The First 2019 Pyeongchang Peace & Sustainable Development Forum was hosted on March 30, 2019 at Woljeongsa temple by Pyeongchang city, in partnership with International Charity Foundation (ICF) and Millennium Hikers, under the theme “Peace, Sports and Sustainable Tourism”. Commemorating the first anniversary of the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics and Paralympics, the Forum was designed as a venue to share to discuss about the PyeongChang Olympic Legacy Development Plan and sustainable development through sports and tourism, as well as sharing experiences and cases of cities around the world with the participants,
The event started with welcoming remarks by Mr. HAN Wang-kee, Mayor of Pyeongchang and Amb. DHO Young-shim, Chairperson of ICF and UN SDGs Alumni, and by a keynote speech of H.E. Mr. YOO Jin-ryong, Former Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism of the Republic of Korea. This was followed by questions and comments by the participants, and an active debate on how peace and prosperity could be promoted through sustainable cultural, sports and tourism experiences.
The Forum was attended by an international audience of 100 participants from across the world, including the Ambassadors of Egypt, Lebanon and Romania to South Korea and representatives of the Embassies of Netherlands, and Norway. The program also included visits of Olympic facilities, as well as Templestay activities on March 31, and an hiking event organized by Millennium Hikers group in order to celebrate Francophonie.