The Special Adviser to the United Nations' Secretary-General on Sport for Development and Peace, Mr. Wilfried Lemke. Photo: ©Keystone
Geneva, Switzerland (UNOSDP) - The Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General on Sport for Development and Peace, Mr. Wilfried Lemke, is shocked and saddened by the suicide attack at a volleyball match in the Yahyakhail district of Paktika province, Afghanistan, that has left at least 45 people dead and more wounded.
The Special Adviser, Mr. Wilfried Lemke, with participants at the 8th Youth Leadership Camp in Tokyo, Japan, in January 2014 Photo: ©UNOSDP
Geneva, Switzerland (UNOSDP) – Today is 100 days until the start of the Youth Leadership Camp (YLC) in Tohoku, Japan. After a successful camp last year in Tokyo during the 8th Youth Leadership Camp, the Japan Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport, Science and Technology is aiming to continue its investment in the promotion of sport as a tool for development and peace, especially leading up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
The Special Adviser, Mr. Wilfried Lemke, with "Sport for Development and Peace" Post Graduate Diploma Students at University of the Western Cape, South Africa Photo: ©UWC Staff
Cape Town, South Africa (UNOSDP) – The Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary-General on Sport for Development and Peace, Mr. Wilfried Lemke, was in Cape Town, South Africa this week. During the two-day visit, Mr. Lemke was speaking and engaging with students, athletes, academics, and the community at the University of the Western Cape to discuss the importance of sport as a peacebuilding and development tool, specifically in South Africa.
Mr. Wilfried Lemke speaking at the 2014 Doha GOALS Forum during the debate: The Meaning of Sport. On his right is Deng Yaping, 18-time World Table Tennis Champion from China. Photo: ©Doha GOALS
Doha, Qatar (UNOSDP) - As part of his mandate to encourage the use of sport as a means to promote development and peace, the Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary-General on Sport for Development and Peace, Mr. Wilfried Lemke, attended the Doha GOALS Forum last week in Doha, Qatar.
The UN General Assembly Plenary Meeting on 20 October 2014 discussing Sport for Development and Peace. ©UN Photo-Rick Bajornas
New York (UNOSDP) - Today, the United Nations General Assembly adopted by consensus the latest resolution on sport entitled "Sport as a means to promote education, health, development and peace". The Resolution reaffirms the power of sport to bring about social change and encourages the use of sport as a vehicle to foster development, strengthen education, prevent disease, empower girls and women, promote the inclusion and well-being of persons with disabilities, and support conflict prevention and peacebuilding.
São Paulo, Brazil (UNOSDP) - The Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary-General on Sport for Development and Peace, Mr. Wilfried Lemke, attended the 1st International Forum “Goals for Life” in São Paulo, Brazil, this past week. During the quick trip, he spent the day talking with participants and was invited to give a keynote speech about using sport as a vehicle to promote education, individual and societal and well-being, as well as fight against discrimination. The Forum, which was hosted by the Little Prince Hospital Complex, was organized to increase dialogue around using sport as a tool for positive social change.
Mr. Lemke (third from right) poses with members of the International Paralympic Committee, Korean Paralympic Committee, Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism, and special guests at Inclusive Sport and Society Forum Photo: ©Sung-hoon Gus Ki
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.
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.
Geneva, Switzerland (UNOSDP) - On 4 October, a high-level delegation from the Democratic 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, 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.