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Advocating for an Inclusive Society - The Special Adviser Attends the 2014 Inclusive Sport and Society Forum

17 October 2014

Incheon, Republic of Korea (UNOSDP) – On the eve of the 2014 Incheon Asian Para Games, the Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary-General on Sport for Development and Peace, Mr. Wilfried Lemke, joined other participants at the 2014 Inclusive Sport and Society Forum held in Incheon, South Korea, to promote and advocate for an inclusive society and sport for persons with disabilities.

The Special Adviser Visits the 20th EFPM Anniversary Ceremony in Riga

13 October 2014

Riga, Latvia (UNOSDP) – This year marks the 20th Anniversary of the European Fair Play Movement (EFPM). The EFPM organization began in 1994 with a goal to promote fair play and tolerance in sports and everyday life. The organization seeks to achieve this goal by supporting its members and fair play initiatives through sport organisations, cooperating with proper authorities to foster fair play themes, and by facilitating dialogue between various European sport organisations.

Sport for Peace and Reconciliation - the 2014 Asian Games Bring Together North and South Korea

10 October 2014

Geneva, Switzerland (UNOSDP) - On 4 October, a high-level delegation from the People’s Republic of Korea, led by Gen. Hwang Pyong So, Director of the North Korean Military General Political Bureau, travelled to Incheon, Republic of Korea, to attend the closing ceremony of the 2014 Incheon Asian Games. With this important visit to the southern neighbour, the two Koreas had a chance, for the first time in years, to have high-level face-to-face meetings after which they agreed to hold further official talks in the near future, underlining the mutual willingness to continue the dialogue.

The Special Adviser Visits Krakow to Advocate for the Importance of Physical Education

2 October 2014
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The Special Adviser, Mr. Wilfried Lemke, addresses the audience at Siemacha Headquarters in Krakow during a recent visit. Photo: ©Siemacha

Krakow, Poland (UNOSDP) – The Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General on Sport for Development and Peace, Mr. Wilfried Lemke, was recently in Krakow, Poland, on special invitation from Mayor Jacek Majchrowski. The trip is part of Mr. Lemke’s efforts to advocate  the role of sport in education, to encourage governments to include a higher standard of physical education programmes with a “Sport for All” approach, and for the cooperation between the public, private and social sectors in helping to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), specifically the second MDG which aims to ensure universal primary education by 2015.

FIFA Pledges USD 450,000 to Help Fight Ebola - Call for Support of the Coordinated United Nations Response

26 September 2014
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Geneva, Switzerland (UNOSDP, UN, FIFA) - Recently, the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) joined the United Nations (UN) in its efforts to control the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. In its media release FIFA announced that it would support the use of the Monrovia, Liberia, Antoinette Tubman Stadium as a staging ground for two large Ebola treatment units. FIFA, who recently donated the stadium to Liberia’s Football Association, agreed to cover the costs of potential damages arising from the use of the field to house the treatment units.

UN Special Adviser on Sport Travels to Incheon for the 2014 Asian Games

17 September 2014

Incheon, Republic of Korea (UNOSDP) - This week marks the beginning of the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, Republic of Korea.  According to the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) website, the 16-day event will include approximately 20,000 participants, including some 13,000 athletes and officials from 45 OCA member countries. The Asian Games are an event held every four years with the same sports programme as the Olympic Games, in addition to several sports that reflect the diverse sporting culture in Asia.  The Asian Games are organized by the National Olympic Committee (NOC) of the host country. The OCA, which has members sit on the NOC, is the apex sporting body in Asia with the objective “to develop sport, culture and education of Asian youth and to promote international respect, friendship, goodwill and peace through sports”, according to their website

FIFA and UN Team Up to Help Fight Ebola

15 September 2014
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Geneva, Switzerland (UNOSDP, FIFA, UN) - With the Ebola outbreak spreading through West Africa, football’s world governing body, the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) has joined the United Nations in its efforts to help control the epidemic. Last Thursday, it was announced that the Antoinette Tubman Stadium in the Liberian capital Monrovia will be used to set up two large Ebola treatment units. 

Youth Leaders Unite at EPICS Forum 2014 in Gwangju

27 August 2014
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Mr. Wilfried Lemke delivers the opening speech at EPICS Forum 2014 in Gwangju, Republic of Korea (Photo: Seulgi/UCOG)

Gwangju, Republic of Korea (UNOSDP) - As part of the 12th Youth Leadership Camp (YLC) taking place in Gwangju this month, participants were invited to attend the 2nd Edition of the EPICS Forum hosted by the 2015 Gwangju Summer Universiade Organizing Committee (GUOC) and United Nations Office on Sport for Development and Peace (UNOSDP). The purpose of the EPICS Forum is to promote the values of the UNOSDP and the five concepts of EPICS - Environment, Peace, IT, Culture, and Sport. The EPICS Forum is an annual event that started in 2013 and will culminate in 2015 before the 2015 Gwangju Summer Universiade.

The 12th UNOSDP Youth Leadership Programme Begins Today in Gwangju, Republic of Korea

18 August 2014
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Gwangju, Republic of Korea (UNOSDP) - Today marks the beginning of the United Nations Office on Sport for Development and Peace's (UNOSDP) 12th Youth Leadership Programme (YLP).  This YLP will be held in Gwangju, Republic of Korea and is organized by UNOSDP, Right to Play, and the 2015 Gwangju Summer Universiade Organizing Committee (hereinafter GUOC).

The 11th UNOSDP Youth Leadership Programme is Underway in Stockholm

7 August 2014
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The Special Adviser, Mr. Wilfried Lemke, with participants at the 11th UNOSDP Youth Leadership Camp in Sweden.

Stockholm, Sweden (UNOSDP) - This week marks the start of the United Nations Office on Sport for Development and Peace's (UNOSDP) 11th Youth Leadership Programme (YLP). The YLP is being held in Stockholm, Sweden, from 3 - 14 August 2014 and includes 30 participants from a variety of different countries. Participants originate from Armenia, Cameroon, Congolese in Uganda, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gambia, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.  

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