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S. Korean appointed a U.N. advocate on sustainable development goals

All News 19:45 January 21, 2016

SEOUL, Jan. 21 (Yonhap) -- The chairperson of the U.N. World Tourism Organization's (UNWTO) Sustainable Tourism for Eliminating Poverty (ST-EP) Foundation was appointed one of the U.N. chief's advocates on sustainable development, Seoul's foreign ministry said Thursday.

Dho Young-shim was among 17 advocates who will help U.N. Secretary General Ban Kim-moon's campaign to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), according to the ministry.

In September last year, the U.N. adopted a set of sustainable development goals to end poverty and protect the planet over the next 15 years.

She was the only South Korean among the advocates on sustainable development goals, it added.

With a mandate to support the U.N. head's efforts to achieve the SDGs by 2030, "the newly named SDG Advocates will add powerful voices to spur action on the visionary and transformational sustainable development agenda," the U.N. said in a statement.

In 2004, the UNWTO's ST-EP Foundation was established in Seoul with the aim of pursuing sustainable tourism to fight poverty.
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