WT and THF President Choue Chung-won and UIM President Raffaele Chiulli met online ©WT

World Taekwondo (WT), the Taekwondo Humanitarian Foundation (THF) and the Union Internationale Motonautique (UIM) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to promote humanitarian, peace and development initiatives in sport.

WT and THF President Choue Chung-won and UIM President Raffaele Chiulli both attended a virtual signing ceremony from their homes in Seoul and Rome respectively with both highlighting the work they are doing to promote development.

The three organisations committed to developing cooperation in a number of areas including developing an educational programme for refugees. 

They will also promote sport in peace, social development and integration of vulnerable populations; as well as exchange information and work together at the THF's Taekwondo Humanitarian Centre in Azraq Refugee Camp in Jordan.

Choue has said that he is delighted to sign the Memorandum of Understanding with the UIM.

He said: "All three of our organisations share similar values and a common desire to use the power of sport to deliver meaningful and lasting social change.

"Today more than ever, when the world is facing unprecedented challenges, sport has the power to unite us in solidarity and to contribute to a better and more peaceful world.

"Taekwondo and the THF have been empowering refugees around the world and have brought hope and inspiration to thousands of those who need it most.

"With projects in six countries around the world, we are using taekwondo to help young refugees live healthier lifestyles and learn key skills that will help to shape them into global citizens.

"The UIM has a lot of experience in delivering a number of excellent social and environmental programmes.

"By working together, we can share knowledge and enhance the support we provide refugees and forcibly displaced and vulnerable youth populations."

Chiulli expressed his pride to partner with WT and THF: "The UIM is proud of entering this partnership with WT and with the THF, two organisations which, under the wise leadership of President Choue, have been showing the way to the Sports Movement how to grow their base and how to illuminate the days of those in greatest need through humanitarian initiatives with refugees.

"Social inclusion and sustainable development are two important pillars among the UIM's efforts to grow the powerboat sport and we are eager to embrace this joint initiative with WT and THF which will allow us to share basic values of our sport with young refugees and to give them access to its safe practice."