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The 12th UNOSDP Youth Leadership Programme Begins Today in Gwangju, Republic of Korea

18 August 2014
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Gwangju, Republic of Korea (UNOSDP) - Today marks the beginning of the United Nations Office on Sport for Development and Peace's (UNOSDP) 12th Youth Leadership Programme (YLP).  This YLP will be held in Gwangju, Republic of Korea and is organized by UNOSDP, Right to Play, and the 2015 Gwangju Summer Universiade Organizing Committee (hereinafter GUOC).

This is the second consecutive year a camp will be held in Gwangju.  Similar to last year, the event is taking place at the Honam University and includes 33 participants originating from Australia, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, Solomon Islands, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, and Tonga.

The goal of the camp is to bring together outstanding youth who are involved with organizations that use sport for development and peace for two weeks to build friendships, share best practices, and develop leadership skills which they can use to inspire and invoke change. The camp includes facilitators from leading organisations from around the world, including the International Paralympic Committee, the International Table Tennis Federation, the International Swimming Federation (FINA), Korean Air, World Taekwondo Federation, and the English Football Association. UNAIDS will also be present for the Gwangju Camp.

An exciting element to the Gwangju YLP is the annual EPICS Form (hereinafter Forum). The Forum, which also takes place in Gwangju, is a youth mentoring programme that brings together youth leaders from around the world to contribute to building a better society by sharing ideas about Environment, Peace, IT innovation, and Culture and Sport development. Participants from the YLP are invited to take part in the one-day Forum. The list of speakers for the Forum includes Mr. Wilfried Lemke, the Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace; Mr. Kim Won-Soo, Assistant Secretary General and Special Adviser to the Secretary General; and Mr. Yoon Jang-hyun, Mayor of Gwangju Metropolitan City.

The Gwangju YLP will last until Saturday, 30 August 2014. Check back here and follow us on Facebook (UNOSDP) and Twitter (@UNOSDP) for updates. 

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