Amb. DHO Young-shim, Chairperson of the UN SDGs Advocates Alumni and Chair of ISTO - International Travel & Sports Organization for Peace and Prosperity, attended the 2019 Vatican Youth Symposium on October 16 under the theme Intergenerational Leadership: Laudato Si’ and the Sustainable Development Goals, at Casina Pio IV in Vatca, City.
In particular, she was one of the panelists of the opening session of the Symposium, aimed at looking at the role of youth leadership in instilling the SDGs, the Paris Climate Agreement, and Laudato Si’ around the world.
Other panelists included Monsignor Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo, Chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences (PAS), Professor Jeffrey Sachs Director of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), Special Advisor on SDG’s to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Professor Lorenzo Fioramonti, Minister for Education, Universities and Research, Graça Machel, Founder of The Graça Machel Trust, and Siamak Sam Loni, Founder of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network - Youth.
Workshop on the launch and Rroadmap of International Sports & Travel Organization at the EU Parliament, Brussels
On the occasion of their visit to the Republic of Korea, the Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew HOLNESS and Minister of Tourism Edmund BARTLETT had several meetings together with Amb. DHO Young-shim.
During the meeting with H.E. BAN Ki-moon, former UN Secretary-General, tourism resilience was discussed as well as the importance of tourism for developing countries especially in Africa, as a powerful tool contributing to the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Prime Minister Holness and Minister Bartlett were also received by a Korean University specialized in K-Pop and Taekwondo.
Amb. DHO Young-shim attended the 74th Session of the United Nations General-Assembly (UNGA74) in New-York as Chair of the UN SDGs Advocates Alumni and former Chairperson of the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation.
She had a meeting with the Ugandan delegation and mentioned about the Millennium Villages as Tourism Destinations Project that has been supported by the ST-EP Foundation in Uganda in order to empower local communities through the development of sustainable tourism activities.
A report on the MVTD activities in Uganda was remitted to Amb. DHO, together with a UN SDGs song produced by the beneficiaries of the project.
Amb. DHO Young-shim attended the 74th Session of the United Nations General-Assembly (UNGA74) in New-York as Chair of the UN SDGs Advocates Alumni, and had an opportunity to discuss with Ms. Janine Händel, CEO of the Roger Federer Foundation headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland.
Established in 2008, the Roger Federer Foundation supports educational projects located in the region of southern Africa and Switzerland. The programmes on the African continent focus on the improvement of the quality of early learning and basic education and in Switzerland on the promotion of extra-curricular activities for children affected by poverty.
All activities are realized and implemented by local non-governmental authorities in close collaboration with the local communities. As of today 309,000 children have been empowered through the Foundation, including 97,570 in Malawi.
Amb. DHO Young-shim attended the 74th Session of the United Nations General-Assembly (UNGA74) in New-York as Chair of the UN SDGs Advocates Alumni.
Appointed by the UN Secretary-General, the SDG Advocates are 17 inspiring, influential people raising global awareness of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the need for accelerated action. They use their unique global platforms to raise ambition around the SDGs and reach the most vulnerable first. SDG Advocates are strong public figures dedicated to peace, prosperity and the planet, rallying behind the vision of a better world and inspiring others to do the same.
The 23rd General-Assembly of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) took place on September 9-13, 2019 in Saint-Petersburg, Russia, and included the 111th session of the UNWTO Executive Council.
On that occasion, Amb. DHO Young-shim, former Chairperson of the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and Chairperson of the International Charity Foundation (ICF), had several meetings on that occasion, including with the Hon. Minister Najib Balala, Minister of Tourism of Kenya, who was elected Chair of the UNWTO Executive Council.
Amb. DHO was also in Russia in preparation of the 2020 Forum of the World Association for Tourism and Hospitality Training and Education – AMFORHT to be hosted in Seoul, South Korea, in May 19-22, 2020.