At the 6th Mediterranean Tourism Forum in the Republic of Malta held in February 2019, Amb. DHO Young-shim, Chairperson of ICF, introduced the idea of establishing the International Sports and Tourism Organization for Peace & Prosperity (ISTO for P&P) to H.E. Mrs. Elena Kountoura, Minister of Tourism of Greece, who receives it positively. Dr. Taleb RIFAI, former UNWTO Secretary-General, was also present. Back in Korea, Amb. DHO sent the draft agreement for the establishment of ISTO for P&P to Minister KOUNTOURA on Feb. 18, 2019.
On April 10, 2019 the foundational document of ISO for P&P were signed in Beirut, Lebanon by the foreign ministers of Greece, Cyprus and Lebanon, George Katrougalos, Nikos Christodoulides, and Gebran Bassil, and Minister of Tourism Kountoura, her Lebanese counterpart Avedis Guidanian and Cyprus Deputy Tourism Minister Savvas Perdios.
On April 22, 2019, the inaugural ceremony for the establishment of International Sports & Tourism Organization for Peace & Prosperity (ISTO for P&P) took place in Athens, Greece.
The ISTO for P&P Preparatory Provisions Committee is composed of:
Chairperson: Dho Young-shim, former Chairperson of UNWTO ST-EP Foundation – Republic of Korea; Vice-President: Taleb Rifai, former UNWTO Secretary-General – Jordan; Vice-President: Elena Kountoura, Minister of Tourism – Greece; Member: Rania A. Al-Mashkat, Minister of Tourism – Egypt; Member: Nikolina Angelkova, Minister of Tourism – Bulgaria; Member: Avedis Guidaniuan, Minister of Tourism – Lebanon; Member: Savvas Perdios, First Deputy Minister of Tourism – Cyprus; Member: Ana Mendes Godinho, Minister of Tourism – Portugal (or the Sports Minister); Two World Renowned Sports Personalities as Members.