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UN Special Adviser on Sport for development and Peace attends MINEPS in Berlin

28 May 2013

Berlin, (UNOSDP) - The fifth edition of the World Conference of Sport Ministers (MINEPS) will be held in Berlin from 28 to 30 May 2013. The conference is jointly organized by the Federal Ministry of the Interior and UNESCO, with the support of the International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education.

To open the conference, a keynote address from the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, will be delivered by Mr. Wilfried Lemke, Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General on Sport for Development and Peace.

 MINEPS V sets the stage for discussing and formulating policy solutions as a crucial step towards addressing and overcoming main challenges in physical education and sport today. The conference will gather sports ministers from the majority of UNESCO’s 195 Member States.

 Three main topics will be addressed at the conference: ‘Access to sport as a fundamental right for all’ (Commission I), ‘Promoting investment in sport and physical education programmes’ (Commission II) and ‘Preserving the integrity of sport’ (Commission III).

 “Providing access to sports opportunities for all, in particular women and persons with disabilities, is one of my main priorities as a UN Special Adviser. Considering all the positive ways that sports can influence people and communities, no person should be denied the opportunity to participate”. – Wilfried Lemke

 Throughout the conference, researchers, national sport ministries and practitioners will be given the opportunity to part-take in a poster exhibition. A poster displaying the work and focus areas of the Sport for Development and Peace International Working Group (SDP IWG) will be presented by the SDP IWG Secretariat (hosted by the United Office on Sport for Development and Peace) at this exhibition.

 The film “GOLD”, directed by Michael Hammon, will be screened on Tuesday evening as a side-event linked to Commission I. The movie follows three outstanding top athletes in their personal and professional lives as they prepare for the London 2012 Paralympic Games. The film will be shown after a short address by Mr Lemke and Federal Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich, and attended by the film directors, producers and one of the protagonists, Kirsten Bruhn.  

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