PyeongChang 2018 Closing Ceremony- Meeting with Korean Ministry of Tourism and Gambian Olympic Committee Member
Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN SDGs Advocate attended the closing ceremony of the XXIII Winter Olympics Games, or PyeongChang 2018, on February 25, 2018.
On that occasion, she had a meeting with Mrs. Beatrice Allen, Member of the National Olympic Committee of Gambia, who was a local partner of the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation for the establishment of two UN SDGs (formerly MDGs) Thank You Small Libraries (TYSL) in Gambia in December 2011, in the Olympafrica Centre and in the Olympic House.
Mrs. Allen was introduced by Amb. Dho to H.E. Mr. Do Jongwhan, Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism of the Rep. of Korea, and expressed her gratitude for the two UN SDGs while requesting him for further support through providing more books to the TYSL in order to ensure their sustainability.
Rev. Jeongnyeom, Abbot of Woljeongsa Buddhist Temple, hosted a luncheon on Feb. 18, 2018 in honor of H.E. Mrs. Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway and Co-Chair of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) Advocacy Group.
The luncheon was also attended by the 8th United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN SDGs Advocate, and members of the Norwegian delegation.
Founded in 643, Woljeongsa is located inside Odaesan National Park in Pyeongchang County, host of the XXIII Olympic Winter Games and the XII Paralympic Winter Games. The head temple of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism hosts temple stays.
On Feb. 16, 2018, H.E. Mrs. Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway and Co-Chair of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) Advocacy Group, together with Amb. Dho Young-Shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN SDGs Advocate, led a ceremony at the Musan Community Children’s Center Primary School in PyeongChang, South Korea.
The ceremony was attended by 100 school children and aimed at bringing together the messages of the Olympic spirit, the UN SDGs, and the importance of quality education for all, using a very universal and popular communication tool: UN SDG branded footballs. PM Solberg talked to them about individual and collective responsibilities to build a more peaceful and equal world by the year 2030.
Other participants of the ceremony included Mr. Choi Moon Soon, Governor of Gangwon Province, host of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics and Paralympics, Ms. Kristin Kloster Aasen, International Olympic Committee Representative to Norway and Ms. Soohyun Kim, Head of Office, UNICEF Seoul Office.
Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN SDGs Advocate with Norwegian PM Erna Solberg, Co-Chair of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Advocacy Group, and the Governor of Gangwon Province, Mr. Choi Moon Soon
Norwegian Prime Minister promotes UN SDGs & Sports during High-level meeting with Korean President– Seoul, South Korea
Korean President Moon Jae-in held a meeting in Seoul with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg on Feb. 15, 2018 on the occasion of her visit to South Korea for the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, and discussed ways to bolster cooperation on the Olympic Games and state of affairs on the Korean Peninsula.
During the meeting, Norwegian PM Solberg, Co-Chair of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Advocacy Group, highlighted how sports and education were crucial to promote the achievement of the UN’s 2030 Development Agenda and the 17 UN SDGs. She introduced a very efficient awareness-raising tool to President Moon: the SDGs branded football.
After a hiatus of eight years, the Slovenia House came back as a meeting place for athletes and a promotion center for Slovenian sports, tourism and business events at PyeongChang 2018, the XXIII Winter Olympic Games hosted by South Korea.
On Feb. 12, 2018, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN SDGs Advocate had a high-level meeting at the Slovenia House with Ms. Eva Štravs Podlogar, State Secretary at the Ministry of Economic Development and Technology, and Former Director-General of the Tourism and Internationalization Directorate.
Amb. Dho congratulated State Secretary Štravs Podlogar for the newly-inaugurated Slovenia House and discussed opportunities for promoting the relation between Sports, the UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs), and Tourism.
Kyung Hee University Awards an Honorary Doctorate Degree to Former Director-General of UNESCO - Seoul 2018, South Korea
Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN SDGs Advocate attended the ceremony hosted by Yonsei University in Seoul to award an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Peace Studies to Ms. Irina Bokova, Former Director-General of the UNESCO, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.
During the ceremony that took place on Feb. 13, 2018, Ms. Bokova was also named Honorary Dean of Humanities by
Dr. Inwon Choue, President of Kyung Hee University.
On Feb. 8, 2018, she was a panelist of the Global Engagement & Empowerment Forum on Sustainable Development (GEEF) organized by the Institute for Global Engagement and Empowerment (IGEE) and the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens at Yonsei University.
The inaugural Global Engagement & Empowerment Forum on Sustainable Development (GEEF) was hosted by the Institute for Global Engagement and Empowerment (IGEE) and the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens, at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea, on Feb. 7 & 8, 2018.
Under the theme “Putting People and Planet at the Center”, prominent figures including UN Secretary-General António Guterres, Former UN SG Ban Ki-moon, and Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yeon participated as speakers to provide insights on the 2030 Development Agenda and best practices towards achieving the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by over 190 world leaders in 2015.
On Feb. 8, 2018, Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and UN SDGs Advocate attended the First plenary session of the Forum titled “Sport and Partnerships for Sustainable Development and Peace”.