The ST-EP Initiative

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Kofi Annan and Dho Young-shim

"Insofar as it is developed in a sustainable manner, tourism has the capacity to contribute to the alleviation of poverty. It is one of the tools available in order to achieve the Millenium Development Goals, as you demonstrated in launching your ST-EP Initiative. My precedessor, Mr. Kofi Annan, has commended that move, and I am proud of the fact that the Government of the Republic of Korea, during the time when I was part of it, was one of the very first to back the initiative. I hope that ST-EP will continue to grow, and I shall give it my support"

Remarks by Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of the United Nations, on the ocassion of his visit to UNWTO Headquarters in 2007

(Photo, from left to right: Mr Kofi Annan, UN former Secretary-General, Mr Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General and Ms Dho Young-shim, Chairperson, ST-EP Foundation)