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Tokyo Youth Leadership Camp only 50 days away

30 November 2013
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Youth Leadership Camp Gwangju 2013

Today marks 50 days to go until the start of the 8th Youth Leadership Camp (YLC) and the first time to be held in Tokyo, Japan. Over the past two years this flagship sport initiative of the United Nations Office on Sport for Development and Peace (UNOSDP) has gone from strength to strength, with interest coming from all over the world to host the Programme.

UN Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace, Mr Wilfried Lemke, tirelessly promotes the programme on his missions for future host countries and potential participants. The next year four camps will be placed strategically around the world to best support the youth sport leaders in some of the most disadvantaged communities.

“Sport is a powerful tool in promoting gender equality, inclusion of people with disabilities, world peace and development. As such, this programme helps the young community leaders better take advantage of sport from grassroots to facilitate positive changes social changes.” Highlights the UN Special Adviser.

By helping youth develop their leadership skills in Sport for Development and Peace, this programme not only contributes to the personal development of youth, it contributes to community development. By providing opportunities for youth to develop and exercise their leadership skills, the programme can strengthen a community’s capacity to build on its strengths and respond to pressing community needs.

With Tokyo, the first of the year and following the first Asian camp in the Republic of Korea, participants will originate from Asia and the Middle-East. Looking to provide an educational platform for the young leaders, the Tokyo YLC will be the temporary home for 30 participants from 14 different countries.

The Tokyo Youth Leadership Camp is organised in collaboration with the NGO Right to Play and will be hosted by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology and will be implemented by the Jigoro Kano Memorial International Sport Institute.

“It is with pleasure that we host the 8th UNOSDP Youth Leadership Camp here in Tokyo in this exciting time in sports history. Not only are we able to showcase the unique culture of Japan, but we are able to host the future leaders in sport for development and peace. We look forward to continuing this great programme here in Japan as we move develop or relationship with the UNOSDP.”

This 11 day event will take place 20 – 30 January 2014, at National Institution for Youth Education National Olympics Memorial Youth Centre (NYC) in Tokyo.

Click here for the dedicated Facebook page for the 8th Youth Leadership Camp.


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