UN Special Adviser is encouraged by Japan's efforts in Sport for Development and Peace21 January 2014
UNOSDP (Tokyo) - During his time in Tokyo, the UN Special Adviser met with the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Jigoro Kano Memorial International Sport Institute.
At the meeting with Mr. Sakurada, Senior Vice Minister of MEXT (co-hosts this Youth Leadership Camp) and Mr. Lemke spoke about the importance of youth education, and highlighted the importance of hosting such a camp within the Japanese society.
“Our Youth Leadership Camp promotes the importance of youth role models. They play such an important role within their community, as they help to teach essential life skills and promote positive social change."
Senior Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Kishi, and Mr. Lemke discussed Japan’s role for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. They both agreed that it’s a good stage for Japan to highlight the value of sport to the public, and to contribute to the international society towards, through or even beyond Tokyo 2020.
Mr. Takeda, the President of JOC, took this opportunity to exchange ideas with Mr Lemke on how to use the power of sport as a useful tool to promote mutual understanding and peace within conflict zones.
The Special Adviser left Japan expressing his gratitude to all parties concerned, “I am satisfied with the warm welcome and well-organized preparation they demonstrated. I am thoroughly looking forward to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. We must harness the strength of these mega events and create strong partnerships to help promote UN values.”