Group of Friends
Structure and membership
In December 2012, a number of countries agreed to create the Group of Friends of Sport for Development and Peace Geneva, based in the form and function on the Group of Friends in
The Group is currently co-chaired by the Permanent Representatives of Costa Rica and
Algeria, Australia, Azerbaijan, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Costa Rica, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Hungary, Italy, Jordan, Monaco, Morocco, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Romania, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Senegal, Spain, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, The Philippines, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, and United States of America.
The Group has four annual meetings on a technical level as well as additional meeting(s) as required. One annual meeting is on Ambassador level. The meetings serve as an important platform for the exchange of information, comments, suggestions and ideas. Typically the Co-Chairs convene a meeting on the following occasions:
· Visit of the Special Adviser to the United Nations Office on Sport for Development and Peace in
· Presentations on Sport for Development and Peace by invited guests;
· Pre-informal consultations on draft resolutions in relation to sport;
· In conjunction with debates of the Human Rights Council concerning sport.
- In December 2012, the Group of Friends Geneva was launched. General views and details on the organization were exchanged and the Special Adviser gave a presentation of past activities and outlook on his future activities.
- During the second meeting, which was held in April 2013, proposals for future activities of the Co-Chairs and other members have been discussed.
- Field visit of the members of the Group of Friends to the Youth Leadership Programme in Macolin. This Program is organized by the United Nations Office on Sport for Development and Peace, Right To Play and the Swiss Federal Office on Sport.
In addition to the meetings, the Group of Friends undertakes various other activities on a regular basis. The Group of Friends (co-)sponsors events, for example a side-event, entitled “Physical activity and NCDs” held at UNOG in