UN Special Adviser strengthens relationship with FIBA19 June 2014
Geneva (UNOSDP) - Mr Wilfried Lemke, the Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace to United Nations (UN) Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Last week visited the International Basketball Federation, Geneva, Switzerland to re-establish their partnership in order to use sport to promote peace and development.
A much heralded Ambassador of Peace and Sport, Lemke took the chance to visit FIBA Secretary General and International Olympic Committee (IOC) Member Patrick Baumann the day before joining Mr Ban for a meeting with IOC President Thomas Bach that will aim at strengthening cooperation between the two organisations.
"I am a close friend of Patrick (Baumann) and I promised that one day when I was nearby, I would visit the new building as I had only ever been to the old one," explained Lemke. "It is very modern and state of the art, as well as being very stylish.
"FIBA are very well connected and I am trying to organise further co-operation to see if FIBA can maybe attend one of our UN youth leadership camps which we set up in 2012 and have seen young people attend from over 50 different countries.”
As part of his mandate, Mr Lemke must advocate the use of sport for development, and by encouraging sport federations such as FIBA to be aware of the power of sport in development, only enhances the power behind the movement.
"I am sure FIBA could show how basketball can be used to promote peace. Basketball is one of most famous sports all over world and I think there are wonderful role models such as Dirk Nowitzki.”