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UN Special Adviser highlights the value of SDP in Singapore

23 November 2013
Mr Lemke with Para-sailing club in Singapore.

As part of his Oceania tour, the UN Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace, Mr Wilfried Lemke made his first stop in Singapore – a country looking to make a significant contribution to the Sport for Development and Peace (SDP) community.

Within his mandate Mr Lemke was in Singapore to advocate the use of sport in order to empower youngsters in disadvantaged areas. During a meeting with HE Mr Lawrence Wong, Acting Minister on Culture, Community and Youth, the Special Adviser took the time to explain how the UN system could help Singapore in achieving realistic sport for development objectives. The Minister highlighted Singapore’s Vision 2030, How could sport best serve Singapore in the coming decades? This strategy will look to have a strong focus on sport for all with a considerable emphasis on youth at risk and other marginalized groups.

Mr Lemke also took this opportunity to visit the National Paralympic Committee Secretary-General, Mr. Prushothaman, and Singapore Disability Sports Council Executive Director, Mr. Henry Tan. During this meeting the Special Adviser took the opportunity to introduce the UNOSDP Youth Leadership Programme, and provide details as to how Singapore could host such a programme. Currently a participant from Singapore is slated to join the January 2014 Camp in Tokyo, who took this opportunity to meet Mr Lemke and introduce herself and the para-sailing project she is involved in, along with its participants. The project aims to overcome social exclusion and provide opportunities to experience independence and enhance self-confidence.

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