The newly-launched Taekwondo Humanitarian Foundation (THF) will be one of the main items for discussion at the International Sport Cooperation Conference here tomorrow.
Co-hosted by the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) and the International Sport Cooperation Centre of Korea (ISC), the conference will be held under the theme "Sport for a Better World".
WTF President Chungwon Choue formally announced the formation of the THF at United Nations (UN) headquarters in New York City last month, outlining in his address the international governing body’s plans to assist the global community with the growing refugee crisis.
The THF plans to send teams of instructors to teach taekwondo to young people in refugee camps around the world, keeping them active, while aiming to instil in them taekwondo's philosophy and values of Olympism.
Plans for the Foundation are still being finalised with the WTF looking to officially establish it before the end of the year in the Olympic capital Lausanne.
At a meeting in Manchester earlier this month, it was confirmed pilot projects are due to take place in Jordan and Nepal next year before the scheme is rolled out further afield.
According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), one in every 122 people is a refugee, internally displaced or seeking asylum, and their combined population is as large as the world's 24th biggest nation.
Following Choue’s Conference-opening keynote speech on the THF, Olympafrica executive director Thierno Alassane Diack and UNHCR Korea representative Dirk Hebecker will offer their insights.
Diack is due to speak on the history, mission and activities of Olympafrica, a non-profit organisation dedicated to sport and development, while Hebecker will discuss UNHCR initiatives, detailing the positive impact sport has had on the refugee population.
"The sport field has to raise consideration of social responsibility and 'creating shared value' philosophy," ISC President Eun-Cheol Lee told the Korea Times.
"I hope this conference can be one of the contributing steps to make a better world through sport."
Among the other speakers are due to be Professors Kim Taek-yoon of Seoul National University and Ha Jae-pil of Gyeongsang National University, both of whom will suggest how to utilise sport as a tool for development.
This year’s Conference will be led by Theresa Rah, a former spokesperson of the Pyeongchang's successful bid to host the 2018 Winter Olympics and Paralympics.
The ISC officially obtained the support of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 2013.
Last month, the IOC announced that an emergency fund of $2 million (£1.3 million/€1.8 million) will be made available to National Olympic Committees to fund programmes aimed at helping refugees.
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