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UN MDGs Thank You Small Library in Tanzania Inspection visit of 3 primary schools in Kilimajaro
December 17, 2012

As the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation handed over 3 UN MDGs Thank You Small Libraries (TYSL) in Tanzania in December 2012, a Korean delegation composed of three officials of the Ministry of Culture, Sports & Tourism, and a TYSL Project Manager of the ST-EP Foundation, visited three primary schools in Kilimanjaro region.
The purpose of that visit was to identify potential beneficiaries for UN MDGs TYSL projects in Tanzania.
The delegation visited Kisereny Primary School, which had received financial support for the construction of a rooftop in July 2008 through the ST-EP Foundation.
Nkwamwasi Primary School and Nkweshoo Primary School have also been visited, in order to check their conditions and needs.
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three officials of MCST – Library Policy Bureau at Kisereny School ; Ms. Kwayu ; Headmaster ok Nkwamwasi Primary School ; Ms. Susan Lim, UN MDGs TYSL Project Manager, ST-EP Foundation, and Ms. Eliana Mashoo, Headmaster of Nkweshoo Primary School.

130th UN MDGs Thank You Small Library at the National Museum of Tanzania, TYSL for Adults & ICT Zone
December 14, 2012

The official handover ceremony of the 130th UN MDGs Thank You Small Library took place on Dec. 14, 2012 at the National Museum of Tanzania, Dar es Salaam, in presence of the Tanzanian First Lady Mama Salma Kikwete as guest of honor.
This TYSL for Adults equipped with an ICT Zone was expressly requested in 2011 by the Tanzanian First Lady to the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MCST). It has been established by the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation with the support of the Tanzanian Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism. Among other supplies, the TYSL for Adults received over 12,000 books as well as 12 computers for the ICT Zone. The ST-EP Foundation also handed over one TYSL for Children and an International Conference Hall at the National Museum of Tanzania, and another TYSL for children at Buguruni Viziwi Primary School in Dar es Salaam.
As Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation & UN MDG Advocate, Amb. Dho Young-shim delivered welcoming remarks and introduced the special guests of the ceremony, including the Tanzanian First Lady, H.E. Tarishi, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Natural Resources & Tourism, and H.E. Chung Il, Korean Ambassador to Tanzania. The ceremony was also attended by three officials from the Library Policy Bureau of MCST, and particularly Mr. Kim Dae-Hyun, Director, as well as a representative of KT OIC, donator of an English e-learning system. The Korean national anthem was sung by 100 children.

Caption: H.E. Maimuna K. Tarishi, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Natural Resource and Tourism, Tanzania, H.E. Mama Salma Kikwete, Tanzanian First Lady, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation & UN MDG Advocate, Mr. Kim Dae-Hyun, Director, MCST (right); Adults reading; ICT Zone at the Adults Library.

Thank You Small Library at the National Museum of Tanzania: International Conference Hall
December 14, 2012

In the presence of the Tanzanian First Lady Mama Salma Kikwete, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDG Advocate, officially handed over a UN MDGs Thank You Small Library (UN MDGs TYSL) - International Conference Hall to the National Museum of Tanzania on Dec. 14, 2012.
In 2011, the Tanzanian First Lady had formally requested the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MCST) to sponsor a UN MDGs TYSL for Adults project, the first of its kind, to be established by the ST-EP Foundation in 2012 with the support of the Tanzanian Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism. The overall project at the National Museum of Tanzania includes a UN MDGs TYSL for Adults & ICT Zone, a UN MDGs TYSL for Children & SMARTree English Pilot Project, and an International Conference Hall. Another UN MDGs for Children was also handed over on the same day at Buguruni Viziwi Primary School in Dar es Salaam.
The International Conference Hall has been supplied by the ST-EP Foundation with audio & video equipment, such as beam projector, TV, DVD deck, wireless microphones, computer set & printer.

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Tanzanian First Lady Mama Salma Kikwete (center), with H.E. Maimuna K. Tarishi - Permanent Secretary ,Ministry of Natural Resource and Tourism – Tanzania, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation, H.E. Chung Il, Korean Ambassador to Tanzania, one official from the Korean Ministry of Culture - Library Policy Bureau, TYSL project team of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and officials of the National Museum of Tanzania.

129th UN MDGs Thank You Small Library at the National Museum of Tanzania: TYSL for Children
December 14, 2012

On Dec. 14th, 2012, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation & UN MDG Advocate, officially handed over the 129th UN MDGs Thank You Small Library at the National Museum of Tanzania in Dar es Salaam. The guests of honors of the handover ceremony included the Tanzanian First Lady Mama Salma Kikwete, H.E. Maimuna Tarishi, Permanent Secretary of the Tanzanian Ministry of Natural Resources & Tourism, and H.E. Chung Il, Korean Ambassador to Tanzania. Three officials from the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the donor of the project were also present as well as a representative of KT OIC, a Korean IT partner of the project.
This TYSL has been established by the ST-EP Foundation under funding of the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MCST), with the support of the Tanzanian Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism. It has been provided with over 2,000 books, furniture, a computer set and school supplies to the library and KT OIC sponsored a SMARTree English pilot project, composed of a full e-learning system and 12 tablet computers and headphones.
The same day, the ST-EP Foundation also handed over one TYSL for Adults & ICT Zone and an International Conference Hall at the National Museum of Tanzania, and another TYSL for children at Buguruni Viziwi Primary School in Dar es Salaam.
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Mr. Kim Dae-Hyun, Director, MCST, an official from the National Museum of Tanzania, H.E Maimuna K. Tarishi - Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Natural Resource and Tourism of Tanzania, H.E. Mama Salma Kikwete, Tanzanian First Lady, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and H.E. Chung Il, Korean ambassador to Tanzania; performance of the children; SMARTree English Pilot Project with KT OIC General Manager

128th UN MDGs Thank You Small Library at Buguruni Viziwi Primary School, Tanzania
December 14, 2012

The UNWTO ST-EP Foundation officially handed over the 128th UN MDGs Thank You Small Library on Dec. 14th, 2012, at Buguruni Viziwi Primary School in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
Due to its underprivileged situation, this primary school was selected as beneficiary of a UN MDGs Thank You Small Library through the financial support of the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. The ST-EP Foundation implemented the project in partnership with the Tanzanian Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism. Moreover, all students of the school are deaf.
The donation of the ST-EP Foundation to Buguruni Viziwi Primary School included over 2,000 books, furniture (5 round tables, 30 chairs, 6 bookshelves, one desk for the librarian), one computer set, school supplies and Korean books, soccer balls, first aid kit, etc.

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(from left) : Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation with TYSL project team and the Headmaster of Buguruni Viziwi Primary School; Amb. Dho with children of the Buguruni Viziwi Primary School; ribbon cutting with Mr. Kim Dae-Hyun, Director, MCST – Library Policy Bureau (left)

Revisit of the UN MDGs Thank You Small Library of Mbande Primary School, Dar es Salaam - Tanzania
December 13, 2012

on the occasion of the handover of three UN MDGs Thank You Small Library (TYSL) projects in Tanzania, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation & UN MDG Advocate and three officials from the Korean Ministry of CultUre, Sports and Tourism – Library Policy Bureau, revisited the TYSL of Mbande Primary school established by the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation in June 2011, in Dar es Salaam.
After having assessed that the UN MDGs TYSL had been correctly managed and maintained, the ST-EP Foundation made an additional donation of 200 books and 1 computer set to the school.

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Additional donation to Mbande Primary school remitted by Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation & UN MDGs Advocate; welcoming performance of the students

Revisit of the UN MDGs Thank You Small Library of Milenia Ya Tatu Primary School - Tanzania
December 13, 2012

On Dec. 13th, 2012, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation & UN MDG Advocate, and three officials from the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism – Library Policy Bureau, revisited the UN MDGs Thank You Small Library (TYSL) of Milenia Ya Tatu Primary school, established in June 2011 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
As it has been assessed that the TYSL had been correctly managed and maintained, the Milenia Ya Tatu Primary School benefited from an additional donation of 500 books as well as 2 computer sets.

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Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation & UN MDG Advocate, with the three officials of the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports & Tourism (MCST) and the Headmaster of the school, signing of the revisit agreement, officials of MCST with the students of the school.

10th World Symposium on Choral Music, 2014 - Seoul :Celebration of the World Choral Day
December 09, 2012

As 50 million singers celebrated the World Choral Day on Dec. 9th, 2012, under the initiative of the International Federation for Choral Music (IFCM), a special performance of Gwangmyeong City Choir took place at Angel’s Haven orphanage, a branch of the Seoul Rehabilitation Hospital in Eungam, Seoul. The concert included Christmas carols and traditional Korean songs.
This celebration was organized by UNWTO ST-EP Foundation in partnership with Korean Federation for Choral Music (KFCM), on the sidelines of the 10th World Symposium on Choral Music (WSCM10) to be held in Seoul on Aug. 7 to 14, 2014. With WSCM 10 being placed under the theme “Youth and Healing”, Angel’s Haven was a perfect venue to celebrate that special day with children, patients and caretakers of the hospital.
After the performance, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation & UN MDG Advocate, hosted a lunch with the choir members as well as the participating volunteers.

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(from left) : Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation & UN MDG Advocate and Prof. Lee Sang-kil, WSCM 10’s Artistic Committee member and President of KFCM with the Gwangmyeong City Choir, the children of Angels’ Haven and some volunteers.
With a member of Angel's Haven
With
Amb. DHo with some volunteers and their coordinator, and Ms. Catherine Hamel, Director of Global Programs, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation

TYSL in Tanzania: meeting with the Library Policy Bureau, MCST
December 05, 2012

In preparation for the handover of three Thank You Small libraries in Tanzania, funded through the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MCST), Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation & UN MDG Advocate, had a meeting with officials of the Library Policy Bureau of MCST.
Three of those officials will travel to Tanzania in December 2012 order to attend the handover ceremony in Dar Es Salaam. On that occasion, they will also visit Kisereny primary school in Kilimanjaro region where they will assess the opportunity to establish new libraries. In July 2008, the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation had granted funds in order to build a rooftop for the Kisereny school. An evaluation of its current status will be carried out by the ST-EP Foundation in December 2012.

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from left : Ms. Jaung Ah Lee, Director of Capacity Building Programs, Ms. Lee Seong-deok, Deputy Director, Library Promotion Division, Library Policy Bureau, Mr. Kim Dae-Hyun, Director, Library Policy Bureau, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation & UN MDG Advocate, Ms Kim junghee, Director and Mr. Moon Young-ski, Library Promotion Division

10th World Symposium on Choral Music, 2014 - Seoul : Visit to the 2014 Incheon Asian Games
November 28, 2012

As the 10th World Symposium on Choral Music (WSCM 10) will be held in Seoul on Aug. 7th to 14, 2014, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation & UN MDG Advocate, paid a visit in Songdo (Incheon district) to Dr. Kwon Kyung-sang, Secretary-General of the 2014 Incheon Asian Games Organizing Committee (IAGOC), in order to identify potential synergies between both events.
The UNWTO ST-EP Foundation has been designated as the host organization of the WSCM 10 by the International Federation for Choral Music (IFCM), the organizer of this triennial global forum. The 2014 Incheon Asian Games are scheduled to take place in Sept. 19 to Oct. 4, 2014 under the theme “Diversity Shines Here”, while WSCM 10 will focus on “Healing and Youth”.

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(from left) : Dr. Kwon Kyung-sang, Secretary General of the 2014 Incheon Asian Games Organizing Committee and Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation & UN MDG Advocate

Preparatory meeting for the Conference on the UN Millennium Villages as Tourism Destinations, Addis
November 27, 2012

The International Conference on the UN Millennium Villages as Tourism Destinations will be held in January 2013 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on the sidelines of the 20th Summit of the African Union.
Against this background, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDG Advocate, organized a preparatory meeting with Dr. Belay Begashaw, Director of the UN MDG Center – East & Southern Africa at the headquarters of the Foundation in Seoul.
The UN Millennium Villages as Tourism Destinations Project is an innovative concept designed by the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation in order to generate new job, revenue and business opportunities in Millennium Villages of Africa through sustainable tourism. This 5-year project (2011-2015) is implemented by Millennium Promise under funding of the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. Surrounded by numerous tourism sites and attractions, Koraro in Ethiopia has been designated as pilot Millennium Village.

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(from left) : Dr. Belay Begashaw, Director, the MDG Center – East & Southern Africa, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation & UN MDG Advocate, Ms. Catherine Hamel, Directors of Global Programs, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation

Preparatory mission for a TYSL project in Buguruni Viziwi Primary School, Tanzania
November 16, 2012

In preparation for the establishment of 3 Thank You Small Library (TYSL) projects in Tanzania, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDG Advocate, carried out a special mission aimed to assess the local conditions and needs. One TYSL for Adults (Pilot Project) and 2 TYSL for children will handed over, under funding of the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MCST).
Due to its underprivileged situation, the Buguruni Viziwi Primary School has been selected as the venue for the second TYSL for children. During her visit also had a meeting with several furniture and book suppliers in order to select the best proposals.
The projects are implemented with the support of the Tanzanian Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism. Mr. Maulid Ngulangwa, who participated in the 2012 Fellowship Program for Foreign Librarian in Korea , has been being designated as local coordinator of the projects. A meeting with several potential book and furniture suppliers has been organized.


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(from left) : Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation, at Buguruni Viziwi Primary School, with Ms. Winfrida Jeremia (3rd left), Head Teacher, and Mr. Maulid Ngulangwa (1st left) ; Amb. Dho with children of the Buguruni Viziwi Primary School; meeting with the book and furniture suppliers.

Thank You Small Library for Adults Pilot Project Special preparatory mission in Tanzania
November 15, 2012

On Nov. 15 716, 2012, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDG Advocate, carried out a special mission in Tanzania, in preparation for the Thank You Small Library (TYSL) projects to be implemented there, under funding of the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MCST): one TYSL for Adults (Pilot Project) and 2 TYSL for children.
The TYSL for Adults project has been expressly requested in May 2011 by the Tanzanian First Lady to MCST. It will be located in the newly built Cultural House of the National Museum of Tanzania, together with a multimedia area as well as one TYSL for children will also be located Amb. Dho also visited furniture and book suppliers as well as Buguruni Viziwi Primary School, selected as the venue for the second TYSL for children.
The projects are implemented with the support of the Tanzanian Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism. Mr. Maulid Ngulangwa, who participated in the 2012 Fellowship Program for Foreign Librarian in Korea , has been being designated as local coordinator of the projects. A meeting with several book and furniture suppliers has been organized in order to assess their proposals.

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(from left) : Ms. Maimuna K. Tarishi - Permanent Secretary ,Ministry of Natural Resource and Tourism – Tanzania, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation, at the Museum of Tanzania, meeting between Amb. Dho and the staff of the Museum and house of Culture, meeting with the book and furniture suppliers,

WISE 2012 : South Sudanese supermodel Alek Wek pledges support to the Thank You Small Library initia
November 14, 2012

On the occasion of her participation in the WISE 2012 Summit in Doha, 2012, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDG Advocate, had a brief meeting with South Sudanese supermodel and former refugee Alek Wek .
In 1991, Ms. Wek had to flee her country to escape the civil war and in July 2012, she returned to her native South Sudan for the first time in order to mark the fledgling nation's first anniversary, meet refugees and visit United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) programmes aimed at helping some of the hundreds of thousands of returnees rebuild their lives.
As Ms. Wek has been supporting UNHCR to expand and launch life changing projects in the field of Education, Agriculture and Health, she pledged her support to Amb. Dho to raise awareness on the Thank You Small Library initiative, a UN MDGG Action plan implemented by the ST-EP Foundation.

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from left) : Former South Sudanese refugee and now supermodel Alek Wek delivering supporting address at the WISE 2012 summit; Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDG Advocate with Ms. Wek; Harper’s Bazaar (November 2012) featuring Alek Wek.

WISE 2012: Launching of the Educate a Child initiative by H.H. Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Qatar
November 14, 2012

Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser launched the Educate A Child (EAC) initiative on Nov.14, 2012 at the WISE 2012 summit held in Doha, Qatar, under the theme “Collaborating for Change”. Amb. Dho, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDG Advocate, attended this event as special guest of Her Highness, also a UN MDG Advocate co-chairing the Education cluster.
Since its establishment in 2012, EAC has already supported 25 projects benefiting 500,000 children in countries across Africa, Middle East and Asia where many children do not have access to primary education, due to extreme poverty, conflict, natural disaster, discrimination or other reasons. As of today, 61 million children worldwide are still deprived of their fundamental right to education, with 28 million of them being located in conflict zones.
EAC builds on HH Sheikha Moza’s mandates as a UNESCO Special Envoy on Basic and Higher Education, a UN MDG Advocate and a Steering Committee member of UN Secretary General’s Ban Ki-moon’s Education First initiative. HH Sheikha Moza has pledged to support the EAC initiative through an annual $35 million funding, over 4 years.
Later in the day, Amb. Dho was one of the few special guest invited for lunch by Her Highness, in order to discuss how EAC will help to provide better futures for the children without access to education. In the evening, Amb. Dho attended the WISE Gala dinner and awards ceremony of the WISE Prize for Education.

카타르 왕비, 빈국 어린이에 4년간 1500억원 지원키로
November 14, 2012

셰이크 모자 왕비(왼쪽)와 도영심 STEP 재단 이사장이 함께 서 있다. /STEP 재단 제공

카타르의 셰이크 모자 왕비가 올해부터 4년간 전 세계 어린이들을 위해 연 3500만달러(약 378억원)씩을 지원하기로 했다. 이 금액은 전 세계 가난한 나라와 분쟁지역에서 학교에 다니지 못하고 있는 어린이 6000만명을 위해 쓰일 예정이다. '카타르 재단' 이사장으로 전 세계에서 진행 중인 문화 사업과 지원 활동을 진두지휘하는 셰이크 모자 왕비는 지난 14일 카타르 도하에서 있었던 도영심 UNWTO(국제연합 세계관광기구) STEP 재단 이사장과의 만남에서 이 같은 기부를 결정했다. 도 이사장은 UNWTO 산하 기구인 STEP 재단 이사장으로 있으면서 2007년부터 아프리카 어린이들을 위한 도서관 설립에 힘써 왔다. 지난 5년간 아프리카에 세운 어린이 도서관은 127개에 달한다. 도 이사장은 올해 시작한 EACI (Education a Child Initiative) 사업에 셰이크 모자 왕비의 지원금을 활용할 계획이다. EACI는 학교 건립 및 재정 지원 사업이다. 도 이사장은 "전 세계에 학교가 없어 교육을 못 받는 아이들이 6000만명이 넘는다"며 "2015년까지 이번에 약속받은 지원금을 활용해 이 숫자를 6000만명에서 5000만명까지 줄이는 것이 목표"라고 말했다.

Fellowship Program for Foreign Librarians 2012 Graduation of the 3 participants from Africa
November 01, 2012

As a conclusion of the eight-week Fellowship Program for Foreign Librarians 2012 (FPFL 2012) in Korea, a graduation ceremony was organized on Nov. 1st, 2012 at the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation for the three participants from Africa : Ms. Kebenesh Gebreselassie, Ethiopia, Mr. Edusei Derkyi, Ghana, and Mr. Maulid Ngulangwa, Tanzania.
Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of the ST-EP Foundation, congratulated the participants and awarded them a certificate of graduation. The ceremony was followed by a graduation luncheon.
As a capacity-building initiative implemented by the ST-EP Foundation, FPFL 2012 included courses in the framework of the Training Project for Asean Children's Librarians 2012 hosted by the National Library for Children and Young Adults, Korean classes, as well as attendance to several international events including the 2012 Skal World Congress and the Korea-Africa Forum. The three participants have been designated as local coordinators for Thank You Small Library projects in their respective countries.

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(From left) 1st picture: Wlliam Oh, Global Tours, Vice-President, Catherine Hamel, Director of Global Programs, ST-EP Foundation, Edusei Derkyi, Ghana, Maulid Ngulangwa, Tanzania, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson, ST-EP Foundation, Kebenesh Gebreselassie, Ethiopia, Jaung Ah Lee, Director of Capacity-Building Programs, ST-EP Foundation, June Kim, Manager, ST-EP Foundation; 2nd picture: with Yun-Mee Jang, English Editor, Lee Sun Hwa, Deputy Director, Yeo Wee-sook, Director General, the National Library for Children and Young Adults, Kim junghee, Director, Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Library promotion Division

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s speaks at the Korean National Assembly
October 30, 2012

On the occasion of a four-day trip to Korea, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon delivered his first speech to the Korean National Assembly on Oct. 30th 2012, stressing again the importance of advancing peace in the Korean peninsula and calling for Seoul to act as a catalyst on the international scene towards the achievement of the U.N. targets such as sustainable development.
Amb. Dho, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDG Advocate was invited to attended this event as special guest.
On Oct. 29, 2012, UN SG Ban became the eleventh recipient, and the first South Korean, to receive the Seoul Peace Prize and Amb. Dho also attended the acceptance ceremony as special guest.
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(From left:) Mrs. Ban Ki-moon, H.E. Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary General, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDG Advocate; right picture : Amb. Dho with H.E.. Kang Chang Hee, Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea.

WSCM 10 in 2014 : Meeting with the President of the Korea Broadcasting System - KBS
October 29, 2012

In preparation for the 10th World Symposium on Choral Music (WSCM 10) to be hosted in Seoul, Korea, on August 7th to 14th, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and co-Chair of the 10 WSCM Organizing Committee, convened a meeting with the President of the Korea Broadcasting System (KBS) on Oct. 23, 2012.
KBS and IFCM will work as partners for that event under the theme of “Healing & Youth”. The participants included the members of the IFCM Executive Committee and WSCM 10 Artistic Committee.

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(from left): Dr. Kim In-kyu (9th), KBS President, Dr. Oscar Escalada, Prof. Chun Koo, Prof. Leon Tong, Mr. Edusei Derkyi, Mr. Philip Brunelle, Mr. Hakan Wickstrom, Mr. Stephen Leek, Ms. Saeko Hasegawa, , Dr. Michael Anderson, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Dr. Anton Armstrong , Prof. Anita Brevik, Prof. Park Shin-hwa and Mr. William Oh

Introduction of Leeum Museum to IFCM leadership
October 24, 2012

In October 2012, Dr. Michael J. Anderson, IFCM President, and Mr. Philip Brunelle, IFCM Vice-President, visited Seoul in preparation for the 10th World Symposium on Choral Music (10 WSCM) to be hosted in Korea on August 7 to 14, 2014.

Designated as the official host organization of the WSCM, the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation coordinated the program of visits during their stay, including a visit to Leeum museum on Oct. 24th with Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation where they had a chance to visit artworks of the famous Indian contemporary sculptor Anish Kapoor.

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From left : Mr. Philip Brunelle, IFCM Vice-President, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation, Dr. Michel J. Anderson, IFCM President

Workshop on music as a tool for education with IFCM and TYSL representatives from Africa
October 23, 2012

The UNWTO ST-EP Foundation hosted the meetings of the Executive Committee of the international Federation for Choral Music and the Artistic Committee of the 10th World Symposium on Choral Music (WSCM 10) in Seoul, Korea, on October 21st to 23rd, 2012. On that occasion, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and co-Chair of the 10 WSCM Organizing Committee, hosted a workshop on Oct. 23, 2012, about Music as a Tool for Education. The participants included the members of IFCM delegation and three Thank You Small Library local coordinators from Ethiopia, Ghana and Tanzania. Mr. Edusei Derkyi, is IFCM Board Advisor and TYSL coordinator for Ghana.

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(from left) : Ms. Jaung Ah Lee, Director of Capacity-Building Programs, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation, Prof. Leon Tong, IFCM 1st Vice-President, Mr. Stephen Leek, IFCM Vice-President, Prof. Anita Brevik, WSCM 10 Artistic Committee, Mr. Edusei Derkyi, IFCM Board advisor, Ghana, Ms. Theodora Pavlovitch, IFCM Vice President , Ms. Saeko Hasegawa, IFCM Vice-President, Dr. Michael Anderson, IFCM President , Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and co-chair of WSCM 10 Organizing Committee, Mr. Philip Brunelle, IFCM Vice-President, Dr. Oscar Escalada, WSCM 10 Artistic Committee, Ms. Kebenesh Gebreselassie, Ethiopia, Dr. Anton Armstrong , Chair of WSCM 10 Artistic Committee, Mr. Hakan Wickstrom, IFCM Treasurer

WSCM 10 in 2014 : visit to the Korean National Assembly
October 23, 2012

As the members of IFCM Executive Committee and the 10th World Symposium on Choral Music (WSCM 10) Artistic Committee met in Seoul, Korea, the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation organized a technical tour on Oct. 23, 2012, in preparation of WSCM 10, which will to take place in Korea on Aug. 7th to 14th 2014.
The program also included a visit to the Korean National Assembly, where the participants met Rep. Lee Jae-young, of Saenuri ruling party.

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(from left) Front row: Mr. Philip Brunelle, IFCM Vice-President, Prof. Chun Koo, WSCM 10 Artistic Committee, Prof. Anita Brevik, WSCM 10 Artistic Committee, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and co-chair of WSCM 10 Organizing Committee, Dr. Michael Anderson, IFCM President, Rep. Lee Jae-young, Saenuri party, Prof. Shin-hwa Park, WSCM 10 Artistic Committee, Prof. Leon Tong, IFCM First Vice-President, Back: Mr. William Oh, Vice-President of Global, Mr. Hakan Wickstrom, IFCM Treasurer, Mr. Edusei Derkyi, Dr. Anton Armstrong , Chair of WSCM 10 Artistic Committee, IFCM Board advisor, Ghana, Ms. Saeko Hasegawa, IFCM Vice-President, Dr. Oscar Escalada, WSCM 10 Artistic Committee, Mr. Stephen Leek, IFCM Vice-President

WSCM 10 in 2014 : Lunch Meeting at the Seoul Arts Center
October 23, 2012

On Oct. 23rd, 2012, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and co-Chair of the 10th World Symposium on Choral Music (WSCM 10) Organizing Committee, hosted a lunch meeting at Seoul Arts Center with the members of IFCM Executive Committee and WSCM 10 Artistic Committee, Korea.
The Seoul Arts Center is one of the many sites in Seoul that has been identified as a potential venue for the numerous concerts that will be planned during WSCM 10.

The ST-EP Foundation has been designated by IFCM as the official host organization for the WSCM 10 which will take place from 7 to 14 August 2014 in Seoul, South Korea.

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(from left) : Prof. Shin-Hwa Park, WSCM 10’s Artistic Committee, Prof. Chun Koo, WSCM 10’s Artistic Committee, Prof. Leon Tong, IFCM 1st Vice President, Dr. Oscar Escalada, WSCM 10’s Artistic Committee, Mr. Hakan Wickstrom, IFCM Treasurer, Mr. Stephen Leek, IFCM Vice-President, Ms. Saeko Hasegawa, IFCM Vice-President, Dr. Michael Anderson, IFCM President , Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and co-chair of WSCM 10 Organizing Committee, Dr. Anton Armstrong , Chair of WSCM 10 Artistic Committee, Prof. Anita Brevik, WSCM 10 Artistic Committee , Prof. Lee Sang-kil, WSCM 10’s Artistic Committee and Mr. William Oh, Global Tour Vice-President.

WSCM 10 in 2014: technical visit to the Seoul Arts Center
October 23, 2012

On the occasion of the meetings of IFCM Executive Committee and WSCM 10 Artistic Committee in Seoul, Korea, the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and co-Chair of the 10th World Symposium on Choral Music (WSCM 10) Organizing Committee, organized a visit of the Seoul Arts Center.

The ST-EP Foundation has been designated by IFCM as the official host organization for the WSCM 10 to be hosted in Seoul, South Korea from 7 to 14 August 2014.

Caption:
(from left) : Ms. Cho Hyun-jin, KFCM, Mr. William Oh, Global Tour, Prof. Chun Koo, KFCM, Mr. Stephen Leek, IFCM, Prof. Lee Sang-kil, KFCM, PProf. Leon Tong, IFCM, Prof. Anita Brevik, Dr. Anton Armstrong, Mr. Hakan Wickstrom, IFCM, Mr. Philip Brunelle, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation, Dr. Michael Anderson, IFCM, Mr. Edusei Derkyi, IFCM advisor, Dr. Oscar Escalada, Ms. Saeko Hasegawa, IFCM, Prof. Shin-Hwa Park, KFCM

WSCM 10 in 2014: meeting with the President of the National Theater of Korea
October 23, 2012

On Oct 23rd, 2012, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation, organized a visit of the National Theater of Korea (NTOK) in Seoul for the members of the IFCM Executive Committee and the 10th World Symposium on Choral Music (WSCM 10) Artistic Committee. The participants had a meeting with Dr. Ahn Hosang, President of the NTOK, who introduced the various performance halls and facilities to them.

The Korean National Theater has been designated as the main host venue of the WSCM 10 while the ST-EP Foundation will act as the official host organization. WSCM 10 will take place in Seoul on Aug. 7 to 14, under the theme of “Healing & Youth”.

Caption : Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and IFCM Board Member, and Dr. Michael Anderson, IFCM President, with and the members of IFCM ExCOm and WSCM 10 Artistic Committee.

WSCM 10 in 2014 : meeting with the Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea
October 21, 2012

The President of the International Federation for Choral Music (IFCM) and co-chair of the 10th World Symposium on Choral Music (10 WSCM) Organizing Committee, Dr. Michael J. Anderson, visited Korea on October 21st to 25th, 2012, in order to attend the IFCM ExCom and WSCM Artistic Committee meetings hosted by the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation.

On the first day of his stay, Amb. Dho, Chairperson of the ST-EP Foundation, welcomed Dr. Anderson and they both met the Korean Prime Minister HE Kim Hwang-sik, Rev. Kim Sam-hwan of Myungsung Church and Dr. Hyun Byeong-chul, from the National Human Rights Commission of Korea.

Caption:
From left : Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation, Dr. Michel J. Anderson, IFCM President, H.E. Kim Hwang-sik, Prime Minister, Korea, Rev. Kim Sam-hwan of Myungsung Church, Dr. Hyun Byeong-chul, National Human Rights Commission of Korea

Meetings of the IFCM ExCom and WSCM 10 Artistic Committee in Seoul, Korea
October 21, 2012

On Oct. 21st to 23rd, 2012, the members of the IFCM Executive Committee and the members of the 10th World Symposium on Choral Music (WSCM 10) Artistic Committee met in Seoul, Korea, at the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation.

Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and co-Chair of the 10 WSCM Organizing Committee, coordinated the schedule of the meeting.

The ST-EP Foundation has been designated by IFCM as the official host organization for the 10th World Symposium on Choral Music which will take place from 7 to 14 August 2014 in Seoul, South Korea. IFCM ExCom is also acting as the Executive Committee of the 10 WSCM.

Caption:
First picture (from left) : Ms. Saeko Hasegawa, IFCM Vice-President, Prof. Shin-Hwa Park, WSCM 10’s Artistic Committee, Prof. Leon Tong, IFCM 1st Vice President, Dr. Anton Armstrong , Chair of WSCM 10 Artistic Committee, Dr. Michael Anderson, IFCM President , Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and co-chair of WSCM 10 Organizing Committee, Prof. Anita Brevik, WSCM 10 Artistic Committee , Dr. Oscar Escalada, WSCM 10 Artistic Committee, Prof. Lee Sang-kil, WSCM 10 Artistic Committee, Prof. Chun Koo, WSCM 10 Artistic Committee. 2nd picture: Members of IFCM Executive Committee, including Ms. Theodora Pavlovitch, IFCM Vice President, Mr. Stephen Leek, IFCM Vice-President and Mr. Hakan Wickstrom, IFCM Treasurer; 3rd picture: Members of WSCM 10 Artistic Committee.


Millennium Villages as Tourism Destinations: meeting with Chair of the Board of Millennium Promise
October 19, 2012

On the occasion of her first visit to Korea, Ms. Jacqueline Corbelli, Chair of the Board of Millennium Promise had a working meeting at the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation about the Millennium Villages as Tourism Destination Project on Oct. 19, 2012.
Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of the ST-EP Foundation & UN MDG Advocate took that opportunity to invite officials from Ethiopia, Ms. Kebenesh Gebreselassie, Ghana, Mr. Edusei Derkyi , and Tanzania, Mr. Maulid Ngulangwa to attend the meeting as they were currently in Seoul.
Millennium Promise is in charge of implementing the Millennium Villages Project in 10 countries of Sub-Saharan Africa, including Ethiopia, Ghana and Tanzania. the current projects of the ST-EP Foundation related to the three countries, including the Millennium Villages as Tourism Destinations, Korean Millennium Village Project in Tanzania

Caption:
From left : Ms. Jaung Ah Lee, Director of Capacity-Building programs, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation, Mr. Maulid Ngulangwa, Tanzania, Ms. Kebenesh Gebreselassie , Ethiopia, Ms. Jacqueline Corbelli, Chair of the Board, Millennium Promise, Amb. Dho Young-Shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation & UN MDG Advocate, Mr. Edusei Derkyi , Ms. Catherine Hamel, Director of Global Programs, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation

Millennium Villages as Tourism Destinations: discussion with the Ethiopian Foreign Minister
October 19, 2012

On the sidelines of the Korea Africa Cooperation week in Seoul, Korea, H.E. Mr. Seyoum Mesfin, Foreign Minister of Ethiopa had a discussion with Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDG Advocate and Ms. Jacqueline Corbelli, Chair of the Board of Millennium Promise on Oct. 19, 2012.
The topic of the discussion was the Millennium Villages as Tourism Destinations Project, an innovative concept designed by the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation in order to generate new job, revenue and business opportunities in Millennium Villages of Africa through sustainable tourism. This 5-year project (2011-2015) is implemented by Millennium Promise under funding of the Korea Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.
Surrounded by numerous tourism sites and attractions, Koraro has been designated as pilot Millennium Village.
As of now, the ST-EP Foundation has handed over 20 Thank You Small Libraries in Ethiopia.

Caption :
From left : Ambassador of Ethiopia to Korea, H.E. Mr. Seyoum Mesfin, Foreign Minister of Ethiopia, Amb. Dho Young-Shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation & UN MDG Advocate, Ms. Jacqueline Corbelli, Chair of the Board, Millennium Promise.

2013 UNWTO General Assembly in Zambia & Zimbabwe, Meeting with Minister of Tourism and Arts, Zambia
October 18, 2012

As Zambia & Zimbabwe will host the UNWTO general assembly on August 24 to 29, 2013, Amb. Dho Young-Shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation & UN MDG Advocate had a meeting with H.E. Ms. Sylvia Masebo, Ministry of Tourism and Arts, Zambia, on Oct. 18th 2012 about the preparation of the event.
Since the 2010 UNWTO General Assembly was hosted by the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism Korea in the city of Gyeongju, Minister Masebo requested for the advice and assistance of Amb. Dho in order to benefit from the experience of Korea for the organization of this event that will take place in the Victoria Falls region, with 1,500 delegates expected to attend.
Amb. Dho suggested concerted efforts between UNWTO and the ST-EP Foundation as well as joint actions from Zambia and Zimbabwe. Minister Masebo also thanked the Amb. Dho for the funding of a ST-EP project in Zambia through the ST-EP Foundation.

2nd Board Meeting of UN Green Climate Fund meeting, Songdo, Korea
October 18, 2012

As the Board of the UN Green Climate Fund (GCF) convened its second meeting on October 18, 2012 in Songdo, Korea, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation, arranged the presence of Prof. Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute, Columbia University, who delivered a keynote speech on that occasion.
One of the main decisions taken during the meeting was the tentative selection of Korea represented by the city of Songdo as the host of the Secretariat of the GCF. The other competing countries were Germany, Mexico, Namibia, Poland, and Switzerland.
Before the meeting, Prof. Sachs and Amb. Dho had a discussion with Dr. Song Young-gil, Mayor of Incheon about the GCF and the potential location of its secretariat in Songdo, Incheon’s newly developed district city and the first Korean "new city" planned with green features.

Caption :
From left : Dr. Song Young-gil, Mayor of Incheon, Prof. Jeffrey Sachs, Director of Earth Institute, Columbia University & UN MDG Advocate & Millennium Promise co-founder, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation & UN MDG Advocate ; Amb. Dho, and Prof. Sachs with Ms. Jacqueline Corbelli, Chair of the Board, Millennium Promise.

World Green Energy Forum 2012, Gyeongsangbuk-do Province, Korea
October 17, 2012

On October 17, 2012, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDG Advocate and Prof. Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute, Columbia University, UN MDG Advocate & Millennium Promise co-founder, attended the opening ceremony of the 2012 World Green Energy Forum in Gyeongju, Korea, as keynote speakers.
Hosted by Gyeongsangbuk-do province, the 2012 World Green Energy Forum has brought together green energy experts from around the world to help the world meet Millennium Development Goals 7 and 8, on ensuring environmental sustainability and building a global partnership for development.
The summit offered opportunities to boost partnership among developing nations in Asia, Africa and Middle East and enhance global efforts to put humanity's relationship with the earth on a more sustainable track.
Experts have shared knowledge, expertise and national actions in seven key energy areas including solar, nuclear, wind and smart grids.

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(From left), front: Ms. Tawakel Karman (2nd), Yemeni Noble Peace Prize Winner, Mr. Kim Kwan-yong, Governor of Gyeongsangbuk–do Province, Prof. Jeffrey Sachs, Director of Earth Institute, Columbia University, UN MDG Advocate & Millennium Promise co-founder, back: Ms. Jacqueline Corbelli (3rd), Chair of the Board, Millennium Promise, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDG Advocate, Amb. Dho Young-shim (5th), Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation.

3rd Korea-Africa Forum, Seoul
October 17, 2012

The opening ceremony of the third Korea-Africa Forum took place on October 17, 2012 in Seoul.
On that occasion, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP arranged the participation of Prof. Jeffrey Sachs, Director of Earth Institute, Columbia University, UN MDG Advocate & Millennium Promise co-founder, as keynote speaker.
The ST-EP Foundation also invited the three participants of the Fellowship Program for Foreign Librarians 2012 (FPFL 2012) in Korea: Ms. Kebenesh Gebreselassie from Ethiopia, Mr. Edusei Derkyi from Ghana and Mr. Maulid Ngulangwa from Tanzania.
The 3rd Korea Africa Forum was co-organized by the Foreign Ministry and the African Union and some 150 African delegates were present, including Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe, and other senior officials from 18 African countries. This conference was an opportunity for them to discuss with South Korean officials ways to boost cooperation in the fields of development, investment and defense. At the end of the forum, participants adopted the 2012 Seoul Declaration.
The government has designated this week as “Korea-Africa cooperation week”.

Caption:
(From left), front: Ms. Kebenesh Gebreselassie, Ethiopia, Amb. Dho Young-shim (5th), Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation & UN MDG Advocate, Mr. Edusei Derkyi , Ghana, Prof. Jeffrey Sachs, Director of Earth Institute, Columbia University, UN MDG Advocate & Millennium Promise co-founder ;
back: Ms. Jacqueline Corbelli (3rd), Chair of the Board, Millennium Promise, Mr. Maulid Ngulangwa, Tanzania.

Millennium Villages as Tourism Destinations: review to the Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism
October 17, 2012

Under the initiative of Amb. Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDG Advocate, the Korean Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism H.E. Mr. Choi Kwang-sik, had a meeting with Prof. Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute at the Columbia University, UN MDG Advocate & Millennium Promise co-founder, and Ms. Jacqueline Corbelli, Chair of the Board of Millennium Promise, on Oct. 17, 2012.

As the co-founder of the Millennium Villages Project, Prof. Sachs expressed his gratitude to Minister Choi for the funding of the Millennium Villages as Tourism Destinations Project by MCST. This 5-year project has been designed by the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation as an innovated concept aimed to generate new job, revenue and business opportunities in Millennium Villages through sustainable tourism. Millennium Promise acts as the implementing agency.

Caption :
From left : Ms. Jacqueline Corbelli, Chair of the Board, Millennium Promise, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDG Advocate, H.E. Mr. Choi Kwang-sik, Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Prof. Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute, Columbia University, UN MDG Advocate & Millennium Promise co-founder

6th UNWTO / PATA Forum on Tourism Trends and Outlook, Guilin, China
October 12, 2012

On the occasion of the 6th UNWTO/PATA (Pacific Asia Travel Association) Forum on Tourism Trends and Outlook hosted on Oct. 11th to 13th 2012 in Guilin, China, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDG Advocate, delivered a congratulatory speech focusing on the Sustainable Tourism Eliminating Poverty and the role played by UNWTO and the ST-EP Foundation in poverty alleviation and community empowerment in developing and least developed countries.

The event allowed the participants to share information, analyze current tourism situation and map out the next course of action in the future and was overarched under the theme of collaboration and partnerships.

On the sidelines of the forum, Amb. Dho had a meeting with the Mayor of Guilin Li Zhigang and gave an interview to local and foreign journalists about the ST-EP Foundation.

Caption:
From left: Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDG Advocate; group photo with participants of the 6th UNWTO/PATA Forum on Tourism Trends and Outlook, including PATA’s CEO Martin Craigs (2nd right) and UNWTO Executive Director Mr. Zoltan Somogyi (right) ; Amb. Dho with Mayor of Guilin Li Zhigang (3rd from left); interview of Amb. Dho by local journalists and foreign correspondents.

Millennium Villages as Tourism Destinations, Presentation at the 73rd SKAL World Congress, Seoul
October 08, 2012

As Skal, the leading international organization of travel and tourism professionals, convened its 73rd World Congress in Seoul, Korea, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDG Advocate, attended the Skal Tourism Forum on Oct. 5, 2012, as keynote speaker and panelist.

Based on the theme 'New Boundaries in Tourism‘, Amb. Dho made a presentation about the ST-EP (Sustainable Tourism Eliminating Poverty) initiative of the World Tourism Organization and the 104 projects in 33 countries implemented as of Oct. 2012, 50 of them being funded by the ST-EP Foundation. While highlighting the role played by tourism in developing and least developed countries (LDCs), and its contribution to poverty elimination and the achievement of the UN MDGs, Amb. Dho introduced the Millennium Villages as Tourism Destinations, an innovative concept of the ST-EP Foundation aimed to generate new job, revenue and business opportunities in Africa through sustainable tourism. During the discussion with the other panelists, Amb. Dho emphasized the importance of political will, not only from the central government but also from the local authorities.

Caption:
Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDG Advocate; Center : Amb. Dho with Mr. William Oh, President of Skal International Seoul (left) and Mr. Robert Sohn, Chairman of the Skal World Congress Organizing Committee; Right: Amb. Dho with Mr. Stephen Revere, CEO & Managing Editor of 10 Magazine and moderator, Dr. Charm Lee, President of the Korea Tourism Organization and Ms. Maureen O'Crowley, Vice President of Seoul Tourism Organization’s Convention Bureau

Fellowship Program for Foreign Librarians 2012. Participation in the 73rd SKAL World Congress, Seoul
October 05, 2012

As part of the Fellowship Program for Foreign Librarians 2012 (FPFL 2012) in Korea, the three participants invited by the ST-EP Foundation: Ms. Kebenesh Gebreselassie from Ethiopia, Mr. Edusei Derkyi from Ghana and Mr. Maulid Ngulangwa from Tanzania, participated in the 73rd Skal World Congress in Seoul, on Oct. 2 to 6, 2012.

On Oct. 5, 2012, the FPFL participants attended the Skal Tourism Forum under the theme ‘New Boundaries of Tourism’. During the keynote presentation she delivered on occasion, Amb. Dho Young-shim introduced the UN MDG Thank You Small Library Initiative, with Ethiopia, Ghana and Tanzania as key beneficiaries.

Caption:
Ms. Kebenesh Gebreselassie, Ethiopia, Ms. Jaung Ah Lee, Director of Capacity Building Programs , UNWTO ST-EP Foundation, Ms. Catherine Hamel, Director of Global Programs, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDG Advocate, Mr. Edusei Derkyi , Ghana and Mr. Maulid Ngulangwa, Tanzania.

3rd Annual meeting of UN MDG Advocacy Group, United Nations, NY
September 26, 2012

On the margin of the 67th UN General Assembly, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDG Advocate joined the 3rd annual meeting of the UN MDG Advocacy Group, held at the United Nations in New-York.

This meeting was the inaugural meeting for the new co-chair Julia Gillard, Prime Minister of Australia.
Amb. Dho introduced the current status of the Thank You Small Library (TYSL) initiative, a UN MDG Action Plan, and she announced that a total of 127 TYSLs had been handed over so far.
She mentioned the need to increase innovative financing mechanisms, not only to raise more funds but also to further involve the general public and secure their personal commitment and financial contribution to the development efforts.

Finally, Amb. Dho presented the sanitary process using human feces as fertilizer, a technique that has been commonly used in the past in South Korea.

Caption:
1. President Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda, Co-Chair of UN MDG Advocacy Group
2. PM Julia Gillard, Prime Minister of Australia, Co-Chair of UN MDG Advocacy Group
3. HH Sheikha Mozah, Queen of Qatar, Co-Chair of UN MDG Advocacy Group

Launching of Education First, UN Secretary General’s global initiative on Education, United Nations
September 26, 2012

On the occasion of the launching of “Education First”, UN Secretary-General’s Global Initiative on Education, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDG Advocate, was invited to attend the high-level event on 26 September, 2012, in the margins of the 67th session of the UN General Assembly.
Education First has been initiated in order to raise the profile of education on the global agenda and energize ongoing efforts to achieve goals committed to by the international community, including the Education for All and UN Millennium Development Goals.
The high-level event included three key components:
High-level political launch chaired by the UN Secretary-General, with the attendance of Heads of State, Ministers, heads of UN agencies, the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Global Education, youth and civil society representatives, and top CEOs from the private sector.
Panel discussion chaired by UN Deputy Secretary-General, with Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi of Myanmar, teacher representative Teopista Birungi Mayanja of Uganda and youth representative Charles Young of Jamaica as panelists.
Evening reception hosted by former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, celebrating the launch of Education First and galvanizing a diverse, broad spectrum of actors to support Education First and commit to taking action.

Caption:
1. From left : former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon
2. From left : UN SG Ban’s wife, Ms. Yoo Soon-taek, Ms. Sarah Brown, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi of Myanmar, Ms Laurene Powell Jobs and Amb. Dho Young-shim

Partnership meeting about the International 100 Women's Climate Summit in 2013, NY
September 25, 2012

On September 26, 2012, Amb. Dho hosted a meeting with Ms. Sally Ranney, President & CEO, StillWater Preservation, LLC, President, American Renewable Energy Institute/ (AREDAY) Summit Co-Chair, International Women's Earth & Climate Initiative (IWECI), Patron of Nature, IUCN Chair, eraGlobal Alliance. Ms. Osprey Orielle Lake, co-director for IWECI, was also present.

The meeting was dedicated to the International 100 Women's Climate Summit to be hosted by IWECI in 2013 in New-York, with and a possible partnership with UNWTO ST-EP Foundation was discussed. This event will launch a ten-year (2013-2023) campaign to embrace effective social, economic and political advocacy for climate action, embrace climate solutions, and build resilient communities in alliance with other organizations and projects already underway.

A primary goal of the IWECI is to initiate, cultivate, and support an international women’s movement, engaging experts from multiple sectors including: grassroots leaders, policy makers, Nobel Prize laureates, farmers, academics, Indigenous leaders, scientists, cultural icons and CEO’s to join in solidarity to arrest climate change and environmental degradation.

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Ms. Osprey Orielle Lake, Amb. Dho Young-shim and Ms Sally Ranney

Partnership between UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and Millennium Promise : Strategic Meeting, New-York
September 25, 2012

In order to address issues related to the three projects under the partnership between Millennium Promise and the ST-EP Foundation - Korea Millennium Village Project (KMVP), Millennium Villages as Tourism Destinations Project and Sauri Agricultural Project in Kenya–, a Strategic meeting was organized on Sept. 25, 2012 in New-York.
The participants of the meeting included Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDG Advocate, Prof. Jeffrey Sachs, Director of Earth Institute, Columbia university, UN MDG Advocate & Millennium Promise co-founder, Ms. Jacqueline Corbelli, Chair of the Board, Millennium Promise, Ms. Joanna Rubinstein, Chief of Staff, the Earth Institute at Columbia University Mr. Rafael Flor, Regional Business Development Manager, West Africa and Dr. Belay Ejigu Begashaw, Director of the MDG Center, East and Southern Africa.

Caption: Dr. Belay Begashaw, Mr. Rafael Flor, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Prof. Jeffrey Sachs, Ms Jacqueline Corbelli and Ms. Joanna Rubinstein

Partnership between UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and Millennium Promise : Operations meeting, New-York
September 25, 2012

In order to assess the progress of the three projects under the partnership between the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and Millennium Promise, an Operations meeting has been organized on Sept. 25, 2012 at the MP headquarters in New-York

The participants included Amb. Dho Young-shim, Dr. Awash Teklehaimanot, Director, Center for National Health Development in Ethiopia; Director, Malaria and NTD Program, The Earth Institute, Ms. Ashley Hufft, General Counsel and Chief of Staff, MP, Mr. Joaquin Aviles, Director of Operations, MP, Ms. Bayly Bulkeley, Director of Operational Systems, MP, Mr. Frank O’Connell, Director of Finance, MP, Mr. Sam Mayer, Chief Operating Officer, MP, Mr. Rafael Flor, MVP Coordinator, Director’s office, Earth Institute and Mr. Young Lee, Korean project coordinator appointed by the Province of Gyeongsangbuk-do.
Millennium provided an update on the 3 projects under the partnership between UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and Millennium Promise: Korea Millennium Village Project (KMVP), Millennium Villages as Tourism Destinations Project and Sauri Agricultural Project in Kenya. Amb. Dho explained the concept and milestones of the Millennium Villages as Tourism Destinations Project.

Caption: Ms. Bayly Bulkeley, Mr. Rafael Flor, Mr. Young Lee, Ms. Ashley Hufft, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Dr. Awash Teklehaimanot, Mr. Sam Mayer, Mr. Joaquin Aviles, Mr. Frank O’Connell

Welcoming dinner for Foreign Librarians Fellowship Program 2012
September 20, 2012

Two weeks after the beginning of the Fellowship Program for Foreign Librarians 2012 (FPFL 2012) in Korea, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDG Advocate, hosted a working dinner on Sept. 20, 2012 for the three participants invited by the ST-EP Foundation: Ms. Kebenesh Gebreselassie from Ethiopia, Mr. Edusei Derkyi from Ghana and Mr. Maulid Ngulangwa from Tanzania.
The dinner focused on the past and future Thank You Small Library projects in Ethiopia, Ghana and Tanzania, to be monitored and coordinated by the participants. In particular, the first TYSL for Adults to be handed over in Tanzania by the end of 2012 has been discussed, as it had been personally requested in 2011 by H.E. Mama Salma Kikwete, Tanzanian First Lady to Mr. Chung Byoung-gug, the Minister of MCST. 
Under funding of the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the FPFL 2012 is a 8-week capacity-building program implemented by the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation. It includes a participation to the Training Project for Asean Children's Librarians 2012 (Sep.10~Sep. 26,2012) of the National Library for Children and Young Adults, taking Korean classes, and attending Skal 2012 World Congress, a tourism-related forum gathering thousands of guests from abroad.

Press Article on 125,126,127 Thank You Small library
September 18, 2012

몽골 울란바토르에 ‘작은 도서관’ 개관
스텝재단, 문화부 후원받아 3개소 열어 … 127번째 도서관

유엔세계관광기구 스텝재단은 몽골의 수도 울란바토르에 현지 어린이들과 여성, 지역주민을 위한 작은 도서관 3개소를 개관했다고 17일 밝혔다. 유엔의 특별기구인 유엔세계관광기구(UNWTO)는 빈곤퇴치를 실현하기 위해 스텝재단 설립을 설립해, 저개발국에 작은 도서관을 조성해 교육 발전을 지원하고 있다. 이번에 몽골에 조성된 작은 도서관은 문화체육관광부의 후원으로 진행됐다. 도서 2500권을 비롯해 책장, 원탁, 의자, 사서용 책걸상 세트 등 가구와 컴퓨터, 프린트 복합기, 문구류, 축구공, 구급상자, 교육용 포스터 등이 구비된다.
몽골 새 정부는 독서의 중요성을 강조하며 학생들이 의무적으로 독서해야 하는 규칙을 만들어 실행하고 있다. 하지만 학교가 많지 않아 한 반에 많은 학생이 들어가는 것이 실정이다. 몽골 정부은 스텝재단에 작은 도서관의 설립을 적극 요청했고, 이를 수용해 이번에 작은 도서관을 설립하게 됐다.
127번째 작은 도서관의 공식 개관은 9월 13일 오전9시(현지시각)에 오운니 운드라 복합 학교에서 열렸다.
이 학교 학생수는 총 2400명으로 1학년부터 11학년까지 있다. 도영심 스텝재단 이사장을 비롯해 이태로 주몽골 한국대사와 오운겔러 몽골 문화체육관광부 장관, 볼트 대통령 교육문화수석 등 몽골 현지 주요인사와 관광부 국장 및 직원, 지역주민, 어린이들이 참석해 축제 분위기로 진행됐다. 이제까지 작은 도서관 조성을 후원한 곳은 문화체육관광부를 비롯해, 내일신문과 조선일보, 한국국제협력단, 보건복지부, 국립중앙도서관, 대한전문건설협회, 한국수출입은행, 국민은행, 포스코건설, 그랜드코리아레저, 경상북도 도청, 강원도 도청, 삼성엔지니어링 등 이다.

127th Thank You Small Library in Oyuni Undraa School, Ulaanbaatar - Mongolia
September 14, 2012

The official handover ceremony of the 127th UN MDG Thank You Small Library, established by the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation, took place on September 13, 2012 at Oyuni Undraa School, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.
After her welcoming remarks, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDG Advocate, introduced the guests of honors of the ceremony, including the H.E. Ms. Oyungerel, Mongolian Minister of Culture, Sports & Tourism, Ms. Undarmaa, Vice-Minister of Education and H.E. Lee Tae-ro, Ambassador of Korea to Mongolia. The event was covered by several local media and journalists, as well as a Korean reporter from YTN (Yonhap Television News).
With 2,400 students, Oyuni Undraa School has been selected as one of the 3 schools in Mongolia to benefit from a Thank You Small Library in 2012, under funding of the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. This project has been implemented by the ST-EP Foundation in partnership with the Mongolian Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. Each school received 2,500 books, locally manufactured furniture, a computer set, school supplies, and posters and maps.

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1: Ms. Undarmaa, Mongolian Vice-Minister of Education, H.E. Lee Tae-ro, Ambassador of Korea to Mongolia, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDG Advocate, H.E. Ms. Oyungerel, Mongolian Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Mr. Bolt, President of an education and culture organization, and the principal of Oyuni Undraa school.

126th Thank You Small Library in Erdmiin Undraa Complex School, Ulaanbaatar - Mongolia
September 14, 2012

On September 12, 2012, the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation established its 126th UN MDG Thank You Small Library (TYSL) at the Golomt Complex School, Ulaanbaatar - Mongolia. Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDG Advocate, inspected the library and handed it over to the school.
Golomt Complex School has been selected as one of the 3 schools in Mongolia to benefit from a Thank You Small Library in 2012, under funding of the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.
This project has been implemented by the ST-EP Foundation in partnership with the Mongolian Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. Each school received 2,500 books, locally manufactured furniture, a computer set, school supplies, and posters and maps.

125th Thank You Small Library in Golomt Complex School, Ulaanbaatar - Mongolia
September 14, 2012

The 125th UN MDG Thank You Small Library (TYSL) was established by the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation on September 17, 2012 at the Golomt Complex School in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDG Advocate, inspected the library and handed it over to the school.

Golomt Complex School has been selected as one of the 3 schools in Mongolia to benefit from a Thank You Small Library in 2012, under funding of the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. This project has been implemented by the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation in partnership with the Mongolian Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. The school received 2,500 books, locally manufactured furniture, a computer set, school supplies, and posters and maps.

Press Article on 125,126,127 Thank You Small library(조선일보)
September 13, 2012

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Press Article on 125,126,127 Thank You Small library(재외동포신문)
September 13, 2012

유엔세계관광기구 스텝재단은 몽골의 수도 울란바타르에 현지 어린이들과 여성, 지역주민을 위한 작은 도서관 3개소를 개관했다.  현재까지 저개발국가에 124개의 작은 도서관을 조성했고, 주로 아프리카 지역에 도서관을 조성한 스텝재단은 올해에는 특별히 몽골정부의 요청에 따라 처음으로 몽골의 수도 울란바타르에 위치한 3개 학교에 '고맙습니다. 작은 도서관'을 조성했다.  도서관이 조성된 학교는 바양골구에 위치한 '어유니운드라학교', '에드밍우르거학교'와 날라흐구에 위치한 '골롬트학교'이다. 이번에 몽골에 조성된 작은 도서관은 한국의 문화체육관광부의 후원으로 진행됐으며, 도서 약 2,300권을 비롯해 책장, 원탁, 의자, 사서용 책걸상 세트 등 가구와 컴퓨터, 프린터복합기, 문구류, 축구공, 구급상자, 교육용포스터 등이 구비됐다.  
127번째 작은도서관의 공식 개관식은 13일 어유니운드라초등학교에서 열렸으며, 도영심 스텝재단이사장을 비롯해 이태로 주한몽골대사와 Mrs,Oyungerel 문화체육부장관, Mr, Gantumur 교육부장관 등 몽골 현지 주요인사와 관광부 국장, 직원, 지역주민, 학생 등이 참석했다. 개관식은 학생들의 아리랑 합창과 양 국가연주를 시작으로 도영심 이사장의 인사말과 현황보고, 이태로 주한몽골대사의 축하인사와 Oyungerel 문화체육부장관의 인사말 및 본인이 직접 저술한 책을 기증하는 순서로 진행됐다. 도영심 스탭재단 이사장은 인사말에서 "어려운 개발도상국에 아이들이 학교 가기도 어렵지만 도서관을 접할 기회는 더더욱 없었는데, 이들에게 교과서 외에 책을 읽을 수 있는 기회를 제공하는 것에 보람을 느끼고 있다"고 말하며 "특히, 이번 사업은 몽골 문화체육부장관이 직접 요청을 해서 성사됐다"고 설명했다. 몽골은 최근 새로 설립된 정부에 의해 독서에 대한 중요성이 더욱 부각되고 있으며, 대부분의 학교는 학생들이 의무적으로 독서를 해야하는 규칙을 만들어 실행하고 있다.

IFCM 2014 WSCM 10 : Fact finding mission at Alpensia Resort, Pyeongchang, Korea
August 25, 2012

On Aug. 25, 2012, Amb. Dho Young-shim Chairperson and IFCM (International Federation for Choral Music) Board member, carried out a fact-finding visit at Alpensia Resort in PyeongChang, the Korean host city of 2018 Winter Olympics Games. The purpose of that visit was to identify opportunities to build connections between music and sports and to create win-win conditions both for the PyeongChang 2018 and the 10th World Symposium on Choral Music (WSCM 10) to be hosted in Seoul, on Aug. 7 to 14, 2012.

In particular, Amb. Dho inspected the indoor Alpensia concert hall that has been built in preparation of the 2018 Cultural Olympiad within the Alpensia Resort, as well as the outdoor concert facilities.

Three years and half ahead of PyeongChang 2018, WSCM 10 will offer a great opportunity to give an international exposure to the brand new facilities of the Olympic ski resort while promoting its unique cultural approach to the world, thus creating synergies between the two events.

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1: Amb. Dho Young-shim, UN MDG Advocate and IFCM Board Member, in front of indoor Alpensia Concert Hall (indoor); 2: Amb. Dho in front of outdoor concert hall; 3: Amb. Dho in front of the PyeongChang Organizing Committee’s office

Inauguration of the new Diplomatic Exhibition Hall in Asan - South Chungcheong Province - Korea
August 24, 2012

On the occasion of the inauguration of the new diplomatic exhibition hall of the city of Asan, South Chungcheong Province, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation, was invited to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony on Aug. 24, 2012.
On that occasion, Amb. Dho delivered congratulatory remarks and Amb. Kwon Young-min introduced his newly released book “Redneck Ambassador it’s a great blunder”, relating his experience as a South Korean diplomat.
The Asan diplomatic exhibition hall has been designed to promote the history of Korea’s foreign policy.

Caption:
1 (from left): Mr. Bok Ki-Wang, Mayor of Asan, Amb. Amb. Kwon Young-min and Amb. Dho Young-shim, UN MDG Advocate and Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation.
2 (from left) : Mr. Bok Ki-Wang, Mayor of Asan, Amb. Amb. Kwon Young-min, Mr. Ma Young-sam, representative of the South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Amb. Dho Young-shim, UN MDG Advocate and Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and another guest

Tribute to late Prime Minister of Ethiopia Meles Zenawi
August 22, 2012

It is with great sadness that the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation has learnt the tragic death of the Prime Minister of Ethiopia Meles Zenawi on August 22, 2012.

Credited with spearheading economic development in Ethiopia, PM Zenawi was a fervent supporter of the activities of the ST-EP Foundation aimed at eliminating poverty and achieving the UN MDGs in Ethiopia. In particular, the Foundation has established 20 Thank You Small Libraries in the country since 2008 and has also supported several community-based projects such as the ST-EP projects in partnership with UNWTO and SNV, as well as the Korean Millennium Villages and the Millennium Villages as Tourism Destination (MVTD) projects.

Amb. Dho Young-shim and the staff of ST-EP Foundation would like to extend their condolences to the Prime Minister ‘s family and all Ethiopian in grief.

Caption:
Meetings between H.E. Meles Zenawi, Prime Minister of Ethiopia and Amb. Dho Young-shim.
No. 1 - Feb. 2008 : on the occasion of the opening of 8 UN MDG Thank You Small Libraries in Ethiopia.
No. 2 - Nov. 2011: on the occasion on the fact-finding mission in Tigray region for the Millennium Villages as Tourism Destinations project .
No. 3 - March 2012 : on the occasion of the opening of a Thank You small Library at the National Archives & Library of Ethiopia in Addis Ababa.

Preparation of the 3rd UN MDGs Forum at the Korean National Assembly with UN Secretary General Ban
August 14, 2012
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With UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon as Guest of Honor, the 3rd UN MDGs Forum of the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea took place in Seoul on Aug. 14, 2012, under the theme “The contribution of Korea toward the successful achievement of the UN MDGs”. The UNWTO ST-EP Foundation, chaired by UN MDG Advocate Amb. Dho Young-shim, has provided its support for the preparation of the event, in coordination with the United Nations staff in New-York.

In particular, the Foundation edited a 15mn video about the UN MDGs, to be projected at the beginning of the Forum, and arranged a set of UN-MDG-related working documents to be remitted to all participants on USB, including all UN MDG Reports from 2005 to 2012. As the moderator of the Forum, Rep. Lee Jae-young, introduced the list of documents to the audience.

Additionally to the invitation, banner, program and poster of the event, the UNWTO ST-E Foundation also edited a flyer about its activities towards the achievements of the UN MDGs, and a brochure describing its Thank You Small Library initiative, which has been highly praised by UN SG Ban during the Forum.

3rd UN MDGs Forum at the Korean National Assembly
August 14, 2012
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On the occasion of the official visit of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to Seoul, the UN MDGs Forum of the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea hosted its 3rd meeting on Aug. 14, 2012, under the theme “The contribution of Korea toward the successful achievement of the UN MDGs”. This bi-partisan event was co-chaired by Rep. Lee Ju Young, Saenuri Party & Rep. Lee Nak Yon, Democratic United Party and coordinated by Rep. Lee Jae-young, with the support of Amb. Dho Young-shim, UN MDG Advocacy Group member and Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation. The main purpose of the forum was to raise awareness of the UN MDGs among the 300 members of the 19th Korean National Assembly.
In his speech, SG Ban first expressed his appreciation to the Korean National Assembly, for having established the 1st UN MDGs Parliamentary Forum ever in the world. Then he highlighted that political will was vital for the successful achievement of the MDGs as well as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) proposed at the Rio+20 Summit as part of the Post 2015 Development Agenda.
SG Ban also praised the Thank You Small Library initiative, a UN MDG Action Plan implemented by the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and said he had been impressed by all the TYSL he had visited. According to him, the 124 Thank you Small libraries are the indication that small projects can lead to great successes thanks to passion and compassion. Finally SG Ban called for renewed commitments, not only from the governments but also from all citizen, as the achievement of the UN MDGs is a collective responsibility.

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1st picture : Amb. Dho Young-shim, UN MDG Advocate and Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Rep. Lee Ju Young, Saenuri Party and Rep. Lee Nak Yon, Democratic United Party. Right : Rep. Lee Jae-young, coordinator of the Forum (right).
3rd picture : Rep. Lee Jae-young, coordinator of the Forum.

Meeting with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon & the Governor of the Province of Gyeongsangbuk-do
August 13, 2012

On the occasion of his official visit to Seoul, UN Secretary Secretary had a meeting on Aug. 13, 2012 with Hon. Kim Kwan-yong, Governor of the South Korean Province of Gyeongsangbuk-do, the birthplace of the Saemaul (New Community) movement, which has been the driving force behind Korea’s development from an aid recipient to aid donor country. Amb. Dho Young-shim, UN MDG Advocate and Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation also attended the meeting.

The meeting focused on the upcoming launching of the Saemaul Globalization Foundation (SGF) by the Saemaul Undong Global Team of Gyeongsangbuk-do, in order to expand the Saemaul model internationally, based on the experience of existing projects in Africa (Cameroon, Ethiopia, Rwanda and Tanzania) and in South-East Asia (Cambodia, Indonesia, Philippines and Vietnam ).

On behalf of the province of Gyeongsangbuk-do, Governor Kim expressed his great pride of contributing to the achievement of the UN Millennium Goals, in partnership with several projects initiated by the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation, such as the Thank You Small Library, projects related to the Millennium Villages and Saemaul capacity-building programs addressed to African officials.

Governor Kim also took the opportunity to personally invite UN SG Ban to attend the World Green Energy Forum 2012 to be hosted by the province of Gyeongsangbuk-do on Oct. 17 ~ 19, in the city of Gyeongju. Finally, he extended his gratitude to UN SG Ban for his assistance during his visit to Turkey in May 2012, for the successful hosting of the 2013 Gyeongju Cultural Expo in Antalya, Turkey.

Left: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon meets Hon. Kim Kwan-yong, Governor of the South Korean province of Gyeongsangbuk-do (center) and Amb. Dho Young-shim, UN MDG Advocate and Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation (left). Right: Governor Kim and Amb. Dho’s visit to a Saemaul model village in Ethiopia, March 2012.

Celebration of the Italian day at the Expo 2012 Yeosu, Korea
August 02, 2012

On August 2, 2012, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDG Advocate was invited by Amb. Claudio Moreno, Italian Commissioner for Yeosu Expo 2012, to attend the ceremony marking Italy's National Day at Yeosu Expo , which opened on the South-West of Korea on May 12, 2012 for a three-month run under the theme of "The Living Ocean and Coast.”
Italy has served as a member of the ST-EP Foundation’s Board of Directors since 2005 and the Italian government has made 1.5 million Euro in contributions to the UNWTO ST-EP projects and is a member of UNWTO Executive Council.

Caption : Amb. Claudio Moreno, Italian Commissioner for Yeosu Expo 2012 and Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDG Advocate

Condolence message to Ghana
July 25, 2012

FROM THE UNWTO ST-EP FOUNDATION
It is with great sadness that we have learnt the tragic death of the 12th President of the Republic of Ghana John Evans Atta Mills yesterday. President Atta Mills has always been a great supporter of the ST-EP Foundation initiatives in Ghana, and particularly the 28 Thank You Small Libraries that have been established in the country since 2007.
Amb. Dho Young-shim and the staff of ST-EP Foundation would like to extend their condolences to the President’s family and all Ghanaians in grief.

Left picture: President John Evans Atta-Mills — © DR.

Meeting with Hans Reitz, Founder & Manager of Grameen Creative Lab
July 20, 2012

On July 19, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDG Advocate had a meeting in Seoul with Mr. Hans Reitz, Creative Advisor to UN MDG Advocate Prof. Muhammad Yunus, and Founder & Manager of the Grameen Creative Lab aimed at spreading Yunus’ concept of social business throughout the world. Mr. Reitz is also the Founder & Managing Director of the creative event agency “circ” and CR consultancy “circ responsibility”.
Of the topics discussed during this meeting was “Social Fiction”, an innovative approach of development envisioning happiness and joy for all, as social business primarily focuses on serving people.

11th China International Chorus Festival and IFCM World Choral Summit - Meeting of IFCM ExCom
July 20, 2012

On July 17, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and member of the Board of Directors of the International Federation for Choral Music (IFCM) attended the meeting of IFCM ExCom on the sidelines of the 11th China International Chorus Festival and IFCM World Choral Summit in Beijing.

This meeting was an opportunity to discuss the preparation of the 10th World Symposium on Choral Music (10 WSCM) to be held in 2014 in Seoul, Korea. IFCM ExCom is usually designated as the Executive Committee in charge of supervising the administrative and financial management of WSCM.

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From left : Philip Brunelle, IFCM Vice-President, Theodora Pavlovitch, IFCM Vice-President , Michel J. Anderson, IFCM President, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and IFCM Board Member, Stephen Leek, IFCM Vice-President, Leon Tong Shiu-Wai, IFCM First Vice-President, Hakan Wickstrom, IFCM Treasurer

11th China International Chorus Festival and IFCM World Choral Summit – Presentation of WSCM 10
July 20, 2012

On July 17, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and IFCM (International Federation for Choral Music) Board member, participated as guest speaker in the IFCM World Choral Summit in Beijing, organized during the 11th China International Chorus Festival.

Amb. Dho made a presentation about «Politics & Government» and the importance of government policies for the spreading of choral music at national and global levels, highlighting the experience of South Korea.

In particular, Amb. Dho introduced the 10th World Symposium on Choral Music (WSCM 10) to be held in 2014 in Seoul, Korea. This designation of Korea as the host country of WSCM 10 is the result of continuous efforts to use music as a tool for education and development and to promote Korean choral music on the global scene as an excellent and genuine cultural product.

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From left : Stephen Leek, IFCM Vice-President, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and IFCM Board Member, Leon Tong Shiu-Wai, IFCM First Vice-President, Theodora Pavlovitch, IFCM Vice-President . Right: flyer of the 10th World Symposium on Choral Music handed out and projected during the event.

11th China International Chorus Festival & IFCM World Choral Summit - Meeting with Edusei Derkyi
July 17, 2012

On July 17, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and IFCM (International Federation for Choral Music) Board member had a meeting with Mr. Edusei Derkyi, Honorary Secretary of Winneba Youth Choir in Ghana and IFCM advisor for Africa, the sidelines of the 11th China International Chorus Festival and IFCM World Choral Summit in Beijing. The meeting focused on the progress of two projects established by UNWTO ST-EP Foundation in partnership with IFCM: frican Children Sing! and Conductors Without Borders.

Both initiatives intend to promote choral music as a tool for education, development and empowerment, while contributing to the building of a cosmopolitan and diversified community of choral lovers around the world.

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From left : Mr. Edusei Derkyi, IFCM Advisor for Africa, Ghana and Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and IFCM Board member

Meeting in Seoul with Andrew Young
July 08, 2012

On July 8, 2012, 2012 Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDG Advocate had a meeting with American Andrew Young, one of the most prominent Civil Rights activists in the world, who also served as Reverend , Mayor of Atlanta, Congressman, and President of the National Council of Churches USA.
During the meeting, Amb. Dho introduced her activities in the field of education and particularly the Thank You Small Library (TYSL) initiative, selected as a UN MDG Action Plan. As a the first Afro-American Ambassador to the United Nations, Mr. Young praised the important contribution of such educational programs for development and poverty elimination.
Since leaving political responsibilities in 1989, Mr. Young has been involved in several political and/or international organizations, with a special focus on Africa.

(picture)From left : Rev. Andrew Young and Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDG Advocate

Meeting of PyeongChang 2018 Organizing Committee for the Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games (POCOG)
July 04, 2012

On July 4, 2012, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDG Advocate participated as member in the preparatory meeting of the PyeongChang 2018 Organizing Committee for the Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games (POCOG), celebrating the one year anniversary of IOC’s historic selection of PyeongChang as the host city
POCOG announced the key improved venue plans and changes that have been made. POCOG also introduced the new website http://www.pyeongchang2018.org with updated news and info on the XXIII Winter Olympiad.

(Picture)Left: Amb. Dho Young-shim (3rd from left), Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDG Advocate with some members of the PyeongChang 2018 Organizing Committee. Right (from left): Amb. Dho with Dong Hoo MOON, Vice President & Secretary General of the PyeongChang 2018 Organizing Committee (foreground)

Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the founding of the Korea Tourism Organization
June 26, 2012

As June 26, 2012 marked the anniversary of the founding of the Korea Tourism Organization (KTO), Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDG Advocate, was invited to deliver congratulatory remarks in a video clip prpared by KTO, among other personalities such as Choe Kwang-shik, the Korean Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism as well as Lee Chul –woo, a member of the National Assembly & former KTO’s Presidents such as Dr. Oh Jee-chul & Nam Sang-man, the President of Korea Tourism Association & Jeon Chun-seop, the President of Korea Association of Travel Agent & Yoo Yong-jong, the President of Korea Hotel Association.
In a remarks, Amb. Dho mentioned that “I sincerely ask for KTO's continued hard working to help Koreans travelling overseas to be good tourists so that the image and international recognition of Korea can be further improved ”.
Amb. Dho has been a Board Member and Advisor of KTO since 2001 and the ST-EP Foundation is headquartered in the KTO building.

Briefing on the 2015 Milano Expo : how choral music can contribute to “Feeding the Planet, Energy fo
June 25, 2012

On June 25, 2012, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDG Advocacy Group member attended a presentation about the 2015 Milano Expo, on the sidelines of the meeting of the Board of the International Federation for Choral Music (IFCM) in Legnano, Italy.
The presentation was made by Mr. Paolo Alli, Deputy General Commissioner of the World Expo to be held in Milano, Italy, from May 1 to Oct. 30, 2015, under the theme “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life”.
The 2015 Milano Expo is an "International Registered Exhibition“ of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) based in Paris. BIE has also recognized the 3 month international Expo 2012 held in the coastal city of Yeosu in South Korea from May 12 to Aug. 12, 2012, under the theme “The Living Ocean and Coast: Diversity of Resources and Sustainable Activities”.

From left: Ms. Saeko Hasegawa, IFCM Vice President, Prof. Leon Tong, IFCM 1st Vice President , Dr. Michael Anderson, IFCM President, Mr. Paolo Alli, Deputy General Commissioner of Milano Expo 2015, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDG Advocacy Group member and Mr. Philip Brunelle, IFCM Vice President.

International Federation for Choral Music’s Board Meeting: Progress Report on the 10th WSCM in 2014
June 25, 2012

On June 25, 2012, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDG Advocacy Group member attended the meeting of the Board of the International Federation for Choral Music (IFCM) in Legnano, Italy, as Board member.
On that occasion, Amb. Dho made a report on the 10th World Symposium on Choral Music (WSCM) to be hosted in Seoul, Korea, on Aug. 7th to 14, 2014 as a legacy of the activities of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation, selected as official host organization in charge of the preparation of the 10th WSCM. This international event will gather thousands of participants, including the world's most prestigious choral conductors and choirs.
The day before, Amb. Dho had a separate meeting with Michael Anderson, IFCM President and Philip Brunelle, IFCM Vice-President, in order to talk about the preparation of the 10th WSCM.

Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation, UN MDG Advocacy Group member with all the Members of the IFCM Board , including Dr. Michael Anderson, President , Prof. Leon Tong, 1st Vice President, Mr. Philip Brunelle, Vice President, Ms. Saeko Hasegawa, Vice President, Mr. Stephen Leek, Vice President, Ms. Theodora Pavlovitch, Vice President and Mr. Hakan Wickstrom, Treasurer, promoting the 10th WSCM to be hosted in Korea, on Aug. 7 to 14, 2014

Rio+20 : UN Secretary General Ban hosts a UM MDG Advocates meeting with Youth representatives
June 21, 2012

On June 21, 2012, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDG Advocacy Group member attended the UN high-level event “Sustainable Futures - Accelerating Progress on the MDGs through Youth Innovations” on the sidelines of Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The participants of the event included : UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, UN MDG Advocates Amb. Dho Young-shim Prof. Jeffrey Sachs, Dr. Muhammad Yunus, Mr. Ted Turner and Ms. Marina Silva, as well as the Youth representatives Ralien Bekker (MGCY) and Edinilson Ferreira dos Santos (UN-habitat) and the Young Social Entrepreneurs Jill Van Den Brule (Global Syndicate) and Sebastien Stier (CodeSustainable), selected by the United Nations. The discussions of the meeting focused on the importance of including young people and their creative ideas in the development agenda.
In her intervention, Amb. Dho mentioned her activities towards the achievement of MDG 2 “Universal Primary Education”, and particularly the Thank You Small Library initiative, selected as an MDG action plan. As a member of the “Education and Health” MDG cluster chaired by HH Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser, Amb. Dho introduced the Educate a Child Initiative launched in Qatar, aimed to enroll 10 million out-of-school children in 20 countries by 2015. After the event, Amb. Dho hosted a lunch for the participants.

Rio+20 : Signing ceremony to convert the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) into an international
June 20, 2012
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On June 20, 2012, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDGs Advocacy Group member, attended the Signing Ceremony for the agreement on the Establishment of the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) as an International Organization, on the sidelines of Rio+20, United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Sixteen industrialized, emerging economies and developing countries joined the ceremony co-hosted by the Republic of Korea, the Kingdom of Denmark, the Commonwealth of Australia and the GGGI in order to sign the Establishment Agreement.
Headquartered in Seoul, Korea and founded in June 2010, GGGI is dedicated to pioneering a new model of environmentally sustainable economic growth, known as “green growth.” 

Rio+20 : UNWTO – SCTD Side Event “Tourism for a Sustainable Future”
June 20, 2012

On June 20, 2012, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDG Advocacy Group member, attended as panelist the event “Tourism for a Sustainable Future” co-organized by UNWTO and the Ministry of Tourism of Brazil, in cooperation with the UN Steering Committee on Tourism for Development (SCTD), on the sidelines of Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
During the panel discussion, the participants agreed on the significant contribution of tourism to the three pillars of sustainable development -economic, social and environmental-, and emphasized the role of sustainable tourism in creating decent jobs, stimulating trade and linkages and eliminating poverty. There was also a clear call to make tourism a more effective tool in the fight against poverty and to raise awareness among tourists of their obligation to respect and protect the environment and natural resources.
As the guest of honor of this event, Maurice Strong, Special Advisor to the UN Secretary General and Secretary-General of the 1992 Earth Summit mentioned in his keynote speech: “your sector has a real interest in protecting the environment and a huge potential for the green economy as its assets are the ones we need to preserve and enhance.”

Left (from left): Mr. Jorge Mezher, Vice-Minister for Tourism Planning of Mexico, Mr. Francesco Frangialli, President of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and former UNWTO Secretary-General, Mr. Taleb Rifai, UNWTO Secretary-General, Mr. Supachai Panitchpakdi, UNCTAD Secretary General, Mr. Freddy Ehlers, Minister of Tourism of Ecuador, Mr. Jean Max Rakotomamonjy, Minister of Tourism of Madagascar, Amb. Dho Young-Shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDGG Advocacy Group Member ; Right: Amb. Dho Young-shim with Mr. Maurice Strong, Secretary-General of the 1992 Earth Summit

Millennium Villages as Tourism Destinations Project: Meeting of the Steering Committee, New-York
June 19, 2012

On June 19, 2012, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDG Advocacy Group member had a meeting in New-York with Mr. Samuel Mayer, Chief Operating Officer of Millennium Promise about the Millennium Villages as Tourism Destinations (MVTD), a five year project aimed at eliminating poverty in Millennium Villages (MVs) through tourism activities.
The MVTD project is implemented in partnership with Millennium Promise and is sponsored by the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MCST).
As members of the Steering Committee of the MVTD project, Amb. Dho and Mr. Mayer discussed about the activities on the field to be carried out by the Millennium Promise staff.
Amb. Dho also introduced the outcomes of the workshop organized on June 15, 2012 with H.E. Abay Weldu, President of Tigray Region, Ethiopia, where Koraro Millennium Village (MV) is located. Koraro has been selected as the pilot Millennium Village for the implementation of the MVTD project.
During this seminar, President Weldu praised the achievements of the Millennium Village Project in Koraro and committed his full support to the Millennium Villages as Tourism Destinations project aimed to eliminating poverty in his region endowed with numerous natural and cultural assets.

Millennium Villages as Tourism Destination: Bilateral meeting between Korea and Ethiopia
June 15, 2012

On June 15, 2012, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDGs Advocacy Group member, organized a meeting between H.E. Mr. Choe Kwang Shik, the South Korean Minister of Sports, Culture & Tourism (MCST) and the H.E. Abay Weldu, President of the Regional Government of Tigray in Ethiopia, in the framework of the Millennium Villages as Tourism Destinations, a five-year project sponsored by MCST.

The participants of the meeting discussed about how to increase the contribution of tourism in the economy of Ethiopian, which has experienced a 2-digit growth (11%) for several years, through the creation of new jobs and other income generating activities, and as a major source of foreign-currency revenues.

They also discussed on how promote tourism cooperation between South Korea and Ethiopia.
Finally, President Weldu personally extended an official invitation to Minister Choe to visit Tigray region which is endowed with numerous cultural and natural resources.

From left:
Mr. Gebregziabher Mulat, Economic Advisor to the President of the Regional Government of Tigray
Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation
H.E. Abay Weldu, President of the Regional Government of Tigray
H.E. Mr. Choe Kwang -shik, Minister of the Korean Ministry, of Sports, Culture & Tourism,
Mrs. Kidusan Nega, Speaker of the Tigray Regional Council
Dr. Ko Se-jin, Professor of Archeology
Mr. Fissahaye Alemayphu, Public Relations coordinator of the Regional Government of Tigray

Promoting Sustainable Tourism for Eliminating Poverty: Workshop with the President of Tigray Region
June 15, 2012

On June 15th, 2012, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDGs Advocacy Group member, hosted a workshop on Sustainable Tourism Eliminating Poverty and particularly the Millennium Villages as Sustainable Tourism initiative, on the occasion of the visit in Korea of H.E. Abay Weldu, President of the Regional Government of Tigray in Ethiopia,
Korean tourism professionals have been invited to participate, including representatives of major travel agencies, tour operators and airlines companies, having interest in the Africa as a tourist destination.
Hosted in partnership with the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MCST) and the Korea Tourism Organization (KTO), this workshop was an opportunity to exchange views about tourism opportunities in Ethiopia for the Korean market. This event has received a very positive response from all the participants, and the Korean professionals and policy makers expressed their interest in launching an official working group aimed to develop tourism in Africa through regular meetings and public-private partnerships.

Left picture: Dr. Ko Se-jin, Professor of Archeology, Mrs. Kidusan Nega, Speaker of the Tigray Regional Council, H.E. Abay Weldu, President of the Regional Government of Tigray and Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation

Meeting in Seoul with 3 Ministers from Eritrea
June 02, 2012

On June 2nd, 2012, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDG Advocacy Group Member had a meeting with 3 Ministers from Eritrea, including H.E. Mrs. Askalu Menkerios, Minister of Tourism, H.E. Arefaine Berhe, Minister of Agriculture, and H.E. Stifanos Habte, Minister of Trade & Industry.
During this meeting, Madam Minister Menkerios expressed her willingess to work tightly with the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation in order to develop sustainable tourism and/or educational projects. In particular, she made a request for a UN MDG TYSL project to Amb. Dho Yooung-shim.
Located in the Horn of Africa is bordered on the northeast and east by the Red Sea, Eritrea is endowed with many cultural, archeological and natural resources, such as its unique red coral, though its tourism potential is still untapped


(From left): H.E. Arefaine Berhe, Minister of Agriculture, Eritrea, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO STEP Foundation, H.E. Mrs. Askalu Menkerios, Minister of Tourism, Eritrea, H.E. Stifanos Habte, Minister of Trade & Industry, Eritrea.

Meeting with the UN League, Seoul - Korea
June 02, 2012

On June 2nd 2012, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDG Advocacy Group Member hosted a meeting in Seoul with Mrs. Patricia O’Brien, Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and UN Legal Counsel, United Nations. During this meeting, Amb. Dho introduced her activities towards the achievement of the UN MDGs in Africa, and particularly in the field of education, through the UN MDG Thank You Small Library initiative. Amb. Dho underlined how education has been instrumental for the rapid development of South Korea over the last decades a model that could be replicated in Africa.
Other participants of this UN League meeting included: Mr. Kim Won-soon, Special Adviser of UN Secretary General, Mr. Ryu Jong-su, Executive Director, UNICEF and Dr. Kim Jun-kyu, lawyer.


(From left) Mr. Choi Wo-seak, Journalist, Chosun Ilbo, Dr. Kim Jun-kyu, lawyer, Amb. Dho Young-shim, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation, Chairperson, Mrs. Patricia O’Brien, Under Secretary-General for Legal Affairs, the Legal Counsel, UN, Mr. Kim Won-soon, Special Adviser of UN Secretary General, Mr. Kim’s spouse, and Mr. Ryu Jong-su, Executive Director, UNICEF

[Why] 지식에 목마른 아프리카… 도서관 지어주는 사람들(조선일보5월26일자)
May 26, 2012

[유엔세계관광기구 스텝재단]
아프리카인들, 학교·도서관 지어주면 문화 강요하는 걸로 여겨 처음엔 민감…
5년 지나니 "우리 나라에도 좀…"

아프리카 가나(Ghana)의 한 고위공무원에 따르면 아프리카인들은 식민지배를 혹독한 착취나 노예무역보다 학교와 교회로 기억한다고 했다. 유럽인들이 학교와 교회를 통해 서구문화를 강요하고 자신들의 정신세계를 지배하려 했다는 것.


프람프람초등학교 저학년 학생들이‘작은 도서관’에 앉았다. 어린아이답게 영문 한국 전래동화를 꺼내들곤 이내 이야기 속에 빠져든다. / 김충령 기자 반면 최근 경제협력을 하러 아프리카를 찾는 중국인들은 종교시설은 물론 학교를 세우는 일도 찾아보기 어렵다. 독재국가의 인권문제를 제기하는 대신 무상으로 정부 건물을 지어줘 독재자의 환심을 산다. 우리도 아프리카와 경제협력을 위해 중국과 같은 방법을 취해야 하는 것일까.

한국에 본부를 두고 있는 유엔세계관광기구(UNWTO) 스텝(ST-EP)재단(이사장 도영심)의 생각은 다르다. 스텝재단은 국제기구 소속이지만 주로 한국국제협력단(KOICA)과 국내 기업의 지원금으로 아프리카 등 극빈국의 빈곤퇴치를 위한 활동을 하는 기관이다. 스텝재단은 아프리카인들이 '민감'해 하는 도서관 건립을 이어가고 있다.

지난 17일 아프리카 가나의 수도 아크라(Accra) 근교 프람프람(Prampram) 초등학교에선 '고맙습니다, 작은 도서관'(Thank You Small Library)이 문을 열었다. 하지만 학교 교사들과 관계 공무원의 표정에서 우려의 빛을 찾아볼 수 없었다.

이 도서관은 스텝재단이 지은 123번째 도서관이다. 스텝재단은 지난 2007년 아프리카 각국 학교에 도서관을 지어주는 '작은 도서관' 사업을 시작한 이후 지금까지 가나를 비롯해 나미비아·에티오피아·탄자니아·세네갈·남아공 등 16개국에 도서관을 조성했다. 스텝재단이 5년째 순수한 문맹퇴치 운동의 일환으로 지속적인 도서관 건립 활동을 벌이자, 처음엔 의심 어린 눈빛으로 지켜보던 아프리카인들도 재단 측에 다음 도서관을 자국에 건립해 달라고 부탁을 할 정도다.

이날 스텝재단은 프람프람 초등학교를 포함, 아크라 근교에 5개의 도서관을 추가로 건립했다. 우리의 초등학교 교실 크기만 한 도서관에 아프리카 도서 3000여권, 영문 한국 전래동화집 30권과 책장·책상·의자를 비치했다. 컴퓨터와 프린터 1대를 설치하고 각종 학용품 세트와 교육용 포스터도 갖추었다.

스텝재단 도영심 이사장은 어린 학생들에게 가나보다 더 빈곤했던 한국의 50~60년대 이야기를 들려줬다. 아이들에게 희망을 가지고 열심히 공부하라고 당부했다. 이 학교 교사인 린다(Linda)씨는 "아이들이 읽을 책을 구하기 어려운 상황이다"며 "이 책들이 우리 아이들에게 얼마나 큰 도움이 될지 상상하기 어려울 것"이라며 감사를 표했다.

스텝재단 관계자는 "아프리카를 돈벌이의 대상으로만 보던 중국인들 때문에 최근 아프리카 내에선 반중감정이 높아지고 있다"며 "진정 아프리카와 경제협력을 원한다면, 장기적으로 아프리카의 교육·문화 발전에 기여하는 사회공헌 활동을 병행해야 한다"고 했다. 스텝재단은 올해 중 세네갈·몽골 등 저개발국가에 추가로 도서관을 건립할 예정이다.

Meeting with Global Partnership for Education
May 25, 2012

On May 25, 2012, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDG Advocacy Group Member, hosted a lunch meeting with Mrs. Carol Bellamy, Chair of the Board of Directors of Global Partnership for Education. Amb. Dho introduced the Thank You Small Library (TYSL) initiative as a UN MDG action plan using education as a tool for development, and she gave Mrs. Bellamy a booklet introducing the 124 UN MDGs TYSL that have been handed over by the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation as of May 2012.
Established in 2002 as the small Education for All - Fast Track Initiative (EFA FTI), the Global Partnership for Education is now a comprehensive multilateral partnership aimed to provide a quality education to the 67 million children out of school in developing countries. It is comprised of 46 developing countries, and over 30 bilateral, regional, and international agencies, development banks, the private sector, teachers, and local and global civil society groups.
Mr. Charles Tapp, Senior Replenishment Advisor of Global Partnership for Education, Ms. April Golden, Operations Analyst of Global Partnership for Education and Mr. Lee Jae-young, Member of the South Korean National Assembly also attended this meeting.

(From left) Charles Tapp, Senior Replenishment Advisor of Global Partnership for Education, Carol Bellamy, Chair of the Board of Directors of Global Partnership for Education, Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO STEP Foundation, Lee Jae-young, Member of the National Assembly Republic of Korea, April Golden, Operations Analyst of Global Partnership for Education

124th Thank You Small Library in Manhean TMA 1&2 Junior High School, Accra - Ghana
May 17, 2012

On May 17, 2012, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation handed over the 124th UN MDG Thank You Small Library of the Manhean TMA 1&2 Junior High School, Accra - Ghana. On that occasion, an official ceremony has been organized, with the participation of the Ghanaian Deputy-Minister of Tourism Mr. Baba Jamal Mohammed Ahmed and the Ghanian Deputy-Minister of Interior Mr. Kwabena Acheaompong, and representatives of the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MCST), the sponsor of the project. The building of the library has commissioned by H.E. Oh Jeong-il, Ambassador of the Rep. of Korea in Ghana in 1991.
To date, 29 TYSLs have been established in Ghana including the first two pilot projects opened in October 2007 in Danfa and Abokobi.

Inspection visit of the Thank You Small Library of Abokobi Center (Pilot Project), Greater Accra - G
May 17, 2012

On May 17, 2012, the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism carried out an inspection visit of the Thank You Small Library (TYSL) established by the ST-EP Foundation in Abokobi Center in Oct. 2007, as the pilot project of the Thank You Small Library initiative. The school is located in Ga East district in Greater Accra Region, Ghana.
Due to its high attendance rates and popularity, the Thank You Small Library has been transferred to a bigger building in order to expand the surface of the library..
After having checked that the TYSL was managed in a sustainable way and kept well, the ST-EP Foundation made an additional contribution to the school of 1 computer, 1,500 books and 30 Korean books, 20 posters and 1 world map, through the financial support of the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MCST).

Inspection visit of the Thank You Small Library of Kwabenya High School, Accra - Ghana
May 17, 2012

On May 17, 2012, the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism carried out an inspection visit of the Thank You Small Library (TYSL) established by the ST-EP Foundation in Kwabenya High School in January 2010. The school is located in Accra, Ghana. The library should be transferred to a new building in the near future, in order to increase its attendance capacity.
After having checked that the TYSL was managed in a sustainable way and kept well, the ST-EP Foundation made an additional contribution to the school of 1,500 books and 30 Korean books, 20 posters and 1 world map, through the financial support of the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. (MCST). Representatives of MCST have participated in this inspection visit.

Inspection visit of the Thank You Small Library of Mamprobi Cluster of Schools, Greater Accra - Ghan
May 17, 2012

On May 17, 2012, the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism carried out an inspection visit of the Thank You Small Library (TYSL) established by the ST-EP Foundation in Mamprobi Cluster of Schools in July 2011. The school is located in Greater Accra Region, Ghana.

Workshop with Winneba Youth Choir of Ghana, Accra - Ghana
May 17, 2012

On May 17, 2012, Amb. Dho Young-shim held a workshop with the Winneba Youth Choir of Ghana, who had performed in the morning at the official ceremony for the handover of the Thank You Small Library (TYSL ) of Prampram Freeman Methodist Cluster of Schools in Accra, Ghana, singing the national anthem of the Republic of Korea, Arirang. The workshop included a discussion on how to promote the choir as a tool for education.
Winneba Youth Choir is Africa’s oldest and premier choral group and hosts for the African Children Sing!

123rd Thank You Small Library in Prampram Freeman Methodist Cluster of Schools, Accra - Ghana
May 17, 2012

The official handover ceremony of the 122nd UN MDG Thank You Small Library established by the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation took place on May 17, 2012 at the Prampram Freeman Methodist Cluster of Schools, Accra – Ghana. The ceremony included a performance of the Winneba Youth Choir who interpreted the Korean national anthem and gathered several hundreds of participants.
After her welcoming remarks, Amb. Dho Young-shim introduced the special guests of the ceremony, including the Ghanaian Minister of Water Resources Hon. Enoch Teye Mensah (MP), Deputy Minister of Tourism Mr. Baba Jamal Ahmed and the Ghanaian Deputy Minister of Interior Mr. Kwabena Acheaompong and the representatives of the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the sponsor of the project.

Inspection visit of the Thank You Small Library of Nima St. Kidzito Catholic Cluster of Schools, Nim
May 16, 2012

On May 16, 2012, the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism carried out an inspection visit of the Thank You Small Library (TYSL) established in Aug. 2010 by the ST-EP Foundation in Nima St. Kidzito Catholic Cluster of Schools. The school is located in Greater Accra Region. Ghana .
After having checked that the TYSL was managed in a sustainable way and kept well, the ST-EP Foundation made an additional contribution to the school of 2,000 books and 30 Korean books, through the financial support of the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. (MCST). Representatives of MCST have participated in this inspection visit.

2nd Site Inspection of Discover Ghana Billboards Project Accra, Ghana
May 16, 2012

On May 16, 2012, the ST-EP Foundation and the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Korea (MSCT) carried out the 2nd site Inspection of the Discover Ghana Billboards project, aimed to enhance tourism in each of the ten administrative regions in Ghana. This project had been officially launched in Ghana on July 26, 2011 as a partnership between MCST (Visit Korea Year), 2010~2012), the Ministry of Tourism of Ghana , the ST-EP Foundation and UNWTO.
On Nov. 7, 2011, Mr. Edusei Derkyi, local supervisor of the project, had visited UNWTO ST-EP Foundation headquarters and delivered the findings of the 1st inspection he had conducted on the Discover Ghana Billboards project.

Visit of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism at the Cocoa
May 16, 2012

On May 16, 2012, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism visited a the Cocoa College at Bunso, in the framework of a project initiated by the ST-EP Foundation in order to promote cocoa-based products from Ghana to the Korean market. Rev. Emmanuel, in charge of the Cocoa College, and Prof Kwame Serbeh Yiadom, rector of the University College of Agriculture and Environment also attended this visit.
Cocoa is called the black gold of Ghana, as one of its second largest industry. Ghanaian cocoa is considered to be some of the world’s finest, the cocoa industry providing revenues and jobs to hundreds of thousands of farmers.

Inspection visit of the Thank You Small Library of Danfa Primary School (pilot project), Greater Acc
May 15, 2012

On May 15, 2012, the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism carried out an inspection visit of the Thank You Small Library (TYSL) established by the ST-EP Foundation in Danfa Primary school in Oct. 2007, as the pilot project of the Thank You Small Library initiative. The school is located in Ga East district in Greater Accra Region, Ghana. The ceremony included several performances prepared by the students of the school.

122nd Thank You Small Library in Bishop Girls’ School, Accra - Ghana
May 11, 2012

On May 11, 2012, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation handed over the 122nd UN MDG Thank You Small Library of the Bishop Girls’ School, Accra - Ghana. Mrs. Dina Hammond, Chief Director, Ministry of Tourism, Ghana attended the handover ceremony.
Through the financial support of the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Bishop Girls’ School received 3,000 books, furniture, a computer set, school supplies, and posters and maps.

121st Thank You Small Library in Islamic Primary & Junior High School, Akwatia - Ghana
May 10, 2012

On May 10, 2012, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation handed over the 121st UN MDG Thank You Small Library of the Islamic Primary & Junior High School, Akwatia - Ghana. The Hon. Baba Jamal Ahmed, Ghanaian Deputy Minister of Tourism, attended the ceremony.
Through the financial support of the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Islamic Primary & Junior High School received 3,000 books, furniture, a computer set, school supplies, and posters and maps.

120th Thank You Small Library in Anfoega Bume L/A Cluster of schools, Volta Region - Ghana
May 09, 2012

On May 9, 2012, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation handed over the 117th UN MDG Thank You Small Library of the Anfoega Bume L/A cluster of schools in Anfoega Wuve, Ghana. The Hon. Ms. Akua Sena, Ghanaian Minister of Tourism, studied in that school.
Through the financial support of the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Anfoega Bume L/A cluster of schools received 3,000 books, furniture, a computer set, school supplies, and posters and maps.

119th Thank You Small Library in Kale Primary School, Addis Ababa – Ethiopia
May 09, 2012

On May 11, 2012, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation handed over the 119th UN MDG Thank You Small Library (TYSL) to Kale Primary school, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDG Advocacy Group member cut the ribbon. There are 2,225 students and 78 teachers in Kale Primary school.

This TYSL project has been sponsored by the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. Kale Primary school received 1,600 books, furniture, a computer set, school supplies, and posters and maps. A UNAIDS Corner has been set to provide HIV awareness materials, in order to educate the children about the HIV as a curable disease.

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Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation & UN MDG Advocacy Group member with the children of Kale Primary School ; signature of the agreement between Kale Primary School and UNWTO ST-EP Foundation.

118th Thank You Small Library in 3 Saemaul Villages
May 09, 2012

On May 10, 2012, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation donated a total of 1,200 books to the three Saemaul Undong (New Village Movement) model villages of Handodae, Daebaeso and Adulala in Oromia region, Ethiopia.
The books have been sponsored by the Korean province of Gyeongsangbuk-do, the birthplace of Saemaul Undong. The Saemaul Undong is the community-based initiative that has been the driving force behind Korea’s development from an aid recipient to aid donor country. The Saemaul model which puts a great emphasis in education is now applied to African countries.

The books have been selected in order to reach a wide readership, from kids to adults, covering a variety of subjects such as children’s books, books about professions, history, science and English teaching, books about agriculture, cooking architecture design and sewing, etc.

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Entrance of Daebaeso Saemaul model village center; donation of the books by UNWTO ST-EP Foundation to Daebaseo; books donated to Handodae Saemaul model village; meeting between Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation & UN MDG Advocacy group member and the leader of Daebaseo Saemaul model village.

117th Thank You Small Library in Addis Tesfa Primary School, Addis Ababa – Ethiopia
May 09, 2012

On May 9, 2012, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation handed over the 117th UN MDG Thank You Small Library of Addis Tesfa Primary school, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. There are 985 students and 50 teachers in Addis Tesfa Primary school.

This TYSL project has been sponsored by the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.
Addis Tesifa Primary school received 1,600 books, furniture, a computer set, school supplies, and posters and maps. A UNAIDS Corner has been set to provide HIV awareness materials, in order to educate the children about the HIV as a curable disease.

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UNWTO Thank You Small Library handed over to Addis Tesfa Primary School; Amb. Dho Youn-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation & UN MDG Advocacy Group member with the children of Addis Tesfa Primary School.

ST-EP Workshop about Promoting Sustainable Tourism in Africa
May 04, 2012

On May 4, 2012, the UNWTO STEP Foundation hosted a workshop about Promoting Sustainable Tourism in Africa through Public-Private Partnerships with Korean tourism professionals focusing on African destinations and/or sustainable tourism on the Korean market, including representatives of the Korea Tourism Organization Outbound Tourism Service Center, the Korea Association of Sustainable Tourism and two travel agencies .
Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation, introduced the Millennium Villages Project, an initiative of Dr. Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute at the Columbia University. Then Amb. Dho made a comprehensive presentation of the “Millennium Villages as Sustainable Tourism” (MVST) initiative, a five-year project of the ST-EP the Foundation aimed at eliminating poverty in Millennium Villages (MVs) through tourism activities. This project is implemented in partnership with Millennium Promise and is sponsored by the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MCST). The 2012 pilot project will be carried out in the Ethiopian and Ugandan MVs, Koraro MV and Ruhiira MV and an international symposium on Sustainable Tourism will be hosted by the Foundation in Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia, at the beginning of 2013.

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(From left) Ms. Sinhae Lee, Overseas Travel Design Team, Good Travel, Ms. Yunmi Seo, Director, Good Travel, Mr. Hyun-seok Pyun, CEO, Travelers’ Map, and Executive Director, The Korea Association for Sustainable Tourism, Ms. Hoon-gyung Kang, Team officer, The Korea Association for Sustainable Tourism, Ms. Hyunha Lim, Project Assistant, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation, Mrs. Kay J. Sung. Director, Korea Tourism Organization Outbound Tourism Service Center, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson, UNWTO STEP Foundation , and Catherine Hamel, Director of Global Programs, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation.

Meeting with the Korean Federation for Choral Music
May 03, 2012

On May 3, 2012, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO STEP Foundation and Board member of the International Federation for Choral Music (IFCM), had a meeting with Dr. Sang-kil Lee, President of the Korean Federation for Choral Music and Director of the Anyang Civic Choral, about the preparation of the 2014 World Symposium on Choral Music (WSCM) to be hosted in Seoul, Korea. In particular, the title of the event has been discussed because the current one seems too academic, which can make the funding of the event difficult. It has therefore been suggested to add the word “Festival” in it.
WSCM is organized every three years by IFCM, in cooperation with a national host organization or institution. This international event is gathering thousands of participants, including the world's most prestigious choral conductors and choirs.

Caption: (From left) Dr. Sang-kil Lee, President of the Korean KFCM, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO STEP Foundation and Ms. Hyunjin Cho, Assistant Conductor of the Anyang Civic Choral

116th Thank You Small Library in Almavadi Secondary School, Gujarat State - India
March 30, 2012

On March 30 2012, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation in partnership with Samsung Engineering handed over the 116th UN MDG Thank You Small Library to Almavadi Secondary school, Gujarat State, India. On that occasion, a ceremony has been organized at Almavadi Secondary school, with the presence of over 250 students, representatives of Samsung Engineering in Korea and India, including Mr. H.S. Choi, Vice-President and Site Director of OPAl Dahej Petrochemical complex and Indian officials of Narmada district.
Samsung Engineering requested the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation to implement a UN MDG TYSL in Almavadi in order to support the local community as part of its social responsibility program. Almavadi school is located in a particularly poor rural area and therefore plays a key role for the people living ion the area.The school received 2,000 books, furniture, a computer set, school supplies, and posters and maps. A UNAIDS Corner has been set to provide HIV awareness materials, in order to educate the children about the HIV as a curable disease.

115th Thank You Small Library in Dahej Girls’ Primary School, Gujarat State - India
March 29, 2012

On March 29 2012, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation in partnership with Samsung Engineering handed over the 115th UN MDG Thank You Small Library to Dahej Girls’ Primary school, Gujarat State, India. On that occasion, a joint ceremony has been organized at Dahej Secondary school, with the presence of over 700 children, representatives of Samsung Engineering in Korea and India, including Mr. H.S. Choi, Vice-President and Site Director of OPAl Dahej Petrochemical complex and Indian officials of Bharuch district where the school is located.
Samsung Engineering is building a petrochemical complex in Dahej Special Economic Zone and requested the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation to implement UN MDG TYSL projects in Dahej in order to support the local community as part of its social responsibility program. Dahej Girls’ Primary school received 2,000 books, furniture, a computer set, school supplies, and posters and maps. A UNAIDS Corner has been set to provide HIV awareness materials, in order to educate the children about the HIV as a curable disease.

114th Thank You Small Library in Dahej Secondary School, Gujarat State - India
March 29, 2012

On March 29 2012, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation in partnership with Samsung Engineering handed over the 114th UN MDG Thank You Small Library to Dahej Secondary School, Gujarat State, India. On that occasion, a ceremony has been organized at the secondary school, with the presence of over 700 children, including the students of Dahej Girls’ Primary School, representatives of Samsung Engineering in Korea and India, and Indian officials of Bharuch district.

Samsung Engineering has been building a petrochemical complex in Dahej Special Economic Zone and requested the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation to implement UN MDG TYSL projects in Dahej in order to support the local community as part of its social responsibility program. Dahej Secondary School received 2,000 books, furniture, a computer set, school supplies, and posters and maps. A UNAIDS Corner has been set to provide HIV awareness materials, in order to educate the children about the HIV as a curable disease.

Meeting with Millennium Promise, New York, 2012
March 28, 2012

On March 28, 2012, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDG Advocacy Group member attended the meeting of Millennium Promise’s Board of Directors in New York. The meeting included a briefing at the Board meeting about the first year of implementation of the ‘Millennium Villages as Tourism Destinations ‘project supported by the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism through the Foundation.
The meeting was followed by a luncheon hosted by Amb. Dho for the members of Millennium Promise’s Board of Directors, and particularly Dr. Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute at the Columbia University.
In the afternoon, Amb. Dho met the Millennium Village team, Samuel Mayer, Chief Operating Officer of Millennium Promise, to discuss ‘Millennium Villages as Tourism Destinations’ project.

Meeting with UN Secretary-General during the 2012 Seoul Nuclear Security Summit, Korea
March 25, 2012

On March 25, 2012, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO STEP Foundation and UN MDG Advocacy Group member met UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon during his visit to Korea in order to attend the 2012 Seoul Nuclear Security Summit.

Picture caption:
Mrs. Yoo (Ban) Soon-tae k, UN Secretary General’s wife, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary General, Dr. Kwon Jung-dal , President of Association of Andong Kwon, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO STEP Foundation and UN MDG Advocacy Group member

Meeting with H.E. Meles Zenawi , Prime Minister of Ethiopia
March 21, 2012

On 21st March 2012, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO STEP Foundation and UN MDG Advocacy Group member, the Hon. Kim Kwan-yong, Governor of the Province of Gyeongsangbukdo, H.E. Kim Jong-geun, Ambassador of Korea to Ethiopia, Amb. Son Se-joo, Vice-governor of Gyeonsangbukdo for international relations, had a meeting with H.E. Meles Zenawi, Prime Minister of Ethiopia in Addis Ababa.
Prime Minister Zenawi expressed and enormous interests in Saemaeul activities which pulled Korea out of extreme poverty and requested further support and cooperation.

113th UN MDG TYSL in the Children Library of the Ethiopian National Archives and Library Agency
March 21, 2012

On March 21st 2012, the handover ceremony of the 113th UN MDG Thank You Small Library was held at the Children Library of the Ethiopian National Archives and Library Agency in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The guests of the ceremony included the Hon. Kim Kwan-yong, Governor of the Province of Gyeongsangbuk-do, H.E. Kim Jong-geun, Ambassador of Korea to Ethiopia and the Women, Children and Youth Affairs State Minister Ms. Firenesh Mekuyria as well as several member of a Korean delegation.

Through the support of the province of Gyeongsangbuk-do and the National Agriculture Cooperative Federation of Korea (Nonghyup), the Children library received 2,000 books, furniture, a computer set, school supplies, and posters and maps. An UNAIDS Corner has been set to provide HIV awareness materials, in order to educate the children about the HIV as a curable disease.

Visit of a Korean delegation to Handodae and Daebaeso Saemaul model villages, Oromia, Ethiopia
March 20, 2012

On March 20th 2012, a Korean delegation visited the Saemaul (New Village Movement) model villages of Handodae and Daebaeso in Oromia region, Ethiopia, in order to promote the globalization of Saemaul while encouraging volunteering activities and assessing the participation of the villagers.
The delegation was composed of Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO STEP Foundation and UN MDG Advocacy Group member, the Hon. Kim Kwan-yong, Governor of the province of Gyeongsangbuk-do, H.E. Kim Jong-geun, Ambassador of Korea to Ethiopia, several officials of Gyeongsangbuk-do and staff of the Saemaul Academy located in the city of Gumi, the birth place of Saemaul.

Workshops with Leon Tong, First Vice President of IFCM
March 13, 2012

On Feb 24th and 25th and March 12th and 13th, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation & UN MDG Advocacy Group held two workshops in Hong-Kong with Mr. Leon Tong, Vice President of the International Federation for Choral Music (IFCM).

The workshops focused on the World Choral Summit to be held simultaneously with the 11th China International Choral Festival in July 15th to 21st, 2012, the 2014 World Symposium on Choral Music in Seoul and the transfer of the Asia Pacific Regional Secretariat of IFCM from Busan in Korea to another location.

Wish Tree for a successful 2012 Seoul Nuclear Security Summit
March 06, 2012

On March 6th 2012, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation & UN MDG Advocacy Group member has been invited to participate in the launching ceremony of the “Wish Tree” in order to promote the successful hosting of the Nuclear Security Summit to be held in Seoul on March 26 and 27, 2012.

This event was held at Incheon International Airport and the participants, including Korean celebrities, had the opportunity to write their message and wish for a peaceful world and nuclear safety.
About 50 heads of state, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and representatives of international organizations will attend the 2012 Seoul Nuclear Security Summit to be held at the COEX Convention Center.

Meeting with the Governor of Gyeongsangbukdo and the Ambassador of Korea to Ethiopia
February 27, 2012

On February 27, 2012, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation & UN MDG Advocacy Group member held a meeting in Seoul with the Hon. Kim Kwan-yong, Governor of the Korean province of Gyeongsangbuk-do, H.E. Kim Jong-geun, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Ethiopia, Amb. Son Se-joo, Ambassador of International Cooperation of the province of Gyeongsangbukdo and Mr. Lee Young-seok, Head of the Saemaul Division of Gyeongsangbukdo Provincial Government.

The main purpose of the meeting was to discuss about the Millennium Village Sustainable Agricultural Development, a project initiated by the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation in partnership with the Gyeongsangbukdo province, the National Agricultural Cooperatives Federation of Korea (Nonghyup) and Millennium Promise, aimed to achieve the UN Millennium Development Goals through enhancing agricultural productivity.

Millennium Promise Leadership at Addis Ababa, Jan. 2012
February 16, 2012

(On the Left)
Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation, H.E Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary General, Dr.Joanna Rubinstein, Chief of Staff, Earth Institute, Columbia university

(On the Right)
Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation, H.E Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary General, Mr. Ban’s spouse, Dr. Jeffrey Sachs, Director of Earth Institute, Columbia university

조선일보 기사 2012년 2월 7일자(반기문 총장, 111번째 작은 도서관 축하)
February 07, 2012

한국에 본부를 둔 유엔세계관광기구 스텝재단(이사장 도영심)이 문화체육관광부 후원으로 아프리카에서 펼치고있는 '작은 도서관'이 최근 에티오피아에서 111번째 문을 열었다.
수도 아디스아바바의 케이코켑 초등학교다. 마침 에티오피아를 방문 중인 반기문 UN 사무총장이 개관식에 참석해 "책을 통해 미래의 리더가 되기 바란다. 한국이 교육을 통해 발전했듯 에티오피아도 그렇게 될 것" 이라고 말했다.

Millennium Promise Leadership in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - Working meeting on MVTD
January 31, 2012

The opening of the 111th Thank You Small Library was a unique opportunity to gather several Millennium Promise leaders in Ethiopia, including Prof. Jeffrey Sachs, Director of Earth Institute, Columbia university, UN MDG Advocate & Millennium Promise co-founder, and Ms. Jacqueline Corbelli, Chair of the Board, Millennium Promise.

Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDG Advocacy Group member, took that opportunity to host a working meeting on the Millennium Villages as Tourism Destinations on January 31st, 2012, in order to raise awareness of the Millennium Villages as Tourism Destinations project and to secure local support in Ethiopia, selected as pilot country. The Millennium Villages as Tourism Destinations is a five-year project of the ST-EP Foundation aimed at achieving the UN MDGs and eliminating poverty in Millennium Villages (MVs) through tourism activities.

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Pic 1 = From left: Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation, the daughter of a private donor, H.E Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary General, Jacqueline Corbelli, Chair of the Board, Millennium Promise, Dr. Joanna Rubinstein, Chief of Staff, Earth Institute, Columbia university
Pic 2 = Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation, H.E Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary General, Mr. Ban’s spouse, Dr. Jeffrey Sachs, Director of Earth Institute, Columbia university at the opening at the 111th Thank You Small Library

112th UN MDG ‘Thank You Small Library’ in Hanna Primary School, Addis Ababa , Ethiopia
January 31, 2012

In January 2012, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation & UN MDG Advocacy Group member inaugurated the 112th UN MDG Thank You Small Library, located in Hanna Primary school, Nefas Silk Lafto Subcity, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Due to its particularly tough environment, Hanna primary school has been selected to benefit from a UN MDG TYSL funded by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Korea, and has been provided with 2,000 books as well as bookshelves, roundtables, chairs, librarian’s desk, computer set, stationary, educational posters, etc., and a UNAIDS corner aimed to educate the children about AIDS as a curable disease.

111th UN MDG ‘Thank You Small Library’ in Keykokeb Primary School, Addis Ababa , Ethiopia
January 30, 2012

On January 30th 2012, the handover ceremony of the 111th UN MDG Thank You Small Library was held at Keykokeb Primary School in Arada Subcity, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The ceremony gathered over 1,200 people, with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and his wife as special guests.

In his speech, Mr. Ban highlighted the importance of education for the development of Korea and wished the same bright future for the children of Ethiopia. Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation & UN MDG Advocacy Group member wished that libraries could make the children’s dreams come true.

Other guests of the ceremony included H.E. Kim Jong-geun, Ambassador of Korea to Ethiopia Dr. Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute at the Columbia University and other Ethiopian officials such as representatives of the Ethiopian Ministry of Education. Through the support of the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the UN MDG TYSL received 3,000 books, a computer and printer set, roundtables, bookshelves, soccer balls, pens and pencils, pencil cases, sharpeners, erasers, notebooks, educational posters and maps. A UNAIDS Corner has also been set with HIV awareness materials, in order to educate the children about the HIV as a curable disease.

Yonhap News:
http://news.naver.com/main/read.nhn?mode=LSD&mid=sec&sid1=102&oid=001&aid=0005491819

TV Chosun:
http://news.tv.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2012/01/31/2012013102801.html

도영심 스텝재단 이사장 연임
January 26, 2012

도영심(사진) 유엔세계관광기구(UNWTO) 산하 스텝(STEP) 재단 이사장이 18일(현지시간) 스페인 마드리드에서 열린 재단이사회에서 임기 3년의 이사장에 재선됐다. 스텝 재단은 지속 가능한 관광을 통한 빈곤퇴치(Sustainable Tourism for Eliminating Poverty) 기구로서 2002년 요하네스버그 지구정상회의 때 출범됐다.

Thank You Small Library bilateral meeting with Algeria Madrid, Spain – January 18, 2012
January 18, 2012

On January 18, 2012, Ambassador Dho Young-shim, UN MDG Advocacy Group Member and Chairperson, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation had a very brief encounter with Mr. Med. Amine Hadj Said, General Manager of the National Office of Tourism of Algeria during FITUR in Madrid, Spain. She took this opportunity to introduce the UN MDG Thank You Small Library to him, Samsung Engineering having expressed their interest in sponsoring TYSLs in Algeria.

Thank You Small Library bilateral meeting with Tanzania
January 18, 2012

On January 18, 2012, in the margins of the 9th Meeting of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation’s Board of Directors in Madrid, Spain, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDG Advocacy Group Member, held a meeting with the Representative of Tanzania at the Board, Ms. Maimuna K. Tarishi, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of natural Resources & Tourism, Tanzania. The meeting focused on the establishment of a Thank You Small Library for Adults through the support of Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

This meeting is a follow-up is of a first meeting between Amb. Dho Young-shim and Mr. Ezekiel Maige, Minister of Natural Resources and Tourism of Tanzania on October 11, 2011, during the 19th Session of the UNWTO General Assembly in Gyeongju, Korea. 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 had 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.

Thank You Small Library bilateral meeting with Mongolia
January 18, 2012

On January 18, 2012, during FITUR in Madrid, Spain, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDG Advocacy Group Member, held a meeting with the Mr. Orgodol Tseden, Director of Tourism Department, Ministry of Nature, Environment and Tourism, Mongolia and representative of Mongolia at the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation’s Board of Directors, together with members of the UNWTO Regional Programme for Asia & the Pacific, including Mr. Jae Hyun Kim, Senior officer, Ministry of Culture, Sports & Tourism of Korea and Mr. Harry Hwang, Deputy Regional Director.

This meeting is a follow-up is of a first meeting between Amb. Dho Young-shim and Mr. Orgodol Tseden on October 11, 2011, during the 19th Session of the UNWTO General Assembly in Gyeongju, Korea. In Madrid, the discussion focused on the future implementation of UN MDG Thank You Small Library projects in Mongolia, to be funded through the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

Thank You Small Library bilateral meeting with Kenya
January 18, 2012

On January 18, 2012, in the margins of the 9th Meeting of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation’s Board of Directors in Madrid, Spain, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDG Advocacy Group Member, had a meeting with the Representative of Kenya at the Board, Mrs. Cecily M. Mbarire, Assistant of Minister for Tourism. Kenya chairs UNWTO’s Executive Council Board.

Amb. Dho introduced the UN MDG Thank You Small Library to her, to be sponsored by the province Gyeongsangbuk-do province and the National Agricultural Cooperatives Federation in Korea, and also sought advice on how to make Sauri Millennium Village in Kenya a tourism destination in partnership with Millennium Promise.

Thank You Small Library bilateral meeting with India
January 18, 2012

On January 18, 2012, in the margins of the 9th Meeting of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation’s Board of Directors in Madrid, Spain, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDG Advocacy Group Member, had a meeting with Mr. Anand Kumar, IAS, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Tourism of India.

This meeting is a follow-up of a first meeting between Amb. Dho Young-shim and Mr. Subodh Kant Sahay, Minister of Tourism of India on October 11, 2011, during the 19th Session of the UNWTO General Assembly in Gyeongju, Korea, about the establishment of UN MDG Thank You Small Libraries in the state in India, through the support of Samsung Engineering.

ST-EP Foundation bilateral meeting with Ghana
January 18, 2012

On January 18, 2012, Ambassador Dho Young-shim, UN MDG Advocacy Group Member and Chairperson, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation’s Board of Directors, and the Hon. Akua Sena Dansua, Minister of Tourism, Republic of Ghana, held a bilateral meeting in the margins of FITUR in Madrid, Spain, together with other Ghanaian officials.

The discussions focused on the progress of Discover Ghana Billboards in progress.

In addition, Ambassador Dho briefed the Minister on new UN MDG Thank You Small Library projects to be implemented in Ghana in 2012.

She also discussed with Mr. Julius Debrah, Executive Director, Ghana Tourist Board, about a cocoa-chocolate related project in Ghana.

9th UNWTO ST-EP Foundation’s Board of Directors Meeting
January 18, 2012

On January 18, 2012, the Board of Directors of the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation held its 9th meeting in Madrid, Spain. Before presenting her report, Ambassador Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of the Foundation’s board of Directors congratulated Dr. Taleb Rifai, UNWTO Secretary General for the successful hosting of the 19th UNWTO General Assembly in Korea in October 2011 and thanked him for his ongoing and close collaboration with the ST-EP Foundation. She also expressed again her appreciation to the representatives of the eight member countries, elected or re-elected at the UNWTO Executive Council in October 2011 in Korea: Ecuador, Ghana, India, Italy, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Saudi Arabia, and Tanzania.

After the report of UNWTO Secretariat on activities undertaken for poverty alleviation during 2010 and 2011, the Board approved the funding of 3 new ST-EP projects in Burundi, Jordan and Timor Leste as part of the Plan of Action 2012.

The Board also voted the renewal of mandates of the Chairperson of the Board , Amb. Dho, and President of the Foundation, Mr. Francesco Frangialli.

ST-EP Foundation meetings with GIZ
January 18, 2012

On January 18th and 19th, 2012, Ambassador. Dho Young-shim, UN MDG Advocacy Group Member and Chairperson, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation, held two meetings with Mr. Klaus Lengefeld, Senior Advisor on Sustainable Tourism, GIZ. The first meeting was a workshop on how to make the Millennium Villages as tourism destinations in partnership with Millennium Promise.

The second meeting focused on how to make ion of the projects funded by the ST-EP Foundation as well as the possibility of joint implementation of capacity building programs by the Foundation and GIZ.

Season's Greetings
January 01, 2012

The UNWTO STEP Foundation would like to express our heartfelt thank you for your support throughout this year. We would like to wish you happiness and health in the coming year and may you and your family achieve all your wishes in 2012.Warmest Regards,UNWTO ST-EP Foundation

 
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