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Best Wishes and Happy New Year 2014!
December 31, 2013

ONE YEAR TO MEET THE UN MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS TARGETS

We would like to express our sincere gratitude and appreciation to the many individuals and organizations that have supported us over the last years and we wish you all the best for 2014!
Warmest regards,
The UNWTO ST-EP Foundation's team

Support to the US Armed Forces and their family for the field trip
December 21, 2013

On Dec. 21, 2013, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDGs Advocate, supported the US armed forces for the field trip to JSA, the 3rd Underground Tunnel, and "Dora" Observatory. This field trip is to provide the US armed forces and their family with the chance to know Korean society. Futhermore, ST-EP Foundation contributed to promote Korean Tourism to the US armed forces and their family. The US armed forces, their family, and Korean military men(a total around 40) participated in the field trip.

2nd 'Human Waste Solutions for Poverty Reduction' Pilot Project Launching ceremony in Dar es Salaam
December 11, 2013

The second second Human Waste Solutions for Poverty Reduction Pilot Project was officially by Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDGs Advocate, launched on Dec. 11th 2013, at the National Museum of Tanzania in Dar es Salaam. Designed by the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation, this initiative aims to develop innovative solutions to improve agricultural yields in Africa, based on the Korean experience of composting human waste for the production of fertilizer.
The pilot project includes the identification and allocation of a land and the design of special toilet facilities to collect and process human feces. It will be implemented through a Public Private Partnership involving the ST-EP Foundation, and the Governments of the Republic of Korea and the Republic of Tanzania, towards the achievement of the UN Millennium Development Goals (UN MDGs) and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation & UN MDGs Advocate and the 3 Tanzanian participants of the Human Waste Solutions for Poverty Reduction Pilot Project in Tanzania: Mr. Shukuru Jemes Digumile, Mr. Emilian A. Liwewa and Mr. Anastasius A. Liwewa

2nd UN MDGs Thank You Small Librarians' Workshop
December 11, 2013

On Dec. 11, 2013, the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation hosted its second UN MDGs TYSL Librarians' Workshop at the International Conference Center of the National Museum of Tanzania, established by the ST-EP Foundation in December 2012 at the request of the Tanzanian Fist Lady, H.E. Mama Salma Kikwete.
The participants of the workshop included: Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of the ST-EP Foundation & UN MDGs Advocate, 19 Tanzanian UN MDG TYSL librarians; Mr. Maulid Ngulangwa, UN MDGs TYSL Coordinator for Tanzania and Graduate of the 2012 Foreign Librarian Fellowship Program in Seoul, Korea, and Mr. Shinguk Kim, UN MDGs TYSL Project Director.
This workshop was designed as an interactive platform to share experiences and knowledge trough lectures and discussions focused on library management, operation and development in Africa and Tanzania, but also South Korea. The first one took place in Accra, Ghana, in November 2013.

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Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation & UN MDGs Advocate, with the participants of the workshop, including the UN MDGs TYSL Librarians in Tanzania, and Mr. Shinguk Kim, UN MDGs TYSLs Project Director at the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation

International conference on Millennium Villages as Tourism Destinations - Tanzania
December 11, 2013

At the initiative of the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation, the 2nd International Conference on Sustainable Tourism for Eliminating Poverty – Millennium Villages as Tourism Destinations, took place on Dec. 11, 2013 at the National Museum of Tanzania in Dar es Salaam.
The main objective of this conference was to take stock of the progress achieved in 2013 through the implementation of the Millennium Village as Tourism Destinations project in Koraro, Sauri, Mayange, Mbola and Pemba Millennium Villages in Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda, and to share views towards the optimization of reporting and monitoring.
The participants included Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDGs Advocate, 10 officials from the 5 Millennium Villages, as well 2 representatives of the MDG Center for East and Southern Africa, located in Nairobi, Kenya. The programme started with introductory remarks by Amb. Dho Young-shim, followed by presentations by the business coordinators of the 5 Millennium Villages. Then a working group was formed to discuss issues related to business plans. At the end of the conference, Amb. Dho designated 2 lead contacts in charge of the project reporting.

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Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation & UN MDGs Advocate with the participants of the 2nd International Conference on Sustainable Tourism for Eliminating Poverty – Millennium Villages as Tourism Destinations from Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda

Handover of the 140th UN MDGs Thank You Small Library to Mzimuni Primary School - Tanzania
December 11, 2013

The 140th UN MDGs Thank You Small Library (UN MDGs TYSL) was inaugurated at Mzimuni Primary School in Dar es- Salaam, Tanzania on Dec. 11, 2013, by the First Lady of Tanzania, H.E. Mama Kikwete. The offical handover ceremony was moderated by Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation & UN MDGs Advocate.
Through the financial support of the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism , the donation of the ST-EP Foundation to Mzimuni Primary School included over 2,500 books, as well as Korean books, locally made furniture(5 round tables, 30 chairs, 6 bookshelves, one desk for librarian), one computer set for the librarians, school supplies, and soccer ball, first aid kit, etc.
Together with the UN MDGs TYSL of Mbezi Primary School, and Kigogo Primary School, handed over on Dec. 10 &11, the ST-EP Foundation has established a total 25 UN MDGs TYSL in Tanzania since July, 2008

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Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation & UN MDGs Advocate with The First lady of Tanzania, H.E. Mama Kikwete

Handover of the 139th UN MDGs Thank You Small Library to Kigogo Primary School - Tanzania
December 11, 2013

The UNWTO ST-EP Foundation handed over its 139th UN MDGs Thank You Small Library (UN MDGs TYSL) to Kigogo Primary School in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on Dec. 11, 2013.
Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation & UN MDGs Advocate attended the handover ceremony in the presence of the school officials.
Through the sponsorship of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Korea, the UN MDGs TYSL received over 2,500 books, as well as Korean books, locally made furniture (5 round tables, 30 chairs, 6 bookshelves, one desk for librarian), one computer set, school supplies, and soccer balls, first aid kit, etc.

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Ribbon-cutting by Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation & UN MDGs Advocate, and Ms. Adeline Eusebius Kessy, Kigogo Primary School Principal, Agreement signing with Mr. Shinguk KIM, UN MDGs Thank You Small Librray Projec Director

Handover of the 138th UN MDGs Thank You Small Library to Mbezi Primary School - Tanzania
December 10, 2013

On Dec. 10, 2013, the UNWTO ST-EP Foundaiton handed over its 138th UN MDGs Thank You Small Library (UN MDGs TYSL) to Mbezi Primary School in Dar es Salaamm, Tanzania. Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation & UN MDGs Advocate attended the handover ceremony in the presence of the school officials.
ST-EP Foundation implemented this project through the financial support of Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism (MCST). Through the sponsorship of the MCST, the UN MDGs TYSL of Mbezi Primary School received over 2,500 books, as well as Korean books, locally made furniture(5 round tables, 30 chairs, 6 bookshelves, one desk for librarian), one computer set, school supplies, and soccer balls, first aid kit, etc.

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Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation & UN MDGs Advocate with Ms. Matilda Amri, Mbezi Primary School Principal

Meeting with Ms. Nancy Hernreich Bowen, Managing Director for Asia of Teneo Strategy - Seoul, Korea
December 02, 2013

On Dec.2, 2013, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation & UN MDGs Advocate, had a meeting in Seoul, Korea, with Ms. Nancy Hernreich Bowen, Managing Director for Asia of Teneo Strategy, an integrated global advisory firm. Currently based in Hong-Kong, Ms. Bowen had requested this meeting to discuss charity and philanthropy issues with Amb. Dho.
Before her current position, Ms. Bowen served as Managing Director for the Clinton Global Initiative Asia from 2007 to 2008, and has lived and worked in Asia since 2001. Prior to her time in Asia, she served as an Assistant to the President and Director of Oval Office Operations in the Clinton White House.

(from left) Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation & UN MDGs Advocate, Ms. Nancy Hernreich Bowen, Managing Director for Asia, Teneo Strategy

Korea Internet-media Journalists Association's "Day of Internet Press” Award Ceremony - Seoul, Korea
November 25, 2013

On Nov. 25, 2013, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDGs Advocate, attended as special guest the “Day of Internet Press” Award Ceremony in Seoul, Korea, hosted by the Korea Internet-media Journalists Association, in presence of journalists and Korean lawmakers. In her congratulatory message, Amd. Dho expressed her wish that KIJA journalists can cover the situation misery in Africa using the force of written style”.
The ST-EP Foundation and the Korea Internet-media Journalists Association (KIJA) officially signed a Partnership Agreement to promote projects and initiatives aimed to achieve the UN Millennium Development Goals (UN MDGs) by 2015 and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) by 2030, in least developed and developing countries, with a strong focus on tourism and education on Aug.27, 2013.

From left: Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation, and UN MDGs Advocate; Right: Kim Chul-Goan, President of Korea Internet-media Journalists Association, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation, and UN MDGs Advocate

'Human Waste Solutions for Poverty Reduction' Pilot Project Launching - Danfa, Ghana
November 16, 2013

The Human Waste Solutions for Poverty Reduction Pilot Project was officially launched by Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDGs Advocate, on Nov. 16th 2013 in Danfa, Ghana.
Designed by the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation, this initiative aims to develop innovative solutions to improve agricultural yields in Africa, based on the Korean experience of composting human waste for the production of fertilizer.
The pilot project is located on a selected field in Danfa, and includes the design of special toilet facilities to collect and process human feces. It will be implemented through a Public Private Partnership involving the ST-EP Foundation, the Governments of the Republic of Korea and the Republic of Ghana, with the promotional support of the Korea Internet-media Journalists Association, towards the achievement of the UN Millennium Development Goals.

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Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation & UN MDGs Advocate, with Mr. Edusei Derkyi (left), UN MDGs TYSL Local Coordinator for Ghana, and Mr. Kwabena Akyeampong (right), Head of Ghana Youth Employment and Entrepreneurial Development Agency (GYEEDA), and former Vice Minister for the Interior / former Vice Minister of Tourism of Ghana

Handover Ceremony of the 136th UN MDGs Thank You Small Library, Otinibi Primary School, Accra, Ghana
November 16, 2013

On Nov. 16, 2013, the 136th UN MDGs Thank You Small Library was officially handed over to Otinibi Primary School (Accra, Ghana) by Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDGs Advocate.
After congratulatory remarks from guests of honor, including the Hon. Mrs. Elizabeth Ofosu-Agyare, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts of Ghana, and Dr Alfred Okoe Vanderpuije, Mayor of Accra, the participants enjoyed dancing and signing performances by the children of the school and Winneba Youth Choir, before the ribbon-cutting and tour of the library.
This 136th UN MDGs TYSL was established in the new building constructed by the Rotaract Club of Accra-Adentan, as a donation to the Otinibi Primary School. Through the sponsorship of the Ministry of Sports, Culture, Sports and Tourism of the Republic of Korea, the ST-EP Foundation donated over 3,000 chidren books to Otinibi Primary School, Korean story books, books inspired by the Saemaul Undong (or New Village movement), the Korean development initiative which started in early 70s, locally made furniture (5 round tables, 30 chairs, 6 bookshelves, one desk for the librarian), one computer set, school supplies, soccer balls, first aid kit, etc. Other distinguished guests were present: the Ag Director of the Ghana Tourism Authority, representatives of the Ministry of Education including Otinibi District Director and Circuit Supervisor of Education, Ghana Library Board, and Members of the Rotaract Club of Accra Adentan, etc.

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(left) Ribbon-cutting by Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation & UN MDGs Advocate, and the Hon. Mrs. Elizabeth Ofosu-Agyare, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts of Ghana.

UN MDGs Thank You Small Library Ghanaian Librarians' Workshop - Accra
November 15, 2013

On Nov. 15, 2013, the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation handed over its UN MDGs TYSL Hub Library, the John Evans Arthur Mills Memorial Research Library, in Adabraka, Ghana, then hosted a two-day Librarians' Workshop in the same premises.
The participants of the workshop included: Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation & UN MDGs Advocate, the librarians in charge of the 32 UN MDGs Thank You Small Libraries established by the ST-EP Foundation since Oct. 2007; Mr. Edusei Dekyi, UN MDGs TYSL Coordinator for Ghana and Graduate of the 2012 Foreign Librarian Fellowship Program in Seoul, Korea, and Mr. Shinguk Kim, UN MDGs TYSL Project Director.
This workshop was designed as an interactive platform to share experiences and knowledge trough lectures and discussions focused on library management, operation and development in Africa and Ghana, but also South Korea.

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Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation & UN MDGs Advocate, with the participants of the workshop, including the UN MDGs TYSL Librarians in Ghana, Mr. Edusei Derkyi (3rd from right), UN MDGs TYSL Local Coordinator for Ghana, and Mr. Shinguk Kim, UN MDGs TYSLs Project Director at the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation (2nd from right)

Handover of the 137th UN MDGs TYSL & 2nd Hub Library, John E. A.Mills Memorial Research Library
November 15, 2013

The UNWTO ST-EP Foundation handed over its 137th UN MDGs TYSL and 2nd Hub Library, the John Evans Arthur Mills Memorial Research Library, in Adabraka (Greater Accra Region), Ghana, on Nov. 15, 2013. Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation & UN MDGs Advocate attended the handover ceremony in presence of the Hon. Mrs. Elizabeth Ofosu-Agyare, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts of Ghana, Dr Alfred Okoe Vanderpuije, Mayor of Accra, and Mr. Kwabena Akyeampong (right), Head of Ghana Youth Employment and Entrepreneurial Development Agency (GYEEDA), and former Vice Minister for the Interior / former Vice Minister of Tourism of Ghana.
Through the sponsorship of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Korea, the Hub Library received over 5,000 books for young-adult readers, as well as Korean books, locally made furniture, one computer set for the librarians, etc. The ST-EP Foundation also installed an ICT Center within the Hub Library, fully equipped with 10 computers sets and printers, copiers, and audiovisual equipment (TV, beam projector etc.). On the same day, the ST-EP Foundation hosted a Librarians' Workshop within the Hub library premises for all TYSL Librarians in Ghana.

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(left) Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation & UN MDGs Advocate, with Dr Alfred Okoe Vanderpuije, Mayor of Accra, Ghana, and the Hon. Mrs. Elizabeth Ofosu-Agyare, the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts of Ghana. Signature of the contract by Mr. Kwabena Akyeampong (right), Head of Ghana Youth Employment and Entrepreneurial Development Agency (GYEEDA)

Handover of the 135th UN MDGs Thank You Small Library to Dansoman B Cluster of Schools, Accra, Ghana
November 15, 2013

Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation & UN MDGs Advocate handed over the 135th UN MDGs Thank You Small Library to Dansoman B Cluster of Schools in Accra, Ghana, on Nov 15th, 2013.
The Hon. Mrs. Elizabeth Ofosu-Agyare, the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts of Ghana, and Dr Alfred Okoe Vanderpuije, Mayor of Accra, Ghana, were present.
Through the financial support of the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the donation of the ST-EP Foundation to Dansoman B Cluster of Schools included over 2,500 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. It is also equipped with a UNAIDS corner to educate children about how to live with HIV/AIDS.
Together with the UN MDGs TYSL of Otinibi Primary School, and the Hub Library of the John Evans Arthur Mills Memorial Research Library in Adabraka, handed over on Nov.15 and 16, the ST-EP Foundation has established a total of 32 UN MDGs TYSL in Ghana since October 2007.

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(left) Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation & UN MDGs Advocate, with Dr Alfred Okoe Vanderpuije, Mayor of Accra, Ghana, and the Hon. Mrs. Elizabeth Ofosu-Agyare, the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts of Ghana.

First Founding Members Meeting of the new International ST-EP Organization - WTM in London, U.K.
November 06, 2013

The First Founding Members Meeting of the new International ST-EP (Sustainable Tourism for Poverty Elimination) Organization took place on Nov. 6, 2013, during the 2013 World Travel Market (WTM) in London, and was co-hosted by Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation, and Dr. Taleb Rifai, Secretary-General of the UNWTO. The participants included Tourism Ministers and high-level officials representing the 29 countries that have expressed their interest in joining the new organization.
During its 20th session in Zambia and Zimbabwe on August 2013, the UNWTO General Assembly had unanimously approved the Secretary-General's proposal to transform the ST-EP Foundation into an independent international organization, encouraging State Members to consider joining the new organization. Subsequently, the UNWTO and the ST-EP Foundation have worked closely to invite States Members to join the future International ST-EP Organization, and to attend this First Founding Members meeting to play an active role in the establishment process.
Amb. Dho, Chairperson of the ST-EP Foundation’s Board of Directors and UN MDGs Advocate greeted all participants and urged them to unite their energies and to take action so that they can quickly enjoy the benefits of being members of this promising international organization dedicated to the reduction of poverty and inequalities.

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(from left) First row: Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDGs Advocate with the Ministers of Tourism of Niger, Libya, Romania and Niger. Standing: Dr. Taleb Rifai, UNWTO Secretary-General (6th from left), with the representatives of the Ministries of Tourism of Mozambique, Ecuador, Argentina, Cambodia, Ivory Coast, the Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism of the Rep. of Korea, H.E. Yoo Jinryon, and the Ministers of Tourism of Zimbabwe, Egypt, Bhutan, Tunisia and Iraq.

Signature of a new agreement between ST-EP Foundation, UNWTO, and the Travel Foundation - WTM
November 05, 2013

On the occasion of the World Travel Market in London, Dr. Taleb Rifai, UNWTO Secretary-General, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of the ST-EP Foundation and UN MDGs Advocate, and Ms. Salli Felton, Acting CEO of the Travel Foundation, consolidated their collaboration initiated in 2010, through the signature of a new tripartite agreement on Nov. 5, 2013.
In 2010, the UNWTO, the ST-EP Foundation and Travel Foundation entered a partnership towards the establishment of a ST-EP Destination Management fund to support tourist tourism initiatives for poverty reduction in priority destinations, starting with the Kenya Coast Beach Management and Local Livelihoods Pilot Project. During the 90th UNWTO Executive Council in Mombasa, Kenya, in June 2011, an agreement was signed between the UNWTO, the Ministry of Tourism of Kenya, and the Mombasa & Coast Tourist Association, for the implementation of the first phase of this project. In Sept. 2012, UNWTO, the ST-EP Foundation and the Travel Foundation formally signed their first tripartite agreement.
In order to strengthen the impact of the pilot project, an additional funding for the project has been approved at the 9th and 10th meetings of the ST-EP Foundation's Board of Directors, in 2012 and 2013.

Caption: (from left) Ms. Salli Felton, Acting CEO, Travel Foundation, Dr. Taleb Rifai, UNWTO Secretary-General, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation, and UN MDGs Advocate

Participation in the 5th T-20 Ministers' Meeting during the 2013 World Travel Market (WTM) in London
November 04, 2013

On the occasion of the 2013 World Travel Market in London, UK, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDGs Advocate, attended the 5th T.20 Ministers' Meeting (gathering the Ministers of Tourism of the G20 economies) on Nov. 4, 2013, alongside Dr. Taleb Rifai, Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and H.E. Yoo Jinryon, Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism of the Republic of Korea, the main sponsor of the ST-EP Foundation.
The T.20 initiative aims to promote the value of tourism as a driver of socioeconomic development. During their 5th meeting, the T.20 Ministers committed to continue having visa facilitation as a priority to grow tourism, stimulate the economy and create more jobs.
The meeting was marked by the significant participation of Tourism Ministers from countries that are not members of the UNWTO, such as Ms. Helen Grant, UK Minister of Sports and Equalities, host of the meeting, and the American and Canadian Tourism Ministers. Other participants included the Tourism Ministers of Argentina, Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russian Federation, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Turkey, and the representatives of the European Commission, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the, and the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC).

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Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation & UN MDGs Advocate, with the participants of the 5th T-20 Ministers' Meeting, including H.E. Yoo Jinryon, Korean Minister of Sports, Culture and Tourism (6th from left) - Nov. 4, 2013

High-Level Meetings during the 2013 World Travel Market (WTM) in London, U.K.
November 04, 2013

As the 2013 World Travel Market took place in London, U.K. on Nov. 4 to 7. 2013, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDGs Advocate, participated in several key meetings alongside Dr. Taleb Rifai, Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization, with Tourism Ministers and high-level officials.
Amb. Dho attended the 5th T-20 Meeting with Ministers of Tourism from G20 countries on Nov. 4, 2013, and the UNWTO & WTM Ministers' Summit focused on 'How to Bridge the Gap between tourism and aviation policies' on Nov. 6, 2013.
Other events included the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) 2nd Annual "Aligned Advocacy" dinner and the Commemoration of the 25th Anniversary of IIPT (International Institute for Peace through Tourism).
On Nov. 6, the ST-EP Foundation and UNWTO co-hosted the First Founding Members Meeting of the International ST-EP Organization, with the participation of the Tourism Ministers and high-level officials representing the 29 countries that have expressed their interest in joining the new organization, including H.E. Yoo Jinryon, Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism of the Republic of Korea.

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(from left) First: Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDGs Advocate, with Mrs. Elizabeth Ofosu-Agyare, Minister of Tourism of the Republic of Ghana; Second: with Mr. Darko Lorencon, Minister of Tourism of Croatia; Third: with Mr. Roger Kacou, Minister of Tourism of Cote d'Ivoire; Fourth:with Dr. Taleb Rifai, UNWTO Secretary-General, H.E. Yoo Jiryon, Monister of Culture, Sports and Tourism of the Rep. of Korea and the participating Ministers of the 1st Founding Members Meeting of the International ST-EP Organization (Nov. 2013)

MoU between the ST-EP Foundation, UNAIDS and the Graduate School of Public Health, Yonsei University
October 31, 2013

At the initiative of Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDGs Advocate, a meeting was held on Oct. 28, 2013 in Seoul, Korea, with Mr. Michel Sidibe, Executive Director of UNAIDS, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, and Dr. Sohn Myongsei, Dean of the Graduate School of Public Health, Yonsei University.
As a result, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the ST-EP Foundation, UNAIDS, and the Graduate School of Public Health of Yonsei University, in the framework of the UN MDGs Thank You Small Library (UN MDGs TYSL) initiative, at the headquarters of the ST-EP Foundation on Oct, 31, 2013.
Through this MoU, the ST-EP Foundation and UNAIDS are co-producing a book series for children called “Going out today”, aimed to share information about what it is like to live with HIV, in cooperation with the Graduate School of Public Health of Yonsei University. The books will be distributed among the network of UN MDGs TYSL in Sub-Saharan Africa. Since 2011, all UN MDGs TYSL are equipped with a UNAIDS corner.

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Mr. Michel Sidibe, Executive Director, UNAIDS, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDGs Advocate, Dr. Sohn Myongsei, Dean of the Graduate School of Public Health, Yonsei University.

Asia Foundation and APSA’s Congressional Fellowship Programme: Alumni Meeting in Seoul, Korea
October 29, 2013

On Oct. 29, 2013, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDGs Advocate, had a meeting in Seoul, Korea, with other Alumni of the Congressional Fellowship Program, co-hosted by the American Political Science Association (APSA) and the Asia Foundation. Amb. Dho joined the 1985 Congressional Fellowship Program, when she was Chief of Staff of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Assembly of the Rep. of Korea.
This gathering happened as 2013 marks the 60th Anniversary of the Korean War Armistice, an important milestone for the U.S.-South Korea Alliance.

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(from left) Peter M. Beck, Korea Representative, Asia Foundation, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDGs Advocate, Prof. Steven Rathgeb Smith, Executive Director of the American Political Science Association and Dr. Park Yong-yil, Lawyer

10th World Symposium on Choral Music in 2014 –Official Meetings in Seoul, Korea
October 17, 2013

Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and Honorary Chairperson of the Preparatory Committee of the 10th World Symposium of Choral Music (WSCM 10), which will take place in Korea on Aug. 6 to 13, 2013, had meetings in Seoul on Oct. 17 and 19, 2013, with Dr. Michael Anderson, IFCM President, Mr. Philip Brunelle, IFCM Vice-President, to discuss about crucial issues related to the organization of WSCM10, as there is less than one year before this international conference.  
On Oct. 19 and 20, separate meetings were held with representatives of IFCM Board of Directors, and members of the Preparatory and Artistic Committees, starting with a field visit of the National Theater of Korea, as the main venue for the choral performances. Participants of the meetings worked on the schedules for the choirs and lectures, logistics for accommodation and transportation in Seoul, promotion and marketing, design of brochure and other material, registration of delagates, etc. for a successful hosting of WSCM 10.

From left: Mr. Philip Brunelle, IFCM Vice-President Amb. Dho Young-shim, Honorary Chairperson the WSCM10 Preparatory Committe, Dr. Michael Anderson, IFCM President; Right: Dr. Anton Armstrong, Chair of WSCM 10 Artistic Committee, Amb. Dho, Mr. Philip Brunelle, IFCM Vice-President .

Partnership ST-EP Foundation - Millennium Promise - Meetings in Seoul, Korea
October 14, 2013

As Prof. Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute, Columbia University, Millennium Villages Project Founder, and UN MDGs Advocate, was in Seoul, Korea on Oct. 11 to 14, 2013, Amb. Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDG Advocate, hosted several working meetings in the framework of the partnership between the ST-EP Foundation and Millennium Promise, with the purpose to support the development of Millennium Villages in Sub-Saharan Africa. In particular, Amb. Dho arranged a meeting on Oct. 14, 2013 with H.E. Yoo Jinryong, Minister of Sports, Culture and Tourism of Korea, main sponsor of the Millennium Villages as Tourism Destinations Project . As the co-founder of the Millennium Villages Project, Prof. Sachs expressed his gratitude to Minister Yoo for supporting this project and express his willingness to extend this cooperation.

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1. (from left) Mrs. Sonia Sachs, Director of Health, Millennium Villages Project, Prof. Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute, Columbia University, Millennium Villages Project Founder, and UN MDGs Advocate; H.E. Yu Jinryong, Minister of Sports, Culture, Sports and Tourism of the Rep. of Korea, Amb. Dho Young-Shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDGs Advocate
2: with Ms. Claire Bulger, Administrative Coordinator, Earth Institute.

2013 Andong Maskdance Festival with African Diplomats and Journalists - Andong. Korea
October 01, 2013

On the occasion of the 2013 International Andong Maskdance Festival from Sept. 27 to Oct. 6, 2013, the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and the International Mask Arts and Culture Organization – IMACO, co-hosted a special programme for a delegation of African diplomats in South Korea and journalists, as guests of Mr. Young Sae Kweon, Mayor of Andong in Gyeingsangbuk-do Province, Korea, and President of IMACO.
The programme started with the official ceremony for the 2013 International Andong Maskdance Festival on Sept. 27, 2013. The following day, the participant attended an informal meeting to discuss about IMACO’s project to elaborate a map of Africa promoting its mask traditions and culture. Other activities included visits in tourist attractions in Andong and its surroundings: World Heritage Hahoe Village, Andong Dosan Seowon Confucian Academy, etc.

UN MDGs Innovation Forum and Fourth Annual Meeting of the UN MDGs Advocates - UN, New-York
September 28, 2013

On Sept. 24, 2013, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDGs Advocate, attended several high-profile meetings at the UN headquarters in New-York, in presence of the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, on the occasion of the 2013 Special Event to Follow-Up Efforts Made Towards Achieving the UN Millennium Development Goals.
In particular, Amb. Dho attended the UN MDGs Innovation Forum aimed to catalyze connections to accelerate progress on the MDGs. The Forum showcased four high-impact projects in the field of education, health, food security and sustainable growth, and UN MDGs Advocates and industry leaders provided their constructive feedback and ideas.
Before the Forum, UN SG Ban gathered the UN MDGs Advocates for their 4th annual meeting to explore the challenges and the successes of the MDGs. This meeting was chaired by H. E. Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda, and was attended by Amb. Dho, Mr. Ray Chambers, UN SG’s Special Envoy for Malaria, H.E. Julio Frenk, former Minister of Health of Mexico, Prof. Jeffrey Sachs, Director of The Earth Institute, Columbia University, Mr. Ted Turner, Chairman of the United Nations Foundation, and Nobel Peace Prize Winner Prof. Muhammad Yunus.

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Ted Turner, founder of CNN, Muhammad Yunus, 2006 Nobel Peace Prize, Philippe Douste-Blazy, Chairman of  UNITAID, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation , at their 4th Annual Meeting Chaired by H.E. Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda, in presence of the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

2013 Andong Maskdance Festival with
September 27, 2013

On the occasion of the 2013 International Andong Maskdance Festival from Sept. 27 to Oct. 6, 2013, the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and the International Mask Arts and Culture Organization – IMACO, co-hosted a special programme for a delegation of African diplomats in South Korea and journalists, as guests of Mr. Young Sae Kweon, Mayor of Andong in Gyeingsangbuk-do Province, Korea, and President of IMACO.
The programme started with the official ceremony for the 2013 International Andong Maskdance Festival on Sept. 27, 2013. The following day, the participant attended an informal meeting to discuss about IMACO’s project to elaborate a map of Africa promoting its mask traditions and culture. Other activities included visits in tourist attractions in Andong and its surroundings: World Heritage Hahoe Village, Andong Dosan Seowon Confucian Academy, etc.

Celebration of 40th Anniversary of the UNWTO’s World Tourism Day in Seoul, Korea
September 27, 2013

Amb. Dho Young-shim Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDGs Advocate, attended the official ceremony celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the World Tourism Day (WTD) hosted on Sept. 27, 2013 in Seoul, Korea, together with hundreds of key representatives of the Korean tourism industry, Korean government officials and diplomats.
The World Tourism Day (WTD) is held annually on 27 September, with the purpose to foster awareness among the international community of the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic value. The event seeks to address global challenges outlined in the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and to highlight the contribution the tourism sector can make in reaching these goals.
The official 2013 WTD celebrations are taking place in the Maldives, under the theme ‘Tourism and Water: Protecting our Common Future’, in support of United Nations International Year of Water Cooperation.

UN Special Event to Follow-Up Efforts Made Towards Achieving the UN Millennium Development Goals, NY
September 25, 2013

Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDGs Advocate, attended the UN Special Event to Follow up efforts made towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals, at the Trusteeship Council Chamber of the UN Headquarters in New-York, on Sept. 25, 2013.
This special event was hosted by H.E. Mr. John W. Ashe, President of the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly and was attended by several Heads of State and Government and decision makers who gathered to identify actions to complete the UN MDGs process and to provide guidance on priorities to focus on.
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1.H.E. Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General and Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation & UN MDGs Advocate;
2: Amb. Dho with H.E. Michael Sata, President of the Republic of Zambia.

Meeting between UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and Millennium Promise Leadership – New-York, USA
September 24, 2013

At the request of Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation & UN MDG Advocate, a meeting was convened with Millennium Promise leadership at the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations in New-York, on Sept. 24, 2013. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss key issues related to the two projects in Millennium Villages implemented trough the partnership between the ST-EP Foundation and Millennium Promise- the Korean Millennium Villages and the Millennium Villages as Tourism Destinations, and particularly project funding, reporting and coordination.
The representatives of Millennium Promise included Prof. Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute, Columbia University, Millennium Promise co-founder, and UN MDG Advocate, Ms. Jacqueline Corbelli, Chair of the Board, Mr. Rafael Flor, Regional Business Development Manager, West Africa, Ms. Ashley Hufft, Chief of Staff & General Counsel, and Ms. Joanna Rubinstein, Chief of Staff, the Earth Institute. Amb. Dho stressed the necessity to produce periodic reports to the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports & Tourism and to appoint a counterpart at Millennium Promise to address all the issues raised by the ST-EP Foundation for a smooth implementation of the projects.

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Left: (front row): Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation & UN MDGs Advocate and Prof. Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute, Columbia University, Millennium Promise (MP) co-founder; (back): Ms. Jacqueline Corbelli, Chair of the Board, MP, Ms. Ashley Hufft, Chief of Staff & General Counsel, MP, Mr. Rafael Flor, Regional Business Development Manager, West Africa, MP, Ms. Joanna Rubinstein, Chief of Staff, the Earth Institute; Right: Amb. Dho and Prof. Sachs with H.E. Oh Joon, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations

Meeting with Mr. Klaus Schwab, Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum (WEF) - Seoul, Korea
September 17, 2013

Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation & UN MDGs Advocate, had a meeting in Seoul, Korea, with Prof. Klaus Schwab, Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum (WEF), on Sept. 17, 2013.
Prof. Schwab and Amb. Dho discussed various critical issues related to the WEF Agenda Council on Korea, such as creative economy, job creation for the youth and the relations between South Korea and North Korea.

New model of the ST-EP Foundation: working meeting with the UNWTO Secretary-General – Kyoto, Japan
September 14, 2013

Following the decisions of the 20th UNWTO General Assembly and the 11th meeting of the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation’s Board of Directors on Aug. 27, 2013 in Zambia and Zimbabwe, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of the ST-EP Foundation, was requested by the UNWTO Secretary-General, Mr. Taleb Rifai, to oversee the transition process leading to the establishment of the International ST-EP Organization.
Within this framework, Amb. Dho had a working meeting in Kyoto, Japan, with UNWTO SG Rifai to discuss ways of cooperating in this process.

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From left: Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation & UN MDGs Advocate, Dr. Taleb Rifai, UNWTO Secretary-General and Harry Hwang, Deputy Regional Director, UNWTO Regional Programme for Asia and the Pacific.

Working meetings for the establishment of a UN MDGs TYSL project in Thimphu, Bhutan
September 11, 2013

The Kuensel Phodrang Primary School, located in the capital city of Thimphu in the Kingdom of Bhutan, has been selected as beneficiary of one UN MDGs Thank You Small Library, to be established by the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation through the financial support of the Ministry of Sports, Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Korea (MCST).
In preparation for the implementation phase of the project, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of the ST-EP Foundation and UN MDGs Advocate, had a working meeting with Mr. Kinlay Dorjee, the mayor of Thimphu, who expressed his appreciation to the ST-EP Foundation and MCST for their support. On the same day, Mayor Dorjee met the UN MDGs TYSL Project Manager at the ST-EP Foundation headquarters in Seoul, to discuss operational and logistical issues.
As local coordination is crucial for the success of the UN MDGs TYSL initiative, Mr. Dorjee committed himself to personally follow-up the project with the involved stakeholders.

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1: Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation & UN MDGs Advocate with Mr. Kinlay Dorjee, Mayor of Thimphu, Bhutan (2nd form left) , members of his staff and Mr. Kwon;
2: Mayor Dorjee and his staff with Ms. Yunji Baek, Project Manager, ST-EP Foundation, Ms. Susan LIM, UN MDGs TYSL Project Manager , ST-EP Foundation and Mrs. Catherine Germier-Hamel, Director of Global Programs, ST-EP Foundation.

2013 Asia Summit of the WTTC – World Travel & Tourism Council - Seoul, Korea
September 11, 2013

The first Asia Summit of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) took place in Seoul, South Korea on Sept. 10&11, 2013, under the theme ‘Staying Ahead of Tomorrow’. Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation & UN MDGs Advocate, attended the Summit and was panelist of the session 4 ‘Removing the barriers’, focused on improving visa policies and facilitating visa processes. The panel was moderated by Mr. Christopher Rodrigues, CBE, Chairman, Visit Britain, and other panelists included Mr. Zoher Abdoolcarim, Asia Editor, TIME; Mr. Doug Anderson, President & CEO, Carlson Wagonlit Travel; Mrs. Thea Chiesa, Director, Head of Aviation, Travel & Tourism Industries, World Economic Forum; and Mr. Martin Craigs, CEO of PATA (Pacific Asia Travel Association).
During the session, Amb. Dho highlighted the decisive role played by governments in improving visa processes and the necessity to build Public Private Partnerships. She also mentioned that the financial contribution of tourism should not be underestimated and that visa fees could be considered as a form of innovative financing for the developing countries, provided they are actually used for the benefits of the local population. Additionally, she invited all WTTC members to demonstrate their Corporate Social Responsibility, and to participate actively in local development.

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Mr. Martin Craigs, PATA, CEO, Mr. Zoher Abdoolcarim, Asia Editor, TIME, Ms. Thea Chiesa, Director, WEF, Doug Anderson, President & CEO, Carlson Wagonlit Travel, Amb. Dho Young-shim, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation, Chairperson, Mr. Christopher Rodrigues, CBE, Chairman, Visit Britain

Gala evening and dinner of the 2013 WTTC Asia Summit - Seoul, Korea
September 10, 2013

Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation & UN MDGs Advocate attended as guest of honor the special gala evening of the first Asia Summit of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), which took place at the National Museum of Korea in Seoul, on Sept.10, 2013.
The gala evening was hosted by H.E. Yoo Jinryong, Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism of the Republic of Korea, and took place and was attended by 500 delegates and invited guests.
Welcoming speeches were delivered by Minister Yoo, Dr. Michael Frenzel, Chairman of the supervisory board of TUI and Chairman of the World Travel & Tourism Council; and Dr. Shin Dong-Bin, Chairman of Lotte Group.

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(From left): Mr. Xu Jing, Regional Director for Asia Pacific, UNWTO, Mr. Dong-Bin Shin, Chairman, Lotte Group, H.E. Mr. Yoo Jinryong, Minister of Sports, Culture & Tourism, Korea, Mr. Marcio Favilla, Executive Director, Competitiveness, External Relations and Partnerships, UNWTO, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation, Mr. Geoffrey Kent, Founder, Chairman & CEO, Abercrombie & Kent, Dr Michael Frenzel, Chairman of the supervisory board, TUI Deutschland AG and TUIfly GmbH; Chairman, World Travel & Tourism Council; (Sept. 2013)

Meeting with French speaking African countries supporting the reform of the ST-EP Foundation, Zambia
August 29, 2013

On Aug. 27, 2013, the 20th UNWTO General Assembly co-hosted by Zambia and Zimbabwe approved the proposal of UNWTO Secretary-General that the ST-EP Foundation becomes fully independent from the UNWTO management through the establishment of a independent international organization, and encouraged members to consider joining the such organization in a effort to continue supporting the ST-EP initiative and its impact on poverty alleviation and sustainable development.
On Aug. 29, a group of delegates from West African countries including Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Guinea, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo, all French speaking, requested a meeting with Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation, praising the important role played by the ST-EP Foundation for poverty elimination, as beneficiaries or potential beneficiaries of the ST-EP initiative.
In the minutes of the meeting, they pointed out that their intention was to support the decision to transform the ST-EP Foundation and to encourage Amb. Dho Young-shim and the UNWTO Secretary-General to work in this direction; and to commit themselves to advise their respective governments to join such organization as founder members.

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From left: Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation & UN MDGs Advocate and the delegates from Benin, Burundi, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo: Right: with the delegate from Guinea

한국 ST-EP재단, UN 국제기구화 만장일치 통과
August 29, 2013

한국 ST-EP재단, UN 국제기구화 만장일치 통과
UN 산하 국제기구 승격, 유엔세계관광기구 20차 총회 성료


UNWTO(유엔세계관광기구)는 지난 27일(현지시각) 짐바브웨 Elephant Hills 호텔에서 본회의를 열어 ST-EP재단의 독립적인 국제기구화를 위한 안건을 만장일치로 통과시켰다. UNWTO는 지난 24일부터 28일까지 짐바브웨·잠비아 공동주최로 제20차 총회를 성공적으로 개최했다.

이번 결의로 현재 UNWTO 산하에 있는 스텝재단은 독립적인 UN산하 국제기구로 승격될 계획이다. 한국 내 비준 절차 등을 거쳐 2015년경 국제기구화가 확정될 전망이다.


본회의 안건에서 ST-EP재단 도영심 이사장은 “재단의 탄생은 요하네스버그에서 시작해 지금까지 12년의 과정을 거치고 있다”며 “재단은 가난을 극복하기 위해 온 힘을 기울이고 있지만 이상을 현실화시키는 것은 다른 문제”라고 말문을 열었다.

도영심 이사장은

“그 과정에서 재정지원을 해준 한국에 감사한다”며 “그리고 함께 노력해준 전 UNWTO 프란젤리 사무총장과 현 리파이 사무총장에게도 감사 인사를 하고 싶다”고 전했다. 이어 “이제는 ST-EP재단의 방향에 대해 고민할 때”라고 독립적인 국제기구화의 필요성을 역설했다.

도영심 이사장은 또한 “한국은 가난을 아는 나라이다. 또, 가난과 싸우는 법 또한 알고 있다”면서 “이제는 빈곤퇴치를 위해 어떤 형태의 국제기구가 가장 효율적이고 지속가능할 것인지 논의할 때”라고 재차 강조했다.

ST-EP재단 ‘독립적인 국제기구화’ 안건이 총회에서 통과됨에 따라 UN산하 정식 기구로 위상이 높아지게 됐다. 이에 독자적인 기금 조성과 아프리카 지역 등에 대한 폭넓은 빈곤퇴치 사업이 가능해졌다.

ST-EP재단은 지난 2002년 요한네스버그에서 열린 지속가능발전세계정상회의(World Summit for Sustainable Development)에서 지속가능한 관광을 통한 빈곤퇴치를 위한 스텝 이니셔티브로 2004년 서울에 설립됐다.

한편 UNWTO(유엔세계관광기구) ST-EP재단(도영심 이사장, 이하 스텝재단)과 한국인터넷기자협회(김철관 회장, 이하 인기협)는 지난 27일 오후 UNWTO 제20차 총회가 열리고 있는 짐바브웨 엘리펀트 힐스 호텔에서 파트너십 협약식을 체결했다.

이에 따라 스텝재단과 인기협은 관광과 교육을 통한 빈곤 및 불평등 퇴치를 위해 상호 협력하고 관련 정보들을 서로 교류할 수 있게 됐다. 특히 양 기관은 파트너십 범위 안에서 협력 사업을 공동으로 개발해 실행할 예정이다.

이날 협약식에는 스텝재단 도영심 이사장과 인기협 김철관 회장이 파트너십 협약에 사인하고 양해각서를 서로 주고받았다.

양해각서를 통해 양 기관은 △지속가능한 관광과 교육을 통한 빈곤 및 불평등 퇴치와 관련한 노력 홍보 △대한민국과 아프리카의 관광교류 활성화 및 토대 조성을 위해 협력하기로 했다. 이에 ST-EP재단은 한국인터넷기자협회에 관련 정보와 콘텐츠를 제공하게 된다. 또한 한국인터넷기자협회는 UN MDGs와 UN SDGs 특히 관광과 교육을 통한 일자리 창출 및 개발과 관련 사안에 대해 적극적으로 보도하기로 했다.


UN MDGs는 2000년 9월 149개국 정상들이 모여 국제사회의 빈곤퇴치 및 지속가능한 발전을 위해 2015년까지 전 인류가 함께 달성하고자 합의한 개발목표이다. 개발목표는 총 8가지로 △절대빈곤 및 기아 퇴치 △보편적 초등교육 달성 △남녀평등 및 여성능력 고양 △아동 사망률 감소 △모성 보건 증진 △HIV/AIDS·말라리아 및 기타 각종 질병 퇴치 △지속가능한 환경보전 △개발을 위한 범지구적 파트너십 구축 등이다. 또 UN SDGS는 2015년 이후 2030년까지 달성하고자 하는 차세대 UN MDGs를 뜻한다.


두 단체는 우선 2015년까지 추진되는 새천년개발목표(MDGs)를 완성하는데 주력하고 2030년까지 계획된 지속가능한 발전목표(SDGs)를 위해 상호 협력할 예정이다.

김철관 회장은 “앞으로 협회는 ST-EP재단이 하는 일에 적극 협조하겠다”며 “이번 협약식에 도움을 주신 UNWTO 라파이 사무총장과 스텝재단 도영심 이사장 및 관계자분들에게 감사드린다”고 말했다.

도영심 스텝재단 이사장은 “스텝재단은 한국인터넷기자협회와의 공동사업을 통해 아프리카를 적극 홍보하겠다”며 “아프리카에 많은 관심을 바란다”고 당부했다.

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134th UN MDGs Thank You Small Library in Dambwa Primary School - Livingstone, Zambia
August 28, 2013

The 134th UN MDGs Thank You Small Library (UN MDGs TYSL) was inaugurated on Aug. 28, 2013 by the First Lady of Zambia,
H.E. Christine Kaseba-Sata, and the Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism of the Republic of Korea, H.E Yoo Jinryong, at Dambwa Primary School in Livingstone, Zambia. The ceremony was moderated by Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation & UN MDGs Advocate, in presence of the spouse of the Zambian Vice-President, Mrs. Charlotte Scott, the Hon. Minister of Education, Science, Vocational Training and Early Education of Zambia, Dr. John Phiri M.P, the spouse of the UNWTO Secretary-General, Mrs. Taleb Rifai, the President of the ST-EP Foundation and former UNWTO Secretary-General, Mr. Francesco Frangialli, and the CEO of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), Mr. Martin Craigs. The programme included performances by the children who sang the Korean and Zambian anthems, and Korean songs such as Arirang and Gangnam Style.
Two other UN MDGs TYSLs have been handed over in primary schools in Livingstone on the same day. Dambwa Primary School received through the UN MDGS TYS project: over 2,500 books, including Korean books locally made furniture, one computer set, school supplies, soccer balls, first aid kit, etc.

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UN MDGs TYSL
Amb. Dho Young-shim with H.E. Yoo Jinryon, Minister of Sports, Culture, Sports and Tourism of Korea, and Mr. Cho Jooyoung, Korean soccer teacher
Minister Yoo dancing Gangnam Style with First Lady of Zambia
Dr. John Phiri MP, the Hon. Minister of Education, Science, Vocational Training and Early Education of Zambia, H.E. Kaseba-Sata, Minister Yoo and Mrs. Rifai

133rd UN MDGs Thank You Small Library to Namatama Primary School - Livingstone, Zambia
August 28, 2013

The UNWTO ST-EP Foundation officially handed over the 133rd UN MDGs Thank You Small Library (UN MDGs TYSL) to Namatama Primary School in Livingstone, Zambia, on Aug. 28, 2013. Due to its underprivileged situation, this primary school was selected as beneficiary of a UN MDGs TYSL Project, implemented nby the ST-EP Foundation through the financial support of the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MCST), in partnership with the Zambia Ministry of Tourism and Arts.
Namatama Primary School was donated from the ST-EP Foundation over 2,300 books, including Korean books, locally made furniture, one computer set, school supplies and posters, soccer balls, first aid kit, etc. The school was also donated copies in French and English of the children book published on Aug. 12, 2013 by the ST-EP Foundation ‘The Extraordinary Story of the Three-Leaf Tree’ inspired by the Saemaul Undong, or New Villages Movement, launched in South Korea in early 70s, through which the country managed to escape poverty. In the guest book, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDGs Advocate asked honorable members and teachers of Namatama to take good care of TYSL and hoped this would help students for the future.

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Left picture: the room for the UN MDGs TYSL before and after remodelling and refurbishing; Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation, Mrs. Catherine Germier-Hamel, Director of Global Progams, ST-EP Foundation, and teachers of Namatama Primary School

132nd UN MDGs Thank You Small Library– Holly Cross Primary School - Livingstone, Zambia
August 28, 2013

On Aug. 28, 2013, the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation handed over its 132nd UN MDGs Thank You Small Library (UN MDGs TYSL) to Holly Cross Primary School in Livingstone, Zambia.
The ST-EP Foundation implemented this project through the financial support of the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MCST), and with the local support with the Zambian Ministry of Tourism and Arts. Holly Cross Primary School received about 2,300 books, including Korean books, locally made furniture, one computer set, school supplies and soccer balls, first aid kit, etc.
The school was also donated English and French copies of the children book published on Aug. 12, 2013 by the ST-EP Foundation ‘The Extraordinary Story of the Three-Leaf Tree’, inspired by the Saemaul Undong, or New Villages Movement, the community-based movement initiative launched in South Korea in early 70s, which has been the driving force behind the country’s development from an aid recipient, to an aid donor country.

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Left picture: the room for the UN MDGs TYSL before and after remodelling and refurbishing; Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation, Mrs. Catherine Germier-Hamel, Director of Global Progams, ST-EP Foundation, and teachers of Holly Cross Primary School

11th Meeting of the ST-EP Foundation’s Board of Directors, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
August 27, 2013

The 11th Meeting of the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation’s Board of Directors took place on Aug. 27, 2013 in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, during the 20th UNWTO General Assembly co-hosted by Zambia and Zimbabwe. This Board Meeting was dedicated to the transformation of the ST-EP Foundation into an independent intergovernmental Organization, a proposal approved in the morning by the UNWTO General Assembly.
Dr. Taleb Rifai, UNWTO Secretary-General, requested Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of the ST-EP Foundation’s Board of Directors, to constitute and lead a Working Group, in charge of overseeing and managing the process towards the establishment of the future organization. The Board members from Ecuador, Ghana, and Romania, expressed their intention to join the Republic of Korea in the Working Group, whereas the representatives of India, Saudi Arabia and Tanzania will confirm their participation after consultation. By the end of 2013, the UNWTO SG and the Chairperson of the Foundation will convene a meeting to present the report of the Working group to the interested parties, including the members of the Working Group and the representatives of the states that have expressed their intention to join the future organization.

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The representatives of the Board Members from India, Ecuador, Saudi Arabia, Ghana, Romania and Tanzania with (from left) Dr. Harsh Varma, Director Technical Cooperation and Services, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation & UN MDGs Advocate. Dr. Taleb Rifai, UNWTO Secretary-General, Mr. Francesco Frangialli, President of the ST-EP Foundation

ST-EP Forum at the 20th UNWTO General Assembly, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
August 27, 2013

The ST-EP Forum titled “12 Years of ST-EP Initiative: Turning Tourism into an Engine for Socio-Economic Growth” took place on Aug. 27, 2013 during the 20th UNWTO General Assembly in Zambia and Zimbabwe. This forum co-hosted by UNWTO and the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation aimed to take stock of the results achieved through the ST-EP (Sustainable Tourism-Eliminating Poverty) initiative, disseminate lessons learned and spearhead tourism stakeholders and partners to replicate and upscale successful ST-EP projects. The participants included over hundred representatives of donors, development agencies, such as the German Technical Cooperation Agency GIZ, and beneficiary countries such as Cambodia, Costa Rica, Ghana, Mozambique, and Tanzania.
The technical presentations by the beneficiary countries highlighted the positive impact of the ST-EP projects in terms of job and revenue creation for the local communities, as well as capacity-building and education, for example through the UN MDGs Thank You Small Library initiative that have benefited Cambodia, Ghana, Mozambique and Tanzania. The President of the ST-EP Foundation made a presentation and all participants were offered a backpack and a brochure by the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation.

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From left: Mr. Frederic Pierret UNWTO Executive Director, H.E. Yoo Jinryon, Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism of the Republic of Korea, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation & UN MDGs Advocate, Dr. Taleb Rifai, UNWTO Secretary General, Mr. Francesco Frangialli, President of the ST-EP Foundation.

Signing of the Partnership Agreement with the Korea Internet Media Journalists Association, Zimbabwe
August 27, 2013

At the end of the 11th Board Meeting of the ST-EP Foundation which took place on Aug. 27, 2013, in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, during the 20th UNWTO General Assembly, the ST-EP Foundation and the Korea Internet-media Journalists Association (KIJA) officially signed a Partnership Agreement to promote projects and initiatives aimed to achieve the UN Millennium Development Goals (UN MDGs) by 2015 and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) by 2030, in least developed and developing countries, with a strong focus on tourism and education.
UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai formally expressed his support to this agreement, as well as H.E. Ms. Maria Grapini, Minister –Delegate for small and medium Enterprises, Business Environment and Tourism, Romania, Chair of the UNWTO Executive Council, member of the ST-EP Foundation’s Board of Directors.

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Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation & UN MDGs Advocate, Dr. Taleb Rifai, UNWTO Secretary-General, Dr. Kim Gul-choan (3rd from left), President of the Korea Internet-media Journalists Association (KIJA) and 4 reporters members of KIJA

The 20th UNWTO GA approves the reform of the ST-EP Foundation as an independent international organi
August 27, 2013

One of the agenda items of the 20th UNWTO General Assembly, co-hosted by Zambia and Zimbabwe on Aug. 24 to 29, 2013 was dedicated to the reform of the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and its transformation into an independent international organization.
On Aug. 27, 2013, recognizing the important contribution of the ST-EP Foundation and particularly of the Government of the Republic of Korea to the work and mission of UNWTO since the establishment of the Foundation in 2004, the UNWTO General Assembly approved the proposal by the Secretary-General that the ST-EP Foundation becomes fully independent from the UNWTO management, encouraging members to continue supporting the ST-EP initiative through the future international organization to be established. Dozens of countries from all continents immediately seconded the decision of the General Assembly and over 25 of them formally expressed their intention to voluntarily join the future international organization, being assured that this would not entail any financial contribution from their government.
Furthermore, the General-Assembly requested the Secretary-General to make sure that the UNWTO will act in close cooperation with the future organization. In the afternoon, the ST-EP Foundation’s Board of Directors convened its 11th meeting focused on that issue and constituted a Working Group in charge of overseeing the establishment process of the future organization.

Korean Media Delegation covering the 20th UNWTO General Assembly and Tourism in Africa
August 24, 2013

On the occasion of the 20th UNWTO General Assembly in Zambia and Zimbabwe, the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation constituted a Korean Media delegation composed of 10 reporters from major media outlets, including the Korean Broadcasting Services – KBS (3), Yonhap News (1) and the Korea Internet-media Journalists Association – KIJA (5). The reporters not only covered the main events of General Assembly but they also interviewed key participants and prepared papers on tourism in Africa and poverty elimination, for the Korean audience.
On Aug. 24, 2013, the ST-EP Foundation in partnership with the Kenya Tourism Board organized a fam tour in Nairobi, Kenya, for the KIJA reporters. In particular, they interviewed an official of the Kenya Wildlife Service and visited the ST-EP Kitengela footbridge built in 2008 through the financial support of the ST-EP Foundation.

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Left: Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation & UN MDGs Advocate, Dr. Kim Gul-choan (4th from left), President of the Korea Internet-media Journalists Association (KIJA), 4 reporters members of KIJA and 1 reporter from Yonhap News (1st from left); Right: KIJA reporters in front of the ST-EP Kitengela bridge in Nairobi, Kenya

Participation of the ST-EP Foundation in the 20th UNWTO General Assembly, Zambia and Zimbabwe
August 24, 2013

The 20th UNWTO General Assembly took place on Aug. 24 to 29, 2013 and was co-hosted by the governments of Zambia and Zimbabwe. Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation was leading a delegation composed of 4 members of the Foundation’s staff and 9 reporters from major Korean media outlets such as KBS, Yonhap News and the Korea Internet-media Journalists’ Association.
This General Assembly marked a very important milestone for the ST-EP Foundation as all Members gave their approval to the project of reform of the ST-EP Foundation towards its transformation into an independent international organization, on Aug. 27, 2013. On the same day, the 11th meeting of the ST-EP Board of Directors focused on that issue. Other key events included the ST-EP Forum promoting the contribution of tourism to poverty alleviation, several speeches by Amb. Dho and her participation in the Ministerial roundtable on “Visa facilitation as a means to support tourism growth, socioeconomic development and job creation”. The ST-EP Foundation distributed special ST-EP backpacks and brochures on that occasion.

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2nd plenary session of UNWTO GA, Amb. Dho Young-shim and staff of the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation, article in Zambian newspaper with Amb. Dho, Dr, Taleb Rifai, UNWTO Secretary-General, and H.E. Sylvia Masebo, Minister of Tourism and Arts of Zambia, 11th meeting of the ST-EP Foundation’s Board of Directors

반기문 사무총장 스텝재단(이사장 도영심) 주최 조찬행사 참석
August 23, 2013

[한국인터넷기자협회 공동취재단] 반기문 유엔(UN) 사무총장이 “기아는 인간 존엄을 얻는데 있어 용인할 수 없는 방해물”이라며 아프리카 지원에 대한 필요성을 역설했다.

반기문 UN 사무총장은 23일 세계관광기구(UNWTO) 스텝(ST-EP)재단(이사장 도영심)과 '월간 디플로머시'가 소공동 롯데호텔에서 주최한 <세계 빈곤퇴치 달성을 위한 컨퍼런스>에서 아프리카 빈곤 문제에 대한 관심과 우려를 드러냈다.

반기문 사무총장은 이날 기조연설에서 “빈곤을 반으로 줄이고자 하는 세계적 목표는 2010년 달성됐지만 빈곤율은 여전히 높고 아프리카 국가 간의 불평등은 더 심화되고 있다”며 “그 가운데, 어린이와 임산부들의 계속되는 식량부족과 영양결핍을 깊이 우려하고 있다”고 밝혔다. 이어 “기아는 인간 존엄을 얻는데 있어 용인할 수 없는 방해물”이라고 강조했다.

반기문 사무총장은 “아프리카에서 매년 15만명 이상의 여성이 출산 중 사망하고 있다”면서 “이 같은 비극을 막기 위해 ‘모든 여성, 모든 자식’ 이니셔티브(보건향상)를 시작했다”고 강조했다.

이날 반기문 사무총장은 아프리카의 “지속가능한 환경”의 필요성을 강조했다. 그러기 위해서는 아프리카 국가와 개발 파트너 및 국제 사회의 행동이 필요하다는 게 그의 생각이다.
반기문 사무총장은 “(아프리카 지원에 대한) 많은 약속들이 있었다”며 “2005년 그린이글스 G8정상회담에서 연간 660억 달러 지원을 발표하기도 했지만 그 중에서 70% 정도만 집행됐다”고 아쉬움을 드러냈다.

그는 “아프리카에 대한 해외 직접투자와 무역증가에 더더욱 집중해야 한다. 지난 몇 년간 지속적으로 성장했지만 아직도 아프리카 대륙은 산업화를 통해 폭넓고 총체적인 성장을 만드는 구조적 변화를 위해 더 많은 지원이 요구된다”고 말했다.

반 사무총장은 또 “아프리카에서 진행되고 있는 ‘새천년개발목표’의 성과를 유지하고 가속화하기 위해서는 유능한 여성들을 비롯한 젊은이들에게 더 나은 일자리 기회를 제공하는 것이 필요하다”고 강조하면서, “한국은 아프리카에 대한 공적개발원조(ODA)를 두 배로 증가시켰다. 대한민국이 (아프리카 지원과 관련해) 본보기가 된 것을 기쁘게 생각한다”고 밝히기도 했다.

반기문 사무총장에 따르면, 한국 대 아프리카 교역량은 2001년 60억 달러에서 9년 만에 220억 달러에 육박한 수준이다. 또, 같은 기간 아프리카에 대한 직접적 해외투자는 17억 달러에서 370억 달러로 급격히 증가했다. 반 사무총장은 “한국은 이제 아프리카 상위 20개 투자국 중 하나”라고 반겼다. 특히, ‘고맙습니다 작은 도서관’ 사업을 추진하고 있는 스텝재단에게 감사의 인사를 전하기도 했다. 빈곤퇴치를 위한 ‘교육’에 대한 투자가 절실하다는 판단에 따른 것이다.

마지막으로 반기문 사무총장은 “우리가 당면한 문제는 상호의존적”이라며 “빈곤, 기아, 불안정, 기후 변화, 환경오염, 에너지 부족 같은 통합적 해결이 요구된다”고 강조했다. 이어, “유엔은 지구를 보호하고 모든 사람의 존엄한 삶을 위해 전 세계적인 노력에 많은 사람들의 참여를 믿는다”고 연설을 마쳤다.

반 총장은 기조연설 서두에서 사전 배포된 원고에는 없던 악화되고 있는 시리아 사태에 대해 10여분이나 언급하며, "우리는 가능한 한 빨리 이 문제에 개입하기 위해 매우 열심히 노력하고 있으며 모든 기술적인 검토와 준비도 마쳤다"고 밝혔다.

■ 한국인터넷기자협회, UNWTO 총회 특별취재단 구성

한편, 오는 24일부터 30일까지 아프리카 짐바브웨이와 잠비아에서 열리는 ‘제20차 UNWTO 총회’에 한국인터넷기자협회(회장 김철관)가 특별취재단을 파견해 이를 집중조명한다.

인기협 특별취재단은 총회에 참석해 ▲UNWTO ST-EP재단 독립적 국제기구화 및 재단 이사회 ▲‘UN MDGs 고맙습니다. 작은 도서관’ 이관식 ▲UNWTO 스텝재단과 한국인터넷기자협회 업무협약식과 함께 아프리카 현장의 열악한 환경 등을 취재할 계획이다.

특별취재단장을 맡은 김철관 인기협 회장은 “아프리카 현장의 열악한 환경을 구석구석 취재해 보도할 예정”이라면서 “국제사회의 빈곤과 질병 퇴치 등에 관심을 가질 것”이라고 밝혔다.


출처: 미디어펜
http://www.mediapen.com/3/11933/view

60년대 새마을운동 다룬 동화책 아프리카로 간다
August 23, 2013

UNWTO(유엔세계관광기구) ST-EP재단이 새마을운동을 모티브로 한 책 <주목할 만한 세 잎사귀 이야기>를 영어와 프랑스어로 출판했다.

23일 오전 UNWTO(유엔세계관광기구) ST-EP재단(이사장 도영심)이 서울 소공동 롯데호텔 3층 사파이어볼룸에서 주최한 <세계 빈곤퇴치 달성을 위한 컨퍼런스> 행사장에 새마을운동을 모티브로 한 책 <주목할 만한 세 잎사귀 이야기>(The Extraordinary Story of the Tree-Leaf PALM)라는 동화책이 영어와 프랑스어로 출간돼 선보였다.

이 책은 1960년 중반 먹을 것조차 없는 대한민국의 가난한 현실을 적난하게 표현했다. 평범한 다섯 명의 아이들은 일찍이 부모를 여의였지만, 굴하지 않고 학업과 가사분담 등을 제각기 했다. 바로 새마을운동의 모토였던 근면, 자조, 협동의 정신을 통해 간난을 극복했다는 얘기를 담고 있다.

현재 아프리카 어린 독자들은 이 순간에도 배고픔과 가난에 시달리고 있다. 우리의 60년대가 바로 아프리카의 현실이다.

이날 행사장에서 도영심 UNWTO ST-EP 재단 이사장은 “아프리카는 과거 대한민국이 그랬듯이 먹을 것이 없어 굶어 죽어가고 있다”면서 “ 가난이 끊임없이 대물림 되고 있다”고 관심을 호소했다.

그는 “ 아프리카 어린이들이 이 책을 통해 가난을 극복할 수 있는 방법을 알아야 한다”면서 “근면, 자조, 협동을 통해 빈곤에서 벗어나 희망의 세계가 열렸으면 좋겠다”고 피력했다.

이 책은 UN MDGs(새천년 개발목표)와 UN SDGs를 달성하기 위해 지속가능한 관광을 통해 빈곤 퇴치 활동을 전개해 온 UNWTO ST-EP 재단의 후원으로 처음 시작했다. 앞으로 이 책은 재단의 조성사업인 ‘UN MDGs 고맙습니다. 작은 도서관’에도 배포할 예정이다.

‘UN MDGs 고맙습니다. 작은 도서관’은 교육을 통해 빈곤의 쇠사슬을 끊고, 아이들이 스스로 삶을 책임질 수 있고, 한 인간으로 성장하게 하는 것이 목적이다. UNWTO ST-EP 재단은 2013년 8월 현재 17개 국가 131개에 ‘UN MDGs 고맙습니다. 작은 도서관’을 조성했다.

이 책을 쓴 Pascal Biannic-leger는 프랑스 출신으로 10년을 넘게 서울에서 거주했다.

한편, UN MDGs(밀레니엄 개발목표)는 2000년 9월 세계 149개국 정상들이 모여 국제사회의 빈곤퇴치 및 지속가능한 발전을 위해 2015년까지 전 인류가 함께 달성하고자 합의한 8가지 개발 목표를 의미한다. 즉 ▲절대 빈곤 및 기아 퇴치 ▲보편적 초등교육 달성 ▲남녀평등 및 여성능력 고양 ▲아동 사망률 감소 ▲모성 보건 증진 ▲HIV/AIDS, 말라리아 및 기타 각종 질병 퇴치 ▲지속가능한 환경보전 ▲개발을 위한 범지구적 파트너십 구축 등이다.

UN MDGs(밀레니엄 개발목표)는 이전의 UN계획과 달리 모든 UN 회원국을 포함한 이해당사자들이 합의하고, 앞으로 새천년을 바라보며 국제협력의 새로운 방향을 제시한 목표이다. 또한 UN MDGs는 경제적 발전과 정의 및 인권신장을 포함하고 있어 국제안보와 질서에도 이바지 할 수 있다.

UN SDGs(UN Sustainable Development Goals)는 오는 2015년 이후부터 2013년까지 달성하고자하는 차세대 UN MDGs를 말한다.

출처: 대자보
http://www.jabo.co.kr/sub_read.html?uid=34268§ion=sc6§ion2=

UN MDGs Forum “Accelerating Action and Partnering for Impact” Guest Speaker: UN SG Ban ki-moon
August 23, 2013

The UNWTO ST-EP Foundation hosted the UN MDGs Forum - Accelerating Action and Partnering for Impact with the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as guest speaker, on Aug. 23, 2013 in Seoul, Korea. Guests included ambassadors of African and G20 countries in Korea; and a Romanian delegation led by H.E. Mrs. Maria Grapini, Minister – Delegate for Small and Medium Enterprises, Business Environment and Tourism. This meeting was a prelude to the UN high-level forum to be hosted in New-York on Sept. 23, 2013, to catalyze and accelerate further action to achieve the UN MDGs by 2015 and prepare the post-2015 agenda.
The forum was moderated by Amb. Dho Young-shim, as Chairperson of the ST-EP Foundation and UN MDGs Advocate.
UN SG Ban Ki-moon delivered a keynote speech, urging African countries, development partners and the international community to join hands to spur the momentum and achieve greater gains by the 2015. After that, the Hon. Kim Kwan-yong, Governor of Gyeongsangbuk-do Province then made a presentation of the initiatives carried out by the Province in Africa towards poverty elimination, through the globalization of the South Korea’s development model, the Saemaul Movement.
In his speech UN SG Ban mentioned: “I also pay tribute to Amb. Dho Young-shim's "Thank You Small Library" initiative for bringing books to communities in Africa. She is a tireless champion of the Millennium Development Goals” and praised her leadership and commitment as “a driving force in accelerating the achievement of the MDGs”.

The ST-EP Foundation welcomes a ministerial delegation from Romania in Seoul, Korea
August 22, 2013

The UNWTO ST-EP Foundation organized the official program of a delegation led by H.E. Mrs. Maria Grapini, Minister – Delegate for Small and Medium Enterprises, Business Environment and Tourism, on official visit to Seoul, Korea, from Aug. 21st to 23rd, 2013. The program prepared by the Foundation included a working dinner on Aug. 21st hosted by Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of the ST-EP Foundation and UN MDGs Advocate, a meeting with H.E. Yoo Jinryong, Minister of Sports, Culture and Tourism of the Rep. of Korea, the musical performance Chicago at the National Theater of Korea, followed by a discussion with musical producer Mr. Park Myung-sung. On the Aug. 23rd, the delegation attended the UN MDGs Forum “Accelerating Action and Partnering for Impact” with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as guest speaker and then visited the Korean National Assembly. On the same day, both Amb. Dho and Minister Grapini left Seoul for Zambia and Zimbabwe, to attend the 20th UNWTO General Assembly.

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1. Left: At the ST-EP Foundation’s headquartersMr. Razvan Filipescu, President, National Authority for Tourism, Romania, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDGs Advocate, H.E. Mrs. Maria Grapini, Minister – Delegate for small and medium Enterprises, Business Environment and Tourism, Romania, Mrs. Maria Grapini, Minister –Delegate for small and medium Enterprises, Business Environment and Tourism, Romania, Mr. Tudor Mataragiu, Counselor, Mr. Ilie Stanica, Economic Counselor at the Romanian embassy to Korea
2. with H.E. Yoo Jiryong, Minister of Sports, Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Korea

Bilateral Meeting with the Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities of Uganda – Seoul, Korea
August 11, 2013

Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation & UN MDGs Advocate, had a meeting in Seoul, Korea, with the Hon. Maria Mutagamba, Minister of Tourism, Wildlife & Antiquities of Uganda, on Aug. 11, 2013. Minister Mutagamba briefed Amb. Dho about her meeting on Aug. 9 with the Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism, H.E. Yoo Jinryong, aimed to discuss the strengthening of tourism cooperation between Korea and Uganda, including working with the ST-EP Foundation to attract new and dedicated funding, and bolstering research, product development and Korean investments.
Amb. Dho encouraged Minister Mutagamba to follow up this encouraging move and she invited her to support the reform of the ST-EP Foundation, a project to be presented at the upcoming UNWTO General Assembly in Zambia & Zimbabwe. She also mentioned her meeting in Seoul in last May with H.E. Yoweri Museveni, President of Uganda, who also expressed its great interest in tourism as one of the most promising sectors for the socioeconomic growth of Africa.

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(from left) Left: The Hon. Maria Mutagamba, Minister of Tourism, Wildlife & Antiquities of Uganda, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDGs Advocate ; Center: Amb. Dho Young-shim with H.E. Mr. Yovero Museveni, President of Uganda (May 2013)

Meeting with UN MDG Advocate Muhammad Yunus, Seoul, South Korea
July 26, 2013

On July 26, 2013, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDGs Advocate had a meeting in Seoul, South Korea, with Prof. Muhammad Yunus, the Bangladeshi banker, economist and Nobel Peace Prize recipient who developed the concepts of microcredit, microfinance, and social business.
Prof. Yunus, who has also been appointed UN MDGs Advocate, was is Seoul at the invitation of the owner and chairman of SK group, the third South Korean conglomerate, to deliver a public speech on "Social Business To Solve Social Problems”.

10th World Symposium on Choral Music in 2014, Seoul: IFCM Executive Committee in Hong-Kong
July 19, 2013

Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation, attended the Executive Committee of the International Federation for Choral Music IFCM) on July 19 and 20, 2013.
As Honorary Chair of the Preparatory Committee for the 10th World Symposium on Choral Music (WSCM10) to be hosted on Aug. 6th to 13th in Seoul, Korea, Amb. Dho made a report on the meetings and latest activities carried out by the Preparatory Committee since the last IFCM Executive Committee and Board Meeting in Dallas, on March 2013. In particular, the Preparatory Committee has designed and launched the WSCM10 webpage (www.wscm10.rg), allowing the public to get information about the Symposium and the World Choral Expo, and to register to both events. Amb. Dho also answered key issues regarding the relationship between IFCM and the Preparatory Committee.

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Ms. Theodora Pavlovitch, IFCM Vice President, Mr. Philip Brunelle, IFCM Vice-President, Mr. Andrea Angelini, Managing Editor of ICB Magazine, Mr. Eric Ericson, IFCM Honorary President, Dr. Michael Anderson, IFCM President, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and Honorary Chair of WSCM 10 Preparatory Committee, Prof. Leon Tong, IFCM 1st Vice-President, Ms. Saeko Hasegawa, IFCM Vice-President, Mr. Stephen Leek, IFCM Vice-President, Mr. Francesco Leonardi, IFCM Project Manager, Mr. Hakan Wickstrom, IFCM Treasurer

A delegation led by South Korea’s National Assembly Speaker visits the UN MDGs TYSL in Tanzania
July 09, 2013

A Korean delegation led by H.E. Kang Chang-hee, Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea visited the UN MDGs Thank You Small Library for Adults of the National Museum of Tanzania, Dar es Salaam, on July 9, 2013. The delegation included the following Parliamentary Members: Ms. Kwon Eun-hee, Mr. Kang Dong-won, Mr. Lee Yu-young, and Mr. Lee Jaeyoung.
This UN MDGs TYSL for Adults equipped with an ICT Zone was handed over by the ST-EP Foundation on Dec. 14, 2012, in presence of the Tanzania First Lady Mama Salma Kikwete, who had formerly requested it to the Ministry of Sports, Culture and tourism of Korea. The ST-EP Foundation also established an International Conference Hall and a Pilot SMARTree English TYSL for Children. The first progress reports sent by the UN MDGs TYSL Coordinator National Museum of Tanzania have shown encouraging results , as attendance is constantly increasing.

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H.E. Kang Chang-hee, Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea (5th from left) with his wife (6th from left) and (from left): Members of the National Assembly Mr. Kang Dong-won, Ms. Kwon Eun-hee, Mr. Lee Jaeyoung, Mr. Lee Yu-young and some library users.

Meeting between the ST-EP Foundation’s President and Chairperson of the Board of Directors, France
July 06, 2013

Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDG Advocate, had a working meeting in Paris with Mr. Francesco Frangialli, President of the ST-EP Foundation and former UNWTO Secretary-General.
Among various issues related to the ST-EP Foundation, Amb. Dho and Mr. Frangialli evoked the forthcoming meeting of the Foundation’s Board of Directors, and the ST-EP Forum, during the 20th UNWTO General Assembly in Zambia & Zimbabwe, on Aug. 24 to 29, 2013. This General Assembly will also be an opportunity to present the new model of the ST-EP foundation as an Independent International Organization. The day before, Amb. Dho had met UNWTO Secretary General, Mr. Taleb Rifai, in Romania and also discussed those issues.

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From left: Mr. Francesco Frangialli, President, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation & UN MDG Advocate (Paris, July 6, 2013)

Bilateral meeting with the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism and Arts of Zambia
July 05, 2013

On July 5, 2013, the Romanian Ministry for small and medium Enterprises, Business Environment and Tourism, hosted a special ceremony for the signing of the Bucharest Declaration of the Romanian Tourism Associations Commitment to the UNWTO Global Code of Ethics. Amb. Dho Young-shim attended this ceremony as Chairperson of the ST-EP Foundation & UN MDG Advocate, and had the opportunity to meet George K. Zulu, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism & Arts of Zambia. During the 20th UNWTO General Assembly on Aug. 24 to 29, 2013, in Zambia & Zimbabwe, the ST-EP Foundation will establish three UN MDG Thank You Small Libraries in Livingstone, Zambia, implemented in partnership with the Zambian Ministry of Tourism and sponsored by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Korea.
The new model of the ST-EP Foundation as an independent International Organization will be presented to all members of UNWTO General Assembly.

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From left: Mr. George K. Zulu, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism & Arts of Zambia and Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation & UN MDG Advocate (July 5, 2013)

UNWTO ST-EP Foundation Promoting Bran Castle in Transylvania, Romania, as World Sustainable Tourism
July 05, 2013

As Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation & UN MDG Advocate and Dr. Taleb Rifai, Secretary General of UNWTO had a working meeting on July 5, 2013 in Romania, they were invited to visit Bran Castle in Transylvania region by H.E. Mrs. Maria Grapini, Minister –Delegate for small and medium Enterprises, Business Environment and Tourism, Romania, Chair of UNWTO Executive Council.
This technical tour was part of the international conference on identifying competitive advantages for sustainable tourism destinations, hosted in Romania on July 3 to 5, 2013. Bran Castle is a national monument and landmark in Romania, internationally marketed as “Dracula's Castle”.

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From left: Ms. Estela Dinca, Producer, TVR TV Channel, Romania, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation & UN MDG Advocate, Dr. Taleb Rifai, UNWTO Secretary-General , UNWTO, Mr. Gheorghe Hermeneanu, Mayor of Bran city, Romania, H.E. Mrs. Maria Grapini, Minister –Delegate for small and medium Enterprises, Business Environment and Tourism, Romania, and Mr. Razvan Filipescu, President, National Authority for Tourism, Romania (July 5, 2013)

Promoting tourism cooperation between Korea and Romania: high-level meetings in Bucharest, Romania
July 05, 2013

At the invitation of the Ministry of Tourism of Romania and UNWTO, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of the ST-EP Foundation & UN MDG Advocate, attended an international tourism conference on competitive advantages for sustainable tourism destinations, hosted in Bucharest and the Danube Delta region on July 5, 2013.
On that day, Amb. Dho had several meetings with H.E. Mrs. Maria Grapini, Minister of Tourism of Romania and Mr. Taleb Rifai, UNWTO Secretary-General, as well as key stakeholders of the Romanian tourism industry such as Mr. Razvan Filipescu, President of the National Authority for Tourism of Romania, Mr. Vlad Oprea, Mayor of Sinaia mountain resort in Prahova County and Mr. Gheorghe Hermeneanu, Mayor of Bran city, Transylvania. The meetings focused on promoting sustainable tourism development in Romania, which is currently chairing the UNWTO Executive Council, and expanding overseas markets, and particulary South Korea. Minister Grapini and President Filipescu expressed their willingness to visit Seoul in the near future to discuss opportunities for tourism cooperation between the two countries.

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Mr. Razvan Filipescu, President, National Authority for Tourism, Romania, Mrs. Maria Grapini, Minister –Delegate for small and medium Enterprises, Business Environment and Tourism, Romania, Dr. Taleb Rifai, Secretary-General, UNWTO, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation & UN MDG Advocate, Mr. Vlad Oprea, Mayor of Sinaia city, Romania, Ms. Estela Dinca, Producer, TVR TV Channel, Romania (July 5, 2013)

Presentation of the ST-EP Foundation ‘Africa, a land of success, opportunities and future'
June 28, 2013

As Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation & UN MDG Advocate, Amb. Dho Young-shim delivered a presentation on Africa to over 50 Korean businessmen, on June 28, 2013 in Seoul, Korea.
During her presentation, Amb. Dho introduced the mission and activities of the ST-EP Foundation, aimed at eliminating poverty through sustainable tourism projects and programs, towards the achievement of the UN Millennium Development Goals and Sustainable Development Goals in developing countries.
Amb. Dho also evoked the past and present of Arica and she insisted that the future of Africa should no longer involve servitude or sacrifices, as the continent offers many business opportunities to explore. Finally, Amb. Dho mentioned the globalization process of the Saemaul Undong (or New Village movement), the community-based movement which has been the driving force behind Korea’s development from an aid recipient, to an aid donor country, and the growing interest of African countries to learn more about the development model of Korea and to benefit from its experience of poverty eradication and mental reform.

Presentating the ST-EP Foundation to the speaker of the House of Ethiopian Peoples' Representatives
June 28, 2013

Invited in Seoul by H.E. Kang hang-hee, Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea, Mr. Abadula Gemeda, Speaker of the House of Ethiopian Peoples Representatives, had a meeting with Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation & UN MDG Advocate and H.E. Kim Jong-geun, Ambassador of Korea to Ethiopia on June 28, 2013.
Amb. Dho made a report on the various activities carried by the ST-EP Foundation in Ethiopia since 2006, including 4 ST-EP projects supported through the Foundation, 21 UN MDG Thank You Small Libraries (UN MDG TYSL) and the UN Millennium Villages as Tourism Destinations Project, with Koraro, Tigray Region selected as Pilot Millennium Village. Amb. Dho also introduced the upcoming establishment of one UN MDG TYSL for Adults at the Ethiopian Civil Service University of Addis Ababa, and one UN MDG TYSL at the Queen Sheba School in Adwa, Tigray Region.
Amb. Dho also mentioned the 20th UNWTO General Assembly in Zambia & Zimbabwe on Aug. 24 to 29, 2013, with the new model of the ST-EP Foundation as an independent International Organization to be approved by the members of the General Assembly.

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Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation & UN MDG Advocate, Mr. Abadula Gemeda, speaker of the House of Ethiopian Peoples Representatives (center) and Mr. Abiy A. Ali; with H.E. Jim Jong-geun, Ambassador of Korea to Ethiopia (first left) - June 28, 2013

한미 ‘외교포럼’을 출범시키자
June 25, 2013

박근혜 대통령이 취임후 첫 해외순방지인 미국 방문을 성공적으로 수행하고 귀국한 지 50일이 지났다. 이제 미국에 이어 중국을 방문한다. 미국에 이은 본격적 국제무대 행보다 이에 박 대통령의 방미 성과를 차분하게 분석해 볼 필요가 있다. 우선 미 연방 상하원 합동회의 연설은 미 의회가 외국 정상에게 주는 최고수준의 예우다. 관례상 한 국가의 정상에게 연이어 기회를 주지 않는다. 그러나 이명박 전 대통령에 이어 예외적으로 박 대통령이 그 자리에 또 섰다. 민주적으로 선출된 동북아 첫 여성 대통령이라는 점과 한·미 동맹 60주년이라는 부분이 크게 작용했던 것 같다. 내심 미국은 박 대통령이 한국의 국내정치 상황에 떠밀려 중국부터 방문할까 봐 염려했던 것으로 보인다. 오바마 대통령이 박 대통령과의 공동 기자회견에서 ‘첫 외국 순방국으로 미국을 택해준 것을 진심으로 감사하다’고 두 번씩이나 언급한 데서도 알 수 있다. 첨예하게 대립하는 G2 시대에 두 강대국의 줄다리기를 떠올리면 우리가 앞으로 국익의 극대화를 위해 어떻게 대처해야 할지 해답이 보인다. 연설 전, 박 대통령을 기다리는 의회의 분위기는 시작부터 남달랐다. 박 대통령 영접을 위해 35명이라는 큰 규모로 영접단이 꾸려진 것은 매우 이례적인 일이다. 전 하원의장인 낸시 팰로시 민주당 하원 원내대표가 박 대통령을 직접 안내하면서 깍듯이 모시는 모습은 감동적이었다. 미국의 대외정책을 움직이는 결정적 힘은 미 의회로부터 나온다. 미국 상하원 의원은 각자가 완벽한 헌법기관으로서의 역할과 권리를 갖고, 외교정책을 좌우하는 결정적인 힘을 발휘한다. 이런 뜻에서 필자는 원자력협정 개정, 전문직 비자쿼터, 자유무역협정(FTA) 이행 등 한·미 관계의 산적한 문제를 해결하기 위한 관련 법안 통과의 열쇠 또한 미국 의회가 쥐고 있다는 사실을 다시 한번 상기시키고 싶다. 새로운 한국정부의 출범과 더불어 대미 관계의 새로운 지평을 열 때가 됐다. 돈독한 한·미 관계를 위해서라도 이번 기회에 미 의회를 우호적인 파트너로 만들어야 한다. 미 의회에 지한파를 넘어 친한파 인사를 많이 심어야 한다. 중국의 끊임없는 패권주의 정책과 일본의 비이성적인 우경화 사이에 놓인 우리나라의 처지를 이해하고 대외적으로 지지해줄 수 있는 미 의회가 되도록 하는 데 박 대통령의 방문이 획기적인 계기가 됐으리라고 본다. 미의회가 최근 ‘제2의 위안부 결의안’을 추진하는 것만 봐도 미 의회가 우리의 든든한 우군이 될 수 있다는 점을 잘 보여준다. 정부와 국회는 이제 단선적인 외교정책에서 벗어나 미 의회와 우리나라를 잇는 창조적 외교 프로그램의 일환으로 ‘외교포럼’을 출범시킬 필요가 있다. 이 포럼은 양국 국회의원, 기업인, 학자, 연구소, 그리고 언론기관을 포함하면 바람직하다. 1970년대 ‘코리아 게이트’의 여파로 한국인이 미 의회에서 홀대 받던 시절을 뛰어넘어 이제 우리에게는 G20(주요 20개국) 회원국으로서 지금 세계가 당면하고 있는 빈곤퇴치 등 글로벌 이슈를 다룰 수 있는 절호의 찬스가 왔다. 한미 ‘외교포럼’ 출범을 서둘러야 할 시기가 된 것 같다. 도영심 유엔세계관광기구 스텝재단 이사장

Rwandan President Kagame signs UNWTO Secretary-General’s Open Letter to Support Global Tourism
June 23, 2013

H.E. Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda, had a meeting Mr. Taleb Rifai, the Secretary General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in Kigali, Rwanda, on June 23, 2013. On that occasion, UNWTO SG Rifai submitted an open letter to President Kagame, as part of the international high-level campaign aimed at raising awareness of the importance of tourism as a key driver for economic growth and poverty elimination. “This campaign is geared towards Heads of State and I am delighted to say that Rwanda has now joined this group of countries that support this cause,” said UNWTO SG Rifai.
The meeting was also an opportunity for Mr. Rifai and President Kagame to discuss about several issues ranging from promoting and supporting tourism globally as well as the status of tourism in Rwanda, as top foreign exchange earner, and to share their visions and ideas on how tourism can contribute to the future of Rwanda and Africa at large. President Paul Kagame is co-chairing the UN MDG Advocacy Group launched in July 2010 by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

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(From left): M. Taleb Rifai, Secretary-General, UNWTO and H.E. Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda

UNWTO Secretary-General promotes the contribution of tourism to the Development of Africa
June 22, 2013

The Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Mr. Taleb Rifai, was selected to be one of the 13 namers of newborn gorillas at Kwita Izina Festival in Kinigi, Western Rwanda, hosted by the by the Rwanda Development Board’s Tourism and Conservation Department. Other selected personalities included Prof. Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute at the Columbia University and UN MDG Advocate.
In his speech, Mr. Rifai greeted Rwanda on behalf of the world tourism fraternity and urged the tourism representatives from African countries present in the festival to attend the 20th UNWTO General Assembly, co-hosted by Zambia and Zimbabwe on Aug. 24 to 29, 2013, highlighting that this international gathering would turn the world’s focus on all African countries as emerging and promising tourism destinations. The UNWTO ST-EP (Sustainable Tourism – Eliminating Poverty) Foundation is currently in the process of being transformed into an independent International Organization and this new model will be presented to the members of UNWTO General Assembly for their approval.

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(From left): Prof. Jeffrey Sachs, Director, Earth Institute - Columbia University and Mr. Taleb Rifai, Secretary-General, UNWTO (June 22, 2013, Rwanda)

Meeting with the President of the World Travel &Tourism Council (WTTC) - Seoul, Korea
June 05, 2013

On June 5, 2013, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation & UN MDG Advocate, had a meeting with Mr. David Scowsill, President of the World Travel & Tourism Council - WTTC, in Seoul, Korea.
As WTTC’s first Asia Summit will take place in Seoul on Sept. 10 & 11, 2013, Amb. Dho and Mr. Scowsill discussed on how to cooperate to make this forum a success and to promote Public-Private-Partnerships within the tourism industry. This Summit of global leaders will also provide an opportunity to raise awareness of the conversion of the ST-EP Foundation into an Independent International Organization.

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(From left): Mr. David Scowsill, President, WTTC, and Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation (June 5, 2013, Seoul)

Strategic Meeting between UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and GIZ, the German Technical Cooperation Agency
June 04, 2013

On June 4, 2013, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation & UN MDG Advocate, had a meeting in Seoul, Korea, with Mr. Klaus Lengefelfd, Sector Leader "Tourism and Sustainable Development" of GIZ, the German Technical Cooperation Agency, a long-time partner of the ST-EP Foundation, highly engaged in sustainable and pro-poor tourism activities.
The meeting took place as the ST-EP Foundation is in the process of becoming an Independent International Organization and is seeking the endorsement of G20 countries such as Germany. Mr. Lengefeld assured he would promote the new organization to his government and made suggestions for potential areas of work so that the organization can attract significant public and private funding, as a reference center for research and knowledge management.
Concerning the result measurement study that GIZ offered to sponsor at the 10th Board of Directors of the ST-EP Foundation on March 6, 2013 in Berlin, Germany, GIZ will transfer the funds to the ST-EP Foundation and prepare terms of reference.

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(From left): Mr. Klaus Lengefelfd, Sector Leader "Tourism and Sustainable Development" , GIZ, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and Ms. Catherine Hamel, Director of Global Programs, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation (June 4, 2013, Seoul)

UNWTO Secretary-General receives his caricature at the Italian National Day Reception in Seoul
June 03, 2013

The Secretary-General of UNWTO Mr. Taleb Rifai attended as guest of honor the Italian National Day reception hosted on June 3, 2013 at the residence of the Ambassador of Italy to Korea, together with Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation & UN MDG Advocate.
After delivering words of appreciation, UNWTO SG Taleb Rifai received his caricature from Mr. Han DongJoo, the Korean artist who also produced the caricature of the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in Madrid, on April 7, 2013. The ST-EP Foundation has built strong relations with the Italian embassy to Korea, as Italy was Member of the Foundation’s Board of Directors from 2006 to 2012.

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(From left): Mr. Taleb Rifai, Secretary-General, UNWTO, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation, H.E. Mr. Sergio Mercuri, Ambassador of Italy to Korea, Dr. Mo Chul-min, Senior Secretary to the President for Education and Culture, and Mr. Han DongJoo, the creator of the caricature

UNWTO Secretary-General addresses 3,000 students of Kyongwoon University in Gyeongsangbuk-do
June 03, 2013

On June 3rd, 2013, the Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Mr. Taleb Rifai, was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Kyongwoon University in Gyeongsangbuk-do Province, Korea.
In his acceptance speech to 3,000 students and faculty members, Mr. Rifai said he was tremendously honored and evoked the important contribution of tourism for development, praising the crucial role played by UNWTO, and particularly through the ST-EP Foundation, in promoting and implementing grassroots initiatives aimed to reduce poverty on a community level through tourism development. Mr. Rifai also mentioned the Saemaul (New Village) movement, the community-based movement which has been the driving force behind Korea’s development from an aid recipient, to an aid donor country.
The ST-SP Foundation is currently in the process of becoming an International Independent Organization.

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(From left): Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation, Mr. Nam Yoo Chin, Mayor of Gumi, Mr Taleb Rifai, Secretary-General, UNWTO, Dr. Kim Hyang –ja, President of Kyungwoon University, the Hon. Kim Kwan-yong, Governor of Gyeongsangbuk-do Province

Declaration of the Birthplace of Saemaul as World Tourism Destination - Ceremony in Gyeongsangbuk-do
June 03, 2013

Initiated in the early 70s by late President of the Rep. of Korea Park Chung-hee, the Saemaul Undong, or New Village (or Community) Movement, has its origins in Gyeongsangbuk-do Province in Korea. This community-based movement has been the driving force behind Korea’s development from an aid recipient, to an aid donor country.
In the process of promoting the birthplace of Saemaul as a tourism destination, Gyeongsangbuk-do Province hosted the Declaration Ceremony for Saemaul Tourism on June 3, 2013. The ceremony took place at the Saemaul History Museum in the city of Gumi, Gyeongsangbuk-do Province, in the presence of H.E. Mr. Cho Hyun-jae, Vice Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Korea, the Hon. Kim Kwan-yong, Governor of the Gyeongsangbuk-do Province, Mr. Taleb Rifai, Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation & UN MDG Advocate, who coordinated the project.

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(From left): Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation ; Amb. Dho with H.E. Mr. Cho Hyun-jae, Vice Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Korea, Mr. Taleb Rifai, Secretary-General, UNWTO and the Hon. Kim Kwan-yong, Governor of the Gyeongsangbuk-do Province, Korea

Meeting between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Korea, UNWTO and the ST-EP Foundation - Seoul
June 02, 2013

In the process of converting UNWTO ST-EP Foundation into an Independent International Organization, the Deputy-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Korea, H.E. Mr. Cho Tae-yul, UNWTO Secretary-General Mr. Taleb Rifai and the Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation Amb. Dho Young-shim, had a working meeting in Seoul on June 2, 2013.
During the meeting, the three parties discussed on how to best collaborate to make this plan a success. The meeting included a walk in Seoul Grand Park, a visit of LEEUM Samsung Museum of Art and a brunch.

Caption:
(From left): Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation, Mr. Taleb Rifai, Secretary-General of UNWTO and H.E. Mr. Cho Tae-yul, Deputy-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Korea (Leeum, Seoul, June 2, 2013)

Converting UNWTO ST-EP Foundation into an International Organization: MoU between MCST and UNWTO
June 01, 2013

UNWTO Foundation is currently in the process of becoming an independent international organization, as unanimously approved at the 10th meeting of the Foundation’s Board of Directors on March 6, 2013 in Berlin, Germany.
On June 1, 2013 in Seoul, Korea, the Minister of Sports, Culture & Tourism of the Rep. of Korea, H.E. Mr. Yoo Jin-Ryong, the Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Mr. Taleb Rifai, and the Chairperson of the ST-EP Foundation Amb. Dho Young-shim, signed an Memorandum of Understanding to express their intention to pursue joint efforts towards the transformation of the ST-EP Foundation into an independent international organization.
On April 29, 2013, in Manama, Bahrain, Mr. Taleb Rifai and Amb. Dho had signed a letter of agreement to collaborate in order to present the new model for the international Organization at the 20th UNWTO General Assembly in Zambia & Zimbabwe on Aug. 24 to 29, 2013.

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(From left): UNWTO SG Taleb Rifai, Amb. Dho Young-shim and H.E. Yoo Jin-ryong, Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Korea (June 1, 2013, Seoul, Korea)

UNWTO High Level Leaders’ Meeting ‘Future Tourism in Asia and The Pacific - Seoul, Korea
May 31, 2013

Amb. Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation, participated in the UNWTO High Level Leaders’ Meeting on Future Tourism in Asia and the Pacific: Setting the Agenda for Tourism Partnerships’, which took place on May 31st, 2013 at the Korea Furniture Museum in Seoul, Korea. The meeting was co-chaired by Mr. Taleb Rifai, Secretary-General of UNWTO and Mr. Charm Lee, CEO of the Korea Tourism Organization.
Amb. Dho evoked the activities of the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation towards the achievements of the UN MDGs, and particularly MDG 8 for Global Partnerships. She also took the opportunity to promote the current process of converting the Foundation into an Independent International Organization.
In the evening, Amb. Dho attended a networking dinner hosted by the Ministry of Sports, Culture and Tourism of Korea, with UNWTO SG and other personalities of the tourism industry.
Caption:
(From left): Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson, ST-EP Foundation, Mr.Taleb Rifai, Secretary-General, UNWTO and Ms. Misook Chyung, founder and director of the Korea Furniture Museum; participants of the UNWTO High Level Leaders’ Meeting, including Mr. Rifai, Amb. Dho and H.E. Mr. Hyunjae Cho (4th from left), Vice Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Korea ; (May 31, 2013, Seoul, Korea)

Bilateral Meeting with H.E. Mr. Yoweri Museveni, President of Uganda on May 30, 2013 – Seoul, Korea
May 30, 2013

On May 30, 2013 Amb. Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation & UN MDG Advocate, had a bilateral meeting in Seoul.with H.E. Mr. Yoweri Museveni, President of Uganda,
Amb. Dho introduced the activities of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation in Africa, and particularly in Uganda where the Foundation has supported the Ruhiira Millennium Village since 2009, through the Korean Millennium Village and Millennium Villages as Tourism Destinations projects. She also presented the UN MDGs Thank You Small Library initiative and highlighted the key role of education in development and the willingness of Korea to share its experience and technologies with African countries.
Amb. Dho also mentioned the new model of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation as an independent international organization, to be presented at the 20th UNWTO General Assembly in Zambia & Zimbabwe on Aug. 24 to 29, 2013.
President Museveni expressed his appreciation for the contribution of the Korea Millennium Villages and Millennium Villages as Tourism Destinations projects and fully agreed with Amb. Dho on the valuable role played by tourism as a tool for poverty alleviation.

Caption (from left): Mr. Park Jong-dae, Chief of Mission, Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Uganda, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation & UN MDG Advocate, H.E. Mr. Yovero Museveni, President of Uganda

UNWTO ST-EP Foundation congratulates Mr. Taleb Rifai for his reelection as UNWTO Secretary-General
May 29, 2013

The 95th session of the UNWTO Executive Council took place in Belgrade, Serbia, on 27-29 May 2013. On that occasion, the Members of the Executive Council, chaired by Romania, unanimously recommended Taleb Rifai as a nominee for the post of Secretary-General for a second four-year-period starting January 2014.
Amb. Dho Young-shim attended the Executive Council as Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and Special Advisor to the UNWTO Secretary-General.
From Seoul, Korea, all staff members of the ST-EP Foundation would like to extend their warm congratulations to Mr. Rifai for his reelection, and are very proud to be part of his inspiring journey towards poverty elimination.
Caption:
(from Left): H.E. Ms. Maria Grapini, Minister Delegate, Ministry of Economy of Romania, Chair of UNWTO Executive Council, Mr. Taleb Rifai, UNWTO Secretary-General and Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation & Special Advisor to the UNWTO Secretary-General.

Saemaul Globalization with African Ambassadors in Korea, working luncheon with South African Embassy
May 20, 2013

As a continuation of the first Saemaul Globalization Forum with African Ambassadors co-organized by the Government of the Korean Province of Gyeongsangbuk-do, the ST-EP foundation and the Saemaul Globalization Foundation on March 2013, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDG Advocate, hosted a working luncheon on May 13, 2013 with two officials of the South African embassy in Seoul.
The participants discussed on the selection process of the applicant to be recommended by the South African embassy to benefit from a 2-year Master degree at the Park Chung HeeSchool of Policy and Saemaul in Yeongnam University, with tuitions and accommodation being sponsored the Gyeongsangbuk-do province while the ST-EP Foundation, coordinating organization, will sponsor one return ticket for each candidate of the 14 participating countries.

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Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation & UN MDG Advocate, with (from left) Ms. Catherine Hamel, Director of Global Programs, ST-EP Foundation, Ms Mabet van Rensburg, Counsellor, Political, South African Embassy in Korea, Mr. Bulelani Mandla, First Secretary: Political, South African embassy in Korea

Visit of a delegation of the Ministry of Tourism of Cote d’Ivoire at the ST-EP Foundation, Seoul
May 16, 2013

Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation & UN MDG Advocate received the visit of a delegation of the Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of Cote d’Ivoire (West Africa), on May 16, 2013. The delegation was in Seoul to explore opportunities to build tourism cooperation between Korea and Cote d’Ivoire as the political and socioeconomic conditions has stabilized there since the 2010–2011 Ivorian crisis.
Amb. Dho made an introduction of the ST-EP Foundation, the selection process of project proposals by the Foundation’s Board of Directors and the UNWTO General Assembly in August in Zambia & Zimbabwe, followed by a presentation about sustainable tourism initiatives in Africa by Ms. Catherine Hamel, Director of Global Programs, ST-EP Foundation.

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Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation & UN MDG Advocate, with (from left) Dr. Pauline Dibi Kangah, Expert in Tourism, Ministry of Tourism of Cote d’Ivoire, Mr. Pierre Akobe Akossi, Deputy Manager, Ministry of Tourism of Cote d’Ivoire, Mr. N’Dri Germain Phing-Kouassi , Director of Quality, Regulation Control, Ministry of Tourism of Cote d’Ivoire, Ms. Catherine Hamel, Director of Global Programs, ST-EP Foundation, Mr. Daniel Kouakan, Counselor, Embassy of Cote d’Ivoire in Korea, Ms. Amena Catherine Kouassi, Attache in charge of Culture and Tourism , Embassy of Cote d’Ivoire in Korea

Korean President Park Geun-hye’s address to the joint session of U.S. Congress, Washington DC
May 13, 2013

Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation & UN MDGs Advocate attended Korean President Park’s address to the joint session of U.S. Congress, in presence of 535 senators and representatives and Vice President Joe Biden. President Park took office in February 2013 as the first South Korea's first female president.
As 2013 commemorates the 60th anniversary of the alliance between South Korea and the United States, President Park highlighted the role played by the iconic Morgan family in perpetrating the long-lived relationship between the two nations, with three generations of Americans helping to safeguard Korea.

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(from left): Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation & UN MDG Advocate, with Lt. Col. David Morgan (left), who served two tours in Korea, and his father John Morgan, who served in the Korean War as battery commander; Amb. Dho in front of the Magna Carta display in the Crypt of the U.S. Capitol

Working meeting with Ms. Laura Walden about UN MDG Thank You Small Library and Sports, Seoul
May 03, 2013

Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation & UN MDG Advocate, had a working meeting with Ms. Laura Walden, appointed by the ST-EP Foundation as Special Advisor for Sports & Education, on May 3rd, 2013 in Seoul, Korea. The meeting focused on how to further strengthen the synergies between Education and Sports, using the UN MDGs Thank You Small Library initiative as a platform.
Ms. Walden was also in Seoul to attend the launching ceremony for the official Olympic emblem of 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (POCOG) that will be held in Pyeongchang, Korea.

Launch of the official emblem of the 2018 Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea - Seoul ceremony
May 03, 2013

The PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (POCOG) launched its official Olympic emblem in a ceremony that took place simultaneously in PyeongChang and Seoul, Korea, on May 3, 2013. Key dignitaries included Ms. Gunilla Lindberg, Chair of the IOC Coordination Commission for the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games, Mr. KIM Jin-sun, President of POCOG and H.E. Mr. YOO Jinryong, Korean Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism.
Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation & member of the POCOG Preparatory Committee, and Ms. Laura Walden, appointed by the ST-EP Foundation as Special Advisor for Sports & Education, attended the ceremony in Seoul.

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(from left): Ms. Gunilla Lindberg, Chair of the IOC Coordination Commission for PyeongChang 2018 and Member of the IOC Executive Board, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation & UN MDG Advocate; Amb. Dho with Ms. Laura Walden, Special Adviser for Sports and Tourism, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation

Presentation of the ST-EP Foundation at UNWTO International Conference on Cultural Tourism - Bahrain
April 29, 2013

Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation & UN MDG Advocate, attended as speaker and panelist the UNWTO International Conference “Exploring New Cultural Horizons for Tourism” in Manama, Bahrain, on April 29, 2013, under the high patronage of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khal of Bahrain. Amb. Dho made a presentation of the ST-EP Foundation at the Session I “Investing in cultural tourism: Public-private partnerships and the role of the private sector”, moderated by Graham Brooks, President of ICOMOS Int’l Tourism Committee. The other panelists included Sheikha Mai Al Khalifa, Minister of Culture of Bahrain, H.E. Hisham Zaazou, Minister of Tourism of Egypt.
In particular, Amb. Dho introduced how the ST-EP Foundation has been building Public-Private-Partnerships and synergies with governments and various international organizations, including the United Nations and its agencies UNWTO, UNAIDS, etc., in the framework of the ST-EP (Sustainable Tourism – Eliminating Poverty) initiative launched in 2002 and the UN MDG Thank You Small Library program for education launched in 2007.

Caption:
(from left): Mr. Graham Brooks, President of ICOMOS Int’l Tourism Committee, H.E. Hisham Zaazou, Minister of Tourism of Egypt, Sheikha Mai Al Khalifa, Minister of Culture of Bahrain, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation & UN MDG Advocate, Ms. Alessandra Peruzzetto, Program Specialist for Archaeology and the Middle East, World Monument Fund, Bahrain, Ms. Mihaela Dascultu, General Director, Business and Strategies Europe S.A.

UNWTO ST-EP Foundation as an Independent International Organization: Signing Ceremony - Bahrain
April 29, 2013

Amb. Dho Young-shim had a Signing Ceremony with UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai on April 29, 2013, during the UNWTO International Conference on Cultural Tourism in Manama, Bahrain and the 37th meeting of UNWTO Commission for the Middle East. The meeting focused on agreement between Amb. Dho and UNWTO SG, to carry out joint efforts towards the transformation of the ST-EP Foundation into an independent International organization, as a result of the unanimous decision of the 10th ST-EP Foundation’s Board of Directors on March 6th, 2013, at the GIZ Representative Office in Berlin, Germany.
The new model for the future international organization will be presented at the 20th UNWTO General Assembly on Aug. 24 to 29, 2013 in Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Caption:
(from left) Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation & UN MDG Advocate and UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai

Promoting Cheongdo in Gyeongsangbuk-do as a tourism destination for poverty elimination
April 23, 2013

On April 23rd, 2013, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDG Advocate, Mr. Pascal Biannic, a French cartoonist living in Seoul, and Catherine Hamel, Director of Global Programs at the ST-EP Foundation, visited Cheongdo county in order to evaluate how to promote this area as a tourism destination for poverty elimination. On the same day, they had a meeting at Kyungwoon University, which is hosting the Saemaul Academy offering international programs.
Amb. Dho made recommendations for organizing a Saemaul tour for UNWTO Secretary General during his upcoming visit in South Korea. This visit was also organized in the framework of the 'MDG Momentum - 1,000 Days of Action‘ campaign of the United Nations until the 2015 target date to achieve the UN MDGs.
The Saemaul Undong, or “New village (or community)” Movement has been initiated in the early 70s by late president, Park Chung-hee. It has been the driving force behind South Korea’s development from an aid recipient, with a GDP per capita of about US$ 60, to an aid donor country, with a GDP per capita of over US$ 20,000 in 2007, and a member of OECD Development Assistance Committee since 2009.

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(from left): Dr. Kim Hyang –ja, President of Kyungwoon University, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation; Amb. Dho with officials of Gyeongsangbuk-do province and Cheogdo county, Mr. Pascal Biannic (2nd from left), French artist, Ms. Catherine Hamel, Director of Global Programs, ST-EP Foundation

South Korea celebrates the 1,000 day milestone until the 2015 target date to achieve the UN MDGs
April 09, 2013

Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDG Advocate, attended as VIP guest the opening ceremony of “Udumbara”, an exhibition on Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Myanmar, hosted by the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) on April 9, 2013.
This meeting was an opportunity for South Korea to celebrate the 1,000 day milestone until the 2015 target date to achieve the UN Millennium Development Goals. In his keynote speech Dr. Park Dae-won, KOICA President, highlighted the necessity for Korea to continue its efforts towards poverty elimination and a speech of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon about the 1,000-day mark was displayed.
The ceremony took place at the KOICA Global Village, in presence of several high level officials, diplomats and representatives of UN agencies such as UNESCAP and UNDP, and foreign trainees from South-East Asia and Africa.

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2nd Picture: Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation with Mr. Jang, KOICA Board member, Ms. Anne-Isabelle Degryse-Blateau, Director, UNDP Seoul Policy Center

Networking at the 2013 UN Chief Executives Board (CEB) Spring Session, Madrid, Spain
April 05, 2013

Amb. Dho Young-shim Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDG Advocate, attended formal and private meetings of the 2013 UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB) Spring Session, hosted by the UN World Tourism Organization in Madrid, Spain, on April 4th to 7th, 2013. This year coincides with the 10th year of UNWTO as a fully-fledged UN agency.
Under the chairmanship of the United Nations Secretary-General, the CEB brings together the executive heads of 29 UN System programmes and specialized agencies, including the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), to deliver as one at the global, regional and country levels. It is the prime instrument for coordination of UN inter-governmental bodies on social, economic and related matters.
Amb. Dho met the participating fellow UN MDG Advocates, and representatives of UN Agencies members, in connection with the activities of the ST-EP Foundation, including Mr. Michel Sidibe, the Executive Director of UNAIDS, a partner of the Foundation since 2011, through the UN MDG Thank You Small Library initiative.

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(from left ) 1st: Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDG, with Mr. Michel Sidibe, Executive Director of UNAIDS, and his spouse; 2nd : with Ms. Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization; 3rd : with Mr. Batatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund ,and 4th: with Mr. Martin Nesirky, UN spokesman

MDG Advocates’ joint Statement: “Seize the next 1,000 days of the MDG to build a better world"
April 05, 2013

The UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are the eight goals adopted by world leaders at the United Nations in 2000 in order to address challenges facing the world’s poorest people. As April 5th, 2013 marked the 1,000-day milestone until the 2015 target date to achieve the UN MDGs, a joint statement was released by the following members of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s MDG Advocacy Group: Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation, Stine Bosse, Ray Chambers, Philippe Douste-Blazy, Julio Frenk, Bob Geldof, Graca Machel, Jeffrey Sachs, Marina Silva, Ted Turner, and Muhammad Yunus.
According to this statement, “Today’s milestone is an opportunity for everyone who cares about creating a more just world to take action in support of the United Nations and the MDGs. What we do over the next 1,000 days matters to millions of people. As MDG Advocates, we are dedicated to doing everything we can to help drive further progress. Let’s seize the next 1,000 days to change lives and chart a course for a brighter future for our world.”
On the same day, UN SG Ban formally kicked off the campaign tagged 'MDG Momentum - 1,000 Days of Action', urging countries to ramp up efforts to meet the anti-poverty targets set in 2000, while he was in Madrid, Spain, for the Spring Session of UN CEB.
“I am here to kick one thousand days of action for MDGs. Together we can kick out poverty and scored goals for the world”.

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No. 2: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon marks 1,000 day- MDG Momentum in Madrid (April 5, 2013) No. 3: UN SG Ban performed the ceremonial kick-off for the Real Madrid-Levante game at the Santiago Bernabeu (April 6, 2013)

UN Secretary General awarded a caricature by UNWTO during UN CEB in Madrid, Spain
April 05, 2013

As the 2013 UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB) was hosted by the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in Madrid, Spain, on April 4th to 7th, 2013, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon received his caricature from UNWTO Secretary General Taleb Rifai and Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDG Advocate, during his visit to UNWTO headquarters.
Under the chairmanship of the UN SG Ban, the CEB brings together the executive heads of 29 UN System programmes and specialized agencies, including the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), to deliver as one at the global, regional and country levels.

UN Foundation Press Release - MDG Advocates: Seize the next 1,000 days of the MDGs
April 05, 2013

MDG ADVOCATES: SEIZE THE NEXT 1,000 DAYS OF THE MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT :GOALS TO BUILD A MORE JUST WORLD

MDG Advocates Stine Bosse, Ray Chambers, Dho Young-shim, Philippe Douste-Blazy, Julio Frenk, Bob Geldof, Graca Machel, Jeffrey Sachs, Marina Silva, Ted Turner, and Muhammad Yunus Call for Accelerated Action

Washington, D.C., April 05, 2013

Today marks 1,000 days until the 2015 target date to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), eight goals adopted by world leaders gathered at the United Nations in 2000 that address challenges facing the world’s poorest people.
The MDGs are the most successful global anti-poverty push in history. There are 1,000 days to accelerate action on issues such as hunger, access to education, improved sanitation, maternal health, and gender equality.
In recognition of this milestone, the following members of the UN Secretary-General’s MDG Advocacy Group released the statement below: Stine Bosse, CEO of TrygVesta Group, Chairman of Børnefonden/The Childrens’ Fund; Ray Chambers, UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Financing the Health Millennium Development Goals and for Malaria; Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of the UN World Tourism Organization’s Sustainable Tourism for Eliminating Poverty (ST-EP) Foundation; Philippe Douste-Blazy, UN Special Adviser on Innovative Financing for Development; Julio Frenk, Dean of the Harvard School of Public Health, former Minister of Health of Mexico; Bob Geldof, singer, songwriter, and political activist; Graca Machel, President and Founder, Graca Machel Trust; Jeffrey Sachs, UN Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on the MDGs; Marina Silva, environmentalist and politician; Ted Turner, philanthropist, Founder and Chairman of the UN Foundation; and Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Founder of the Grameen Bank and UN Foundation Board Member.
“The Millennium Development Goals provide an urgent ‘to-do’ list to address many of humanity’s biggest and most important challenges. Since their creation, the global community has mobilized around these common goals to drive incredible progress that is improving lives around the world. More children are reaching their 5th birthday, fewer people are living in crushing poverty, and as many girls attend primary school as boys.
“While we’ve made great strides forward, our work is not done. Now is the time to build on the momentum we’ve started to reach families and communities that have been left behind.
“Today’s milestone is an opportunity for everyone who cares about creating a more just world to take action in support of the United Nations and the MDGs. What we do over the next 1,000 days matters to millions of people. As MDG Advocates, we are dedicated to doing everything we can to help drive further progress. Let’s seize the next 1,000 days to change lives and chart a course for a brighter future for our world.
“The achievements we make through the MDGs will inspire people around the globe to continue the journey toward a poverty-free world that values health and dignity for all men and women.”
To mark the 1,000-day milestone, a community of individuals, organizations, and institutions are coming together for a 1,000-minute digital rally to highlight the progress made toward the MDGs and further bolster action. More information can be found at momentum1000.org.
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Meetings at UNWTO Headquarters with UNWTO and UN officials, Madrid, Spain
April 04, 2013

Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDG Advocate, had several meetings at UNWTO headquarters in Madrid, Spain, on April 4th and 5th 2013, during UN CEB Spring Session hosted by the UNWTO. This year also coincided with the commemoration of the 10th year of UNWTO as a fully-fledged UN agency, in the presence of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson
Amb. Dho first met UNWTO Secretary General Taleb Rifai on April 4th and discussed about the transformation of the ST-EP Foundation into an international organization, a plan to be approved at the 20th session of UNWTO General Assembly in Zambia and Zimbabwe, on Aug. 24 to 29, 2013. On behalf of the Governor of the Korea province of Gyeongsangbuk-do, Amb. Dho took the opportunity to invite UNWTO SG to serve on the Advisory Board of the newly established Saemaul Globalization Foundation.
Amb. Dho also met Mr. Marcel Leijzer, ST-EP Programme Coordinator and Ms. Alicia Gomez, UNWTO Legal Adviser, about issues related to the administration of the ST-EP Foundation; Mr. Helder Tomas, Deputy Regional Director for the Regional Programme for Africa, about the UN MDG Thank You Small Library project in Zambia, and attended a reception with all UNWTO staff.

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(from left ): Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation with Dr. Taleb Rifai, UNWTO Secretary-General and H.E.Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General; with UN SG Ban, Mrs. Ban Ki-moon, and Mr. Jan Eliasson, UN Deputy Secretary General ; with Ms. Ms. Alicia Gomez, Legal Adviser, UNWTO; with Mr. Helder Tomas, Deputy Regional Director for the Regional Programme for Africa

High level receptions hosted by UNWTO during 2013 CEB Spring Session, Madrid, Spain
April 04, 2013

Amb. Dho Young-shim Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDG Advocate, attended as VIP guest several high level receptions organized by the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) during 2013 UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB) Spring Session in Madrid, Spain, on April 4th to 7th, 2013.
In particular, Amb. Dho attended a reception on April 4th at the Royal Palace with the Spanish Authorities, and a dinner on April 5th, at the residence of UNWTO Secretary General Dr. Taleb Rifai, with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and the Ambassador of Korea to Spain, H.E. Mr. OH Dae-sung, and their wives.

Caption:
(from left ) 1st: Amb. Dho Young-shim, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDG Advocate, with HRH The Prince of Asturias, Felipe de Borbon y Grecia, and Ms. Emi Mccoll, Assistant to UNWTO Secretary-General ; 2nd : Amb. Dho Young-shim with the Ambassador of Korea to Spain, H.E. Mr. Oh Dae-sung and his wife, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and his wife, UNWTO Secretary-General and his wife, and Dr. Kwon Jung-dal

Presentation to a foreign delegation invited by the National Human Rights Commission
March 27, 2013

On March 27, 2013,the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation received a foreign delegation invited to South Korea by the National Human Rights Commission of Korea, composed of 19 officials from Belarus, Bhutan, Burundi, Haiti, Kenya, Moldova, Mongolia and Nigeria.
Ms. Catherine Hamel, Director of Global Programs at UNWTO ST-EP Foundation, made a presentation about the ST-EP initiative and the activities of the ST-EP Foundation in the field of sustainable tourism and education, with a special focus on human rights. The participants raised questions on the role of tourism in the promotion of human rights and ethics at global level, involving both the tourists and host communities.

UN MDG (Millennium Development Goals) Advocate Quarterly - March 2013 edition
March 25, 2013

The latest edition of the “MDG Advocate Quarterly” was released by the United Nations on March 25, 2013, with an update on the activities carried out by Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDG Advocate, including the implementation of the UN MDG Thank You Small Libraries initiative, designated as a UN MDG Action Plan, and other projects related to poverty elimination and education. The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), are the eight goals adopted by world leaders at the United Nations in 2000 that address challenges facing the world’s poorest people.
The MDG Advocate Quarterly is a publication of UN Secretary-General’s MDG Advocacy Group reporting recent activities, with an emphasis on progress and opportunities for synergy to achieve the Millennium Development Goals by 2015. The work of the MDG Advocates reflects the vision of the Secretary-General, and builds upon the political support and guidance of the two co-chairs, President Kagame of Rwanda and Prime Minister Gillard of Australia.

"한국의 '잘살아보세' 아프리카서도 통할겁니다"
March 19, 2013

Article Chosun Ilbo
http://news.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2013/03/19/2013031900065.html


김관용 경북지사, 駐韓 아프리카 14개국 대사 만나 '새마을운동' 전수 확대 약속
"성공 노하우에 인력도 지원, 영남대서 빈곤 퇴치 교육"

"새마을운동이 1970년대 한국 국민들에게 희망이었듯이, 이제는 아프리카 국가들에도 희망을 줄 수 있을 것으로 기대합니다."(유진 카이우라·주한 르완다 대사)

"경상북도가 추진하는 새마을 세계화 사업을 통한 빈곤 퇴치 노력에 깊은 감사를 표합니다."(메신 미덱사·주한 에티오피아 대사대리)

18일 낮 서울 남산에 있는 하얏트호텔에서 김관용 경상북도 도지사와 데스몬드 아카워 주한 나이지리아 대사 등 주한(駐韓)아프리카 14개국 대사들이 참석한 가운데 열린 '새마을운동 세계화 확대 방안' 간담회에서 나온 말들이다.

2010년부터 에티오피아·르완다·탄자니아·카메룬 등 4개국 15개 마을에 매년 새마을 지도자 80여명을 해외봉사단으로 파견하고 있는 경상북도청이 아프리카 지역에서 새마을운동 전파를 좀 더 활성화하기 위해 이날 모임을 열었다.

김관용 지사는 "대한민국 새마을운동의 발상지로서 새마을운동과 관련한 다양한 성공 노하우를 갖고 있는 경북도가 우리의 경험을 필요로 하는 아프리카 국가에 이를 적극적으로 전수해 '행복한 지구촌 만들기'에 앞장서겠다"고 말했다.

그는 구체적으로 "14개 국가가 제시하는 마을에 최우선적으로 새마을운동 노하우와 인력을 지원하고, 각 국가에서 추천하는 인물을 경북도청과 제휴하고 있는 영남대 새마을운동 지도자 과정에 입학시켜 경북도 지원으로 교육하겠다"고 밝혔다. 김 지사는 "우리가 잘살아서가 아니라 가난 극복의 경험을 갖고 있는 나라이고 지역이기 때문에 협력하겠다는 것"이라며 "진정한 친구의 자세로 다가가겠다"고 말했다.

경북도청과 협조해 이 프로그램을 추진해나갈 UN 산하 빈곤퇴치 특별기구인 UNWTO ST-EP재단의 도영심 이사장은 "새마을운동의 정신을 살리면서도 각 나라의 현지 실정에 맞는 다양한 맞춤형 지원 방법을 함께 모색해나갈 것"이라고 말했다.

First Saemaul Globalization Forum with African Ambassadors to Korea, Seoul
March 18, 2013

The first Saemaul Globalization Forum with African Ambassadors took place in Seoul on March 18, 2013, co-hosted by the Government of the Korean Province of Gyeongsangbuk-do, the ST-EP foundation and the Saemaul Globalization Foundation, with the support of the Ambassador of Nigeria to South Korea & Dean of the African group of Ambassadors to Korea.
After opening remarks by the Hon. Kim Kwan-yong, Governor of Gyeongsangbuk-do, the birthplace of Saemaul movement, and Amb. Dho, a presentation was made by Amb. Lee Ji-ha, President of Saemaul Globalization Foundation, followed by a debate.
The purpose of the forum was to raise awareness of the Saemaul movement and its globalization in Africa, and to invite the participating embassies – Algeria, Angola, Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Sudan and Tunisia - to be part of this process. In particular, the government of Gyeongsangbuk-do offered to sponsor the full tuition of Saemaul training programs for foreign leaders (Master degrees) for candidates recommended by the embassies. The ST-EP Foundation will cover their transportation and coordinate the program. Individual Saemaul projects may also be considered for sponsorship.
This forum will be organized every 6 months.

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American Choral Directors Association 2013 National Conference - IFCM GA and Board Meetings
March 14, 2013

Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and IFCM Board member, attended IFCM General Assembly and Board meetings on March 12 & 13, 2013, during the American Choral Directors Association 2013 National Conference in Dallas, Texas.
At the meetings, Amb. Dho made a report on the progress made for the preparation of the 10th World Symposium for Choral Music (WSCM 10) to be hosted in South Korea on Aug. 7 to 14, 2014. In particular, she announced the establishment of the WSCM 10 Organizing Committee.
Mr. William Oh, Vice-President of Global Tour, made a report focused on logistics, accommodation, catering etc.

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From left : Dr. Lee Sang-kil, KFCM President and member of WSCM 10’s Artistic Committee, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and IFCM Board Member, Dr. Michael Anderson, IFCM President and Mr. Hakan Wickstrom, IFCM, Treasurer; Right: report on the 10th World Symposium on Choral Music.

10th World Symposium on Choral Music in 2014, Seoul Promotion during ACDA 2013 National Conference
March 13, 2013

As the 2013 National Conference of the American Choral Directors Association took place in Dallas, Texas, on March 13th to 16th, 2013, the International Federation for Choral Music (IFCM) was offered a booth in the Conference exhibit hall, in order to promote the 10th World Symposium on Choral Music (WSCM 10) on Aug. 7 to 14 in Seoul, Korea.
With the support of IFCM, the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation, host organization of WSCM 10, has prepared promotional materials to introduce WSCM 10, including banners, flyers, CDs of the National Theater of Korea and Seoul City, etc. Several thousand delegates visited the booth. On March 12th, the STEP Foundation, together with IFCM and the Korean Federation for Choral Music (KFCM), hosted an evening reception to introduce WSCM 10 to VIP guests.
On March 14, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and IFCM Board Member, delivered a presentation on WSCM 10 at the International Session of ACDA Conference.

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From left : Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and IFCM Board in front of IFCM booth, with the Korean members of WSCM 10’s Artistic Committee, Ms. Nadine Robin, Office Manager, IFCM, Mr. William Oh, Global Tours and a Korean delegate ; WSCM 10 promotional material; presentation of Amb. Dho at ACDA 2013 National Conference ‘s International Session

10th World Symposium on Choral Music in 2014, Seoul - Reception hosted during ACDA 2013
March 12, 2013

The National Conference of the American Choral Directors Association took place in Dallas, Texas, on March 13th to 16th 2013, and was a unique opportunity to promote the 10th World Symposium on Choral Music (WSCM 10) that will take place on Aug. 7 to 14, 2014, in Seoul, Korea, to a worldwide community of choir directors, singers and aficionados.
On March 12th, 2013, the UNWTO STEP Foundation together with the International Federation for Choral Music (IFCM) and the Korean Federation for Choral Music (KFCM), hosted an evening reception gathering members of WSCM 10 Organizing Committee and Artistic Committee, IFCM Board members and Advisors, and VIP guests such as Prof. Hak Won Yoon, worlld renowned Korean Music Director and Conductor Art director.

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From left : Dr. Michael Anderson, IFCM President, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and IFCM Board Member, Dr. Lee Sang-kil, KFCM President and member of WSCM 10’s Artistic Committee, Ms. Nadine Robin, Office Manager, IFCM, Prof. Anita Brevik, member of WSCM 10’s Artistic Committee, and Prof. Hak Won Yoon, Music Director and Conductor Art director

Millennium Villages as Tourism Destinations: working luncheon with UN Deputy Secretary General
March 07, 2013

Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation & UN MDG Advocacy group member, hosted a working luncheon in Seoul on Feb. 25, 2013 with UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson, in order to introduce the Millennium Villages as Tourism Destinations initiative and its achievements. This 5-year project (2011-2015) has been implemented in partnership with Millennium Promise in New-York, under funding of the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports & Tourism.
A former member of the UN MDG Advocacy group created by UN SG Ban Ki-moon in 2010, UN DSG was in Seoul In order to attend the inauguration ceremony for the new South Korean President Park Geun-hye.
Amb. Dho also made a report on the UN MDG Thank You Small Library (TYSL), and particularly the joint project with UNAIDS with the establishment of UNAIDS Corners in all UN MDGs TYSL since 2011 and the co-funding, edition and distribution of a books on AIDS for children in 2013.

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(from left): Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDG Advocacy Group Member, with UN Deputy SG Jan Eliasson (5th from right) , UN staff and members of the Korean National Assembly

10th Meeting of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation’s Board of Directors Berlin, Germany – March 6, 2013
March 06, 2013

The 10th Meeting of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation’s Board of Directors took place on March 6, 2013 at GIZ representing office in Berlin, Germany, during ITB. As Chairperson of the Foundation’s board of Directors, Amb. Dho Young-shim opened the meeting and welcomed the participants, including UNWTO Secretary General, the President of the Foundation, UNWTO Executive Directors, and representatives of UNWTO Secretariat and participating board member countries -Ecuador, Ghana, Mongolia, Romania and Tanzania -, GIZ and observers from Zambia and Zimbabwe.
After the report of UNWTO Secretariat on the activities undertaken for poverty alleviation during 2012, the Board approved the funding of three new ST-EP projects in Haiti, Mongolia and Zimbabwe as part of the Plan of Action 2013. In addition, GIZ offered to sponsored a result measurement study. The President of the ST-EP Foundation presented a retrospective of the sustainable development, poverty reduction and tourism growth followed by the technical and financial reports of the ST-EP Foundation. The members of the Board unanimously Amb. Dho’s proposal of to make the ST-EP Foundation an international organization, a natural development after over a decade of implementing the ST-EP initiative successfully.
During the reception dinner hosted by the ST-EP Foundation, the board members agreed on having their next meeting during UNWTO General Assembly in Zambia and Zimbabwe, on Aug. 24 to 29, 2013.

UN Millennium Villages as Tourism Destinations: Breakfast meeting with UNWTO and GIZ
March 06, 2013

On the occasion of the 10th meeting of the ST-EP Foundation’s Board of Directors in Berlin, Germany, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDG Advocate, convened a breakfast meeting on the UN Millennium Villages as Tourism Destinations Project on March 6, 2013, with representatives of the UNWTO Technical Cooperation Department and GIZ, and the President of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation.
The meeting focused on exploring opportunities to strenghthen synergies with UNWTO and GIZ in order in order to develop the Millennium Villages as Tourism Destinations in a sustainable way, building on their extensive experience of pro-poor and community-based tourism in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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(from left): Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDG Advocacy Group Member, Ms. Susan Lim, Project Manager, ST-EP Foundation, Mr. Marcel Leijzer, Programme Coordinator, UNWTO, Mr. Francesco Frangialli, President, ST-EP Foundation, Mr. Klaus Lengefeld, Sector Leader "Tourism and Sustainable Development" , GIZ, Dr. Harsh Varma , Director of Director of Technical Cooperation, UNWTO.

Working meeting on the 20th Session of UNWTO General Assembly in Zambia and Zimbabwe in 2013
March 05, 2013

In preparation of the 20th session of UNWTO General Assembly to be hosted in Zambia and Zimbabwe on Aug. 24 to 29, 2013, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDG Advocate, attended a strategic meeting on March 5th, 2013, with UNWTO Secretary-General, officials of UNWTO Technical Cooperation Department, the President of the ST-EP Foundation and the Minister of Tourism and Arts of Zimbabwe in order to discuss the ways of making this Conference a success.
Having this General Assembly in Africa is all the more significant for the ST-EP initiative as it was launched in South Africa in 2002 and the constitution of the ST-EP Foundation was unanimously approved in 2005 at UNWTO General Assembly in Senegal. Amb. Dho suggested to organize a forum on the UN Millennium Villages as Tourism Destinations project.

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(from left): Mr. Francesco Frangialli, President, ST-EP Foundation, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDG Advocacy Group Member, DR. Taleb Rifai, UNWTO Secretary General, Dr. Harsh Varma , Director of Director of Technical Cooperation, UNWTO. Mr. Marcel Leijzer, Programme Coordinator, UNWTO, Ms. Serah Masonde, Tourism Development Officer, Ministry of Tourism and Arts of Zambia, the Hon. Sylvia masebo, Miinister of Tourism and Arts of Zambia, Mr. Felix Chaila, Managing Director of Zambia Tourism Board

Special reception hosted by newly inaugurated South Korean President Park Geun-Hye
February 25, 2013

Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDG Advocacy Group Member, attended the special reception hosted by the newly inaugurated South Korean President Park Geung-hye on Feb. 25, 2013. On that occasion, Amb. Dho had the opportunity to gather with the ambassadors of Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana and Tanzania.
During that meeting, Amb. Dho introduced the Millennium Villages as Tourism Destinations initiative of the ST-EP Foundation aimed to create new income and job opportunities in Africa through sustainable tourism development.
Amb. Dho also met Mrs. Michelle Bachelet, Former President of Chile, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women (Chile), a former Member of the UN MDG Advocacy Group created by UN SG Ban Ki-moon in 2010.

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(from left): the Ambassador of Ethiopia to Korea, Ambassador of Kenya to Korea, Michelle Bachelet, Former President of Chile, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women , Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDG Advocacy Group Member, the Ambassador of Ghana to Korea and the Ambassador of Democratic Republic of Congo to Korea

Inauguration Ceremony of New South Korean President Park Geun-Hye
February 25, 2013

The Inauguration Ceremony of the new South Korean President Park Geun-hye took place on Feb. 25, 2013 at the National Assembly. As VIP guest, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDG Advocate, took that opportunity to promote the ST-EP Foundation and its activities to high-level officials and members of the international community.
In particular, she met Mr. Richard Allen, Senior Counselor, APCO Worldwide (2nd from left) and Dr. Edwin J. Feulner, President, The heritage Foundation. APCO is a independent, global communication, stakeholder engagement and business strategy firm whereas the Heritage Foundation is an American conservative think tank based in Washington, D.C.

Caption: Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation with Mr. Richard Allen, Senior Counselor, APCO Worldwide (2nd from left) and Dr. Edwin J. Feulner, President, The Heritage Foundation.

Dinner meeting with the Governor of the Province of Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea
February 24, 2013

On Feb. 24, 2014, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDG Advocate attended a dinner meeting hosted by the Hon. Kim Kwan-yong, Governor of the South Korean Province of Gyeongsangbuk-do, with UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson as guest of honor. The meeting focused on the Korea’s Official Development Assistance, Saemaul (New Community) movement and Africa.
As the birthplace of the Saemaul movement, the government of Gyeongsangbuk-do has been very active in promoting the social and economic development model of Korea in Africa, and has supported many projects initiated by the ST-EP Foundation, including the UN MDG Thank You Small Library Initiative, the Korean Millennium Villages Project and a Pilot project for Agricultural Development in Sauri Millennium Village, Kenya.

Caption: Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation with Governor Kim Kwan-yong (5th from left) , UN Deputy SG Jan Eliasson (6th from left), members of the National Assembly and UN staff

Awareness-raising of the ST-EP initiative: Interview with Special Economy Newspaper
February 14, 2013

Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDG Advocate was interviewed on February 14, 2013 by the Special Economy Newspaper in Seoul, Korea.
During the interview, Amb. Dho introduced the background of the ST-EP Foundation ad its key activities and projects such as the UN MDG Thank You Small Library, a UN MDG Action Plan, and the Millennium Villages as Tourism Destinations Project, in partnership with Millennium Promise in New York.
Amb. Dho also mentioned her role as UN MDG Advocate appointed by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and her activities aimed at creating political towards poverty alleviation and sustainable development.

The ST-EP Foundation appoints Ms. Laura Walden as Special Adviser
February 05, 2013

The UNWTO ST-EP Foundation is very pleased to appoint Ms. Laura Walden, Director, Sports Features Communications Inc., as Special Adviser for Sports & Education, with sincere appreciation of her dedicated work in support of the implementation of the UN MDG Thank You Small Library initiative in Africa.
In particular, her activities in the framework of the partnership between the ST-EP Foundation and Olympafrica have been greatly appreciated.
Through this new assignment of Special Adviser for Sports & Education, we expect Ms. Walden to bring additional value to the UN MDG Thank You Small Library, as an action plan of the UN Millennium Development Goals Advocates.
February 5, 2013


Assessment of the Millennium Villages as Tourism Destinations Project :Sauri, Kenya
February 01, 2013

In the framework of the Millennium Villages as Tourism Destinations project initiated in 2011 by the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation under funding of the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Mrs. Catherine Hamel, Director of Global Programs, carried out a site visit in Sauri Millennium Village, Kenya, on Feb. 1st, 2013. The purpose of that mission was to assess the progress of the activities implemented by the local project coordinators in the field of community-based tourism and ecotourism.
After a briefing meeting at the Millennum Village Project office in Kisumu, Ms. Jessica Masira, the Sauri Millennium Village Team leader, led a tour featuring sightseeing in waterfalls and hills and other local attractions, traditional food sampling and introduction to local handicraft, dance and singing performances organized by primary schools of the Millennium Village cluster, a visit of the cooperative market with honey processing and packaging demonstration as well as a fish farming pond. The tour also included a halt at one community center with a new venue built for a library.
With 14,000 farming households, Sauri is the biggest Millennium Village and also the first one launched.

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(from left) Ms. Catherine Germier-Hamel, Director of Global Programs, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation, with Ms. Jessica Masira (4th from right), Sauri Millennium Village team leader and other team members, in front of the Millennium Village Project office, honey processing at Yala Market Service Center; cultural presentation at Lihanda Primary School.

UN MDG Thank You Small Library initiative Report to Naeil Shinmun Newspaper - Seoul, Korea
January 31, 2013

Following the handover of the 131th UN MDG Thank You Small Library at Menelik Primary School in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of NWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDG Advocate made a report on Jan. 31st, 2013 to the sponsor of the project Naeil Shinmum Newspaper, in Seoul, Korea.
Amb. Dho presented pictures of the whole setting up process as well as a video of the handover ceremony on Jan. 28, featuring the world renowned Gangnam Style dance performed by the children of the school. After that meeting, the Naeil Shinmun published an article about the 131th Thank You Small Library with a picture of Amb. Dho with H.E. Kim Jung-geun, Ambassador of Korea to Ethiopia, the principal of Menelik Primary School and the children who performed the dance.

(from left) Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation with Dr. Jang Myeong-guk, Chairman of Naeil Shinmum Newspaper ; article of the Naeil Shinmun about 131th UN MDG TYSL in Ethiopia (Feb. 4, 2013)

PyeongChang 2018 Marketing Plan Agreement Signing Ceremony, Seoul, Korea
January 30, 2013

Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation, attended the ceremony for the signing of the Marketing Plan Agreement (MPA) by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the PyeongChang 2018 Organizing Committee (POCOG) on Jan. 30, 2013 in Seoul, Korea. Through the MPA, POCOG will be in a position to start its marketing activities in earnest and, in particular, the recruitment of national partners.
The ceremony saw IOC President Jacques Rogge and POCOG President Jin Sun Kim formally sign the agreement in front of an audience of about 120 Korean dignitaries and members of the media.
The ST-EP Foundation has been very active in promoting sports as a tool for education and development, particularly in Africa.

(from left) Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation with officials of IOC and POCOG, including IOC President Jacques Rogge and POCOG President Kim Jin-sun ; Amb. Dho with the President Jacques Rogge

Assessment of the Millennium Villages as Tourism Destinations Project : Koraro, Ethiopia
January 30, 2013

On January 29th and 30th, 2013, the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation carried out a site visit in Koraro Millennium Village, Ethiopia, in order to assess the progress of the activities implemented in the framework of the Millennium Villages as Tourism Destinations project. This innovative project (2011-2015) initiated by the ST-EP Foundation has been implemented in partnership with Millennium Promise under funding of the Korean Ministry of Sports, Culture & Tourism (MCST), with Koraro selected as pilot Millennium Village.
On Jan. 29, Mrs. Catherine Hamel, Director of Global Programs, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation, visited Axum tourism attractions and local tourism operators and then participated in a presentation dinner at Hawzien with the team leaders of Koraro Millennium Village, representatives of other Millennium Villages and Millennium Promise leadership.
On Jan. 30, she had a meeting with the local project coordinators including 2 local and 2 foreign ecotourism specialists at the newly established Tourism Information Center in Hawzien, in front of the Millennium Villages Project office. The meeting was followed by a one-day tour focused on ecotourism, including a visit of the tourism information center facilities, the local market with farm products from the Millennium Villages and a tour to a rock hewn church in one of the villages of the cluster.

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Ms. Catherine Germier-Hamel, Director of Global Programs, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation, with an official of Axum ; with Koraro Millennium Village project team members n front of the new Tourism Information Center; two foreign ecotourism specialists inside the Tourism Information Center.

Fact-finding mission for the establishment of a UN MDG TYSL at the Queen Sheba School in Tigray
January 29, 2013

With the purpose of establishing a UN MDG Thank You Small Library in 2013 at the Queen Sheba School in Adwa, Ethiopia, under funding of the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation carried out a fact-finding mission in order to assess the feasibility of the project.
H.E. Kim Jong-Geun, Ambassador of Korea to Ethiopia, arranged a meeting in Addis Ababa on Jan. 28 with Ms. Abrha, Director General of the Financial Intelligence Center, who prepared a site visit of Queen Sheba School. During the visit of the school on Jan. 29, the designated local coordinator at Queen Sheba School, Ms. Kiros G/Himot introduced of the new library building under construction, with the first floor to be completed by May 2013. After that inspection, a brief meeting was organized with the principal of the school and the president of Queen Sheba School alumni association.

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(from left) Ms. Catherine Germier-Hamel, Director of Global Programs, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation, H.E. Kim Jong-Geun, Ambassador of Korea to Ethiopia, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation, Ms. Fetlework G/egziabher Abrha, D/Director General, Financial Intelligence Center, Mr. Tomas ; visit of the new library at Queen Sheba School under construction, with Ms. Kiros G/Himot , local coordinator (left) and another official of the Queen Sheba School.

Fact-finding mission for the establishment of a TYSL for Adults in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
January 28, 2013

In preparation for the establishment of a UN MDG Thank You Small Library for Adults in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, as a tribute to late Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation carried out a fact-finding mission at the Ethiopian Civil Service University in order to check the venue identified for the library.
With the support of the Korean embassy to Ethiopia, a meeting was organized at the office of Dr. Haile-Michael Aberra, President of the Ethiopian Civil Service University. After a presentation of the TYSL initiative and the first TYSL for Adults established in Tanzania in Dec. 2012, Amb. Dho visited the premises of the university and the room suggested to host the TYSL for Adults.
Dr. Abrerra confirmed that the project would be coordinated locally by his assistant and a chief librarian and he mentioned that a booklist would be prepared with special focus on development, international relations and public finances.

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Mr. Tomas, Dr. Haile-Michael Aberra, President of the Ethiopian Civil Service University, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation, H.E. Kim Jong_Geun, Ambassador of Korea to Ethiopia, Ms. Seble Gebryes, President’s assistant and Ms. Tigist Sahle, chief librarian, in front of the selected space for the TYSL for Adults. Building of the Ethiopian Civil Service University.

Conference on Sustainable Tourism Eliminating Poverty - Millennium Villages as Tourism Destinations
January 28, 2013

The UNWTO ST-EP Foundation hosted its first International Conference on Sustainable Tourism for Eliminating Poverty – Millennium Villages as Tourism Destinations on January 28, 2013 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. This forum was organized under the initiative of Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDG Advocate, in partnership with Millennium Promise. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and his spouse joined the conference as guests of honor.
The conference took place at the residence of the Korean ambassador of Korea in Ethiopia, H.E. Kim Jong-Geun and the participants were: Millennium Promise leadership, including Prof. Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute at the Columbia University, the 12 Millennium Villages Team Leaders from 10 countries, executive staff of the MDG Center East and Southern Africa, and representatives of the tourism industry in Ethiopia. All team leaders made a presentation about developing Millennium Villages as Tourism Destinations. The participants unanimously approved the proposal of the ST-EP Foundation to organize a joint-event dedicated to the Millennium Villages as Tourism Destinations during the next UNWTO General Assembly in August 2013 in Zambia and Zimbabwe, involving the Ministries and National Tourism Administrations of all concerned Millennium Villages. Prof. Sachs accepted Amb. Dho’s invitation to attend.

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(from left) : Mrs. Ban ki-moon, HE UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation & UN MDG Advocate, H.E. Kim Jong-Geun, Ambassador of Korea to Ethiopia, Prof. Jeffrey Sachs. Director of the Earth Institute at the Columbia University, Millennium Villages Team Leader s from 10 countries, Leadership of Millennium Promise; presentation of Koraro Millennium Village, Ethiopia.

Handover of the 131th TYSL at Menelik Primary School,Arada Sub-City, Addis Ababa Ethiopia
January 28, 2013

The 131th UN MDG Thank You Small Library was handed over by the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation to Menelik Primary School located in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on January 28, 2013. This project has been implemented in partnership with the Ethiopian Ministry of Culture & Tourism, under funding of Naeil Shinmum Newspaper.
The ST-EP Foundation provided the TYSL with over 2,000 books, 30 Korean fairy tales books, a complete set of locally manufactured furniture (6 bookshelves, 5 tables, 31 chairs and one desk for the librarian), one computer and printer, one first aid kit, maps, posters and school supplies.
The Ambassador of Korea to Ethiopia, H.E. Kim Jong-Geun, was invited to attend the handover ceremony as guest of honor. After speeches of Amb. Kim Jong-Geun, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and the principal of Menelik Primary School, children of the school performed the world renowned dance of the Korean hit “Gangnam Style”.
This UN MDG TYSL is the 21th one established by the ST-EP Foundation in Ethiopia.

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H.E. Kim Jong-Geun, Ambassador of Korea o Ethiopia, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chiarperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDG Advocate, Mr. Tesgaye Kedida, principal of Menelik Primary School; children of the school performing Gangnam Style dance; with the Chairman of Naeil Shinmun Newspaper

Sustainable Tourism for Eliminating Poverty,Conference on UN Millennium Villages as Tourism Destinat
January 28, 2013

Mrs. Ban ki-moon, HE UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Am. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation & UN MDG Advocate, Mrs. Kim Jong-Geun, HE Kim Jong-Geun, Ambassador of Korea to Ethiopia, Mrs. Jeffrey Sachs, Prof. Jeffrey Sachs. Director of the Earth Institute at the Columbia University, Jacqueline Corbelli, Chairman of Millennium Promise , Dr. Belay Begashaw , Director of the Columbia Global Centers in Eastern and Southern Africa

Revisit of eight UN MDG Thank You Small Libraries Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
January 25, 2013

On Jan. 25 to 27, 2013, Mrs. Catherine Germier-Hamel, Director of Global Programs , UNWTO ST-EP Foundation revisited eight UN MDG Thank You Small Library (TYSL) projects in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The purpose of the visit was to conduct an evaluation of 5 TYSL established in 2011 and 3 TYSL in 2012 under several different funding sources, including the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MCST), Chosun Ilbo Newspaper, Grand Korea Leisure and Korea Exim Bank. All TYSLs were found in good conditions with satisfactory records of attendance.

2013 New Year celebration of the Korea tourism industry, Seoul
January 08, 2013

Amb. Cho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation attended the annual gathering key representatives of the Korean tourism industry in order to celebrate New Year 2013.

In a speech, Amb. Dho mentioned that she was absolutely thrilled to witness the number of international tourist arrivals reaching the landmark threshold of 10 million in 2012 as the core target set a decade ago when she was Chairperson of the Organizing Committee for Visit Korea Year from 2000 to 2003 was half million

UN MDGs Thank You Small Library Report on the ST-EP Foundation & UNAIDS Partnership , Geneva
January 08, 2013

Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDGs Advocate had a meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, with UNAIDS officials, including Ms Jan Beagle, Deputy Executive Director, Management and Governance and Dr Luiz Loures, Deputy Executive Director of Programme.

The meeting focused on the initiative of the ST-EP Foundation aimed to increase awareness and educate the children on HIV and AIDS as a curable disease. Since 2011, each UN MDGs Thank You Small Library (TYSL) has been equipped with a UNAIDS corner to provide HIV awareness materials.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon had appointed Dr Luiz Loures as the new Deputy Executive Director of Programme at the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations in January 2013.

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Dr Luiz Loures, Deputy Executive Director of Programe, UNAIDS, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN MDG Advocate, Ms Jan Beagle, Deputy Executive Director, Management and Governance

Preparation of 10th meeting of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation Board of Directors, Amsterdam - Netherlands
January 08, 2013

In preparation for the 10th meeting of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation Board of Directors, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation & UN MDGs Advocate met UNWTO Secretary General Taleb Rifai on Jan. 8, 2012 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Mr. John Kester, Director of Market Intelligence at UNWTO was also present.

It has been decided to host the next meeting of the ST-EP Fundation’s Board of Directors on March 6th, 2013 during ITB in Berlin, Germany.

Caption: UNWTO Dr. Taleb Rifai, Secretary General, UNWTO, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation, Mr. John Kester, Director of Market Intelligence, UNWTO

Best Wishes from the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation
January 01, 2013

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 2013.
Warmest Regards,
UNWTO ST-EP Foundation

 
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