UN Special Adviser on Sport to receive prestigious Award8 June 2011
Geneva (UNOSDP) -- The Organisation of the Berliner Friedensuhr (the Berlin Peace Clock) has announced that the 2011 edition will be awarded to Mr. Wilfried Lemke, the Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary-General on Sport for Development and Peace, who will receive the Award on behalf of the United Nations.
According to the organisation, Mr. Wilfried Lemke has successfully demonstrated that sport can be a driving force and a suitable means to bring about international understanding and integration, and to combat poverty.
Since 2003, the Berlin Peace Clock has been presented as an award from the Berlin Committee for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), on the basis of the United Nations "Universal Declaration of Human Rights", to individuals or institutions who help to overcome barriers between races, classes, peoples, nations, cultures, ideologies, religions, political parties and individuals.
Previous recipients of the Berlin Peace Clocks include Professor Avi Primor (2003), former Israeli Ambassador to Germany, for his commitment to bringing peace to the Middle East; the International Atomic Energy Agency (2004), in honour of the Agency´s contributions to global peace and security, and more recently Mr. Hans-Dietrich Genscher (2009), for his dedication to strengthening the United Nations and his commitment to the universal respect of human rights.
In 1996, a Peace Clock was presented to Pope Johannes Paul II to symbolise that peace is not only a political but also a religious matter. This year, by presenting the Peace Clock to the UN Special Adviser on Sport, the Berlin Committee for UNESCO acknowledges the powerful role sport can play in breaking down barriers and contributing to a more peaceful world.
Mr. Lemke will receive the award at a ceremony which will be held on November 8, 2011 in the atrium of Deutsche Bank in Berlin.
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