The Special Adviser Visits the 20th EFPM Anniversary Ceremony in Riga 13 October 2014
Riga, Latvia (UNOSDP) – This year marks the 20th Anniversary of the European Fair Play Movement (EFPM). The EFPM organization began in 1994 with a goal to promote fair play and tolerance in sports and everyday life. The organization seeks to achieve this goal by supporting its members and fair play initiatives through sport organisations, cooperating with proper authorities to foster fair play themes, and by facilitating dialogue between various European sport organisations.
Sport for Peace and Reconciliation - the 2014 Asian Games Bring Together North and South Korea 10 October 2014
Geneva, Switzerland (UNOSDP) - On 4 October, a high-level delegation from the People’s Republic of Korea, led by Gen. Hwang Pyong So, Director of the North Korean Military General Political Bureau, travelled to Incheon, Republic of Korea, to attend the closing ceremony of the 2014 Incheon Asian Games. With this important visit to the southern neighbour, the two Koreas had a chance, for the first time in years, to have high-level face-to-face meetings after which they agreed to hold furt...
The Special Adviser Visits Krakow to Advocate for the Importance of Physical Education 2 October 2014
Krakow, Poland (UNOSDP) – The Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General on Sport for Development and Peace, Mr. Wilfried Lemke, was recently in Krakow, Poland, on special invitation from Mayor Jacek Majchrowski. The trip is part of Mr. Lemke’s efforts to advocate the role of sport in education, to encourage governments to include a higher standard of physical education programmes with a “Sport for All” approach, and for the cooperation between the public, priva...
FIFA Pledges USD 450,000 to Help Fight Ebola - Call for Support of the Coordinated United Nations Response 26 September 2014
Geneva, Switzerland (UNOSDP, UN, FIFA) - Recently, the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) joined the United Nations (UN) in its efforts to control the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. In its media release FIFA announced that it would support the use of the Monrovia, Liberia, Antoinette Tubman Stadium as a staging ground for two large Ebola treatment units. FIFA, who recently donated the stadium to Liberia’s Football Association, agreed to cover the cost...
UN Special Adviser on Sport Travels to Incheon for the 2014 Asian Games 17 September 2014
Incheon, Republic of Korea (UNOSDP) - This week marks the beginning of the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, Republic of Korea. According to the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) website, the 16-day event will include approximately 20,000 participants, including some 13,000 athletes and officials from 45 OCA member countries. The Asian Games are an event held every four years with the same sports programme as the Olympic Games, in addition to several sports that reflect the diverse sporting cult...
FIFA and UN Team Up to Help Fight Ebola 15 September 2014
Geneva, Switzerland (UNOSDP, FIFA, UN) - With the Ebola outbreak spreading through West Africa, football’s world governing body, the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) has joined the United Nations in its efforts to help control the epidemic. Last Thursday, it was announced that the Antoinette Tubman Stadium in the Liberian capital Monrovia will be used to set up two large Ebola treatment units.