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110th 'Thank You Small Library' in Olympafrica Centre, Serrekunda East, Gambia
December 16, 2011

The opening ceremony was held at the Olympafrica center and approximately 500 young people came out with colored balloons to attend the launch which also included music and a brief viewing of the vast selection of books on offer. The TYSLs received a donation of 1500 books, a computer and printer set, an overhead projector, chairs, roundtables, bookshelves, soccer balls, pens and pencils, pencil cases, sharpeners, erasers, notebooks, educational posters and maps. And each one also included a UNAIDS Corner with valuable HIV awareness materials. The TYSLs were a joint effort by the PyeongChang 2018 Games and the Gangwon Province.

109th 'Thank You Small Library' in Olympic House, Banjul, Gambia
December 16, 2011

Two key UN MDG TYSLs were established in Banjul, The Gambia, at the Gambia National Olympic Committee (GNOC) and the Olympafrica sports center on December 13, 2011 coordinated by Ambassador Dho in the presence of International Olympic Committee (IOC) Member, Beatrice Allen, GNOC president Momodou Dibba, and the Director of the Gambia National Library, Abdou Mbye, on behalf of the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education (MOBSE) and Laura Walden of SportsFeatures.com. The TYSLs received a donation of 1500 books, a computer and printer set, an overhead projector, chairs, roundtables, bookshelves, soccer balls, pens and pencils, pencil cases, sharpeners, erasers, notebooks, educational posters and maps. And each one also included a UNAIDS Corner with valuable HIV awareness materials. This marked a first for a TYSL to be created in conjunction with a National Olympic Committee and the ninth one at an Olympafrica center. The TYSLs were a joint effort by the PyeongChang 2018 Games and the Gangwon Province.

World Youth Choir Sings Peace at 2011 Nobel Peace Prize Award Ceremony
December 16, 2011

The World Youth Choir was invited to sing at the Nobel Peace Award Ceremony in Oslo City Hall where they impressed the audience with beautiful harmony. At the ceremony, the WYC sang for the 3 Nobel Peace Prize winners, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Leymah Gbowee and Tawakkul Karman. On the 11th of December the WYC performed again at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert. The WYC is a signature project under the patronage of IFCM (International Federation for Choral Music). Ambassador Dho Young-shim , UN MDG Advocacy Group is a member of Board of IFCM. She also invited the WYC in 2004 when Korea sponsored to host the annual tour of the WYC. Ambassador Dho hosted working luncheon for the WYC and discussed to work together to have WYC another tour during the World Symposium on Choral music in 2014 in Korea. IFCM and the UNWTO STEP Foundation hope to host the World Symposium on Choral Music in 2014 in Korea to promote education through music.

Herald Media reports on UNWTO STEP ASEAN Plus Day, Green Tourism Steps Forward in Seoul
December 11, 2011

Tourism chiefs from Southeast Asia and Mongolia have completed a project in Korea to boost green travel in their countries. Foreign government officials, lecturers and tour guides traveled around Korea taking in popular tourist spots such as temples and Seoraksan as well as studying the language for ten weeks until Dec. 9. Malaysian tour guide Loke Chew Koon said the experience would help her assist people traveling to her country, as 262,000 Koreans did last year. “It is very useful so that we can promote our country in an effective way, and to be connected with other tourism workers from other ASEAN countries,” she said. Siriluck Prachpunyathorn, director of Thailand’s Smile Plus Holidays said: “Many Thai people prefer to travel in Korea to experience Korean culture, visit spots like Seoroksan and go to shopping areas like Myeong-dong.” The ASEAN Plus Project was part of the United Nations World Tourism Organization’s ST-EP program, which is headquartered in Seoul. The program, which stands for Sustainable Tourism Eliminating Poverty, aims to use tourism to fight world poverty in an economically and environmentally sustainable way. “Sustainable tourism is very important.” Mongolian National Tourism Center marketing officer Erdenechimeg Byambaa said. “In Mongolia, tourism is growing well so we must make sure that we develop sustainably.”The annual program aimed to develop tourism ties across different Asian countries as well as promoting green growth in the industry. Dho Young-shim ambassador for the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation said: “When people ask ‘What do you remember when you visit a country?’ it is not the pyramids and it is not the Eiffel Tower. “It is not an object or a building that lives with you, it is the people. “At the end of the day it all comes down to people and that is why the personal relationships built on this program are so important.”By Kirsty Taylor (kirstyt@heraldm.com)

Meeting at Jeunesses Musicales Norway office.
December 10, 2011

On Dec. 10th, 2011, Ambassador Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of Board of Directors, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDG Advocacy Group Member had a meeting with the World Youth Choir Foundation Board of Directors and Michael Anderson, President of IFCM and Gábor Móczár, Vice-President of ECA-EC at Jeunesses Musicales Norway office.

Graduation of Korea-ASEAN Plus Project, Class of 2011
December 08, 2011

On the 7th of December, graduation ceremony of Korea-ASEAN Plus Project, class of 2011 took place at the seminar room of UNWTO STEP Foundation Office. The certificate of the graduation was awarded by Mr. Shin Yong Eon, director of Bureau of Tourism Industry of the MCST (Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Korea). Mr. Shin remarked in his congratulatory speech that since 2006 the MCST has been supporting the project and through this project he wishes 20 participants would have formed and continue to form a special bond among Korea and ASEAN countries (Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam) plus Mongolia. Ms. Masankay from Philippines delivered a valedictory speech of gratitude on behalf of 19 participants. Mr. Lee Sang-hwa, Political Officer in the Secretary General’s Office in the UN gave a special lecture on ‘The role of UN for Sustainable Tourism’ to mark the importance of tourism in development. Ambassador Dho, Chairperson of Board of Directors of the UNWTO STEP Foundation organized a luncheon celebrating the graduation. Ambassador Dho congratulated and thanked the participants for their cooperation during the project and assured that the cooperation will continue through Korea- ASEAN Plus Project in the future.

UNWTO STEP-ASEAN PLUS Day, a Showcase of 9 Nations' Cultural Performance
December 08, 2011

UNWTO STEP-ASEAN Plus Day was held on the 5th of December at the Auditorium of KTO (Korea Tourism Organization) Building. UNWTO STEP-ASEAN Plus Day is an annual event showcasing cultural performances and tourism promotion of 8 ASEAN countries (Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam) plus Mongolia. 20 participants of Korea-ASEAN Plus Project were the stars on the stage. Ambassador Dho, Chairperson of Board of Directors of the UNWTO STEP Foundation gave a welcome speech mentioning that it is people that is etched in the memory and through the project the participants will form an invaluable network. The event was aired on tbs eFM news the same evening. Among the guests were Mr. Nguon, counsellor of Royal Embassy of Cambodia, Mr. Rizal, Director of Malaysia Tourism office Korea, Mr. Dang, First Secretary of Embassy of Vietnam and Ms. Kagwanja, First Secretary of Embassy of Kenya.

UNWTO STEP ASEAN Plus Day aired on tbs eFM news.
December 05, 2011

The annual ASEAN Plus day, put on by the United Nations World Tourism Organization's STEP Foundation, was held in downtown Seoul showcasing Southeast Asian and Mongolian tourism. tbs eFM's Lisa Schroeder reports.(Report) ASEAN Plus Day The efforts of the ten-week Southeast Asian nation and Korea Tourism Organization's cross-cultural promotional tour came together in the ASEAN Plus Day event held in the KTO's main building. Traditional music, dance and national costumes from Southeast Asia and Mongolia along with pamphlets and tourism information, were on display to entice Korean tourists. A Cambodian couple opened the event dancing slowly back and forth while delicately moving their hands in the traditional way. The event highlighted the mutual beneficial tourism promotion course between the KTO and ASEAN countries. Other nations represented were Vietnam, Laos and the Philippines, an already popular destination for Korean tourists. Marisa Mansacai of the Philippine tourist board explains why. "The Philippines is in Southeast Asia, the number one destination and place for Koreans to study English because in the Philippines many of the Filipinos speak good English." While the Philippines receives hundreds of thousands of Korean tourists each year, Laos only gets a fraction of that. About 27-thousand visited in 2010. Phanith Rashbouth of the Laos National Tourism Authority explains the draw of the country for Koreans. "Because Koreans want to see nature and want to go to the new tourist destinations." And since intercountry visa restrictions were lifted in 2009, the number of Korean tourists to Laos have almost doubled. For tbs eFM news, I'm Lisa Schroederhttp://tbsefm.seoul.kr/index.do?method=mainIndex

Meeting with H.E. Abay Woldu, the President of Tigray, Ethiopia, November 23, 2011
December 05, 2011

On November 23, 2011, Ambassador Dho Young-shim, Chairperson, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDG Advocacy Group Member, held a meeting with H.E. Abay Woldu, the President of Tigray, Ethiopia. The delegation was composed with Amb. Kim JeongGeun, Korean Ambassador to Ethiopia, Dr. Belay Ejigu Begashaw, Director, The MDG Centre & Tadelech Dalacho, State minister, ministry of culture and tourism, Ethiopia & Sejin Koh, Professor of archeology & Dr.Awash Teklehaimanot Tesfay, Director of Millennium Project. President Woldu expressed his hope to further the cooperation with Korea and UNWTO ST-EP Foundation for eliminating poverty through sustainable tourism.

Cooperation between UNWTO, ST-EP Foundation and the Jordan River Foundation
November 29, 2011

On the 29th of November Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan attended the UNAIDS Fourth High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan, Korea and UNWTO, ST-EP Foundation and the Jordan River Foundation agreed to work together for projects targeted to strengthen community based initiatives through tourism in Jordan.

에티오피아에 100번째 작은 도서관 문열다(조선일보 2011년 11월 28일자 A31면)
November 28, 2011

본사와 ST-EP재단이 힘모아 마야초등학교에 도서관 선물'작은 도서관' 2007년 시작해 14개국 아이들에게 '꿈' 심어축구장 반만한 크기의 에티오피아 학교 운동장에 학생들과 이웃 주민 1400여명이 빽빽이 들어찼다. 학교 입구와 운동장 하늘에는 '조선일보 고맙습니다 작은 도서관' 영문 플래카드가 걸렸다. 흰색 종이에 '안녕하세요' '사랑해요'라고 쓰인 한글 포스터도 학교 벽 곳곳에 붙어 있다. 흰색의 에티오피아 전통의상 혹은 노란색 티셔츠를 입은 까맣고 귀여운 얼굴의 남녀 어린이 합창단 40여명이 손에 파란색과 노란색 풍선을 들고 있다. 아이들 입에서 정확한 발음의 애국가가 흘러나왔다."동해물과 백두산이 마르고 닳도록…."6·25 참전국인 에티오피아의 수도 아디스아바바 내 알렘 마야(Alem Maya) 초등학교에 지난 25일(현지시각) '조선일보 고맙습니다 작은 도서관'(The Chosunilbo Thank You Small Library)이 문을 열었다. 조선일보가 지난 2010년 11월 12일 주최한 '2010 서울사회공헌포럼'의 참가비 수익금 3300만원을 UNWTO(유엔세계관광기구) 산하 ST-EP재단(이사장 도영심)에 기증해 마련된 도서관이다. ST-EP재단은 지난 2007년 아프리카 각국 학교에 도서관을 지어주는 '고맙습니다 작은 도서관' 사업을 시작, 그동안 에티오피아·탄자니아·가나·세네갈·나미비아·남아공 등 14개국에 도서관 99개를 조성했다. '조선일보 도서관'은 100번째이다. 알렘 마야 초등학교 내 ‘조선일보 고맙습니다 작은 도서관’에서 학생들과 교사가 태극기와 에티오피아 국기, 축구공과 학용품 등을 손에 들고 기뻐하고 있다. /아디스아바바=김기훈 기자 알렘 마야 초등학교는 아디스아바바의 북서쪽에 있으며, 초등학교 1~8학년까지 학년당 3개 학급씩 모두 24개 학급 학생 1361명을 교사 44명이 돌보고 있다. 조선일보와 재단은 이 학교의 약 70㎡ 크기 교실을 수리하고 현지의 새 책 3000여권, 한국 전래동화 1세트, 책상·의자·컴퓨터·학용품·세계지도 등 기자재를 새로 구입해 도서관으로 깔끔하게 단장했다. 또 도서관 옆에 데스크톱 컴퓨터 12대와 프린터, 빔프로젝터, 복사기 등을 갖춘 정보검색실(Small ICT Center)을 별도로 마련, 학생들이 책뿐 아니라 컴퓨터와도 친해질 수 있도록 배려했다.개관식에서 학생과 교사들은 전통복장을 입고 춤을 추고 노래하며 잔치를 했다. 에티오피아 측에서 아민 압둘카디르(Abdulkadir) 문화관광부 장관과 타델레치 달라초(Dalacho) 차관, 교육부와 지역 주요인사 등이, 한국 측에서는 도 이사장과 김종근 에티오피아 주재 한국대사가 참석해 도서관을 둘러보고 축하인사를 했다. 압둘카디르 장관은 "정부가 교육보급에 노력하면서 자녀를 초등학교에 보내는 부모가 점점 늘고 있다"며 "에티오피아의 학생들에게 더 좋은 교육환경을 제공해 준 조선일보와 UN에 감사한다"고 말했다. 아디스아바바=김기훈 기자 Copyright ⓒ 조선일보 & Chosun.com

Prime Minister of Ethiopia Congratulates ST-EP Foundation Addis Ababa, November 25, 2011
November 25, 2011

On November 25, 2011, Ambassador Dho Young-shim, Chairperson, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDG Advocacy Group Member, held a meeting with H.E. Meles Zenawi Asres, Prime Minister of Ethiopia. They discussed UNWTO ST-EP Foundation’s continuous efforts in Ethiopia for development and poverty elimination. Prime Minister Zenawi expressed his appreciation to Ambassador Dho and the ST-EP Foundation. During Ambassador Dho’s visit to Ethiopia, the 100th UN MDGs The Chosunilbo Thank You Small Library was established. The ST-EP Foundation’s Thank You Small Library project has its roots in Ethiopia beginning with 8 projects in 2008. 13 Thank You Small Libraries will be opened in Ethiopia by end of November and 111 around the world by the end of 2011. Amb. Dho initiated ST-EP Pilot Project in Koraro, one of the Millennium Villages in Ethiopia. This groundbreaking project is supported by the Government of the Republic of Korea which is providing funds through UNWTO ST-EP Foundation.

The First TYSL ICT Center Established at Alem Maya Primary School, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
November 25, 2011

On November 21, 2011, the 1500 students of Alem Maya Primary School began benefiting from the very 1st Thank You Small Library Information Communication Technology(ICT) Center established by UNWTO ST-EP Foundation. Ambassador Dho Young-shim, Chairperson, ST-EP Foundation & UN MDG Advocacy Group Member, was greeted by the students and staff who thanked her for enabling the school to have its first ICT Center. H.E. Amind Abdulkadir and H.E. Tadelech Dalacho the, both Minister and the State Minister of culture and tourism of Ethiopia participated in the opening ceremony to celebrate this memorable event. Funded by Korea EXIM Bank, a total of 12 PCs were donated including printer, scanner, copy machine, beam projector, IT/Computer related books. Chairs, roundtables, educational posters, etc.. were also given.

100th Thank You Small Library, Alem Maya Primary School, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
November 25, 2011

On November 25, 2011, monumental 100th Thank You Small Library opened its gate to the students of Alem Maya Primary school in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Ambassador Dho Young-shim, Chairperson, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation & UN MDG Advocacy Group Member, visited Alem Maya Primary School, home to the 100th Thank You Small Library established by ST-EP Foundation. The students have already started making constructive use of their new library and gave Ambassador Dho a warm welcome. In the opening ceremony, H.E. Amind Abdulkadir and H.E. Tadelech Dalachothe, both Minister and the State Minister of culture and tourism of Ethiopia participated to celebrate this memorable event. Funded by Chosunilbo, the leading news agency in Korea, the school’s students will benefit from the donation of more than 3000 books which included a small selection of Korean fairytales. A computer, chairs, roundtables, bookshelves, first aid kits, soccer balls, pens and pencils, sharpeners, erasers, notebooks, educational posters and maps, etc.. were also given.

Thank You Small Library, Iwiket Lefire Primary School, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
November 21, 2011

On November 21, 2011, the 1500 students of Iwiket Lefire Primary School began benefiting from the Thank You Small Library established by UNWTO ST-EP Foundation. Ambassador Dho Young-shim, Chairperson, ST-EP Foundation & UN MDG Advocacy Group Member, was greeted by the students and staff who thanked her for enabling the school to have its first library. A total of 1500 books were donated including a small selection of Korean fairytales. A computer, chairs, roundtables, bookshelves, first aid kits, soccer balls, pens and pencils, sharpeners, erasers, notebooks, educational posters and maps, etc.. were also given.

Thank You Small Library, Abiyot Fanna Primary School, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
November 21, 2011

On November 21, 2011, the Thank You Small Library was established by UNWTO ST-EP Foundation at Abiyot Fanna Primary School. Ambassador Dho Young-shim, Chairperson, ST-EP Foundation & UN MDG Advocacy Group Member, paid the school a special visit and met the students and staff. The school has a student population of 700 and did not have a library before the Thank You Small Library was opened. A total of 1500 books were donated including a small selection of Korean fairytales. A computer, chairs, roundtables, bookshelves, first aid kits, soccer balls, pens and pencils, sharpeners, erasers, notebooks, educational posters and maps, etc.. were also given.

Thank You Small Library, Meri Primary School, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
November 21, 2011

On November 21, 2011, Ambassador Dho Young-shim, Chairperson, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation & UN MDG Advocacy Group Member, visited Meri Primary School, home to the Thank You Small Library established by ST-EP Foundation. The students have already started making constructive use of their new library and gave a warm welcome. The school’s students will benefit from the donation of 1500 books which included a small selection of Korean fairytales. A computer, chairs, roundtables, bookshelves, first aid kits, soccer balls, pens and pencils, sharpeners, erasers, notebooks, educational posters and maps, etc.. were also given.

Advocacy Group Member Dho delivers message with H.H. Sheikha Moza at MDG Session, WISE 2011
November 16, 2011

On November 3, 2011, in Doha, Qatar, on the invitation of Her Highness Sheikha Moza, fellow UN MDG Advocacy Group Member, Ambassador Dho Young-shim, delivered remarks at a special MDG Session during World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) 2011. The session’s theme was “Innovative mechanisms and partnerships for international development cooperation in education.” Ambassador Dho spoke about the importance of innovative financing as well as matching funds to enable the improvement of education systems towards the achievement of universal primary education (MDG2) in developing countries. At present, 69 million children are out-of-school around the world. Ambassador Dho cited Korea as a prime example of nation that put education at the heart of its development strategy after the Korean War (1950-53). In the four decades that follow, Korea’s per capita income rose from $69 to $20,000.

50th Anniversary of Seoul Metropolitan City Tourism Association, November 8, 2011
November 08, 2011

On November 8, 2011, a ceremony was held commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the establishment of the Seoul Metropolitan City Tourism Association. Ambassador Dho Young-shim, Chairperson, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDG Advocacy Group Member delivered remarks.In her speech, Ambassador Dho highlighted the importance of Seoul City to Korea’s growing tourism industry. Korea is approaching 10 million international tourism arrivals (target for visit Korea Years 2010-2012), and 70% of these tourists stay in Seoul.

Gifts from Winneba, Africa Children Sing, November 7, 2011, Seoul
November 07, 2011

On November 7, 2011, Mr. Derkyi Edusei visited UNWTO ST-EP Foundation headquarters. Mr. Derkyi presented Ambassador Dho with gifts of appreciation from the Winneba Youth Choir of Ghana for the hospitality shown to the group during their Korean tour in November 2011 and also for the ST-EP Foundation’s support for African Children Sing! since 2007.

Evaluation of Thank You Small Library project Ghana November 7, 2
November 07, 2011

On November 7, 2011, Mr. Edusei Derkyi, visited UNWTO ST-EP Foundation headquarters. At that time, presented the finding of an evaluation he conducted for the four new Thank You Small Library projects established in July 2011. Each of the libraries are being used on a daily basis and have been incorporated into the schools’ class schedules. Meanwhile, Mr. Derkyi emphasized that the teachers have been using the contents of the Thank You Small Libraries as valuable resources for lesson planning.

Inspection of Discover Ghana Billboards Project November 7, 2011,
November 07, 2011

On November 7, 2011, Mr. Edusei Derkyi, visited UNWTO ST-EP Foundation headquarters and delivered the findings of the inspection conducted on the Discover Ghana Billboards project. To date, eight of 35 billboards have been installed. The project aims to enhance tourism in each of the ten administrative regions in Ghana. In partnership with the Ministry of Tourism, Ghana, the project is supported by Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Korea (Visit Korea Year 2010~2012), UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UNWTO.

UNWTO 19th General Assembly Evaluation Luncheon with Ministry of Culture, Sports & Tourism, November
November 07, 2011

On November 7, 2011, a working luncheon was held between the International Tourism Division, Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MCST), the Republic of Korea and the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation. Both groups worked closely together for the success of the 19th Session of the UNWTO General Assembly hosted in Gyeongju, Korea.

Revisit to Tobias Hainyeko UN MDG Thank You Small Library
November 04, 2011

On November 2, 2011, a revisit to the UN MDG Thank You Small Library at Tobias Hainyeko Primary was made by Ambassador Dho Young-shim. Opened in May 2011, the Thank You Small Library has been kept in very good condition and is used on a daily basis by the students. The children greeted Amb. Dho’s arrival with a special performance and several sat in the library and discussed their favorite books with her.

UNAIDS Corner at UN MDG Thank You Small Library
November 04, 2011

On November 2, 2011, the first UNAIDS Corner was established in a UN MDG Thank You Small Library. The first UNAIDS Corner is located at the Dr. Frans Aupa Indongo Primary School, Windhoek, Namibia.In August 2011, a meeting was held between Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and MDG Advocacy Group Member and Mr. Michel Sidibe, Executive Director of UNAIDS. At that time, it was discussed how to use Thank You Small Library as a platform to educate children at an early age (and their mothers) about HIV/AIDS prevention and that the disease is not a curse – it can be fought through modern treatments. UN MDG Thank You Small Library has been adopted in the Action Plan of the United Nations Secretary-General’s Advocacy Group which encourages partnerships that promote and combine “health and education”. UNAIDS will donate books, posters and other educational materials to be placed in UNAIDS Corners of selected Thank You Small Libraries.

103nd UN MDG Thank You Small Library established
November 04, 2011

On November 2, 2011, the opening ceremony for the 103rd UN MDG Thank You Small Library was held at Dr. Frans Aupa Indongo Primary School. Amb. Dho Young-shim participated along with Dr. Shangula, Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Environment and Tourism. This TYSL is the first to include a UNAIDS Corner made possible by a donation of educational books, pamphlets and posters by UNAIDS. The purpose of the collaboration between ST-EP Foundation and UNAIDS is to educate children at an early age and mothers about HIV/AIDS prevention and that the disease can be fought. A TYSL received a complete donation of 1500 books, a computer and printer set, chairs, roundtables, bookshelves, first aid kits, soccer balls, pens and pencils, pencil cases, sharpeners, erasers, notebooks, educational posters and maps, solar flashlights, etc…

102nd UN MDG Thank You Small Library established Windhoek, Namibia
November 04, 2011

On November 2, 2011, the 102nd UN MDG Thank You Small Library was established at Olof Palme Primary School. The children greeted Ambassador Dho with welcoming messages of appreciation, as well as with a song and dance performance by the school choir. The Thank You Small Library received a donation of 1500 books, a computer and printer set, chairs, roundtables, bookshelves, first aid kits, soccer balls, pens and pencils, pencil cases, sharpeners, erasers, notebooks, educational posters and maps, solar flashlights, etc…

유엔세계관광기구 스텝재단, UNAIDS와 협력, 아프리카 나미비아 수도 빈트후크에 ‘고맙습니다 작은도서관’ 2개소 조성
November 04, 2011

사막기후인 빈트후크의 이글거리는 태양아래 양철상자 같은 집들 사이로 아지랑이가 피어 오른다. 식민통치 시절 나미비아 원주민들은 빈트후크 외곽 카투투라 지역으로 쫓겨나 집안에 화장실도 없는 판자촌으로 내몰렸고, 현재도 나미비아 전역에서 일자리를 찾아 빈트후크로 밀려오는 빈곤 이주민들이 정착하고 있다. 생업에 쫓기는 부모들 밑의 아이들은 제대로 된 교육을 받지 못하고, 부모마저 없어 아이들끼리 생활하는 집도 부지기수다. 이 카투투라 지역에 우리나라에 본부를 둔 유엔세계관광기구 스텝재단 (UNWTO ST-EP Foundation, 이하 ‘스텝재단’, 이사장 도영심)이 현지 어린이들과 지역주민을 위한 도서관을 개관 했다. 강원도청과 UNAIDS의 후원으로 카투투라 지역 내 Dr.Frans Aupa Indongo 초등학교, Olof Palme 초등학교에 2개의 도서관이 조성되었으며, 도서 약 3,000권을 비롯하여, 책장, 원탁, 의자, 사서용 책걸상 세트 등 가구와 문구류, 축구공, 구급상자, 교육용 포스터 등이 구비되었다. 특히 이번 나미비아 “고맙습니다 작은도서관” 에는 UNAIDS에서 제공한 에이즈 예방 교육을 위한 도서 코너를 처음으로 도입하여 나미비아 성인의 주요 사망원인 중 하나인 에이즈관련 질병에 대한 이해도 향상과 예방에 일조할 것으로 기대된다.나미비아 “고맙습니다 작은도서관” 개관식은 11월 1일 오후 2시, 빈트후크 Dr.Frans Aupa Indongo 초등학교에서 개최되었으며, 도영심 스텝재단 이사장을 비롯하여 Kalumbi Shangula 나미비아 관광부 차관보, 교육부 관계자, 해당지역 주요인사 및 지역주민들과 총 3개학교 학생들이 참석하여 전통 공연 경연을 벌이는 등 도서관 조성을 하나의 작은 축제로 만들었다. “고맙습니다 작은도서관 조성사업(Thank You Small Library Initiative)”은 저개발국에 소규모 도서관을 조성하는 사업으로, 2011년 11월 현재까지 아프리카 및 아시아 저개발국에 103개 도서관이 조성되었으며, 올해에는 이번 나미비아 사업을 비롯하여 에티오피아, 감비아, 세네갈 등 아프리카 각국의 극빈지역에 도서관이 추가되어, 111번째 도서관까지 개관될 전망이다.유엔의 특별기구인 유엔세계관광기구(UNWTO)는 유엔 새천년개발목표 중 하나인 빈곤퇴치를 실현하기 위해 스텝재단 설립을 추진하였고, 우리나라 정부의 적극적인 재단 본부 유치 노력으로 2005년 11월, UNWTO 총회에서 153개 회원국의 만장일치로 출범하였다.

WISE 2011 Link to MDG session
November 04, 2011

Please click the link below to watch thew full MDG Session at WISE 2011, Doha, QatarAmbassador Dho speaks at 28:45. http://www.wise-qatar.org/content/high-level-interactive-discussion-innovative-mechanisms-and-partnerships-international-devel

Busan Choral Festival & Competition 2011, November 2-5, 2011
November 02, 2011

The Busan Choral Festival and Competition 2011 was held November 2 to 5, 2011. Since 2002, the choral community has been gathering in Busan to celebrate and perform choral music. The festival’s increase in size, quality and popularity are a testament to the growth of choral music in Korea and Asia. This year’s edition saw 900 choral singers of 28 choirs from 12 nations come to Busan. The festival was created to nurture the growth of choral music with choirs competing for total prize money of US $55,000 in the competition section.

Meeting with Governor of Gangwon Province on Gambia Thank You Small Library Project
October 27, 2011

On October 19, 2011, during the launching ceremony of PyeongChang 2018 Winter Games Committee held in Seoul, Ambassador Dho Young Shim, Chairperson of ST-EP Foundation and Choi Moon-soon, Governor of Gangwon Province discussed the ‘Thank You Small Library’ Project in Gambia. ST-EP Foundation will establish two Thank You Small Libraries in the Banjul Area, one in the Gambian National Olympic Committee headquarters and the other at the Olympafrica center.

Minister of Culture, Sports & Tourism of the Republic of Korea visits UNWTO ST-EP Foundation
October 20, 2011

On October 20, 2011, Dr. Choe Kwang Shik, Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the Republic of Korea, visited UNWTO ST-EP Foundation headquarters. The Minister was welcomed by the Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of ST-EP Foundation and UN MDG Advocacy Group Member. The Korea-ASEAN Plus participants also greeted and thanked the Minister. The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism is the main funder of the annual 10 week program in which 20 tourism officials from 9 countries (Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, & Vietnam) learn about Korea’s tourism industry, language and culture, as well as to take part in cultural events.

Welcoming Workshop with ST-EP Foundation & Korea-ASEAN Plus
October 20, 2011

On October 20, 2011, a welcoming workshop was held by UNWTO ST-EP Foundation for the participants of the Korea-ASEAN Plus program. Ambassador Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of ST-EP Foundation and UN MDG Advocacy Group Member addressed the 20 participants from 9 countries stressing the importance of cooperation and network building between officials from different countries. Also in attendance was Mr. Harry Hwang, Deputy Director of the UNWTO Regional Programme for Asia and the Pacific.

Launch of PyeongChang Organizing Committee for 2018 Winter Olympics
October 19, 2011

On October 19, 2011, the Organizing Committee for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games was launched at an inaugural meeting in Seoul, Korea. Over 100 leading figures from Korean sports attended the meeting. Representatives from various sectors such as the national government, sports, media, art/culture, religion and education will form the Executive Board while the Prime Minister, Chairman of the National Assembly, and business leaders will form an advisory group. Ambassador Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of ST-EP Foundation joined the committee.

Thank You Small Library bilateral meeting with Namibia
October 19, 2011

On October 13 and 18, 2011, Ambassador Dho Young-shim, UN MDG Advocacy Group Member and Chairperson, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation held meetings with Dr. Kalumbi Shangula, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Tourism, Namibia during the 19th session of the UNWTO General Asembly in Gyeongju and at ST-EP Foundation Headquarters in Seoul. The discussions focused on the establishment of two more Thank You Small Libraries in Windhoek scheduled for November 2011. In May of 2011, the first Thank You Small Library in Namibia was opened. During his visit to Seoul, ST-EP Foundation organized a site-seeing cultural tour.

2014 Incheon Asian Games Organizing Committee
October 18, 2011

On October 18, 2011 Ambassador Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDG Advocacy Group Member was invited to deliver a special lecture at 2014 Incheon Asian Games Organizing Committee. The lecture was aimed to deliver the importance of 2014 Incheon Asian Games and required attitude of all AG Organizing Committee members.Ambassador Dho emphasized on ‘building legacy’ that will hand down to the following generation through hosting 2014 Incheon AG saying that there is a tremendous role Korea can perform to unite Asian countries under the name of sports and contribute to development of world sports.

ST-EP Foundation bilateral meetings with Ghana
October 16, 2011

On October 11 & 15, 2011, Ambassador Dho Young-shim, UN MDG Advocacy Group Member and Chairperson, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and the Hon. Akua Dansua, Minister of Tourism, Republic of Ghana, held bilateral meetings at the 19th UNWTO General Assembly in Gyeongju and at ST-EP Foundation Headquarters in Seoul. The discussions focused on the Discover Ghana Billboards Project of which 10 billboards of 35 have been erected. In addition, Ambassador Dho briefed the Minister on her role as a panelist during the Africa Session at the World Knowledge Forum to be held on October 12 in Seoul hosted by Maeil Kyungjae. UNWTO ST-EP Foundation is been very active in Ghana, especially through its UN MDG Thank You Small Library project. To date, 24 TYSLs have been established in Ghana including the first two pilot projects opened in October 2007 in Danfa and Abokobi.

Preparatory meeting for 9th UNWTO ST-EP Foundation Board of Directors ST-EP Foundation Headquarters
October 15, 2011

On October 15, 2011, a preparatory meeting was held at UNWTO ST-EP Foundation headquarters for its 9th Board of Directors meeting. Participants included Ambassador Dho Young-shim, Chairperson, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation, Mr. Francesco Frangialli, President, ST-EP Foundation, Dr. Taleb Rifai, Secretary-General (and Mrs. Rifai), UNWTO and the Hon. Akua Dansua, Minister of Tourism, Republic of Ghana. Among the issues discussed were the timing, location and agenda of the 9th Board of Directors meeting to be held during FITUR in Madrid, January 2012.

Korea-ASEAN Plus attend 19th UNWTO General Assembly
October 15, 2011

From October 8th to 14th, the Korea-ASEAN Plus participants attended the 19th Session of the UNWTO General Assembly in Gyeongju, Korea. Ambassador Dho introduced the team to UNWTO Secretary-General, Dr. Taleb Rifai. They also took part in two technical tours and attended lectures delivered by the UNWTO and Gyeongsangbukdo province.

Thank You Small Library bilateral meeting with Tanzania
October 14, 2011

On October 11 and 13, 2011, during the 19th Session of the UNWTO General Assembly in Gyeongju, Korea, bilateral meetings were held between Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDG Advocacy Group Member, and Mr. Ezekiel Maige, Minister of Natural Resources and Tourism, Tanzania. The meeting focused on moving forward with the establishment of a Thank You Small Library for Adults. On the occasion of the establishment of the 92nd Thank You Small Library in June 2011, H.E. Mama Salma Kikwete, First Lady of Tanzania asked ST-EP Foundation to establish the first Adult TYSL. Meanwhile, the Minister also requested support that ST-EP Foundation can provide for the improvement of natural and cultural tourism in Tanzania in order to diversify its tourism products.

8th UNWTO ST-EP Foundation, Board of Directors Meeting
October 13, 2011

On October 13th, 2011, at the 19th Session of the UNWTO General Assembly in Gyeongju, Korea, the Board of Directors of the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation held its 8th meeting. The meeting marked the end of the five year term which began in March 2006 with the first Board meeting in Berlin. Chairperson of the Board of Directors expressed her appreciation to Japan, Lesotho and Senegal for their commitment. She also congratulated Ecuador, India, Italy and Saudi Arabia on being re-elected by the Executive Council for a second term on the Board on which they will be joined by Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Ghana and Tanzania. Ambassador Dho Young-shim, Chairperson, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation led the meeting which included, Dr. Taleb Rifai, Members of the UNWTO Secretariat including Executive Directors, Mr. Marcio Favilla de Paula and Mr. Frederic Pierret, as well as Dr. Dawid de Villiers, Chairman of the World Committee on Tourism Ethics.

92nd UNWTO Executive Council elects new ST-EP Foundation Board of Directors
October 13, 2011

October 13, 2011, at the 19th Session of the UNWTO General Assembly in Gyeongju, Korea, the 92nd UNWTO Executive Council meeting was held. During the meeting the new Board of Directors was elected. Member States that comprise the Board include four new countries - Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Ghana, & Tanzania - and five returning members - Ecuador, India, Italy, Saudi Arabia and, the host country, Korea.

ST-EP Dinner at 19th session of the UNWTO General Assembly
October 13, 2011

On October 13, 2011, the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation hosted the ST-EP Dinner to mark the progress achieved in the UNWTO ST-EP Initiative. The dinner, which directly followed the 8th meeting of the ST-EP Foundation Board of Directors, included representatives from beneficiary countries as well as UNWTO Members supporting ST-EP initiatives. Speakers at the dinner included Ambassador Dho Young-shim, Chairperson, ST-EP Foundation, Dr. Taleb Rifai, Secretary-General, UNWTO and Dr. Mo Chul-Min, Vice Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism of the Republic of Korea. In total, 50 attendees and over 20 Member States were represented.

Amb. Dho Young-shim honored by UNWTO General Assembly
October 13, 2011

On October 13, 2011, Ambassador Dho Young-shim, Chairperson, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDG Advocacy Group Member was honored during the 19th session of the UNWTO General Assembly in Gyeongju, Korea. Ambassador Dho was recognized for her strong support and commitment to the UNWTO, the ST-EP Initiative and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. Dr. Taleb Rifai, Secretary-General, UNWTO presented the award on behalf of the General Assembly. He was joined by Mr. Francesco Frangialli, President, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation, who extended his congratulations.

Africa Session at 12th World Knowledge Forum hosted by Maeil Kyungjae l
October 12, 2011

On October 12, 2011, the Africa Session of the 12th World Knowledge Forum hosted by Maeil Kyungjae was held at Sheraton Walker Hill Hotel in Seoul. Ambassador Dho Young-shim, UN MDG Advocacy Group Member and Chairperson for UNWTO ST-EP Foundation moderated the expert panel which included Dr. Asha-Rose Migiro, Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations, the Hon. Ms. Akua Dansua, Minister of Tourism, Republic of Ghana, and Mr. Jack Leslie, Chair of the Board of Directors of the U.S. African Development Foundation (USADF). The session opened with remarks from Dr. Asha-Rose Migiro and included several questions from the audience. Topics discussed ranged from transcending negative images of poverty, civil war, disease and corruption that have plagued Africa, as well as its fast growth as a consumer market, resource supplier and production base. Parallels were drawn between present day Africa and the Republic of Korea just four decades ago before its fast economic transformation from a country with a per capita GDP of $69 per year to $20,000 per capita and member of the OECD Development Assistance Committee.

Informal Discussion on West African Cross Border Parks Sustainable Tourism Development Project
October 11, 2011

On October 11, 2011, during the 19th Session of the UNWTO General Assembly, Gyeongju, Korea, an informal discussion was held between the heads of delegations of West African nations participating in the West African Cross Border Parks Sustainable Tourism Development Project. The discussion was attended by representatives from: Benin, Burkina Faso, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Mali & Niger. Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation led the meeting with Mr. Ousmane Ndiaye, Regional Director of UNWTO Programme for Africa. ST-EP Foundation and the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) funded the project’s feasibility study from 2008-2009.

ST-EP Program Presentation for Heads of Delegations
October 11, 2011

On October 11, 2011, a special luncheon was hosted by Dr. Taleb Rifai, Secretary-General, UNWTO for the heads of delegations to the 19th session of the UNWTO General Assembly. During the luncheon a presentation was delivered by Mr. Frederic Pierret, Executive Director, UNWTO and Dr. Harsh Varma, Director of Development Assistance, UNWTO on projects being spearheaded under the ST-EP Initiative as well as funding opportunities.During the luncheon, on behalf of the UNWTO Dr. Taleb Rifai presented an award to Mr. Choe Kwang Shik, Miinster of Culture, Sports & Tourism, Korea, for the hosting of the 19th General Assembly and the Korean Government’s continued support for the UNWTO, the ST-EP Initiative and the ST-EP Foundation based in Seoul, Korea.

Korea-ASEAN Plus bilateral meeting with Mongolia
October 11, 2011

On October 11, 2011, Ambassador Dho Young-shim, Chairperson, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDG Advocacy Group Member held a meeting with Mr. Orgodol Tseden, Director of Tourism Department, Ministry of Nature, Environment and Tourism, Mongolia. The discussion focused on the participation of Mongolian tourism officials in the Korea-ASEAN Plus program whom were attending the 19th session of the UNWTO General Assembly in Gyeongju, Korea. The program is held annually and includes 20 participants from eight ASEAN countries Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam, “plus” Mongolia. The participants spend 10 weeks in Korea to learn about its tourism industry, Korean language and culture, as well as to take part in cultural events. The program also presents valuable opportunities for exchange between the ASEAN Plus countries and the host nation.

Thank You Small Library bilateral meeting with Gambia
October 11, 2011

On October 11, 2011 a bilateral meeting was held between Ambassador Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDG Advocacy Group Member and the Hon. Ms. Fatou Mas Jobe Njie, Minister of Tourism, The Gambia. The discussion focused on finalizing preparations for the establishment of two Thank You Small Libraries in the Gambian capital of Banjul in early December 2011 at the National Olympic Committee’s headquarters and the Olympafrica Center in Serekunda East. Both Thank You Small Libraries are located in densely populated areas with respect to youth aged 5-19 years old. The Thank You Small Library will add a much appreciated educational benefit to these sports centers.

Thank You Small Library bilateral meeting with Liberia
October 11, 2011

On October 11, 2011, Ambassador Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDG Advocacy Group Member, held a bilateral meeting with the Hon. Aissa Bright, Minister of Tourism, Liberia. Ambassador Dho congratulated Liberia’s Minister on the unanimous decision taken by the General Assembly to include it as a Member State of UNWTO. She also extended congratulations for the selection of Liberia’s President, H.E. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, as the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate.Ambassador Dho delivered an overview of the ST-EP Foundation’s Thank You Small Library project. ST-EP Foundation is looking into the possibility of establishing Thank You Small Libraries in Liberia’s capital city of Monrovia.

Thank You Small Library bilateral meeting with Senegal
October 11, 2011

On October 11, 2011, Ambassador Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDG Advocacy Group Member, held a bilateral meeting with Hon. Thierno Lo, Minister of Tourism, Republic of Senegal. The focus was the establishment of two Thank You Small Libraries in the city of Darou Mousty. The tentative timetable set for the establishment is early December 2011.

Thank You Small Library bilateral meeting with India
October 11, 2011

On October 11, 2011, during the 19th Session of the UNWTO General Assembly in Gyeongju, Korea, Ambassador Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDG Advocacy Group Member held a bilateral meeting with Mr. Subodh Kant Sahay, Minister of Tourism, India. ST-EP Foundation aims to establish three Thank You Small Libraries in the city of Dahej. The Minister offered his support to ensure the smooth establishment of the Thank You Small Libraries. He commented that in poorer urban areas of India, children have a notable capacity to learn computer skills if given the opportunity, adding that the Thank You Small Libraries could serve to improve these skills amongst youth.

Sporting Events & Tourism Economics hosted by Visa International
October 11, 2011

On October 11, 2011, a discussion forum was hosted by Visa International on Sporting Events and Tourism Economics. It delved into the economic spinoffs of major sporting events and the impact on the tourism industry. Ambassador Dho addressed the audience by commenting how public support and funds are key to successful bidding and hosting major sporting events, such as the Olympics, FIFA World Cup, etc… Therefore, it is essential to for the general public obtain real tangible benefits in the short and long-term. Mr. Marthinus van Schalkwyk, Minister of Tourism, South Africa, followed up by commenting that “tangible legacies” need to be the result of major sports events.

UN Deputy Secretary-General Cultural Visit to Hyanggyo Traditional School
October 10, 2011

On October 10, 2011, Dr. Asha-Rose Migiro took part in a special cultural visit to Hyanggyo Traditional School, Gyeongju, Korea. The visit was organized by the office of the Hon. Kim Kwan Yong, Governor of Gyeongsangbukdo Province and the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation. During the visit, Dr. Migiro delivered remarks to the audience which included representatives of the Hyanggyo Traditional School and the Saemaul Undong (New Village Movement) Gyeongsangbukdo Chapter. Dr. Migiro highlighted Korea’s development experience and how it can be applied to developing countries. She also discussed Korea’s emerging role as a donor country and her close work with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Ministerial Round Table on Fostering Growth & Achievement of MDGs through Tourism, Culture & Sport
October 10, 2011

On October 10, 2011, during the 19th session of the UNWTO General Assembly in Gyeongju, Korea, the Ministerial Round Table on Fostering Growth and the Achievement of the Millennium Development Goals through Tourism, Culture and Sports was held. 45 Ministers and 24 Vice Ministers took part in the discussion which also included the UN Deputy Secretary-General, Dr. Asha-Rose Migiro, the UNWTO Secretary-General, Dr. Taleb Rifai and MDG Advocacy Group Member and Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation, Ambassador Dho Young-shim. The moderator for the round table was Dr. Jeffrey Sachs, Special Advisor to the UN Secretary-General on the MDGs and UN MDG Advocacy Group Member. The discussion focused on the tourism industry as a tool for development; tourism is a labour intensive sector that creates 1 out of every 12 jobs worldwide. Meanwhile, tourism is also intimately linked to sports and culture which are viable tools to assist in the achievement of the MDGs.

Plaque of Appreciation presented by Earth Institute to Ministry of Culture, Sports & Tourism, Korea
October 10, 2011

On October 10, 2011, a plaque of appreciation was presented by Dr. Jeffry Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University to H.E. Mr. Choe Kwang Shik, Minister of Culture, Sports & Tourism, Republic of Korea for the Ministry’s support of the Millennium Villages in Africa as Tourism Destinations.Currently, the partners, which include the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation are working to develop the Millennium Villages’ tourism potential. The area of the Millennium Village of Koraro has been chosen for a pilot project. Koraro is located in northern Ethiopia and is 180km from the country’s oldest and holiest city of Axum. Dating back 2000 years and former capital for the Queen of Sheba, tourists and religious pilgrims that visit Axum may consider a visit to Koraro for its scenic beauty, unique rock-churches and to learn about the MDGs and development successes of the Millennium Village Projects.

19th Session of the UNWTO General Assembly Opening Ceremony
October 09, 2011

On October 9, 2011, the opening ceremony for the 19th Session of the UNWTO General Assembly was held at the Gyeongju Arts Center, Republic of Korea. Cultural performances gave the audience a representative flavor of Korean traditional song and dance.Distinguished speakers at the opening included, H.E. Mr. Kim Hwang-Sik, Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea, Dr. Asha-Rose Migiro, Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations and Dr. Taleb Rifai, Secretary-General, UNWTO. Each spoke of the tourism industry as a source of employment generation, poverty reduction and development. Dr. Migiro especially highlighted sustainable tourism and as a valuable contributor to the Millennium Development Goals and the international community.

UN MDG Special Advisor discusses ST-EP & with Chosun Ilbo
October 09, 2011

On October 9, 2011, the Chosun Ilbo (Korea’s largest newspaper with a daily circulation of over 2million) conducted an interview with Dr. Jeffrey Sachs, Special Advisor to the United Nations Secretary-General on the Millennium Development Goals. The interview covered a wide range of issues, including the current debt crisis in Greece, the occupy Wall Street protests, and the 19th Session of the UNWTO General Assembly being held in Gyeongju, Korea.Dr. Sachs was invited to the General Assembly to moderate a special Ministerial Round Table on “Fostering Growth and the Achievement of the Millennium Development Goals through Tourism, Culture and Sports”. 70 Ministers and Vice Ministers are expected to take part as well as UN Deputy Secretary-General, Dr. Asha-Rose Migiro and UNWTO Secretary-General, Dr. Taleb Rifai. Dr. Sachs highlighted the work of fellow UN MDG Advocacy Group Member Dho Young-shim who serves as Chairperson of the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation.

Partnership Agreement for Millennium Village Sustainable Agricultural Development Pilot Project
October 09, 2011

On October 9, 2011, a partnership agreement was signed for the Millennium Village Sustainable Agricultural Development Pilot Project. The partners which include, Gyeongsangbukdo province of Korea, the National Agricultural Cooperatives Federation of Korea (Nonghyup), Millennium Promise and UNWTO ST-EP Foundation, aim to help achieve the Millennium Development Goals through enhancing agricultural productivity. The pilot project will be launched at the Millennium Village in Sauri, Kenya, and will include an educational component with Thank You Small Libraries to be established by the ST-EP Foundation.

Meeting of Economic Community of West African States
October 08, 2011

On October 8, 2011, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) held a meeting during the 19th Session on the UNWTO General Assembly held in Gyeongju, Korea. ECOWAS members include: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Côte d'Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo. During the meeting a variety of West African tourism related projects and issues were discussed, including the Sustainable Tourism Development in a Network of Cross-Border Parks and Protected Areas of West Africa. UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and the Korean International Cooperation Agency funded the project’s feasibility study. The project aims to boost eco-tourism and reduce poverty for communities living around the parks.

UN MDG Advocacy Group adopts Thank You Small Library initiative as an Action Plan
October 07, 2011

On September 21, 2011, at UN Headquarters, during the 66th session of the General Assembly, H.E. Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda chaired the UN Secretary General's MDG Advocacy Group meeting.The major outcome was the adoption of the Action Plan of the UN Secretary General's Advocacy Group. The Action Plan encourages each Advocate to champion at least one MDG initiative that are grouped into two clusters - "food security and sustainable growth" and "health and education". Noted for its effectiveness in enhancing and encouraging education among youth of poor communities in developing countries, the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation's Thank You Small Library project has been included in the Action Plan. Led by MDG Advocate and Chairperson of ST-EP Foundation, Ambassador Dho Young-shim, to date 101 Thank You Small Libraries have been established since October 2007 (114 by end of 2011).

Korea-ASEAN Plus 2011 Orientation
October 04, 2011

On October 4, 2011, the participants of the Korea-ASEAN Plus 2011 took part in an orientation session led by Amb. Dho Young-shim, UN MDG Advocacy Group Member and Chairperson of the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation. In total, 20 participants from 9 countries (Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, & Vietnam) will spend 10 weeks in Korea learning about Korea’s tourism industry, taking a Korean language program and attending cultural events. The Korea-ASEAN Plus is also an opportunity to facilitate exchange between the ASEAN Plus nations and Korea, through such events as Korea-ASEAN Day.

World Tourism Day, Seoul, Republic of Korea
September 27, 2011

On September 27, 2011, the Republic of Korea took celebrated World Tourism Day. A special ceremony was held in the heart of Seoul at Gyeongbukgung Palace, one of Korea’s most popular tourist attractions. Ambassador Dho Young-shim, UN MDG Advocacy Group Member and Chairperson of the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation participated in the event along with Mr. Choe Kwang Shik, Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the Republic of Korea, Mr. Lee Cham, President and CEO, Korea Tourism Organization and Mr. Nam Sang-Man, Chairman, Korea Tourism Association. In 2010, international tourism arrivals increased 7% to 940million and a rise of 4~5% is expected in 2011 with the number of international travelers to hit 1 billion in 2012. Meanwhile, tourism arrivals to Korea also set a new record in 2010 reaching 8.8million. Korea has set a goal of reaching the 10million arrivals milestone by 2012.

Poverty Alleviation through Millennium Village as Tourism Destination Pilot Project,Koraro, Ethiopia
September 25, 2011

Between November 23-24, 2011, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation’s delegation led by Ambassador Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDG Advocacy Group Member visited Axum, Mekele, Koraro (Millennium Village in Ethiopia), for Poverty Alleviation through Millennium Village as Tourism Destination Pilot Project. Supported by the Government of the Republic of Korea which is providing funds through UNWTO ST-EP Foundation, this groundbreaking project will help the local people to fight against poverty through sustainable tourism.Meanwhile, Amb. Dho also had a meeting with H.E. Meles Zenawi Asres, Prime Minister of Ethiopia. During the meeting, they discussed UNWTO ST-EP Foundation’s continuous efforts in Ethiopia for development and poverty elimination. Prime Minister Zenawi expressed his appreciation to Ambassador Dho and the ST-EP Foundation.

Millennium Promise & ST-EP Foundation Partnership, New York, September 22, 2011
September 22, 2011

On September 22, in New York, at the Earth Institute at Columbia University a partnership meeting was held between Millennium Promise and ST-EP Foundation. The collaboration began in November 2008 with an MoU signed for the Korean Millennium Villages Project between Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), Millennium Promise, Gyeongsangbuk-do Province of Korea, and the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation for a $8,000,000 project in support of two Millennium Villages in Uganda and Tanzania. Currently pilot projects are being developed to tap the potential of Millennium Villages in Africa as tourism destinations as well as to utilize Korea’s Village Development movement (Saemaul Undong – a people driven movement which led Korea from $69 per capita GDP after the Korean War to $20,000 per capita GDP in under 5 decades) as a tool for African development.

Korea’s Village Development as a Tool for Africa: Pilot Project, New York, September 22, 2011
September 22, 2011

On September 22, 2011, in New York, Ambassador Dho Young-shim, UN MDG Advocacy Group Member and Chairperson of the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation held a meeting with Dr. Begashaw Belay, Director of the MDG Centre for East and Southern Africa for the Earth Institute at Columbia University. The meeting focused on the partnership being developed by Gyeongsangbuk-do Province, ST-EP Foundation, Nonghyup (National Agricultural Cooperative Federation ) and Millennium Promise to help achieve the Millennium Development Goals through enhancing agricultural productivity. In October 2011, a partnership agreement will be signed to carry out a pilot project at the Millennium Village in Sauri, Kenya for the period 2011-2015. Nonghyup will grant USD 500,000 to Millennium Promise for agricultural activities and USD 100,000 to ST-EP Foundation to establish Thank You Small Libraries. Gyeongsangbuk-do Province will provide the expertise such as vocational training, farming equipment support, and agricultural technology.

“Price of Civilization”, UN MDG Advocates meet at Earth Institute, New York, September 22, 2011
September 22, 2011

On September 22, 2011, in New York, UN MDG Advocacy Group Members, Amb. Dho Young-shim and Dr. Jeffrey Sachs met at the Earth Institute. The Advocates began work together in November 2008, when a Memorandum of Understanding was signed for the Korean Millennium Villages Project between Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), Millennium Promise, Gyeongsangbuk-do Province of Korea, and the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation. The purpose of the $8,000,000 project is to help achieve the Millennium Development Goals in two Millennium Villages of Uganda and Tanzania through community-based development. Dr. Sachs presented Ambassador Dho with his soon to be released book entitled “The Price of Civilization”, in which he diagnoses the USA’s economic ills and calls on Americans and the rest of the developed world to restore the virtues of fairness and honesty.

Millennium Villages in Africa as Tourism Destinations, New York, September 19,
September 19, 2011

On September 19, 2011, in New York, a meeting was held on the Millennium Villages in Africa as tourism destinations. The projects partners are Millennium Promise, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Republic of Korea, and UNWTO ST-EP Foundation. Four sites have been identified with untapped tourism potential – Koraro, Ethiopia; Sauri, Kenya; Mayange, Rwanda; and Pemba, Tanzania. Koraro, which has been selected as the pilot project, is located in the Hawzen district in northern Ethiopia. Although one of the poorest regions of the country it is approximately 180km from the town of Axum, which is Ethiopia's oldest city and a major tourism attraction. Axum dates back some 2,000 years to when it was the hub of the Axumite Empire capital for the Queen of Sheba. It is also a famous place for religious pilgrims as the Ethiopian Orthodox Church was founded there in the fourth century.

UN Deputy Secretary-General Preparation Meeting for UNWTO General Assembly & World Knowledge Forum
September 19, 2011

On September 19, 2011, at the Deputy Secretary-General’s Office at the United Nations, Ambassador Dho Young-shim, UN MDG Advocacy Group Member and Chairperson, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation, held a meeting with Dr. Asha-Rose Migiro. The meeting was in preparation for Dr. Migiro’s participation in the 19th Session of the UNWTO General Assembly to be held in Gyeongju, Korea at which she will deliver remarks at the opening ceremony and the Ministerial Round Table on “Fostering Growth and the Achievement of the MDGs through Tourism, Culture and Sports”. In addition, the Deputy Secretary-General will participate in the World Knowledge Forum’s Africa Session hosted by Maeil Kyungjae. As moderator, Ambassador Dho Young-shim presented an overview of the session as well as on Maeil Kyungjae’s activities to highlight Africa as a place of economic opportunity and growth - such as its “Vision Korea” policy paper which calls for the establishment of 1000 Thank You Small Libraries.

Connect to Learn Broadband Round Table, New York, September 19, 2011
September 19, 2011

On September 19, 2011, Ambassador Dho Young-shim, UN MDG Advocacy Group Member and Chairperson, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation participated in the Connect to Learn Broadband Round Table. The session focused on the importance of utilizing technology through public private partnerships to deliver education for all. Education is essential to lifting the bottom billion out of poverty and ensuring a productive life for people all over the world—especially girls. At present, millions of youth, particularly in poor rural areas, face extraordinary challenges completing primary school. ICT makes education available to those living in the poorest areas of developing countries. In line with this and towards the achievement of MDG2, the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation’s Thank You Small Library project has also begun to add an ICT component.

Kenyan Ambassador to Korea & Sports Media visit UNWTO ST-EP Foundation, September 9, 2011
September 09, 2011

On September 9, 2011, a special visit was made by H.E. Ngovi Kitau, Ambassador of the Republic of Kenya to the Republic of Korea to UNWTO ST-EP Foundation headquarters. He was accompained by members of the Kenyan sports media whom had covered the 2011 IAAF (International Association of Athletic Federations) World Championships in Daegu, Korea. During the visit, the media interviewed Ambassador Dho Young-shim, UN MDG Advocacy Group Member and Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation. Questions focused on how the developmental synergy between sports and tourism can be channeled to improve the lives of those living on less than $1 per day. When asked to offer advice that Kenyans could use for development, Ambassador Dho remarked that although there is not a “one size fits all” development equation, it is important that a nation’s people “take ownership of their development” as was the case in Korea.

UN MDGs Thank You Small Library & Olympafrica Collaboration, Daegu, Korea, August 27, 2011
September 01, 2011

On August 27, 2011, Ambassador Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of the Board of Directors, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDG Advocacy Group Member, held a meeting during the International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF) Championships in Daegu with General Lassana Palenfo, President, Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa. The meeting focused on the expansion of the collaboration between ST-EP Foundation and ANOCA for the UN MDGs Thank You Small Library project at Olympafrica Centers. As of August 2011, 101 Thank You Small Libraries have been established in developing communities around the world (Since October 2007). Of these, 8 Thank You Small Libraries have been established at Olympafrica Centers since March 2009 (Mozambique 2 - March 2009, Mali 2 - May 2009, Senegal 2 - May 2009, Benin 1 - June 2009 & Cameroon 1 - June 2009).

Presentation by Mr. Kumaza, official ministry of tourism, Ghana
September 01, 2011

On August 18, 2011, Mr. Alphonse Kumaza, an official at Ministry of Tourism, Ghana, delivered a presentation at UNWTO ST-EP Foundation. The presentation focused on the activities of the Foundation, especially in Ghana, in the areas of education, tourism and knowledge sharing.Mr. Kumaza highlighted the Thank You Small Library project which was initiated in Ghana in October 2007 with 2 pilot project libraries (24 in Ghana & 101 internationally as of August 2011); the Africa – Korea Leadership program for tourism officials; and the Discover Ghana Billboards project which aims to promote the country’s regional attractions with 35 billboards erected throughout all ten regions.Mr. Kumaza completed the master degree program of Public Policy in Economic Development at the Korea Development Institute. He participated in the Africa -Korea Leadership program, May-June 2010.

Discussion with UN Under Secretary-General & Exe. Director, UNAIDS Seoul, Korea, August 30, 2011
September 01, 2011

On August 30, 2011, Ambassador Dho Young-shim, Chairperson, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDG Advocacy Group Member, held a meeting with Mr. Michel Sidibe, Executive Director, UNAIDS & UN Under Secretary-General. The Under Secretary-General was briefed about the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation’s activities to eliminate poverty, especially its Thank You Small Library program (101 TYSLs around the world since 2007). The possibility of using TYSL. as a space for educating youth about HIV/AIDS prevention was discussed. Under Secretary-General Sidibe was in Korea for the 10th International Congress on AIDS in the Asia-Pacific, 26-30 August 2011, Busan. He echoed Amb. Dho’s thoughts that education is the key to development by pointing out that education is the main tool in the fight against HIV/AIDS as well.

Discussion with Professor Dr. Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate & UN MDG Advocate
August 17, 2011

On August 15, 2011, Ambassador Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of the Board of Directors, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation, hosted a meeting for Professor Dr. Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate & Founder of Grameen Bank, which relieved the poors in Bangladesh through Microfinance. In June 2010, both were appointed by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon as UN MDG Advocate to promote the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. During the meeting, while Dr. Yunus was recently forced by the Bangladeshi government to resign from Grameen in what is widely viewed  as a politically-motivated move, he called upon international community for help and attention to empower the powerless.

Gyeongsangbuk-do Province & National Agricultural Cooperatives Federation of Korea supports MDGs to
August 10, 2011

Agricultural development is a crucial aspect of achieving the Millennium Development Goals. Countries that have beaten extreme poverty have first increased agricultural productivity followed by growth of modern industries and financial services sectors. UNWTO ST-EP Foundation, the National Agricultural Cooperatives Federation of Korea (Nonghyup), which has 1.5 million active members and Gyeongsangbuk-do Province, birthplace of the Saemaul movement which was the backbone of Korea’s economic miracle, understand the importance of boosting agricultural development in rural areas of least developed countries (LDCs).For acceleration of progress towards the achievement of the MDGs, developing countries must focus on bolstering agricultural productivity and output quality. To boost productivity, smallholder farmers must gain immediate access to fertilizers, seeds, equipment, etc.... Meanwhile, more sustainable agricultural practices need to be introduced to the farmers.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon launches UN MDGs Report 2011 at the National Assembly of the Republ
August 10, 2011

On August 10, 2011, the UN MDGs Report 2011 was launched after a discussion with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and Members of the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea. The event was hosted by UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDGs Forum of the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea (consisting of 107 National Assembly Members). The discussion focused on efforts to meet the MDGs by 2015. The Millennium Declaration, adopted by all 189 United Nations Member States in 2000, promised a better world with less poverty, hunger and disease. The declaration established eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and time-bound targets by which progress can be measured. With the 2015 deadline looming, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon stressed the need for political will with increased action and aid to end poverty.

Yonhap News Agency photo exhibit seeks to promote UN MDGs
August 10, 2011

On August 10, 2011, a moving photo exhibition was held in Seoul capturing the plight of poverty-stricken people around the world and the environmental threats faced by our planet. The award-winning works are a chilling reminder of the work that remains to be done as the United Nations strives to meet its Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by the 2015 deadline. The exhibition, hosted by Yonhap News Agency, showcased powerful images from around the world, including the suffering of cholera victims in Haiti, violent anti-government riots in Thailand and a Japanese man weeping following this year's devastating tsunami. It comes as UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged world leaders to step up efforts to achieve MDGs with the launch of the 2011 MDGs Report in July.

99th UN MDGs Thank You Small Library established, Mamprobi Primary School, Ghana, July 26,
July 31, 2011

On July 26, 2011, the handover ceremony for the 99th UN MDGs Thank You Small Library was held at Mamprobi Primary School, in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana. Participating in the ceremony were Ambassador Dho Young-shim, Chairperson, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDG Advocacy Group Member, the Hon. Akua Sena Dansua, Minister of Tourism, Ghana, the Hon. James Agyenim Boateng, Deputy Minister of Tourism, Ghana, the Hon. Kwabena Akyeampong, Deputy Minister of the Interior, Ghana and Mr. Philip Brunelle, Treasurer of the International Federation for Choral Music. The Thank You Small Library at Mamprobi was donated 3000 books, as well as chairs, roundtables, bookshelves, educational posters and maps, first aid kits, soccer balls, pens and pencils, pencil cases, sharpeners, erasers, notebooks, solar flashlights, etc… The Thank You Small Library project began in Ghana in October 2007 with two pilot project libraries. By the end of July, 24 libraries will have been established in Ghana and 109 Thank You Small Libraries will have been opened in developing communities around the world.

President of Ghana Congratulates ST-EP Foundation Accra, July 26, 2011
July 31, 2011

On July 26, 2011, Ambassador Dho Young-shim, Chairperson, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDG Advocacy Group Member, held a meeting with H.E. John Atta Mills, President of the Republic of Ghana. They discussed UNWTO ST-EP Foundation continuous efforts in Ghana for development and poverty elimination. President Mills expressed his appreciation to Ambassador Dho and the ST-EP Foundation. During Ambassador Dho’s visit to Ghana, the 99th UN MDGs Thank You Small Library was established. The ST-EP Foundation’s Thank You Small Library project has its roots in Ghana beginning with two pilot projects in October 2007. 24 Thank You Small Libraries will be opened in Ghana by end of July and 109 around the world by the end of 2011. Meanwhile, Amb. Dho also participated in the commissioning ceremony for the Discover Ghana Billboards project. This groundbreaking project is supported by the Government of the Republic of Korea which is providing funds through UNWTO ST-EP Foundation.

도영심 UNWTO 스텝재단이사장…99번째 도서관 마련 (매일경제)
July 30, 2011

"아프리카의 미래는 교육에 달려 있습니다. 우리가 지금 아프리카에서 짓고 있는 도서관은 아프리카 미래를 밝히는 등불이 될 것입니다." 우리나라에 본부를 두고 있는 유엔세계관광기구(UNWTO) 스텝재단 도영심 이사장은 29일 가나 현지에서 매일경제신문과 전화인터뷰를 통해 이같이 밝혔다. 그는 관광산업을 통해 아프리카의 지속 가능한 경제 성장을 지원하는 국제기구의 수장으로 최근 아프리카에 도서관 짓기 캠페인 `고맙습니다. 작은 도서관`을 주도해오고 있다. 그는 이 캠페인을 통해 99번째로 지어진 도서관 개관식에 참석하기 위해 가나를 방문했다. 도 이사장은 "도서관 짓기 캠페인은 해당 지역 어린이들과 지역주민들에게 독서 기회와 교육 기회를 제공함으로써 문맹인구를 줄이고 개발과 빈곤퇴치 의지를 높인다"고 말했다. "또 도서관이 생김으로써 자연스럽게 주변 도로가 정비되고 치안도 좋아지는 효과가 있다"고 덧붙였다. 문화체육관광부 후원으로 가나의 10개 행정구역 중 대아크라, 아샨티, 중부, 볼타 4개 지역에 각각 조성된 이번 도서관은 도서 약 3000권을 비롯해 책장, 의자, 축구공, 구급상자 등을 구비했다. 도 이사장은 "도서관 설립을 희망하는 가나의 요청을 적극 수용함으로써 국제무대에서의 한국 위상 강화와 외교력 확대 효과를 얻을 수 있을 것이라고 생각한다"고 말했다. 도 이사장이 아프리카에 전격 투신한 것은 2005년 말 UNWTO 스텝재단의 초대 이사장을 맡으면서부터다. 이때부터 한 달에 최소 한 번씩 아프리카를 방문하면서 아프리카와 사랑에 빠지게 되었다. 그는 "가서 보니 우리나라가 할 일이 너무나 많다는 것을 알게 되었고, 도저히 가만히 있을 수 없었다"고 말했다. 이에 그가 추진하게 된 것이 `고맙습니다. 작은 도서관` 캠페인이다. 도 이사장은 "도서관 하나 짓는 데 평균 3000만원이 든다"며 "한국의 기업 등이 이 캠페인에 적극적으로 참가한다면 국제사회에서 더 존경을 받게 될 것"이라고 말했다. 사실 아프리카에서 도 이사장은 이미 유명 인사다. 각국 지도자들이 앞다퉈 도서관을 지어달라고 요청하기 때문이다. 존 아타 밀스 가나 대통령 역시 도서관 개관식 직후 도 이사장을 대통령궁으로 초청해 도서관 건설에 지원해 준 한국 정부에 감사를 표하면서 도서관 추가 건설을 요청했다. 밀스 대통령은 또 한국의 저개발국 개발원조사업에서의 더 큰 역할을 기대했다. `고맙습니다. 작은 도서관` 캠페인은 저개발국에 소규모 도서관을 조성하는 사업으로, 2011년 7월 현재까지 아프리카 및 아시아 저개발국에 총 99개 도서관을 설립했다. 올해 감비아, 나미비아, 세네갈, 에티오피아 등 아프리카 각국의 극빈 지역에 도서관이 추가되어 111번째 도서관까지 개관될 예정이다. 윤원섭 기자

ST-EP Foundation & Olympic Solidarity, Education & Sports Synergy Meeting
July 29, 2011

On July 28, 2011, in Lausanne, Ambassador Dho Young-shim, Chairperson, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDG Advocacy Group Member held a meeting with Ms. Pamela Vipond, Deputy Director, IOC – Olympic Solidarity. Olympic Solidarity’s aim is to assist the National Olympic Committees (NOCs), particularly those in developing countries. Meanwhile, ST-EP Foundation has made it part of its mission to combine the synergy of education and sports. In fact, between March and June 2009, ST-EP Foundation established 8 UN MDGs Thank You Small Libraries at Olympafrica Centers in Benin (1), Cameroon (1), Mali (2), Mozambique (2) and Senegal (2). Ms. Vipond made a special visit to the Thank You Small Library at the Olympafrica Centre in Boane, Mozambique in April 2010. Since its establishment, ST-EP Foundation has lent its support to the Olympic Movement. In 2007, ST-EP Foundation made a $50,000 donation of soccer balls and gym bags to the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa and in both 2004 and 2008, during the Athens and Beijing Summer Games, ST-EP Foundation supported the IOC’s Giving is Winning Campaign with a 30,000 bag donation for collecting clothes for children of refugee camps. In addition, in May 2009, ST-EP Foundation signed an MoU with the World Olympians Association to cooperate on the UN MDGs Thank You Small Library project as former Olympians are tremendous role models in their communities and can have a positive influence on youth.

조선일보 기사 2011년 7월 28일 A27면
July 29, 2011

유엔세계관광기구 스텝재단(UN WTO ST-EP Foundation•이사장 도영심)이 아프리카에 99번째 '작은 도서관'을 만들었다.26일 오전(현지 시각) 가나 아크라시의 한 학교에서 '고맙습니다 작은 도서관' 개관식을 가졌다. 문화체육관광부 후원으로 아크라 이외에 아샨티, 중부, 볼타에서도 문을 열었으며 책•책장•문구 등을 갖추었다.스텝재단의 작은 도서관 사업은 개발도상국 어린이에게 독서와 교육 기회를 주어 문맹을 줄이고 빈곤 퇴치에도 기여하기 위한 것이다. 사진은 존 아타 밀스 가나 대통령(오른쪽)이 26일 대통령궁에서 도영심 이사장에게 '가장 고마운 사람'에게 준다는 가나 전통 문양을 담은 액자를 건네는 모습.

First Lady opens UN MDGs Thank You Small Library and ICT Corner
July 05, 2011

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First Lady of Korea opens 96th Thank You Small Library & ICT Corner
July 05, 2011

On July 5, 2011, H.E. Mrs. Kim Yoon-ok, First Lady of the Republic of Korea, was guest of honor at the opening ceremony for the Thank You Small Library at Mbaliyethu Primary School, Durban. First Lady Mrs. Kim delivered congratulatory remarks and read with the children who gave singing and dancing performances in honor of her visit. Also, in attendance were Dr. May Mkhize, First Lady of KwaZulu Natal province and Mr. Senzo Mchunu, Minister of Education, KwaZulu Natal. The Thank You Small Library at Mbaliyethu was given an extra donation of an ICT Corner in addition to books, chairs, roundtables, bookshelves, educational posters and maps, first aid kits, soccer balls, pens and pencils, pencil cases, sharpeners, erasers, notebooks, solar flashlights, etc… The four Thank You Small Libraries established in Durban this week brings the number of Thank You Small Libraries in South Africa to 8 and 96 in developing communities internationally - by year’s end, 107 will have been opened.

United Nations re-elect Ban Ki-moon to 2nd term as Secretary-General
June 21, 2011

On June 21, 2011, at United Nations Headquarters in New York, the General Assembly re-elected Mr. Ban Ki-moon as UN Secretary-General. During his first term, Secretary-General Ban’s mandate focused on efforts aimed at achieving the Millennium Development Goals, especially issues concerning women and children’s health, as well as peace keeping. In June of 2010, Secretary-General Ban appointed a team of UN MDG Advocates, including Ambassador Dho Young-shim, Chairperson, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation. Amb. Dho attended the Secretary-General’s re-election and celebratory reception hosted by the Korean Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Mr. Kim Sung-hwan. In his acceptance speech, Mr. Ban said, “Throughout my time in office, I have sought to be a bridge-builder.“

Kenya Coast Beach Management Project Signing Ceremony
June 20, 2011

On June 20th, 2011, a signing ceremony for the Kenya Coast Beach Management Project was held during the 90th Session of the UNWTO Executive Council in Mombasa, Kenya. UNWTO ST-EP Foundation supports the project through the ST-EP Destination Management Fund, a public-private-partnership established with Travel Foundation and UNWTO. A presentation was delivered on ST-EP Foundation projects supported in Kenya to Member States on the Council by Mr. Frederic Pierret, Executive Director, UNWTO. Dr. Taleb Rifai, Secretary-General, UNWTO, Mr. Najib Balala, Minister of Tourism, Republic of Kenya, Mr. Mohammed Hersi, Chairman, Mombasa and Coast Tourism Association, and Ambassador Dho Young-shim, Chairperson, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation, and UN MDG Advocacy Group Member each signed the agreement. The Kenya Coast Beach Management project aims to reduce poverty and improve the livelihoods of local beach operators. Through a series of workshops involving all relevant stakeholders (hotels, beach operators and tour operators), localized actions plans will be developed to reduce harassment of tourists along Kenya’s beaches thereby potentially increasing the number of visitors and tourism receipts.

91st Thank You Small Library established, Mbande Primary, Dar es Salaam
June 10, 2011

On June 6, 2011, the 91st Thank You Small Library was established by UNWTO ST-EP Foundation at Mbande Primary School in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The students and staff were very grateful to have their brand new library. The school’s 2,895 students will benefit from the donation of 2000 books which included a small selection of Korean fairytales. A computer, chairs, roundtables, bookshelves, first aid kits, soccer balls, pens and pencils, pencil cases, sharpeners, erasers, notebooks, educational posters and maps, solar flashlights, etc… were also given.

Presidential Support for “Thank You Small Library” - United Republic of Tanzania
June 10, 2011

On June 6, 2011, H.E. Jakaya Kikwete, President of the United Republic of Tanzania invited a Korean delegation co-led by the Hon. Dr. Choung Byoung-gug, Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the Republic of Korea and Ambassador Dho Young-shim, Chairperson, ST-EP Foundation and UN MDG Advocacy Group Member to the Presidential Palace. Minister Choung made a special fact-finding trip to Tanzania to see how Thank You Small Library works.President Kikwete expressed his appreciation to the Korean Government and the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and offered his continued support for development efforts in his country. Through contributions of a variety of sponsors, including the generous support of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, ST-EP Foundation has established 19 Thank You Small Libraries in Tanzania. ST-EP Foundation also brought together the Korea International Cooperation Agency and the province of Gyeongsangbukdo to support the Korean Millennium Village in Mbola ($8million for both Mbola, Tanzania & Ruhiira, Uganda – 2009~2013).

First Lady of Tanzania Opens 92nd Thank You Small Library Milenia Ya Tatu Primary, Dar es Salaam
June 10, 2011

On June 6, 2011, the opening ceremony for the 92nd Thank You Small Library established by UNWTO ST-EP Foundation was held at Milenia Ya Tatu Primary School. Ambassador Dho Young-shim, Chairperson, ST-EP Foundation and UN MDG Advocacy Group Member participated at event which included guests of honor H.E. Mama Salma Kikwete, First Lady of Tanzania and the Hon. Dr. Choung Byoung-gug, Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the Republic of Korea. Special remarks were delivered by each as well as the Hon. Mr. Philipo Mulugo, Deputy Minister of Education and Vocational Training, Tanzania. In addition, the school choir performed the Korean and Tanzanian national anthems and students recited a moving poem. Located 15km from the downtown area of Dar es Salaam, the school has 2,745 students and 46 teachers. A total of 2000 books were donated including a small selection of Korean fairytales. A computer, chairs, roundtables, bookshelves, first aid kits, soccer balls, pens and pencils, pencil cases, sharpeners, erasers, notebooks, educational posters and maps, solar flashlights, etc.. were also given.

Revisit to Thank You Small Libraries, Jitihada & Mlimani Primary Schools, Dar es Salaam
June 10, 2011

On June 6, 2011, official revisits were made to Thank You Small Libraries established by the support of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the Republic of Korea. Minister Choung Byoung-gug personally visited Thank You Small Libraries at Jitihada and Mlimani Primary Schools in Dar es Salaam. On behalf of the Ministry, Dr. Choung delivered a donation of 300 books, a multi-media beam projector and soccer balls. The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism have been a very generous sponsor of the Thank You Small Library project which began with 2 pilot project libraries that it supported in Ghana, October 2007. Since then a variety of funders have supported the project and 92 Thank You Small Libraries have been established in developing communities.

2011년 6월 7일 연합뉴스기사
June 09, 2011

아프리카에 '작은 도서관' 건립 도영심 이사장 (다르에스살람=연합뉴스) 김민철 특파원 = "아프리카, 희망이 있습니다."아프리카 탄자니아를 방문 중인 도영심 스텝재단 이사장은 6일(현지시각) 연합뉴스와 가진 인터뷰에서 이같이 말했다.유엔 세계관광기구 산하인 스텝재단을 맡고 있는 도 이사장은 한국 정부(문화체육관광부)가 후원하는 '감사합니다. 작은 도서관' 사업을 통해 아프리카와 아시아 등 저개발국에 도서관을 건립하는 프로젝트를 정력적으로 추진하고 있다.도 이사장은 6일 탄자니아 경제수도인 다르에스살람 서쪽의 키마라에 있는 밀레니아 야 타투 초등학교에서 '작은 도서관' 개관식에 참석하고 앞서 두 곳의 기존 '작은 도서관'을 방문했다.'작은 도서관' 사업은 저개발국의 도서관이 없는 지역에 2천-4천권의 도서를 지닌 소규모 도서관을 세워 어린이들이 책을 읽고 미래의 지도자로 발돋움할 수 있도록 하는, 빈곤 퇴치를 위한 교육사업이다.지난 1988년 국회의원을 하면서 아프리카와 인연을 맺었다는 그는 지난 2007년부터 작은 도서관 사업을 시작, 지금까지 91개소의 도서관을 건립하면서 아프리카를 자주 찾았다. 아프리카를 1년에 최소 10번은 방문한다는 게 그의 얘기다. 그는 아프리카에 희망이 있다고 보는 이유로 먼저 아프리카 국가들의 지도층이 변하고 있다고 진단했다. 과거와 달리 아프리카 국가들의 정부 지도자들이 해외 원조를 자기네 나라에 정말 필요한 곳에 '똑똑하게' 쓰려 하고 있다는 것이다. 또한 그동안 아프리카 대륙 이외 전 세계에 퍼진 아프리카인들이 못사는 검은 대륙을 도우려는 경향을 보이고 있다는 것. 여기에 미국에서 버락 오바마 대통령이 당선된 것은 아프리카 흑인들의 자긍심을 높여 의식의 변화를 가져오고 있다고 그는 덧붙였다.올해 64세인 도 이사장은 "지도층이 변하면 결국 사회가 변화하는 것"이라며 "한국이 결국 진출해야 할 곳도 아프리카 아니냐"며 아프리카를 도와야 할 필요성을 강조했다.그는 아프리카를 돕는 사업을 하다 보니 교육문제가 절실하다는 것을 알게 됐다며 작은도서관 사업을 시작한 동기를 설명하면서 "한국이 발전한 것도 교육이 원동력"이라며 도서관 사업에 대한 지속적인 지원을 요청했다.특히 사서 교육을 받은 젊은이들의 동참을 당부하면서 "한국 젊은이들이 아프리카에 한 번쯤은 와 볼 필요가 있다"며 젊은 날 봉사활동을 통해 빈곤이 무엇인지 아는 것도 중요한 인생경험이라고 역설했다.한편 그는 한국 정부의 아프리카 지원과 관련, "선택과 집중이 필요하다"며 정부 부처별로 담당하고 있는 저개발국 원조사업을 총괄적으로 지휘하고 장기적인 플랜을 짤 필요가 있다며 이 부분에 대해 정부 최고 지도층이 지도력을 발휘해야 한다고 목소리를 높였다.

Donors’ Conference on Sustainable Tourism in Cross-border Parks, Dakar, Senegal
May 27, 2011

On May 27, 2011, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDG Advocacy Group Member, delivered remarks at the Donors’ Conference on CPA organized by UNWTO and the Organization of the Islamic Conference. Held to introduce funding institutions to the project, a feasibility study was supported by the Korea International Cooperation Agency and ST-EP Foundation since 2007. Ten heads of state have agreed to cooperate and Amb. Dho suggested a high-level panel be convened by the respective tourism ministers, UNWTO Secretary-General, President of ST-EP Foundation and herself during the General Assembly in Korea, October 2011. The project will serve to improve regional cooperation and trade and has great potential to impact all 8 MDGs, including, poverty reduction, education, gender equality, environmental protection and global partnership.

Tripartite Meeting between UNWTO Secretary-General & UNWTO ST-EP Foundation President & Chair
May 27, 2011

On May 27, 2011, a tripartite meeting was held between Dr. Rifai, Secretary-General, UNWTO, Mr. Francesco Frangialli, President, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and Ambassador Dho Young-shim, Chairperson, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDG Advocacy Group Member. They met on the sidelines of the Donors’ Conference on Sustainable Tourism Development in Cross-border Parks & Protected Areas in West Africa for which ST-EP Foundation contributed funds towards its feasibility study. The discussion focused on a variety of matters from progress on ST-EP Projects funded by the Foundation to building on the success of the UNWTO ST-EP Initiative and ST-EP Foundation to help achieve the UN Millennium Development Goals. ST-EP Foundation has committed over $3million of funds to support 44 ST-EP projects in 31 countries.

Thank You Small Library Meeting with Minister of Tourism, Republic of Senegal, Dakar
May 27, 2011

On May 27, 2011, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation & UN MDG Advocacy Group Member held a meeting in Dakar with Hon. Thierno Lo, Minister of Tourism, Republic of Senegal. The meeting’s focus was on the next steps to move forward the establishment of two Thank You Small Libraries. Two locations have been selected in Darou Mousty and when opened will benefit 1700 students.Darou Mousty is located in a poor rural area of central Senegal approximately 200km from the capital city of Dakar.

86th Thank You Small Library, Pikine 23/A Primary School, Dakar, Senegal
May 26, 2011

On May 26, 2011, Ambassador Dho Young-shim, Chairperson, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation & UN MDG Advocacy Group Member, visited Pikine 23A Primary School, home to the 86th Thank You Small Library established by ST-EP Foundation. The students have already started making constructive use of their new library and gave Ambassador Dho a warm welcome. The school’s 900 students will benefit from the donation of 2000 books which included a small selection of Korean fairytales. A computer, chairs, roundtables, bookshelves, first aid kits, soccer balls, pens and pencils, pencil cases, sharpeners, erasers, notebooks, educational posters and maps, solar flashlights, etc.. were also given.

87th Thank You Small Library, Plan Jaxaay Unite 17 Primary School, Dakar, Senegal
May 26, 2011

On May 26, 2011, the 87th Thank You Small Library was established by UNWTO ST-EP Foundation at Plan Jaxaay Unite 17 Primary School. Ambassador Dho Young-shim, Chairperson, ST-EP Foundation & UN MDG Advocacy Group Member, paid the school a special visit and met the students and staff. The school has a student population of 700 and did not have a library before the Thank You Small Library was opened. A total of 2000 books were donated including a small selection of Korean fairytales. A computer, chairs, roundtables, bookshelves, first aid kits, soccer balls, pens and pencils, pencil cases, sharpeners, erasers, notebooks, educational posters and maps, solar flashlights, etc.. were also given.

88th Thank You Small Library, CEM Mame Yelli Badiane Technical Schooh, Dakar, Senegal
May 26, 2011

On May 26, 2011, the 1500 students of CEM Mame Yelli Badiane Technical School began benefiting from the 88th Thank You Small Library established by UNWTO ST-EP Foundation. Ambassador Dho Young-shim, Chairperson, ST-EP Foundation & UN MDG Advocacy Group Member, was greeted by the students and staff who thanked her for enabling the school to have its first library. A total of 2000 books were donated including a small selection of Korean fairytales. A computer, chairs, roundtables, bookshelves, first aid kits, soccer balls, pens and pencils, pencil cases, sharpeners, erasers, notebooks, educational posters and maps, solar flashlights, etc.. were also given.

89th Thank You Small Library, Yeumbeul High School, Dakar, Senegal
May 26, 2011

On May 26, 2011, the 89th Thank You Small Library was established by UNWTO ST-EP Foundation at Yeumbeul High School. Yeumbeul is a large high school with 2000 students. It’s existing library was very underequipped to meet the needs of the 12 to 20 year olds who attend. Ambassador Dho Young-shim, Chairperson, ST-EP Foundation & UN MDG Advocacy Group Member, was greeted by the students and staff who are eager to make good use of their new Thank You Small Library. A total of 2000 books were donated including a small selection of Korean fairytales. A computer, chairs, roundtables, bookshelves, first aid kits, soccer balls, pens and pencils, pencil cases, sharpeners, erasers, notebooks, educational posters and maps, solar flashlights, etc.. were also given.

90th Thank You Small Library, CEM Martyrs/C Technical School, Dakar, Senegal
May 26, 2011

On May 26, 2011, the opening ceremony for the 90th Thank You Small Library established by UNWTO ST-EP Foundation was held at CEM Martyrs/C Technical School. CEM Martyrs/C’s 2200 students range from 12 to 19 years of age and did not have a library before the Thank You Small Library. Ambassador Dho Young-shim, Chairperson, ST-EP Foundation & UN MDG Advocacy Group Member, delivered remarks and a performance was given by the school’s choir. A total of 2000 books were donated including a small selection of Korean fairytales. A computer, chairs, roundtables, bookshelves, first aid kits, soccer balls, pens and pencils, pencil cases, sharpeners, erasers, notebooks, educational posters and maps, solar flashlights, etc.. were also given.

Africa Day 2011 – “the Rise of Africa”
May 24, 2011

Africa Day 2011, was celebrated under the theme “the Rise of Africa”. Members of the African Diplomatic Corps were joined by fellow Ambassadors to the Republic of Korea as well as Mr. Park Suk-hwan, First Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs & Trade. At the reception Amb. Dho Young-shim, was invited to deliver the evening’s official toast. Her remarks focused on her work as a UN MDG Advocate appointed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. She jokingly remarked that 20 years ago when she traveled to Africa people would act like she had returned from another planet, but that a real change in perception had taken place. Africa is no longer seen as just an aid recipient. It has taken ownership of its development and the world realizes that a developed Africa is a win-win for all.

Meeting with Ambassador of the Republic of South Africa to the Republic of Korea
May 18, 2011

May 18, 2011, Ambassador Dho Young-shim, Chairperson, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDG Advocacy Group Member held a meeting with H.E. Anthony H. Dennis, Ambassador of the Republic of South Africa to Korea and Ms. Mabet Van Rensburg, Counsellor of the South African Embassy. The discussion focused on the facilitation of a partnership between the provinces of Gyeongsangbukdo, Korea and Kwa Zulu Natal, South Korea. Kwa Zulu Natal aims to become the province with the highest GDP per capita in South Africa. As Gyeongsangbukdo is the origin of the Saemaul Undong (New Village Movement), a people driven movement that led Korea from a donor recipient to an aid donor country within four decades (per capita income of $69 after Korean War to $20,000 in 2007), Kwa Zulu Natal is eager to learn about the province’s electronics and IT, shipbuilding, and agriculture industries. As well long-term knowledge sharing and educational programs would be a desirable outcome.

UN MDG Advocacy Group Meeting, hosted by UN Secretary-General, Istanbul, Turkey, May 8, 2011
May 17, 2011

On May 8th, 2011, Ambassador Dho Young-shim, Chairperson, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDG Advocate participated in a UN MDG Advocacy Group Meeting held in Istanbul, Turkey, on the sidelines of the 4th United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, lead the meeting by delivering the opening remarks. MDG Advocates who participated at the meeting also included H.H. Sheikha Moza, First Lady of Qatar, Prof. Jeffrey Sachs, Special Advisor to the Secretary-General on the MDGs, Mr. Ray Chambers, UN Special Envoy for Malaria, and Mr. Philippe Douste-Blazy, Special Advisor on Innovative Financing for Development. During the meeting an action plan was presented for review and endorsement by the Advocates.

남아공에 세운 '작은도서관, 큰 꿈'
May 16, 2011

남아공에 세운 '작은도서관, 큰 꿈'• 케이프타운(남아공)=최우석 기자 wschoi@chosun.com 입력 : 2011.05.11 03:01한국이 후원하는 스텝재단, 3개 초교에 책•문구류 전달아프리카에 110곳 개관 예정남아프리카공화국 케이프타운 빈민지역의 한 초등학교에서 애국가가 울려 퍼졌다. 지난 4일(현지 시각) 마시부케 초등학교. 유엔 세계관광기구 산하 스텝재단(UNWTO ST-EP Foundation)의 '고맙습니다 작은도서관' 개관식이 열렸다. 우리 정부(문화체육관광부)가 후원한 사업이다. 개관 축하 현수막에 태극기가 그려졌고, 도서관 벽에는 "지식은 재미있다"는 문구가 붙었다.이 학교 어린이 70여명이 행사장에서 한국 정부와 한국민의 도움에 고맙다는 뜻에서 한국말로 애국가를 합창했다. 발음은 정확하지 않았다. 음도 약간 틀렸다. 하지만 가사를 영어로 표기한 악보를 보며 열심히들 불렀다. 꿈이 의사인 짐킷(12)양은 "한국이 어디 있는지 이번에 알았다"면서 "꼭 한번 가보고 싶다"고 했다. 이곳 교육청의 유진 대니얼스 국장은 "아이들에게 새 세상을 열어줘 감사하다"며 "앞으로 한국 초등학교와 자매결연도 맺어 교류했으면 좋겠다"고 했다.'고맙습니다 작은도서관'은 한국에 본부를 둔 스텝재단이 저개발국 빈곤퇴치를 위해 펼치고 있는 유엔 프로젝트다. 이날 남아공에선 한국 정부의 후원으로 마시부케 이 외에도 3개 초등학교에서 도서관이 문을 열었다. 2000여권의 책과 한국 전래동화, 책걸상과 문구류도 제공됐다.정부 대표로 참석한 김대식 국민권익위 부위원장은 축사에서 "50년 전 한국의 1인당 소득이 82달러였는데 이제 2만달러까지 올랐다"면서 "교육이 그 발전의 원동력"이라고 강조했다.개관식이 끝나자 학생과 교사들은 남아공 전통음악 '웰레웰레'(우리는 행복합니다)를 부르며 축제 분위기를 연출했다. 교실이 20개 정도인 이 학교에는 1300명의 빈민촌 어린이가 다닌다. 남아공은 빈부 격차가 심해 인구(약 5000만명)의 4분의 1이 하루에 1달러 미만으로 생활한다.스텝재단 도영심 이사장은 "연말까지 아프리카 나라에 모두 110개의 도서관을 개관할 예정"이라며 "도서관 사서와 학생을 한 명씩 한국으로 초청해 아프리카에 한국을 뿌리부터 알리는 사업도 폈으면 한다"고 말했다.스텝재단은 지금까지 저개발국에 총 84개의 작은도서관을 지어주었다. 올해는 감비아•나미비아•세네갈•탄자니아•케냐•보츠와나 등 아프리카국을 집중 지원한다. 7월에는 조선일보사 후원으로 에티오피아의 아디스아바바에서 100번째 도서관이 문을 열 예정이다.

4th UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries, Istanbul, May 9-13, 2011
May 14, 2011

From May 9-13, 2011, the 4th UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries took place in Istanbul, Turkey. Upon the invitation of H.E. Mr. Cheick Sidi Diarra, Under Secretary-General and Special Advisor on Africa, Ambassador Dho Young-shim attended in her capacity as Chairperson, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDG Advocacy Group Member. She brought focus on the tourism industry as a tool to fight poverty. Amb. Dho held a meeting with Dr. Taleb Rifai, Secretary-General, UNWTO. The discussion focused on how to build upon the achievements of the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation’s first five years (2006-2010) and strengthening the UNWTO ST-EP Initiative’s activities to help achieve the UN Millennium Development Goals. Since its establishment, ST-EP Foundation has committed over $3million of funds to support 44 ST-EP projects in 31 countries. Amb. Dho also met with Mr. Klaus Lengefeld, Senior Advisor on Tourism, GIZ. They further discussed the evaluation by GIZ of the first 12 projects funded by ST-EP Foundation. Meanwhile, with recent political shifts and unrest in North Africa, ideas were suggested on how to best ensure the tourism industry can be a driver of economic recovery and skilled employment, especially in Egypt and Tunisia. The UN Conference on LDCs is held every 10 years. The mega conference attracted over 5000 delegates, including government officials from least developed countries, civil-society organizations and forward looking business leaders. A main focuses of this year’s conference was the 2015 deadline to achieve the MDGs and the G20’s Seoul Development Consensus for Shared Growth.

82nd Thank You Small Library Established Siyazakha Primary, Cape Town, South Africa, May 3, 2011
May 13, 2011

On May 3, 2011, Amb Dho Young-shim, Chairperson ST-EP Foundation & UN MDG Advocacy Group Member, visited Siyazakha Primary School, home to the 82nd Thank You Small Library established by UNWTO ST-EP Foundation. The students were very enthusiastic to have the library, which was lacking educational resources, upgraded with 1500 books and further donation of: a small selection of Korean fairytales, computer, chairs, roundtables, bookshelves, first aid kits, soccer balls, pens and pencils, pencil cases, sharpeners, erasers, notebooks, educational posters and maps, solar flashlights, etc…

83rd Thank You Small Library Established Levana Primary, Cape Town, South Africa, May 3, 2011
May 13, 2011

On May 3, 2011, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson ST-EP Foundation & UN MDG Advocacy Group Member, visited Levana Primary School, home to the 83rd Thank You Small Library established by UNWTO ST-EP Foundation. Ambassador Dho received a warm welcome from the school’s staff. She sat and spoke to the students about the importance of education and literacy. A total of 1500 books were donated including a small selection of Korean fairytales. A computer, chairs, roundtables, bookshelves, first aid kits, soccer balls, pens and pencils, pencil cases, sharpeners, erasers, notebooks, educational posters and maps, solar flashlights, etc.. were also given.

81st Thank You Small Library Established Parkhurst Primary, Cape Town, South Africa, May 3, 2011
May 13, 2011

On May 3, 2011, Amb Dho Young-shim, Chairperson ST-EP Foundation & UN MDG Advocacy Group Member, visited Parkhurst Primary School, home to the 81st Thank You Small Library established by UNWTO ST-EP Foundation. Ambassador Dho received a warm welcome from the school’s staff and students. A total of 1500 books were donated including a small selection of Korean fairytales. A computer, chairs, roundtables, bookshelves, first aid kits, soccer balls, pens and pencils, pencil cases, sharpeners, erasers, notebooks, educational posters and maps, solar flashlights, etc.. were also given.

84th Thank You Small Library, Masivuke Primary School, Cape Town, South Africa, May 4, 2011
May 13, 2011

On May 4, 2011, the opening ceremony for the Thank You Small Library project in Cape Town was held at Masivuke Primary School. Masivuke was the fourth Thank You Small Library opened in Cape Town and the 84th established by UNWTO ST-EP Foundation since the project began with two pilot projects in fall 2007 in Ghana. Amb Dho Young-shim, Chairperson ST-EP Foundation and UN MDG Advocacy Group Member, attended the opening ceremony along with Dr. Kim Dai-sik, Vice Chair, Anti-Corruption and Civil Rights Commission, Korea. Cape Town educational representatives included Mr. Donald Grant, Minister of Education for Western Cape, Mr. Eugene Daniels, Director, Metro South Education District, and Mr. Paul Swart, Director, Institutional Resource Support. Some 200 students attended the ceremony and the Masivuke choir sang the national anthems of the Republic of Korea and Republic of South Africa. A total of 2000 books were donated including a small selection of Korean fairytales. A computer, chairs, roundtables, bookshelves, first aid kits, soccer balls, pens and pencils, pencil cases, sharpeners, erasers, notebooks, educational posters and maps, solar flashlights, etc.. were also given.

85th Thank You Small Library established at Tobias Hainyeko Primary School, Windoek, Namibia
May 09, 2011

On May 9, 2011, the 85th Thank You Small Library was established by UNWTO ST-EP Foundation at Tobias Hainyeko Primary School. A small ceremony was held in commemoration for this and two additional TYSLs opened in Windoek, in May 2011. A total of 1500 books were donated including a small selection of Korean fairytales. A computer, chairs, roundtables, bookshelves, first aid kits, soccer balls, pens and pencils, pencil cases, sharpeners, erasers, notebooks, educational posters and maps, solar flashlights, etc.. were also given.

Africa & the G20: An Update – World Economic Forum on Africa, Cape Town, South Africa, May 4, 2011
May 04, 2011

On May 4, 2011, at the World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa, in Cape Town, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDG Advocate, participated as a panelist in the “Africa and the G20: An Update” session. The discussion focused on moving forward the Seoul Consensus which calls for inclusive and sustainable economic growth in developing countries and low-income countries through a new aid-recipient orientated approach. Of the declaration’s nine pillars (infrastructure, human resource development, trade, private investment and job creation, food security, growth with resilience, financial inclusion, domestic resource mobilization and knowledge sharing), the French government is committed to achievements in infrastructure and food security during its G20 Presidency. The panelist discussed the important role business and education must play to achieve all pillars and the Millennium Development Goals. Amb. Dho spoke about Korea’s development expereince for which education and government led policies were paramount. She commented on the significance of the Business Summit (B20) involvement with the G20 as business leaders bring continuity when compared to the terms of presidents and government ministers. She discussed the crucial role of innovative financing explaining how a 0.001% tax on global inter-bank transactions could raise $42billion for development to achieve the MDGs (currently the total ODA to sub-Saharan Africa stands at $38.2billion). As her UN MDG Advocate’s focus is education, she fielded a comment from the audience, confirming that many African governments (Senegal spends upwards of 30% of national budget on education) understand the essential role of education for young people as an important part of a nation’s development strategy (there are 67million out of school children around the world).

UN MDG Advocacy Group Health & Education Cluster Meeting, United Nations Headquarters
April 21, 2011

On April 15, 2011, at UN Headquarters in New York, a UN MDG Advocacy Group Health and Education Cluster meeting was chaired by cluster co-facilitators Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, First Lady of Qatar and Mr. Ray Chambers, United Nations Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Malaria. MDG Advocate Ambassador Dho Young-shim, Chairperson, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation participated, as well as Mr. Philippe Douste Blazy, H.E. Jan Eliasson, and Dr. Jeffrey Sachs by teleconference. The meeting focused on health and education concept papers submitted by the co-facilitators which will be used to develop an UN MDG Advocacy Group Action Plan. Innovative financing for education and the Global Fund for Education to close the $20billion funding gap between the $16billion provided and $36billion needed to have all 67million out of school children enrolled was a major focus. With recent budget cuts in the USA along with the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster in Japan, ODA totals are expected to drop significantly at a time when conflicts in the Middle East, such as in Libya and Yemen, will increase the numbers of out of school children. In her comments, Ambassador Dho reiterated about Korea’s experience in her lifetime with education as the key to poverty elimination, and expressed appreciation for H.H. Sheikha Moza’s leadership to help achieve MDG 2.

Meeting with United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, Dr. Asha-Rose Migiro, UN Headquarters
April 21, 2011

On April 15th, 2011, Ambassador Dho Young-shim, Chairperson, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation, held a meeting with Dr. Asha-Rose Migiro, Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations. As champions of the MDGs, Dr. Migiro and Amb. Dho discussed the activities of the UN MDG Advocacy Group and Amb. Dho’s focus: MDG 2 – universal primary education. In July 2008, Dr. Migiro visited her childhood school, Kisereny Primary in Tanzania, with Amb. Dho for the establishment of a Thank You Small Library by the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation. Amb. Dho also delivered an official invitation addressed to the Deputy Secretary-General from Mr. Choung Byoung-gug, Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Republic of Korea, for the 19th Session of the United Nations World Tourism Organization General Assembly to be held in Gyeongju, October 8th – 14th, 2011. As a Specialized Agency of the United Nations, comprised of 154 Member States, its Sustainable Tourism for Eliminating Poverty (ST-EP) initiative, with ST-EP Foundation headquarters in Seoul, Korea, has helped to bring the tourism industry’s focus on the MDGs. In line with this, Dr. Migiro has been asked to participate in a Ministerial Roundtable session on the MDGs and development.

UNWTO ST-EP Foundation & GIZ Workshop, Seoul
April 15, 2011

On April 11th and 12th Mr. Klaus Lengefeld, Senior Advisor on Sustainable Tourism, GIZ, visited UNWTO ST-EP Foundation headquarters for a workshop. The workshop focused on how ways to assess “pro-poor” tourism impacts of ST-EP Projects. The platform for discussion were the results of the co-financing agreement between ST-EP Foundation and GIZ signed in August 2008. Under this agreement the first 12 ST-EP Foundation funded projects were evaluated. Moving ahead it was also discussed on how GIZ can assist in linking the Millennium Village Projects to tourism by helping to identify best potential tourism sites. Meanwhile, Mr. Lengefeld described ideas for improving on the Kitengela Bridge project in Kenya which links the village of Kitengela to Nairobi National Park.

“Let’s Establish 1000 Thank You Small Libraries!”
April 06, 2011

Included in the Vision Korea policy paper was a call for 1000 Thank You Small Libraries!

74th Congress of International Sports Press Association, Seoul
March 26, 2011

The 74th Congress of the International Sports Press Association (AIPS) was held in Seoul, Korea, March 22nd to 26th, 2011. The annual event kicked off with a opening ceremony attended by figure skating sensation Kim Yu-na. Over 400 international sports journalists from 150 different countries took part in the Congress. Meetings were held on various sports issues, including the impact of new forms of media on sports journalism. Also participating were representatives of organizing committees for the 2011 World Championships in Athletics in Daegu, the 2012 London Olympics and the 2014 Sochi Winter Games.

18th Vision Korea – “Colorful Africa”, Seoul
March 25, 2011

“Let’s Establish 1000 Thank You Small Libraries!” On March 25, 2011, the 18th Vision Korea, hosted by Maeil KyungJae (MBN), was held in Seoul under the theme “Colorful Africa”. During a recorded message, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon highlighted the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation’s Thank You Small Library project as an initiative helping to eliminate poverty and achieve the Millennium Development Goals. In addition, the policy paper (18th Vision Korea) produced for the conference called for the establishment of 1000 Thank You Small Libraries in developing countries.

Arirang TV “Heart to Heart” Interview
March 16, 2011

On March 16, 2011, Ambassador Dho Young-shim, Chairperson, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDG Advocacy Group Member, was interviewed on Heart to Heart on Arirang TV. The discussion focused on the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation’s tourism activities in Africa with a special focus on Thank You Small Library. Amb. Dho recalled her first visits to Africa 30 years ago and talked about how much Africa had changed for the better. Amb. Dho described the important role women are playing in the transformation of Africa out of poverty, especially mothers. She said that no matter where in the world, mothers are mothers, and a mom’s number one priority is her family. Even in cases where mother’s make less than one dollar a day, they still put 80-90% of that amount back into their children. Amb. Dho also discussed the UN MDG Advocacy Group and her work to achieve MDG 2, universal primary education. She said that education was a pillar of Korea’s development history, and that African countries are looking to follow its development model. Meanwhile, by comparison, Korea has little to no natural resources compared to those in Africa, so Amb. Dho is optimistic about the continent’s future.As Korea's premier English-language network, Arirang has viewers in more than 188 countries and 82,500,000 households on every continent.  

UNWTO ST-EP Foundation expresses sympathy to the people of Japan
March 15, 2011

“UNWTO ST-EP Foundation would like to express its sympathy to the people of Japan and condolences to those who lost loved ones in the devastating earthquake and tsunamis. Japan is part of the ST-EP family having been a Member the Board of Directors since our establishment. Our thoughts are with you at this incredibly difficult time.” Dho Young-shim, Chairperson, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation

ST-EP Foundation & Millennium Promise Strategic meetings, New York
March 10, 2011

On March 10, 2011, meetings were held aimed at laying the groundwork for future cooperation between the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and Millennium Promise. Amb. Dho, Chair, ST-EP Foundation, first met with Dr. John McArthur, CEO, Millennium Promise at its headquarters and then with Mr. Jeff Walker, Chair, Millennium Promise before participating in a meeting on Millennium Promise’s new health initiative. Given ST-EP Foundation’s well established activities involving sustainable tourism and education (Thank You Small Library), many synergies exist for enhanced cooperation for poverty alleviation. UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and Millennium Promise began a partnership in November 2008 with the $8million USD Korean Millennium Village Projects in Mbola, Tanzania and Ruhiira, Uganda. The five year project (2009-2013) includes Korean partners KOICA (Korea International Cooperation Agency) and Gyeongsangbukdo province of Korea.

New Education Initiative Brainstorming Session, Columbia University, New York
March 10, 2011

On March 10, 2011, Ambassador Dho Young-shim, participated in the New Education Initiative Brainstorming Session, at Columbia University hosted by Millennium Promise. Ambassador Dho’s focus as an MDG Advocacy Group Member, appointed by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, is universal primary education in least developed countries. During the meeting, key stakeholders, opportunities, policies critical to increasing the number of girls to receive a secondary education were discussed. According to UNESCO’s 2011 Global Monitoring Report, 67 million children remain out of school, with girls representing over 50%. In 2010, Millennium Promise launched a pilot program called Connect to Learn (CTL) to catalyze global public/private partnerships to help achieve universal secondary education in the Millennium Villages of Bonsaaso, Ghana and Mbola, Tanzania (the location of one of two Korean Millennium Villages supported by KOICA, Gyeongsangbukdo province of Korea and UNWTO ST-EP Foundation).

Brainstorming Session on Infrastructure Investments in Africa, Columbia University, New York
March 08, 2011

On March 8, 2011, Ambassador Dho Young-shim, participated in a Brainstorming Session on Infrastructure Investments in Africa at Columbia University, hosted by fellow MDG Advocacy Group Member Dr. Jeffrey Sachs and Millennium Promise. The meeting brought together top public and private sector leaders from finance, industry (mining, power & construction), and government, from Africa, the United States, Europe, and Asia, including: senior officials from IMF, World Bank, African Development Bank, China Development Bank, etc… Its purpose was to increase investments in key infrastructure, such as rail, roads, ports, power and fiber. With Korea’s increasing role in enhancing development in Least Developed Countries through ODA and private sector investment, Ambassador Dho facilitated the participation of representatives from Exim Bank, Pohang Iron and Steel Company (POSCO), Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power, Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA), and Samsung, as well as the Republic of Korea’s Permanent Mission to the UN. During the meeting, Ambassador Dho commented on Korea’s sincerity to invest in Africa, but that the challenge of calming fears of potential social unrest in the sub-Saharan region, similar to that happening in North Africa, remains to barrier that needs to be overcome.

Millennium Promise Board of Directors Global Leadership Retreat, Dakar, Senegal
February 12, 2011

The Millennium Promise Board of Directors Global Leadership Retreat was held in Dakar, Senegal, February 10-12, 2011. Upon the invitation of fellow UN MDG Advocacy Group Member Dr. Jeffrey Sachs, Co-founder of Millennium Promise, Ambassador Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation participated. Meetings focused on increasing investments in infrastructure to enhance Africa’s development. Millennium Promise is an international non-profit organization that oversees the Millennium Villages project. The Villages support integrated social and business development services for more than 500,000 people across 10 countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Senegal is home to the Potou Cluster which has 6 Millennium Villages and population of 31,000 residents. In November 2008, ST-EP Foundation brought together Millennium Promise, the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and the Korean Province of Gyeongsangbuk-do to support the Korean Millennium Villages in Tanzania (Mbola) and Uganda (Ruhiira). Partnership is for a five year period, from 2009~2013 with funding of $8million .

Meeting with Senior Minister of State & Minister of Tourism, Republic of Senegal
February 11, 2011

On February 11, 2011, Ambassador Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDG Advocacy Group Member held meetings with the Republic of Senegal’s Senior Minister of State for International Cooperation, Regional Development, Air Transport, and Infrastructure, Karim Wade and Minister of Tourism, the Hon. Thierno Lo. On behalf of the government, State Minister Wade thanked Amb. Dho for her efforts involving education in Senegal. ST-EP Foundation has established 7 Thank You Small Libraries in the country and during her visit Amb. Dho conducted a fact-finding mission of 5 suggested locations for additional TYSLs to be established in 2011. Education is a main pillar of Senegal’s national development strategy with upwards of 30% of its national budget allocated to it.During her meeting with the Minister of Tourism, discussions focused on tourism initiatives and cooperation between the ST-EP Foundation and Senegal. Currently, ST-EP Foundation is supporting the 9 Countries of West Africa Cross Border National Parks project, which includes Senegal.Senegal holds a meaningful place in the history of the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation. It was in Dakar, in 2005, during the UNWTO General Assembly that the ST-EP Foundation’s Constitution, including the establishment of the Board of Directors and choice of Seoul for its headquarters, was approved.

Evaluation of Existing Thank You Small Libraries, Dakar, Senegal
February 11, 2011

On February 10-11, 2011, Ambassador Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDG Advocacy Group member held meetings with Ms. Nana Ba, an official at the Ministry of Tourism, Republic of Senegal. Ms. Ba performed an evaluation on the five existing Thank You Small Libraries in Dakar, Senegal. The TYSLs have been kept in very good condition with the books and learning resources, including computers, contributed by ST-EP Foundation used daily. In fact, the TYSLs have become part of regularly scheduled classes at the schools in which they are located. Ms. Ba has played a supportive role for the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation making periodic evaluations on the TYSLs. She has remained a valuable friend of ST-EP Foundation since participating in the Korean Experience Exchange Program organized by the Foundation from May ~ October 2009 in Korea.

Fact-finding Visits to 5 Potential Thank You Small Library Locations, Dakar, Senegal
February 10, 2011

On February 10, 2011, Ambassador Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDG Advocacy Group member visited potential locations for five additional Thank You Small Libraries in Dakar, Senegal, including: Primary School Pikine 23/4; Upper Secondary School High School of Yeumbeul; Primary School Plan Jaxaay Unite 17; Technical School CEM Martyrs/c; and, Technical School CEM Mame Yelli Badinane. In total, the new TYSLs will benefit over 7000 students aged 6 to 19 years old. In November 2009, during the Korea-Africa Forum, a commitment was made to established ten Thank You Small Libraries in Senegal. The first phase of five TYSLs took place in March 2010 and preparations are underway to implement the next five. Once established, the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation will have completed 12 Thank You Small Libraries in Senegal.

Respects to Our Friend Mr. Girma Tuwafu
February 10, 2011

Dear Friends of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation,It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Mr. Girma Tuwafu. In 2008, Mr. Tuwafu played an integral role in the establishment of 8 Thank You Small Libraries in Ethiopia where he worked as a public official at the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. He also participated in the 2010 Korea Africa Leadership Program during which time we had the honor of getting to know Mr. Tuwafu for his very kind and gentle nature. He will be missed by all of us.Dho Young-shim

Thank You Small Library Fact-finding Mission, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
February 07, 2011

On January 31st and February 1st, 2011, Ambassador Dho Young-shim, conducted a fact-finding mission for the Thank You Small Library project in Ethiopia. State Minister of Culture and Tourism, H.E. Weizaro Tadelech Dalecho helped to organize the mission which included visits to suggested locations for Thank You Small Libraries in Addis Ababa, such as Alemaya Primary School. In January 2008, the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation established 8 Thank You Small Libraries in Ethiopia. The results of the mission show that the Thank You Small Libraries in Ethiopia have been very well maintained and continue to be used regularly by the local communities. During 2011, an additional 4-5 Thank You Small Libraries are set to be open.

UN Secretary-General MCM Medical Center Tour, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
February 07, 2011

On February 1st, 2011, Ambassador Dho Young-shim took part in a tour of MCM Medical Center in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The delegation was led by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, which visited patients receiving care at the facility, including a newborn medical ward. The MCM was officially opened in 2004. It provides medical and educational services and training. The MCM is an outstanding example of how the Korean people have embraced at the grassroots level their new international standing as a country positioned to deliver aid. After the Korean War the per capital income of Korea stood at a mere $82. But by 2007 it had risen to $20,000 and in 2009 Korea joined the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee (DAC).

African Leaders Malaria Alliance Event, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
February 07, 2011

On January 31st, 2011, an African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA) event was held during the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon along with 40 African Heads of State participated in the event organized by UN MDG Advocate and Special Envoy for Malaria Ray Chambers. Chairperson of the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation Amb. Dho Young-shim attended in support of her fellow MDG Advocacy Group Member. ALMA is an intergovernmental organization dedicated to ending malaria deaths. It became operational during the 64th United Nations General Assembly on September 23, 2009 under the leadership of President Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania who serves as Chairperson of ALMA. With the support of ALMA, the fight against malaria has been one of the highlights of activities to achieve the MDGs. The World Health Organization announced in 2010 that malaria deaths declined by 10 per cent between 2008 and 2009. In 11 African countries, the disease’s deadly toll has been cut by more than half with over 290 million bed nets delivered to Africa since 2008.

UN MDG Advocates Meeting at Davos
February 07, 2011

On January 28, 2011, in Davos, Switzerland, a UN MDG Advocacy Group meeting was held. The meeting was led by UN Secretary-General Ki-moon and Chaired by Rwandan President Paul Kagame. MDG Advocates participating were Ambassador Dho Young-shim, Dr. Jeffrey Sachs, Ray Chambers and Philippe Douste-Blazy. Advocates represented at the table were Her Highness Sheikha Mozah (Dr. Abdulla Al-Kubaisi), Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero (Ladra Alvarez), Ted Turner (Timothy Wirth) and Muhammad Yunus (Hans Reitz).The meeting focused on the activities around the Advocacy Groups two clusters (“Food Security and Sustainable Growth” and “Education and Health”) with Gender Equality (MDG 3) as the cross cutting theme. In his opening remarks, Secretary-General Ban highlighted Ambassador Dho’s work with the Thank You Small Library Project as an “impactful initiative” as well as the creation of the UN MDGs Forum at the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea.

Korea Wins Ski Orienteering Silver & Bronze, 2011 Asian Winter Games, Almaty
February 06, 2011

At the 2011 Asian Winter Games the Korea Orienteering Federation (KOF) celebrated silver and bronze medal wins with the ladies ski orienteering team capturing silver in the relay event and Kim Ja Youn taking home bronze in the long distance race. The UNWTO ST-EP Foundation’s Chairperson, Ambassador Dho Young-shim, serves as the President of the KOF. Orienteering is summer and winter family oriented green sport which combines mental strength with physical endurance. The wins will help the sport gain momentum and popularity in Korea. The 2011 Asian Winter Games were held in Almaty, Kazakhstan from January 30th to February 6th, 2011. It marked Korea’s first appearance in the sport of ski orienteering.

UNWTO ST-EP Foundation
January 04, 2011

Dear Reader, We are proud to present this 5-year recap of ST-EP Foundation activities. We would like to acknowledge the UNWTO and its General Assembly Members as it could not have been possible without their support. We would also like to thank you, the conscientious traveler, for your continued interest in ST-EP Foundation. With our best wishes for your health and happiness in 2011. UNWTO ST-EP Foundation

 
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