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UN Special Adviser on Sport Development and Peace receives reappointment from Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

11 April 2014
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UN Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace, Mr Wilfried Lemke

UNOSDP (Geneva) - UN Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace, Mr Wilfried Lemke, has worked tirelessly to promote the use of sport as an effective tool for development, peace building and conflict resolution. Throughout his 2013/2014 term, Mr Lemke lead the way to coordinate the efforts of the United Nations in sport for development, and used this term to reinforce the understanding amongst the UN member states.

It is through the Special Advisers notable efforts in 2013/2014 that the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced Mr Lemke’s extension just after the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace.

“My last term saw the world of sport forced to face many challenges. We have faced these issues head on and now I look to follow-up and reassure the UN Secretary-General, that such issues concerning development, human rights, and our peace building efforts are producing positive results.” Mr Lemke states his intentions for the foreseeable future.

As another great year of sporting events, Mr Lemke intends to strengthen many of the existing partnerships to create new innovative paths for the future.  The Special Adviser will continue to focus in particular on , gender equality, youth role models, the African Continent, persons with a disability and peace and conflict resolution.

Last year, Mr Lemke played an important role in bringing together the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and Republic of Korea on a sporting platform, at the UNOSDP’s flagship initiative, the Youth Leadership Programme. This event will be replicated in 2014 and it is hoped that youth from the two nations will reunite and take part in an environment free of politics and conflict, as a movement promoting sports diplomacy.

“It is of great importance to me that we bring young role models, deprived of opportunities and a proper educational framework, to learn the importance of sport for development and peace. Our Youth Leadership Programme, offers these young people a great platform to get connected, learn and experience how sport can be taught to foster social progress and educate on a number of important issues.” Highlights Mr Lemke, who founded this sport for development initiative.

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