row: Wang Yingfan, frm. Vice-Chairman, Foreign Affairs Committee, Chinese National People's Congress; Bob Geldof, Musician & Activist;Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of the Board of Directors, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation; Mukesh Aambani, Chairman & Managing Director, Reliance Industries; Jan Eliasson, Former UN General Assembly President; Akinwumi A. Adesina, Vice-President of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa; Stine Bosse, Group Chief Executive Officer of TrygVesta A/S; Julio Frenk, Dean of the Faculty & T &G Angelopoulos Professor of Public Health & International Development at the Harvard School of Public Health; Hiromasa Yonekura, Chair of Japan Business Fed; Muhammad Yunus, Founder of Grameen Bank & 2006 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

2010 Millennium Promise Partners’ Meeting
September 21, 2010

The 2010 Millennium Promise Partners’ meeting was held on September 21, 2010. Ambassador Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of the Board of Directors, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation participated as a panelist for a session on Partners as Part of the Promise – Key Role of MVP Partnerships en route to the MDG 2015 Deadline. The discussion was moderated by Mr. Ray Chambers, MDG Advocate and Ms. Josette Sheeran, Executive Director, World Food Programme. During her comments, Ambassador Dho highlighted the partnership between UNWTO ST-EP Foundation, KOICA (Korea International Cooperation Agency), Gyeongsangbukdo province, and Millennium Promise. Ambassador Dho also discussed Korea’s rapid development after the Korean War, at which time the country had a per capita income of $82 per day - lower than many African countries. Due to Korea’s recent development via the Saemaul Undong, or New Village Movement, Korea can serve as a bridge between the developing and developed worlds. The G20 Summit to be held in Seoul in November 2010 will be an opportunity for Korea to take on this important role. Other speakers at the event included Mr. Michel Sidibé, Executive Director, Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), Dr. Jeffrey Sachs, Special Advisor to the UN Secretary General on the Millennium Development Goals, Mr. Hans Vestberg, CEO, Ericsson, and Mr. Hiromasa Yonekura, Chairman, Sumitomo and MDG Advocate.

UN MDG Summit Sport for Development Roundtable
September 20, 2010

On September 20, 2010 the UN MDG Summit Sport for Development Roundtable was held. Ambassador Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of the Board of Directors, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation, was invited to participate as a panelist. Her comments highlighted the importance of sport as a tool to inspire children to become educated. She explained that when ST-EP Foundation establishes Thank You Small Libraries basketballs and soccer balls donated act as a magnet to attract and keep children at a library. Ultimately they pick up books and make books their friends. The Sport for Development Roundtable was co-organized by the Group of Friends of Sport for Development and Peace, the UN Office on Sport for Development and Peace, and the International Olympic Committee. Speakers included UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, HSH Prince Albert of Monaco, H.E. Pal Schmitt, President of Hungary, Foreign Minister Kamel Morjane of Tunisia, and Special Advisor to the Secretary General on Sport for Peace and Development, Mr. Wilfred Lemke. Also, participating were Mr. Joel Bouzou, President of Peace and Sport, the First Lady of Georgia, Mrs. Sandra Roelofs, and world famous sports figures Mr. Dikembe Mutombo, former NBA star, UNDP Youth Emissary and Messenger of Peace and Mr. Paul Tergat, world record marathon runner and World Food Programme Ambassador. Ambassador Dho gave the former basketball great a briefing on the Thank You Small Library project.

African Ambassadors to Korea Participate in Saemaul Forum, at the invitation of Gov. Kim Kwan Yong
September 10, 2010

On September 10, 2010, in Gumi City, Gyeongsangbuk-do, Korea, at the invitation of Governnor Kim Kwan Yong, Ambassador Dho Young-shim joined a delegation of 10 Ambassadors of African countries to the Republic of Korea and their spouses to participate in the Saemaul Forum, including: H.E. Jean Pierre Sole-Emane, Gabon; H.E. Amadou Dabo, Senegal; H.E. Mustapha Khammari, Tunisia; H.E. Desmond Akawor, Nigeria; H.E. Mohammed Chraibi, Morocco; H.E. Kouassi Florent Ekra, Cote d’Ivoire; H.E. Margaret Clarke-Kwesie, Ghana; H.E. Hocine Sahraoui, Algeria; H.E. Hilton Anthony Dennis, South Africa, &; Mr. Alfredo Dombe, Angola. There is huge interest in the Saemaul Undong and how it can be adapted in different regions of Africa. The delegation continued the discussion on the importance of sharing Korea’s development experience at dinner with Governor Kim. The Forum was held in Gumi City, Gyeongsangbuk-do Province, because it is the birthplace of the Saemaul Movement. Saemaul Undong, “New Community Movement”, was the backbone of Korea’s rapid development from an aid recipient to an aid donor country (OECD Development Assistance Committee Member). Given its recent development history Korea is sharing the lessons learned from Saemaul to benefit developing countries.

76th ~ 80th MDGs Thank You Small Libraries Established, Budiriro , Harare, Zimbabwe
August 24, 2010

From August 20th to 23rd, 2010, in Harare, Zimbabwe, Ambassador Dho Young-shim, Chairperson, UINWTO ST-EP Foundation opened the 76th to 80th Thank You Small Libraries. Amb. Dho met with Zimbabwean Prime Minster Rt. Hon. Morgan Tsvangirai on August 23rd. Both shared their views on the importance of education to reduce poverty. Also on that day, an opening ceremony was held at Budiriro 3 Primary School, in which the Prime Minister as well the Minister for Science and Development, Hon. Heneri Dzinotyiweyi, the Mayor of Harare, His Worship Muchadeyi Masunda, the Korean Ambassador to Zimbabwe, H.E. Oh Jae-hak, and over 1500 students participated.In total the Thank You Small Libraries were donated over 10000 books, including a small selection of Korean fairytales. Chairs, roundtables, bookshelves, first aid kits, a computer, soccer balls, pens and pencils, pencil cases, sharpeners, erasers, notebooks, educational posters and maps, solar flashlights, etc.. were also given. Budiriro is one of the poorest areas in Harare. During the opening, the Prime Minister addressed the challenges of diseases such as HIV / AIDS and cholera, water and sanitation and high unemployment. The children of the school described the harsh reality they endure by delivering poems. such as “The Fortunes of an Orphan” , referring to the 25% of Budiriro’s children that are orphans and 30% living in single parent homes.

Opening 75th Thank You Small Library, Nima, Ghana
August 10, 2010

On August 10, 2010, at St. Kidzito Catholic Cluster of Schools, in Nima, Ghana, the 75th Thank You Small Library was established. Attending the oprning ceremony were National Assembly Members Lee Ju-young, Lee Jong-koo, Cho Young-teck. Ambassador Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of the Board of Directors, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation led the proceedings and signed the agreement with Maj. Mustapha Ahmed, Hon. Deputy Minister of Water Resources, Works and Housing, Ghana of the Ghanaian National Assembly. Over 500 children attended the event and a special performance was delivered by the Winneba Youth Choir.

75th Thank You Small Library
August 10, 2010

On August 10, 2010, at St. Kidzito Catholic Cluster of Schools, in Nima, Ghana, the 75th Thank You Small Library was established. Attending the oprning ceremony were National Assembly Members Lee Ju-young, Lee Jong-koo, Cho Young-teck. Ambassador Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of the Board of Directors, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation led the proceedings and signed the agreement with Maj. Mustapha Ahmed, Hon. Deputy Minister of Water Resources, Works and Housing, Ghana of the Ghanaian National Assembly. Over 500 children attended the event and a special performance was delivered by the Winneba Youth Choir.

Saemaul Micro-Credit Pilot Project, Ghana
August 09, 2010

On August 9, 2010, Ambassador Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of the Board of Directors, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation, held a meeting with the Ghanaian Vice President John Dramani Mahama, and the Hon. Zita Okaikoi, Ghanaian Minister of Tourism, & Kwabena Akyeampong, Ghanaian Deputy Minister of Tourism. The discussion focused on the Saemaul Micro-credit pilot project being implemented in Ghana. The pilot project’s beneficiaries will involve two groups: 30 members of Masses Bench Women’s Group and the 40 members of Assin Kente Weaving Association. If successful the pilot project could be benchmarked in other countries.

Ghanaian Tourism Billboards Project
August 09, 2010

On August 9, 2010, Ambassador Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of the Board of Directors, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation, had a meeting with Hon. Zita Okaikoi, Minister of Tourism, Ghana & Kwabena Akyeampong, Deputy Minister of Tourism, Ghana. The Ministry of Tourism requested assistance from UNWTO and ST-EP Foundation and received the Korean Government’s support for a billboards project. Tourism is Ghana’s 3rd largest industry, behind gold and cocoa. The country has a number of fantastic tourism attractions, for example, its historical significance in the slave trade. But the country lack the infrastructure to promote tourism affectively. The billboards are designed to capture the essence of the tourism highlights in regions throughout the country.

Ghana Billboards
August 09, 2010

On August 9, 2010, Ambassador Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of the Board of Directors, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation, had a meeting with Hon. Zita Okaikoi, Minister of Tourism, Ghana & Kwabena Akyeampong, Deputy Minister of Tourism, Ghana. The Ministry of Tourism requested assistance from UNWTO and ST-EP Foundation and received the Korean Government’s support for a billboards project. Tourism is Ghana’s 3rd largest industry, behind gold and cocoa. The country has a number of fantastic tourism attractions, for example, its historical significance in the slave trade. But the country lack the infrastructure to promote tourism affectively. The billboards are designed to capture the essence of the tourism highlights in regions throughout the country.

1st UN MDG Advocacy Group Meeting
July 16, 2010

On July 16th, 2010, the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDG) Advocacy Group held its first meeting in Madrid, Spain. The meeting was led by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and co-Chaired by President Paul Kagame of Rwanda and Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero of Spain. The Group’s formation was officially announced on June 23rd, 2010, by UN Secretary-General Ban. It is an international collection of leading thinkers and doers formed to combat poverty and help achieve the MDGs. At its first meeting the Advocacy Group focused on its preparation for the MDG Summit to be held on September 20th to 22nd, 2010 at UN Headquarters in New York.

UN MDGs Forum, National Assembly of the Republic of Korea
June 29, 2010

On June 29, 2010, the UN Millennium Development Goals Forum of the Republic of Korea held its first meeting. The Forum is a bi-partisan group of over 100 Members of the National Assembly that have registered to commit to make efforts to achieve the MDGs. At its first meeting, Members of the Forum elected Ambassador Dho Young-shim as Advisor and Lee Ju-young, Lee Sang-min, and Lee Nak-yeon, each representing a different political party, as Co-chairs. Ambassador Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of the Board of Directors, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation briefed the Forum on the Millennium Development Goals. She discussed issues concerning their achievement and the role that Korea can play.

2010 Africa-Korea Leadership Program: ST-EP Workshop
June 24, 2010
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On June 7, 2010, a workshop was held by the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation to share the views of the participants on the four week 2010 Africa – Korea Leadership Programme (Saemaul Exchange Programme). Ambassador Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of the Foundation’s Board of Directors, led the workshop, gave an overview of the ST-EP Foundation and shared her thoughts on the Saemaul Undong and its application in Africa. Representatives from Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, and Tanzania presented on their respective countries focusing on how the Saemaul Undong can be effectively implemented and disseminated. The 21 participants had just finished a three week program at Kyungwoon University in Gyeongsangbukdo Province the birthplace of the Saemaul Movement.

Saemaul Micro-credit Pilot Project Workshops
June 24, 2010

On June 10 and 11, 2010, workshops were held between the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and the Ghanaian participants of the Saemaul Exchange program. The meetings focused specifically on the Saemaul Micro-credit pilot project being implemented in Ghana. Ambassador Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of the Board of Directors, led the meeting outlining details needed in order to make the pilot project a success which could be benchmarked in other countries. She also acknowledged the support and cooperation between UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and Ghana’s Deputy Minister of Tourism, Kwabena Akyeamppong, for making the pilot project a reality.

Thank You Small Library Tanzania Evaluation
June 24, 2010

On June 8, 2010, Mr. Bernard Makali submitted an evaluation of eight Thank You Small Libraries to Ambassador Dho Young-shim. He commented on the success of the TYSLs and added that at some the demand is so high that the schools had to create a timetable to limit the amount of time each class could spend in the TYSLs. He also highlighted the importance of using roundtables in the TYSLs. This encourages the children to interact and helps improve their behavior towards each other. They sometimes talk about the books they are reading and help with research they are doing for homework. He added that academic improvements has been noticed by the teachers.

Korean Millennium Village Project in Tanzania
June 24, 2010

On June 9, 2010, a meeting was held between UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and Mr. Gerson Nyadzi, Team Leader, Mbola, Korean Millennium Village Project. During the meeting Amb. Dho emphasized the importance of the KMVP as it deals directly with achieving the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). That same day, the Chosun Ilbo, Korea’s most read daily newspaper (daily circulation of over 2million) interviewed Mr. Nyadzi about the KMVP, the Saemaul training he had received in Korea, and his work with UNWTO ST-EP Foundation, KOICA and Gyeongsangbukdo province.

Korean Millennium Village Project in Uganda
June 24, 2010

On May 24th, 2010, Mr. Johnson Nkuuhe, MDG Support Advisor and Millennium Villages Project Coordinator, UNDP, Uganda, and Mr. David Siriri, Team Leader, Ruhiira Millennium Village had a meeting at the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation headquarters. Both of them were invited to Korea to participate in the Saemaul Exchange Program co-hosted by Gyeongsangbukdo Province and UNWTO ST-EP Foundation. ST-EP Foundation has been active in Uganda where successful efforts for eliminating poverty are only made possible by having reliable local counterparts. On June 3, 2010, Amb. Dho held a meeting with Mr. Nkuuhe and Mr. Siriri. They discussed the KMVP in Ruhiira as well as the Saemaul Exchange Program that they participated in Gyeongsangbukdo, the birthplace of Saemaul Undong. Also attending the meeting was Mr. Jaeseung Kim. Mr. Kim is pursuing a dual degree Master of Social Work and Master of Public Affairs at Columbia University.

ST-EP Foundation Cooperation with Tanzania
June 24, 2010

On May 24th, 2010, Mr. Shaban Gurumo, Deputy Private Secretary to the President of Tanzania visited UNWTO ST-EP Foundation headquarters. He was invited to Korea to participate in the Korea-Africa Leadership Program co-hosted by Gyeongsangbukdo Province and UNWTO ST-EP Foundation. ST-EP Foundation has been active in Tanzania where successful efforts for eliminating poverty are only made possible by having reliable local counterparts. On June 8, 2010, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation held a meeting with three participants of the Korea Africa Leadership program from Tanzania – Mrs. Fatma Mwassa, District Commissioner; Mrs. Marystella, Head of Tanzania delegation (Ministry of Education); and Bernard Makali, Education Board. Mrs. Mwassa laid out a blueprint for what will be carried out in Tanzania with respect to media, and the groundwork for a pilot program focused on Saemaul, the movement which was the development backbone of Korea’s transition from a donor recipient to aid donor country. As well a book will be written on Saemaul Undong and made available at TYSLs.

2010 WTTC Global Travel & Tourism Summit, Beijing
May 27, 2010

From May 25th to 27th, Ambassador Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of the Board of Directors, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation, participated in the 2010 Global Travel & Tourism Summit in Beijing. The Summit is the world's highest-level gathering of Travel & Tourism industry Chairs, Chief Executives and senior government officials. During the event, Amb. Dho attended several interactive sessions as well as networking events to promote the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and its activities to reduce poverty and achieve the Millennium Development Goals through tourism.

MoU between Ministry of Culture, Sports & Tourism, Korea & World Travel & Tourism Organization
May 27, 2010

On May 27th, during the 2010 WTTC Global Travel & Tourism Summit in Beijing, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of the Republic of Korea and the World Travel & Tourism Council. The MoU seeks to enhance cooperation and relations based on mutual respect and shared interests. As tourism is one of the world’s largest industries, exchange and collaborative efforts are vital to promote activities of mutual interest and capacity building. The MoU also recognizes the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and the role it can play. With its headquarters in Seoul, the Foundation can act in an advisory capacity.

World Economic Forum on Africa, Dar es Salaam
May 07, 2010

From May 5th to 7th, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, hosted the World Economic Forum on Africa. The overriding message of the Forum was that Africans must believe in themselves and “be the change they want to see”. Ambassador Dho Young-shim-shim, Chairperson of the Board of Directors, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation, was invited to attend the WEF on Africa as a discussion leader. While there she met with key figures and attended several networking events and discussion panels to promote the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation’s poverty elimination initiatives.

Saemaul Exchange Program, Tanzania Participants
May 06, 2010

In December 2009 a Letter of Intent was signed between the Governor of Gyeongsangbukdo Province (Korea), Kim Kwan-yong and the Tanzanian Minister of Education and Vocational Training, Dr. Jumanne A Maghembe, and Ambassador Dho for ST-EP Foundation as a witness, to seek cooperation for developing projects under the theme of Saemaul Undong (New Village Movement). In line with this agreement, officials from Tanzania have been invited to participate in the Saemaul Exchange Program co-organized by UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and Gyeongsangbukdo from May 17th to June 11th, 2010. Participants from Tanzania will include government and education officials, as well as members of the Korean Millennium Village Project in Mbola, Tanzania. On May 5th, while in Dar es Salaam to attend the World Economic Forum on Africa, Ambassador Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of the Board of Directors, held a meeting with Minister Maghembe and some of the members of the Tanzanian delegation for the Saemaul Program.

Visit with President Kikwete, Tanzania
May 06, 2010

On May 6th, 2010, a Korean delegation co-lead by Hon. Park Young-june, Vice-Minister of Government Policy, Office of the Prime Minister, and Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of the Board of Directors, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation, were invited to met with H.E. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, President, the United Republic of Tanzania, at the Presidential Palace. During the meeting Korea’s expanding role in development efforts was discussed. In November 2009 Korea became a member of the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee. Amb. Dho also shared with the President about ST-EP Foundation’s continuous efforts to cooperate with Tanzania. Officials from Tanzania have been invited to participate in the Saemaul Exchange Program, co-organized by ST-EP Foundation and the Province of Gyeongsangbukdo to share Korea’s development story.

UNWTO ST-EP Foundation Sponsor of B4E Summit
April 23, 2010

From April 21st to 23rd the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation participated at the 2010 B4E (Business for Environment) Summit. ST-EP Foundation sponsored the production of 1000 hemp bags distributed to the participants at the Summit. These special hemp bags were made by a hill tribe in the Lahu Village of Northern Thailand. As one of the partners for the event, ST-EP Foundation also had a table at the main auditorium to introduce participants to the work of the Foundation. Also, Amb. Dho Young-shim participated in the Parallel Session about “Sustainable Tourism: Partnerships Driving Changes” chaired by Deputy Minister Akyeampong, the UN Global Compact Breakfast on April 23rd and other networking events such as the welcome reception hosted by the Korea Tourism Organization. ST-EP Foundation also took the opportunity of the B4E Summit to announce the launching of the Saemaul micro-credit pilot project in Ghana which will benefit two groups: the 30 members of Masses Bench Women’s Group and the 40 members of Assin Kente Weaving Association (please refer to ST-EP update entitled “Saemaul Micro-credit pilot project in Ghana announced at B4E” for more info).

Saemaul Micro-credit pilot project in Ghana announced at B4E
April 23, 2010

In line with its core objectives, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation has been preparing a micro-credit initiative based on the Korea’s Saemaul development experience. Taking the opportunity of the B4E Summit, a pilot project entitled “Saemaul Micro-credit” to be launched in 2010 in two communities in rural Ghana, in partnership with the Ministry of Tourism of Ghana, was officially announced. Amb. Dho and Deputy Minister of Tourism of Ghana, Mr. Kwabena Akyeampong made a joint presentation during a special lunch entitled “Sustainable Solutions to Eradicate Poverty”. The presentation focused on the Saemaul micro-credit project in Ghana which will benefit two groups: the 30 members of Masses Bench Women’s Group and the 40 members of Assin Kente Weaving Association.After the event, a working lunch was held on April 24th with Deputy Minister Akyeampong, followed by a workshop on April 26th about on micro-credit pilot project in Ghana, at the headquarters of the ST-EP Foundation.

IFCM ExCom Meeting, Namur, Belgium
March 26, 2010

On March 26~27, 2010, the IFCM ExCom meeting was held at the IFCM Centre in Namur, Belgium. Ambassador Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of the Korea Choral Institute, which hosts the IFCM’s Asia Pacific Regional Secretariat, attended meetings. Discussions focused on ways to ensure the sustainability of the IFCM. Meanwhile, both the World Symposium of Choral Music 2011 and 2014, which will be held in Argentina and Korea respectively, were discussed. Both events present an enormous opportunity for the IFCM to expand choral music and promote it to a wider audience.

Minister of Tourism & Culture, Gambia
March 24, 2010

On March 24, 2010, Ambassador Dho Young-shim met the Mrs. Fatou Mass Jobe-Njie Minister of Tourism and Culture, The Gambia. During there discussion Ambassador Dho explained to the Minister about the UNWTO ST-EP Initiative and the ST-EP Foundation. The Minister expressed her enthusiasm to work with the UNWTO to enhance the Gambian tourism industry. She was also very encouraged with the UNWTO’s focus on Africa and the continued growth of tourism figures throughout the continent despite the global economic downturn.

JAPPO: CISA Kids (Children Education Campaign through Sport) - Dakar, Senegal
March 23, 2010

On March 23, JAPPO, a sports event and management consulting company headquartered in Senegal, held an event to introduce Ambassador Dho to the CISA Kids program. CISA Kids stands for “Children Education Campaign through Sport.” Inaugurated in 2007, it has been organized in collaboration with IAAF with the objective of promoting sport at the school-age level. Also, on hand to take part were H.E. Hyung Kuk Kim, Ambassador to Republic of Senegal for Republic of Korea, and Hon. Kalidou Diallo, Senegalese Minister of Education in charge of Pre-School, Elementary & Intermediate Levels Education. The event was covered by local media. Since its creation in 2005, JAPPO has done much to promote the benefits of sport throughout Africa. Its aim is to increase the priority of sport in the lives of people, especially the youth. The CISA Kids campaign is the vehicle through which JAPPO reaches out to the young people and promotes healthy living and sportsmanship.

5 More Thank You Small Libraries Established in Dakar, Senegal : 3 in Derkle & 2 in Pikine areas
March 23, 2010

On March 23, the opening ceremony for the Thank You Small Library at Amadou Ibrahima Seck School was held. The event was held in celebration of five Thank You Small Libraries established in Senegal. UNWTO ST-EP Foundation Chairperson, Dho Young-shim, attended the event along with distinguished guests, Hon. Kalidou Diallo, Senegalese Minister of Education in charge of Pre-School, Elementary & Intermediate Levels Education, and H.E. Hyung Kuk Kim, Ambassador to Republic of Senegal for Republic of Korea. During the ceremony Minister Diallo expressed gratitude on behalf of the Senegalese Government. In Senegal 40% on the nation’s budget is spent on education, a true testament to the importance Senegal places on education in its development strategy. Meanwhile, the children that attend Amadou Ibrahima Seck showed their appreciation through a song and dance performance. These five new TYSLs brings the total to 73 in developing communities worldwide.

ST-EP Forum in Berlin
March 11, 2010

On March 11, 2011, the ST-EP Foundation, the Netherlands Development Organisation SNV and UNWTO jointly organized a ST-EP Forum in Berlin. The Forum took place within the framework of ITB Berlin, and was attended by professionals from National and Local Tourism Authorities, tourism enterprises, NGO’s, development organisations, and research institutions. The Forum was opened by Mr. Taleb Rifai, the Secretary General of UNWTO, who stated that UNWTO is committed to addressing the socio-economic and environmental challenges the world is facing at the moment, and stressed that it is particularly through the ST-EP Programme, that UNWTO tries to help reduce poverty levels through promoting and developing sustainable forms of tourism. Subsequently, Mrs. Dho Young-shim, chairperson of the ST-EP Foundation’s Board of Directors, highlighted the importance of making the tourism sector work for the poor and outlined the activities the ST-EP Foundation is carrying out in this field. To provide examples on how stakeholders can collaborate to enhance the local economic impact from tourism a video that SNV had recently produced was shown to the audience and an overview of the activities carried out by the ST-EP Programme was presented by the UNWTO Secretariat. In the first technical session of the Forum, experiences of selected recipient countries were shared with the audience. H.E. Mr. Somphong Mongkhonvilay, Minister of Tourism, Lao PDR, explained how his government is involving local communities in the planning and development of tourism, e.g. through the ST-EP projects in Viengxay Province, in the North East of the country, and in Ban Kadone, in the South of Lao PDR. H.E. Mr. Kwabena Akyempong, Deputy Minister of Tourism, Ghana, presented the attempts his Ministry is making to enhance the local economic impact from tourism, and highlighted the ST-EP projects in the Ghana West Coast and near Mole National Park in the North of the country. Mr. Guy Johnson, tourism technical advisor, Ministry of Culture, Handicraft and Tourism, Benin, explained how his Government had been planning interventions to assist local communities to benefit from tourism development, which will result in a first ST-EP project in the country in the bufferzone of Park W. The second technical session of the Forum was a panel discussion around the theme “Tourism enterprises driving local economic growth”. Representatives from the ST-EP Foundation, local governments, tourism business associations, and tourism enterprises discussed how tourism is contributing to local economic development and what interventions the government, private sector and development agencies could make to help further enhance the local economic impact from tourism enterprises. The panellists stressed the need for multi-stakeholder collaboration to make the tourism sector work for the poor Motivated by the presentations made and the constructive level of discussion during the ST-EP Forum, the ST-EP Foundation's Board of Directors met in the afternoon of March 11 to discuss the progress achieved and the planning of new activities in the ST-EP Programme. The Board approved funding for several new ST-EP projects and capacity building activities, and had a constructive discussion on the future management structure for the ST-EP Foundation, which will be submitted for approval to the UNWTO General Assembly in 2011.

WTTC: World Travel Tourism Council Cooperation
March 11, 2010

On March 11, at 2010 ITB Berlin, Ambassador Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of the Board of Directors, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation held a meeting with Mr. Jean-Claude Baumgarten, President & CEO of the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC). The WTTC is the global forum for business leaders in the travel and tourism industry. With the Chairs and Chief Executives of the 100 foremost travel and tourism companies worldwide as its members, WTTC works to raise awareness of travel and tourism as one of the world's largest industries, employing more than 235 million people worldwide and generating some 9.4% of global GDP.Two issues were discussed. Firstly, on behalf of the Republic of Korea’s Ministry of Culture, Sports & Tourism, Ambassador Dho requested that WTTC accept Korean interns at its headquarters in London. Mr. Baumgarten agreed to this proposal with candidates for internships to be recommended by the Ministry of Culture, Sports & Tourism. Secondly, Amb. Dho and Mr. Baumgarten discussed the upcoming Global Travel & Tourism Summit to take place in Beijing, May 25-27, 2010. The Summit is the world’s highest level gathering of travel and tourism industry Chairpersons, Chief Executives and senior government officials. They will come together to exchange ideas on sustainable development and economic growth across the globe in the industry. Mr. Baumgarten extended an invitation to Korea’s Minister of Culture, Sports & Tourism, Yu In-chon.

7th Board of Directors Meeting, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation
March 11, 2010

On March 11, the 7th meeting of the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation’s Board of Directors was held at the 2010 ITB Berlin. During the meeting, a Concept Paper prepared in collaboration with the ST-EP Foundation and the UNWTO Secretariat was discussed. The paper entitled “The ST-EP Initiative: A Success to be Consolidated” was created to take stock of the ST-EP Initiative and its results. Most importantly, it puts forward various recommendations so as to ensure its future sustainability and continued success. Four new ST-EP Projects were selected by the Board. They included: Cameroon - Ecotourism Development at Kribi; Central America - Support Programme for Rural Tourism in the Central American Region; Lesotho - Rural Home Stays Development Project; Yemen - Handicrafts, Heritage and Employment in the Highlands of Al-Mahweet. Meanwhile, capacity building activities was also approved. These included: ST-EP training seminars in Ghana, Kenya, Lao PDR, Rwanda, Tanzania and Zambia; collaboration between ST-EP Foundation, the Vincennes Municipality of France and UNWTO in Gondar, Ethiopia; and the creation of a ST-EP Destination Management partnership between UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and the Travel Foundation.

ST-EP Forum, ITB Berlin 2010
March 11, 2010

On March 11, the 2010 ST-EP Forum was held at ITB Berlin. The Forum was hosted by UNWTO ST-EP Foundation, UNWTO and SNV (Netherlands Development Organization). Remarks were delivered by Mr. Taleb Rifai, UNWTO Secretary-General, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of the ST-EP Foundation Board of Directors, and Ms. Megan Richie, Country Director of SNV Bhutan. Dr. Harsh Varma, Director of Development Assistance, presented an overview of the ST-EP Program and two Technical Sessions were held during which experiences were shared by ST-EP project recipient countries and a discussion was held on “Tourism Enterprises Driving Local Economic Growth.” Esteemed panelists included:Mr. Francesco Frangialli, President, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation; Mr. Somphong Mongkhonvilay, Minister of Tourism, Laos PDR; Ms. Mamata Bako Djaouga, Minister of Tourism & Handicrafts, Benin; Mr. Kwabena Akyeampong, Dep. Minister of Tourism, Ghana; Mr. Najib Mohamed Balala, Minister of Tourism, Kenya; Mr. Martin Brackenbury, President, International Federation of Tour Operators; Mr. Maurizio Davolio, President, (AITR) Italian Association of Responsible Tourism; Mr. V. Venu, Secretary, Tourism Dept., Gov’t. of Kerala, India; Mr. Clement Kiragu, Manager, Salama Beach Hotel, Watamu, Kenya; Mr. Tran Trong Kien, CEO, Buffalo Tours, Hanoi, Vietnam; &, Ms. Kyra Cruz.

UNEP’S Involvement in Sustainable Tourism
March 03, 2010

On March 3rd, 2010, Mr. Arab Hoballah, Chief of the Sustainable Production and Consumption (SPC) Branch at the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) office in Paris visited the headquarters of the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation in Seoul.The purpose of his visit was to meet the Chairperson of the Foundation’s Board of Directors Amb. DHO Young-shim, in order to introduce UNEP’s activities in the field of sustainable tourism to her. In particular, Mr. Hoballah is part of the International Task Force on Sustainable Tourism Development (ITF- STD) within the Marrakech Process, a global multi-stakeholder programme for SPC launched in 2007 and led by UNEP and UN DESA. During its 5th meeting in April 2009, ITF-STD adopted recommendations for the creation of a Global Partnership for Sustainable Tourism, to be presented at the 18th Session of the UN Council on Sustainable Development in May 2010.This global partnership is aiming to establish a global platform gathering the private sector, governments, academia and NGOs to enhance sustainability within the tourism sector. Mr. Hoballah strongly encouraged the ST-EP Foundation to join this global partnership. Amb. Dho proposed a new meeting during the B4E (Business For Environment) Summit in April 21st to 23rd, 2010 co-hosted with UNEP. This event includes a special discussion on Sustainable Tourism, to be chaired with Amb. Dho, with the participation of Mr.Hoballah.

Ski Orienteering
February 20, 2010

On February 20, former Chairman of the International Orienteering Federation Ski Orienteering Commission, Markku Vauhkonen, held a meeting with Korea Orienteering Federation President, Ambassador Dho Young-shim. Mr. Vauhkonen is charged with laying the groundwork for the IOF Olympic Inclusion Project of Ski Orienteering. Very recently, ski orienteering was approved for the Asian Winter Games set to take place in Kazakhstan in January 2011 and the International Military Sports Federation Winter Games to be held in Italy, March 2010. Therefore, the ultimate goal of the Olympic Project is to have ski orienteering included as an official sport at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games.Ski orienteering is a sport that requires top physical endurance, skillful skiing and a sound mind. Worldwide, 40 nations complete in ski orienteering, mostly from North America, Europe and Asia.

4th Sport, Tourism & Development Forum, Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics
February 14, 2010

The 4th Sport, Tourism and Development Forum was held on February 14th in Vancouver during the Winter Olympic Games. Co-hosted by the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and World Olympians Association, the event built upon the legacy started in Monaco under the Patronage of HSH Prince Albert II in 2005, and continued at the Torino 2006 Games, and Beijing 2008 Games. Dick Fosbury, President of the WOA and Ambassador Dho Young Shim, Chairperson of the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation started the forum with opening remarks. The floor was then opened up to some 30 panelists including Mr. Yu In-chon, Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Republic of Korea and Intendant General Lassana Palenfo, President of the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa. Participants shared insights on a host of tourism and sport development issues, such as projects for poverty elimination and education, new opportunities and challenges, and ways to improve collaboration and partnerships.

Micro-Credit Programme in Benin
February 03, 2010

On February 3rd 2010, Amb. Dho Young-shim, the Chairperson of the ST-EP Foundation’s Board of Directors had a working meeting with H.E. Mrs. Reckya Madougou, Minister of Microfinance and Employment of Young People and Women in Benin. On that occasion, Minister Madougou introduced the Programme de Micro-Crédit aux Plus Pauvres (MCCP, Programme of Micro-Credit to the Poorest Ones), launched in 2007 and implemented by the National Funds of Microfinance of the Ministry, in partnership with local microfinance institutions and international backers. Amb. Dho made a special visit to an association of beneficiary women in Cotonou and discussed with them about their experience of the programme. The purpose of that meeting was to understand how micro-credits can contribute to the achievement of the MDGs in countries where women have to run their households without any resources. Amb. Dho strongly believes that providing education and financial means to these women is a key option for sustainable poverty reduction.

Korean Experience Exchange Program Workshop, Cotonou, Benin
February 03, 2010

On February 3rd, 2010, at the Office of Ministry of Handicrafts and Tourism of Benin, the Korean Experience Exchange Program (KEEP) Workshop was held. The workshop was led by Ambassador Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of the Board of Directors, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and Ms. Mamata Djaouga, Minister of Handicraft and Tourism, Benin. Participants of the workshop included four Beninese participants of the KEEP 2009: Salahedine Djaouga, Abdel Hafiz Gomina, Alfa Sani Zouberou, Muriel Adoukonou; as well as ST-EP Foundation staff members, Kim Jeong Won, Project Manager, and Catherine Hamel, Sustainable Tourism Specialist. Staff of the Ministry also participated, including Guy Johnson, Technical Advisor. Among the topics discussed, education, investment in human resources and the Saemaul Undong (New Village Movement which began in Korea during the 1970s) were highlighted as Korea’s keys to rapid development from a donor recipient to aid donor country. Chairperson Dho invited the participants to share their ideas on how lessons learned in Korea could be used in the development of Benin. The workshop was covered by the national media.

Inauguration of new Thank You Small Library, Cotonou, Benin
February 02, 2010

On February 2nd, 2010, an inauguration ceremony was held for a brand new Thank You Small Library in Benin bringing the total to four in the country. At the event were Ambassador Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of the Board of Directors, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and Ms. Mamata Djaouga, Minister of Handicraft and Tourism, Benin (top left photo). During the ceremony a traditional dance choir performed in front of the dozens of people in attendance. Chairperson Dho spoke to the children and members of the community about how investment in education was key to Korea’s development success.

FITUR 2010, Madrid
January 27, 2010

From January 20~21, 2010, Ambassador Dho Young-shim attended FITUR 2010, Madrid, Spain. While there she participated in a meeting with Mr. Taleb Rifai, Secretary-General, UNWTO, Mr. Marcio Favilla, Executive Director, UNWTO, & Mr. Francesco Frangialli, Secretary-General, UNWTO. The meeting focused on the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and ensuring its sustainability and future success.Amb. Dho also attended the UNWTO’s special event on African tourism entitled, Investour. During the event she met with several high level tourism officials, including the Tourism Ministers of Niger and Senegal, as well as the Commissioner and Cabinet Director of Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

Meeting with Egyptian Minister of Tourism
January 23, 2010

On January 23, 2010, Ambassador Dho held a meeting with Mr. Zoheir Garranah, the Egyptian Minister of Tourism. The meeting was attended by the Egyptian Ambassador to Korea, H.E. Mohamed Elzorkany and Embassy Officials. Minister Garranah expressed his interest in the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and Ambassador Dho explained its history, activities and projects. She paid special mention to the Korean Experience Exchange Program as two of its participants had come from Egypt. The discussion also focused on development activities, and more specifically on how tourism can be used as a method to fight poverty. Although still relatively a new idea, people are starting to understand the ST-EP concept. The Minister spoke of an initiative in Egypt ran by the government to help the poorest 1000 villages. He then explained another initiative being spearheaded by a wealthy retired businessman that helps the poor through his Foundation. He highlighted this Foundation because of its impressive work. He said that he would welcome the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation helping in Egypt any way it can. Both the Minister and Chairperson Dho agreed that the best projects are those that involve the local people doing the work, thus maximizing the benefit to those who need it.

Visits to International Olympic Committee & World Economic Forum
January 19, 2010

On January 19th, 2010, Ambassador Dho Young-shim visited both IOC Headquarters in Lausanne and WEF Headquarters in Geneva. At IOC Headquarters Ambassador Dho met with Mr. Tommy Sithole, Director of International Cooperation & Development. Among the topics discussed was the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation’s Thank You Small Library program. At present there are eight Thank You Small Libraries located in five countries: Mozambique (2); Mali (2); Senegal (2); Benin (1); & Cameroon (1). Mr. Sithole visited the Olympafrica TYSL in Mozambique. He was very impressed and expressed his appreciation to ST-EP Foundation.At WEF Headquarters, Ambassador Dho met with its CEO & Founder, Dr. Klaus Schwab. During the meeting they discussed the upcoming World Economic Forum on Africa to be in Tanzania, May 2010. They also discussed the importance of interfaith dialogue between world religions as Korea was selected to host the World Council of Churches 2013 General Assembly.

TYSL Media Coverage, Chosun Ilbo
January 15, 2010

On January 15th, 2010, an article about the four newly established Thank You Small Libraries in Ghana appeared in The Chosun Ilbo. The article highlighted UNWTO ST-EP Foundation’s work in Africa and in particular Ghana where is has established a total of 18 Thank You Small Libraries in two years. On January 13th, an opening ceremony was held for one of these brand new libraries located at Kwabenya, Accra. The ceremony was attended by special guest Mrs. Nane Maria Annan, wife of Former Secretary-General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan. Ambassador Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of the Board of Directors, ST-EP Foundation, also attended and gave remarks underscoring the importance of education for the youth of Ghana, Africa and the world. Meanwhile, the Hon. Juliana Azumah-Mensah, Minister of Tourism, Ghana, the Hon. Kwabena Akyeampong, Dep. Minister of Tourism, and community leaders attended as well. The Chosun Ilbo (Chosun Daily News) is one of the major newspapers in South Korea with a daily circulation of over 2,200,000.

Thank You Small Library established in Kwabenya, 15th TYSL in Ghana
January 13, 2010

On January 13th, 2010, the opening ceremony for a Thank You Small Library was held at Kwabenya, Accra. The opening marked the 15th TYSL to be opened in Ghana with another three set to be established by week’s end bringing the total to 18. The ceremony was attended by Mrs. Nane Maria Annan, the wife of former United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan (shown in photo seated with Deputy Minister of Tourism, Hon. Kwabena Akyeampong, Ambassdor Dho Young-shim and community leaders). With hundreds of the school’s young students in attendance, both Ambassador Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of the Board of Directors, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and Mrs. Annan, both spoke of the importance of education, especially in developing communities in rural Africa. A special performance was also given by the world renown Winneba Youth Choir.

Interview on Educational Broadcasting System, “Implanting Korea in Africa”
January 06, 2010

On January 6th, 2010, Ambassador Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of the Board of Directors, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation, taped an interview on the Educational Broadcasting System television program "Talk'N Issue“ The show’s theme was "Implanting Korea in Africa”. During the interview, Chairperson Dho promoted the activities of the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation, highlighting its sustainable tourism projects. To date, ST-EP Foundation has 40 sustainable tourism for eliminating poverty projects in 28 countries, including 19 African countries. In addition, Ambassador Dho also discussed the importance of education in eliminating poverty. Education was instrumental in the development of Korea from a donor recipient country to becoming a member of the OECD Development Assistance Committee (the first such country to do so). Education remains a very important aspect of Korean society with millions of dollars spent each year on private education. Naturally then another means of “implanting Korea in Africa” is by sharing the keys to its success – with education at the top of that list. ST-EP Foundation is therefore spearheading the Thank You Small Library initiative which establishes small libraries in poor communities of developing countries. Since October 2007, 72 Thank You Small Libraries have been established with 63 of them located in African countries. EBS is Korea’s premier cable educational network.

Meeting with Michelle Kwan, U.S. Public Diplomacy Ambassador
January 04, 2010

On January 4th, 2010, Ambassador Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of the Board of Directors, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation, met with the United States’ Public Diplomacy Ambassador, Michelle Kwan and Her Excellency, Kathleen Stevens, Ambassador of the United States to the Republic of Korea. Regarded as one of the most recognized and successful figure skaters of all time, Ms. Kwan is the most decorated figure skater in U.S. history. However, upon her retirement from the figure skating world, she pursued her bachelor’s degree in international relations; a subject she is now studying at the graduate level. Ms. Kwan’s appointment to serve as an envoy for the United States came on November 9, 2006, with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice naming her as public diplomacy ambassador. In this non-salaried position, Kwan promotes American values especially to young people and sports enthusiasts around the world. Her diplomatic position as an envoy has continued in the Barack Obama administration where she has worked with vice-president Joe Biden and Secretary-of-State Hillary Clinton. During the meeting, Ambassador Dho discussed the work of the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation as well as the synergy that exists between sports and tourism which can be channeled into poverty fighting efforts.

 
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