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In April 2008, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed Wilfried Lemke, of Germany, as his Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace. In this role, the Special Adviser aims to reach out further to the world of sport and more systematically and coherently encourage the use of sport as a means to promote development and peace. Mr. Lemke succeeded Adolf Ogi, former President of the Swiss Confederation, who had served as Special Adviser since 2001.

The mandate of the Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General on Sport for Development and Peace is threefold:

ADVOCATE Lead and coordinate the efforts of the United Nations system to promote understanding and support amongst UN Member States and other actors for sport as a tool to attain humanitarian, development and peace-building objectives. A special focus is placed on sport’s contribution to poverty reduction; universal education; gender equality; prevention of HIV and AIDS and other diseases; environmental sustainability; inclusion of persons living with disabilities as well as peace promotion and conflict resolution.
FACILITATOR Encourage dialogue, collaboration and partnerships around Sport for Development and Peace between the United Nations and Member States, international and national sports organizations, civil society, the private sector, academia and the media.
REPRESENTATIVE Represent the Secretary-General and the United Nations system at important global sports events and other key meetings.


Special Adviser Latest News
Ahead of Sochi Olympic Games, Ban praises power of sport to unite all people 6 February 2014
Sochi (UN News Centre) – In Sochi, Russia, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today praised the power of sport to promote human rights and unite people regardless of their age, race, class, religious, ability, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity in a first of its kind address to the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
Special Adviser on Sport visits Peru on "Sport for All" themed misson 26 April 2013
Lima, Peru (UNOSDP) — From 24 to 26 April, the Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Sport for Development and Peace, Mr. Wilfried Lemke, visited Peru, where he was one the keynote speakers during the 1st plenary session of the 15th IOC World Conference on Sport for All.
Wilfried Lemke and William Gaillard new confirmed speakers at Securing Sport 2013 27 February 2013
Doha, Qatar; (ICSS) 25th February 2013: The International Centre for Sport Security (ICSS) has announced that Wilfried Lemke, Special Adviser to the Secretary-General of the United Nations on Sport for Development and Peace, will speak at Securing Sport 2013, the leading international sport security and integrity conference.
United Nations Sports Envoy celebrates Special Olympics values and signs agreement with the host province of the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics 29 January 2013
PyeongChang (UNOSDP) – The UN Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace, Wilfried Lemke, is in attendance at the 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games. Mr. Lemke also signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Gangwon Province, the province hosting the 2013 PyeongChang Special Olympics World Winter Games and the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games.
Soccer stars help launch partnership between UN and Inter Milan to help young people 28 November 2012
New York (UN News Center) – Soccer stars Luis Figo and Francesco Toldo were at the United Nations today for the launch of a new partnership between the world body and the charitable organization Inter Campus, which the Italian soccer team Internazionale Milano (Inter Milan) runs to help disadvantaged youth.
UNOSDP and partners wrap up successful pilot year for the Youth Leadership Camp initiative 18 October 2012
Geneva (UNOSDP) – The third UNOSDP Youth Leadership Camp concluded on Friday, 5 October, at the Swiss Federal Office of Sport (OFSPO) in Macolin, Switzerland. After 11 days of both theoretical and practical training, the 26 youth coming from 16 countries returned home with the hope of putting what they have learned into practice back in their home communities. All of the youth have expressed with great confidence the benefit that this experience will have on their work back home.

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